YANG Leadership Conference


The YANG Leadership Conference 2018 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. The YANG Leadership Conference takes 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 11 - Saturday, May 12, 2018 
Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, Georgia  
265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA  30303  

Registration and Hotel:

Click here to book your hotel room.

Online registration is now open.

PDF registration form available here.

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.

2018 Agenda:

Friday, May 11, 2018


1:00 p.m.

Welcome Address YANG Advisory Council Vice Chair JC Washbish, Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, Inc. and Bill Hanvey, President & CEO, Auto Care Association

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Keynote: The Master of the Tornado!                                               
Speaker: Michael Hoffman, Igniting Performance 

2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Our Industry: A Year in Review                                                             
Speaker: Amy Antenora, Editor, aftermarketNews, Babcox Media  

2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Future Trends: The Next Big Industry Issue                                                             
Speaker: Jim Dykstra, CEO, Dytech Auto Group 

3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Networking Break  

3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Communicating with Influence Workshop                                                           

5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

ACPAC Reception (invitation only)

6:30 p.m.  


Saturday, May 12, 2018


8:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m

Rapid Fire Session and Round Tables Discussion
3-4 minute micro-talks on professional development issues followed by breakout round tables on each of the topics presented for a more in-depth discussion. 

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Networking Break

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Next Generation Leadership: Keys to Working Across a Multi-Generational Workforce
Speaker: Ryan Jenkins, Keynote Speaker, Author and Inc.com Columnist

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

How to Be a Leader
Speaker: Announcing soon 

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

Justification Letter for Employers: A template letter for your supervisor explaining all of the benefits you'll receive from attending the YANG Leadership Conference. Download here


Contact Courtney Hammer, YANG Liaison  

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