YANG Leadership Conference

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May 5-6, 2017 San Antonio, Texas

The YANG Leadership Conference 2017 is a collaborative learning event designed for young professionals under the age of 40 in the industry. The conference provides a forum to enhance leadership skills, sharpen global perspective of the auto care industry and develop new relationships with peers. This program is a stepping stone between the basic educational conferences offered in the industry such as the University of the Aftermarket’s Aftermarket 101 and the more intense Leadership 2.0 executive program. The YANG Leadership Conference take 2017 YANG Leadership Conferences place in conjunction with the Auto Care Association’s Spring Leadership Days to provide attendees the opportunity to participate and learn from Auto Care Association’s volunteer executive committee meetings.  

Conference Dates:

Friday, May 5 - Saturday, May 6, 2017
Grand Hyatt San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas 

Registration and Hotel: 

Online registration available here.


PDF registration Form available here.

Hotel registration

Registration closes March 31. Must be under the age of 40 to attend.

Attendee Profile:

A current member of YANG working in the auto care industry. Ideally this person would be a rising star in the company that is seeking to move up in their career.

2017 Agenda:

Friday, May 5, 2017


1:00 p.m.

Welcome Address YANG Advisory Council Chair JR Bishop, Federated Auto Parts Distributors and Bill Hanvey, President & CEO, Auto Care Association

1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Your Car, Your Data, Your Choice
Speaker: Bill Hanvey, President & CEO, Auto Care Association

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Telematics Update:
Speakers: Behzad Rassuli, Vice President, Strategy & Market Intelligence & Taylor Mitchell, Senior Director, Technology
 Auto Care Association

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Five Trends
Speaker: Mark Seng, Global Aftermarket Practice Leader, IHS Markit

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Core Values of Leadership
Speaker: John Washbish, President & CEO, Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance

5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

ACPAC YANG Tequila Tasting (invitation only)

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.



Saturday, May 6, 2017


8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m

The Value of Networking & Finding your Professional Mentor
Panel Discussion:
Speakers:Ted Hughes, Director of Marketing, MAHLE Aftermarket; Jon Owens; Tammy Chaffee, Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing Operations, Spectrum Brands - Global Auto Care
Moderator: Dave Shapiro, SRS Marketing and YANG Council Volunteer

8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

How to Stand Out in the Workforce: The Qualities Employers are Looking for Most
Speaker: Laura Soave, Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Federal-Mogul Motorparts

9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.


10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

2017 Update and Outlook
Speaker: Nathan Shipley, Director of Industry Analysis, Automotive, The NPD Group

Conference Information:

Registration Fee: Auto Care Association Member Rate: $550, Non-Member Rate: $750 

  • Includes 7 hours of education
  • CEU credits awarded towards AAP/MAAP designation from the University of the Aftermarket
  • Dinner on Friday
  • Breakfast Saturday


Contact Courtney Hammer, YANG Liaison 

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