Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS)

GAAS 2012 brochure now available

Highlighting the 25 speakers and panelists who will address the Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS), the 2012 GAAS brochure is now available for download at the newly redesigned website at GAAS 2012 will be held Wednesday, May 16 and Thursday, May 17 at the Hyatt Regency near Chicago.

This year's brochure highlights the GAAS 2012 theme of “One Industry, Endless Opportunities.” GAAS chairman Dennis Welvaert said the GAAS steering committee felt the 2012 program should include content that focuses on all the steps in the aftermarket supply chain in North America.

"We want manufacturers, resellers, program groups, parts stores and installers to hear from their customers and suppliers as to the critical things that are affecting the business," explained Welvaert. "We also want to discuss critical issues like the quality of aftermarket parts, how to tackle the parts proliferation issue and how we can best use things like social media and the Internet to market products more successfully."

Welvaert added, "In addition, we will have a review of the economy and the megatrends that will affect the industry for the next several years."This will help all attendees plan better for the future."    

Members of the associations that sponsor GAAS are eligible for discounted registration fees of $200 off regular rates when they register by Friday, April 13, 2012. A complete list of registration fees are available at

GAAS 2012 room rates at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare are $175 (single or double) and are guaranteed at this rate through April 13. Complimentary guest room Internet is included in the discounted room rates.Reservations can be made by phone at (888) 421-1442 or online at Be sure to mention the Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium to obtain the discounted group rate.

The annual two-day Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium brings together industry leaders and experts to examine the issues and trends affecting the worldwide automotive aftermarket and influencing its future. GAAS 2012 is scheduled for Wednesday, May 16 and Thursday, May 17 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare near Chicago. 

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