Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS)

"Braking Bad" program to address importance of vehicle safety inspections at GAAS 2014

“Braking Bad,” the best team project from the University of the Aftermarket Leadership 2.0 professional development program, will present on the topic of vehicle safety inspections at the 2014 Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS) at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill from May 20-21. The presentation by Team Braking Bad will look at vehicle safety inspections from both a legislative and market perspective. They will present ideas on how the aftermarket can capture a larger portion of both unperformed and underperformed vehicle maintenance.

The winning team members are: Todd Campau, manager, aftermarket products, IHS Automotive; Brian Evanoka, director of U.S. business development, Uni-Select USA; William D. "Bill" Maggs, president and CEO, National Pronto Association; Bailey Overman, senior analyst of industry analysis, AASA and Jim Snipes, Manager of Manufacturing, Standard Motor Products.

“We are honored to welcome the Leadership 2.0 team to GAAS, as they share their creative ideas for helping the aftermarket reach service dealers, and ultimately consumers, with this important safety message,” said Denny Welvaert, GAAS chairman. “New leadership is the lifeblood of this industry and the winning University of the Aftermarket team proves once again that the future of our industry is bright.”

Leadership 2.0 is the aftermarket's premier professional development program and a cornerstone of the industry's efforts to develop the next generation of aftermarket leaders. The program consists of two intellectually stimulating five-day sessions conducted on Northwood University's Midland, Mich. and West Palm Beach, Fla. campuses, as well as off-site team research projects. The best project, as determined by the class, is annually presented during GAAS.

For more information, or to register for GAAS 2014, visit Each year the net proceeds of GAAS are invested in the organization’s scholarship fund to help students start their automotive aftermarket career. GAAS has awarded scholarships to more than 1,800 students representing $1.8 million in aid.