The Group Moves Conference to November to Align with AAPEX, AWDA

The Group Moves Conference to November to Align with AAPEX, AWDA

“This is an important time for our industry to come together to advance its strength and opportunity,” said Larry Pavey, CEO of The Group.

The Automotive Parts Services Group (The Group) has moved its 2024 membership conference to November to be held in conjunction with the AAPEX Show and the AWDA Business Conference in Las Vegas.

The new venue provides members with the opportunity to learn the latest updates on Right to Repair, share ways to engage local and grassroots supporters for this essential initiative and benefit the industry through the active advocacy of The Group membership, according to The Group.   

“This is an important time for our industry to come together to advance its strength and opportunity,” said Larry Pavey, CEO of The Group. “Since The Group has nearly 100% attendance at the annual membership conference, we felt that holding it in conjunction with AAPEX and the AWDA Conference would generate added support for the advancement of Right to Repair. Our members are committed to doing everything possible to advance this critical initiative, so having them attend AAPEX and AWDA events will be beneficial to all involved.”

Those planning to attend The Group conference are encouraged to mark their calendars for Nov. 2-6. The event will run concurrently with the AWDA Conference and AAPEX, providing the opportunity for one-on-one sessions and show-floor visits between members of The Group and supplier partners. Also on the agenda are multiple receptions, an awards luncheon, breakout sessions and seminars for each banner-marketing brand.

“AAPEX and the AWDA Conference have long been our industry’s trademark events, its ‘homecoming’ of sorts, and being able to host one of our industry’s biggest and most influential program distribution groups is a great opportunity,” said Bill Hanvey, president and CEO of the Auto Care Association (AAPEX co-owner).

Paul McCarthy, president and CEO of MEMA Aftermarket Suppliers (AAPEX co-owner) added: “This move has strong support from aftermarket suppliers, and we hope it will enhance our partnership and business planning with our valued channel customers. AAPEX is the place for valuable meeting and relationship building, and we applaud the leadership from APSG in making this happen.”

Details are still being finalized and will be made available soon.

“AWDA has a long history of leadership within the industry, and The Group shifting its signature event to align with the aftermarket’s biggest experience is another example of AWDA members continuing to be at the forefront of the aftermarket,” said Ted Hughes, executive director of AWDA.

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