Highlights from the Alliance Summer Meeting

From left, The Alliance’s John Washbish listens to MPA’s Craig Medows, Valvoline’s Michelle Allen and Gates’ Colby Florea in a panel with JC Washbish

The Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance concluded its summer shareholder meeting last week with what is hoped to be the last to take place virtually.

More than 500 shareholders and distribution partners attended the event in early June. Three evening sessions were held virtually with a light nighttime talk show style with co-hosts John Washbish, President and CEO of the Alliance, and JC Washbish, Vice President of Sales and Marketing of the ‘Alliance.

The week kicked off with a presentation to shareholders that included updates from the Alliance’s category management teams, information technology and sales and marketing departments. The next two evenings featured sessions on industry news, the IT Top 10, an interview with the Alliance’s new shareholder – Joe Ferrer of Auto Plus – and an update. update on National Accounts sales.

Special guest Larry Northup joined the event. He is retiring from the Auto Care Association in July after more than 20 years. A clock was featured to honor his legacy and his impact on the automotive aftermarket. The final night ended with a cast partner panel featuring Gates’ Colby Florea, Valvoline’s Michelle Allen and MPA’s Craig Meadows. The panel briefed JC Washbish on their plans for the upcoming Aftermarket Jackpot event at AAPEX 2022 in Las Vegas.

“It was an energetic meeting with excellent content and entertainment. While we can’t wait to be back in person at our Jackpot event, last week’s event was a fun kick off to the summer,” said John Washbish.