Who Needs Trade Associations?

We all do, especially now

ACOFAS members volunteer to conduct these clinics in their facilities. The members all become business acquaintances and rely on each other for both technical and other business matters.

ACOFAS is a sponsoring member of HDAW (Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week), which is an annual executive conference and product exhibit related to the heavy duty aftermarket truck parts and service industry that is supported by 13 trade associations.. It features education and business-to-business activities, with truck parts aftermarket and component manufacturers from all points of the world taking part.

This year's HDAW will be held January 18 to 21 at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. There will be many educational sessions that can help you run your business more efficiently and profitably.

In an economy like ours, you can't afford not to be a member of a trade association. Take advantage of what they have to offer and you can profit from their collective expertise and wide range of products and services.

It is essential that you attend trade shows and maintain a trade association membership to keep ahead of the "other handed economist."

Gordon R. Botts is the president of Botts Welding & Truck Service, Woodstock, IL. The company was founded in 1928 by his father, Gordon E. Botts. Gordon R. has been involved in industry-related associations since 1968. He has served on the board of directors of IGO (Independent Garage Owners), TARA (Truckframe & Axle Repair Association), SSA (Service Specialists Association) and APSAIL (Automotive Parts and Service Association of Illinois). A founding member of ACOFAS, he serves as the association's public relations chairman and the ACOFAS representative on the Joint Operating Committee of HDAW.

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