Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), will be the keynote presenter at the AAIA Town Hall breakfast during AAPEX in Las Vegas.
Hosted by the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA), the Town Hall, sponsored by Polk, will be held Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 7 a.m. in the Palazzo Ballroom in The Venetian Hotel.
CEA is the trade association representing more than 2,000 consumer electronics companies and owns and produces the annual International CES, the global gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies.
Shapiro leads a staff of 150 employees and thousands of industry volunteers. He is the author of CEA’s two New York Times best-selling books, “The Comeback: How Innovation Will Restore the American Dream,” and its newest book, “Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World’s Most Successful Businesses.”
Shapiro has been an active leader in the development and launch of HDTV and co-founded and chaired the HDTV Model Station. He has testified before Congress numerous times on technology and business issues including leading a manufacturers’ battle to preserve the legality of recording equipment and the consumer battle to protect video rental rights and the right to record.
“Everyone is eager to hear Gary’s take on the synergies between the consumer electronics industry and the auto care industry, as well as his ‘killer strategies’ for successful businesses,” said Kathleen Schmatz, AAIA president and CEO. “Gary is a pioneer and respected leader and a powerful and entertaining presenter.”
Kicking off Town Hall with be Polk’s “Five Trends in Five Minutes” by Mark Seng, global aftermarket practice leader, Polk. This rapid-fire presentation of fact-based challenges and opportunities facing the industry has become a popular element of the Town Hall program.
The Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA) member organizations who are Town Hall contributing sponsors are: AWDA, Auto Value, Automotive Distribution Network , Bumper-to-Bumper, CARQUEST, Federated Auto Parts, NAPA and National Pronto Association.
Tickets for the 2013 AAIA Town Hall include a full buffet breakfast. To register, visit www.aftermarket.org and click on “Town Hall.” Individual tickets are $100 for AAIA members and $115 for non-members, and a table of 10 is $850 for AAIA members and $1,000 for non-members.
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