Registration is now available for the 40th anniversary Knowledge Exchange conference of the National Catalog Managers Association (NCMA), to be held at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, April 20 to 23, 2013 in St. Louis, Mo. Automotive catalog and product content managers will gather with their trading partners and vendors for three days of education, professional development and networking. NCMA is a segment of the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA).
NCMA Knowledge Exchange has earned a reputation as the essential event of the year for content professionals looking to sharpen their skills, keep up with the latest industry developments and discover new tools and services to increase their productivity. The agenda for the 40th anniversary conference includes leading industry speakers and subject matter experts, including:
• Jim Grubbs, director, product marketing, WHI Solutions - an eBay company
• Anne Coffin, vice president, technology, Beck/Arnley World Parts Corp
• Brent Windom, vice president, marketing and product management, Uni-Select
• Phil Hutchens, senior director, marketing, Standard Motor Products
• Amy Antenora, managing editor, Counterman magazine, Babcox Media
In addition to informative general sessions, the NCMA agenda includes the popular vendor trade show, where more than 30 software and solution providers gather to showcase the most innovative tools for managing print and electronic automotive content. Capitalizing on the attendance of catalog managers from more than 150 suppliers, both O’Reilly Auto Parts and Advance Auto Parts have announced meetings to be conducted with their parts suppliers immediately before and after the Knowledge Exchange conference. Finally, the University of the Aftermarket will bestow the Automotive Catalog Professional (ACP) certificate on those NCMA members who have demonstrated a lifelong commitment to education and professional development.
NCMA members can register for $495 and the fee for non-members is $695. Forms and information can be found online at www.ncmacat.org, click “Conference.” An NCMA group rate of $148 per night is available at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark. A link is available on the NCMA conference page. Vendors and solution providers can take advantage of a package which includes an exhibit at the trade show as well as two conference registrations – the form is available on the registration page at www.ncmacat.org. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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