BETHESDA, Md. – A record 260 young professionals attended a networking reception hosted by the Young Auto Care Network Group (YANG), a community of the Auto Care Association, during the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) in Las Vegas, Nev. on Nov. 2.
“Our diverse membership accurately represents the auto care industry and is comprised of enthusiastic and innovative next-generation leaders working for manufacturers, warehouse distributors, retailers, jobbers and service centers,” said Alena Van Cleave, chair, YANG, A & Jay Automotive Inc. “The turnout from all these segments was fantastic at this reception.”
One of the central goals of YANG is to offer its members the opportunity to interact with like-minded professionals from up and down the aftermarket supply chain. While the reception in Las Vegas is YANG’s most heavily-attended event of the year, the organization also hosts multiple Regional Meet-Ups throughout the year as a way to expand the under-40 network and bring YANG members together. The YANG Advisory Council has been passionate about bringing YANG events to local markets.
“Not everyone makes it to AAPEX,” said JR Bishop, vice chairman, YANG, Federated Auto Parts Distributors. “That is why we created our Regional Meet-Up program. These networking events provide our members an opportunity to get together and realize they are a part of a bigger picture.”
YANG is currently booking dates for Regional Meet-Ups in 2017. For more information on hosting a Regional Meet-Up, contact Katy McQuiston at [email protected].