on the road with kathleen

Why does the Auto Care Association Have a PAC?

Posted by Kathleen Schmatz on February 16, 2015
I was excited to see how well ACPAC, formerly AAPAC, did in 2014. The PAC raised more than $90,000 from 195 contributors, making it the best year ever. I’m often asked, “Why does the Auto Care Association have a PAC?”

I Hope Millennials Love Their Cars

Posted by Kathleen Schmatz on February 02, 2015

For years, I’ve been reading study after study proclaiming that Millennials would rather own a laptop or iPad or iPhone than get their driver’s license and own a vehicle.

Our Achilles' Heel is Healing Nicely

Posted by Kathleen Schmatz on January 20, 2015
We all know that miles driven is the Achilles' heel of the auto care industry.

Top 10 of 2014

Posted by Kathleen Schmatz on January 06, 2015
As the sun sets on 2014, and I reflect on the association’s achievements, I must say this past year has been one of the best, if not the very best ever. The list could go on forever to elaborate on them all, but I’m delighted to highlight 10 key successes.

#Content Is King

Posted by Kathleen Schmatz on December 10, 2014
Content is king. We hear this all the time, and it’s so true.

Bullish on AAPEX

Posted by Kathleen Schmatz on November 20, 2014
While the dust has settled on yet another AAPEX in Las Vegas (my 40th to be exact), the buzz about the show and events surrounding it has not diminished.

Children’s Interactive Auto Care Center at AAPEX

Posted by Kathleen Schmatz on October 20, 2014

It’s never too early to “plant the seed” about the importance of vehicle maintenance. Yet, very few opportunities exist to reach young children in a fun, interactive, educational and memorable way.