YANG’s Networking Reception at AAPEX Breaks Attendance Records

Posted by Auto Care News on November 09, 2016

BETHESDA, MD – November 8, 2016 – A record 260 young professionals attended a networking reception hosted by the Young Auto Care Network Group (YANG), a community of the Auto Care Association, during the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) in Las Vegas, Nev. on Nov. 2.

“Our diverse membership accurately represents the auto care industry and is comprised of enthusiastic and innovative next-generation leaders working for manufacturers, warehouse distributors, retailers, jobbers and service centers,” said Alena Van Cleave, chair, YANG, A & Jay Automotive, Inc. “The turnout from all these segments was fantastic at this reception.” 

One of the central goals of YANG is to offer its members the opportunity to interact with like-minded professionals from up and down the aftermarket supply chain. While the reception in Las Vegas is YANG’s most heavily-attended event of the year, the organization also hosts multiple Regional Meet-Ups throughout the year as a way to expand the under-40 network and bring YANG members together. The YANG Advisory Council has been passionate about bringing YANG events to local markets.

"Not everyone makes it to AAPEX," said JR Bishop, vice chairman, YANG, Federated Auto Parts Distributors. "That is why we created our Regional Meet-Up program. These networking events provide our members an opportunity to get together and realize they are a part of a bigger picture."

YANG is currently booking dates for Regional Meet-Ups in 2017. For more information on hosting a Regional Meet-Up, contact Katy McQuiston at katy.mcquiston@autocare.org.

For more information on YANG, visit www.autocare.org/yang or Katy McQuiston at katy.mcquiston@autocare.org.

About YANG
The Young Auto Care Network Group (YANG) is a program of the Auto Care Association providing auto care professionals under the age of 40 the opportunity to network with industry peers, enhance knowledge and improve leadership capabilities. YANG was formed with a desire to help young professionals establish a circle of peers with which to grow alongside in their careers. Participants are future executive-level staffers of the auto care industry that see the value in establishing connections with other young professionals who will one day be business owners and key decision-makers.  

About the Auto Care Association
Based in Bethesda, Md., the Auto Care Association has more than 3,000 member companies that represent some 150,000 independent automotive businesses that manufacture, distribute and sell motor vehicle parts, accessories, tools, equipment, materials and supplies, and perform vehicle service and repair. Visit www.autocare.org