Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS)

Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium to feature business management sessions May 21 to 22 in Chicago

Aftermarket professionals can register for "Driving Change," the 2013 Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS), scheduled for May 21 and 22 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare near Chicago.

For the first time, GAAS 2013 will feature four practical, hands-on breakout sessions on succession planning, improving employee morale and customer loyalty, groundbreaking trends impacting the automotive aftermarket, and successfully closing the gap between strategic planning and execution. The four seminars will be held on May 22 and will be repeated twice.

"We are excited to take attendees deeper into several important subject matters with our new breakout sessions," said GAAS chairman, Denny Welvaert. "These sessions will be a strong complement to an impressive lineup of presentations and panel discussions on important industry topics."

Welvaert said that GAAS is pleased to announce that Danielle Russell, automotive industry director for Google will present "Consumer Insights and Opportunities - Three Game-Changing Trends." Russell will serve as the closing speaker for GAAS 2013. She will explain how consumers are increasingly turning to the Internet for parts and service information and what information the aftermarket must embrace to make the customers’ experience a satisfactory one that sells more product.

GAAS is co-located with the Aftermarket eForum™, May 22 to 23, offering strategic and technical presentations addressing the business technology challenges of the aftermarket. Attendees will enjoy discount savings when they register for both events. To learn more visit

 The annual two-day Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium, now in its 18th year, brings together industry leaders and experts to examine the issues and trends affecting the worldwide automotive aftermarket and influencing its future. Each year the net proceeds of GAAS are invested in the organization’s scholarship fund to help students get their automotive aftermarket career started. Additional scholarship funding comes from industry contributions from individuals, companies and foundations. To date GAAS, has awarded scholarships to more than 1,600 students representing $1.6 million in aid.

To register for GAAS 2013, visit or phone (301) 654-6664.