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Our events are a key benefit to membership in the Import Vehicle Community allowing members to meet new business partners, and expand their automotive knowledge. Import Vehicle Community events at AAPEX continue to draw more import community members and guest participants, as more attendees view Import Vehicle Community's Fabulous Networking Reception, Luncheon/Awards Program and Seminar Series as must-attend events at AAPEX.

We would like to thank all 2018 Import Vehicle Community Events at AAPEX sponsors.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for Import Vehicle Community Events at AAPEX 2018, please view our sponsorship opportunities here and our premier sponsorship opportunities here or contact Angela Chiang at import@autocare.org.


Import Vehicle Community Events at AAPEX

2018 Fabulous Networking Reception
Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
The Venetian, Las Vegas, Nevada

2018 Luncheon and People Awards Presentation
Wednesday, Oct. 31 2018, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
The Venetian, Las Vegas, Nevada

2018 Import Product and Marketing Awards Program
Tuesday, Oct. 30 to Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018
Import Product and Marketing Awards showcases at AAPEX, Sands Expo, Booth #42011

Product and Marketing Awards Press Conference/Presentation
Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, 3 p.m.
Import Product and Marketing Awards showcases at AAPEX, Sands Expo, Booth #42011

2018 Import Vehicle Community Booth*
Tuesday, Oct. 30 to Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018
Level 2, Hall D Extension, Sands Expo, Booth #42001

*Requests for meeting rooms at the Import Vehicle Community booth will be accepted soon. Please check back for updates.


Import Vehicle Community Seminar Series

The Import Vehicle Community Seminar Series is held at AAPEX each year. It is supported by Import Vehicle Community's event sponsors and is free to all AAPEX attendees. Seminars for 2018 include:

Ocean Freight: An Unrealized Source for Increasing EBITDA

    Date/Time: Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

    Speakers: Dustin Braden (JOC.com, IHS Markit); Steve Hughes (HCS International)

    Description: There is EBITA upside for companies that learn to effectively negotiate ocean shipping contracts. Freight rates can be lowered or fixed, surcharges avoided and free time extended for containers on terminal, all of which can result in significant savings on ocean freight. But achieving that requires timing, knowledge of the environment and how to negotiate.

    In this one-hour session Steve Hughes, President and CEO of HCS International a veteran of ocean freight and the Automotive Aftermarket, together with Journal of Commerce, the ocean shipping authority that is part of IHS Markit and organizes the annual TPM conference, will present an overview of the market and illustrate next steps companies should consider to realize these benefits.

    Attendees will learn:
    • Overview of ocean freight market
    • Understanding of timing, knowledge of the environment, and how to negotiate
    • Tangible next steps to effectively manage freight costs

    For more information and speaker profiles, please visit the AAPEXedu webpage.

Rebuilding and Servicing Hybrid Electric Vehicle Batteries

    Date/Time: Thursday, Nov. 1 at 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

    Speakers: Dr. Mark Quarto (Quarto Technical Services); Dave Callari (DC Battery Hub); Frank Scandura (Frank's European Service) 

    Moderator: Martin Gold (Gold n' Brown)

    Description: Diagnosing, Servicing, and the Rebuilding of High Voltage (HV) Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) battery packs is mainstream within the Automotive Aftermarket. As we experience significant increases in the volume of vehicles each year that move from the warranty to non-warranty phase of ownership, the Aftermarket now takes center stage as the venue for vehicle owners to have diagnostics and service performed on high voltage systems and components.

    The HV battery pack is the main component central to the operation of the high voltage electrical system and it directly effects performance, fuel economy, and vehicle valuation. Through the life of an HEV, the HV battery pack can age and fail causing various symptoms and complaints. This panel session will focus on how these symptoms and failure modes effect each area of the battery pack service, the supply chain (technicians, shop owners, rebuilders, and technologists) and, how the Aftermarket can provide additional value to HEV owners by providing high quality service.

    Attendees will learn:
    • The primary HEV HV battery problems faced by technicians, shop owners, and rebuilders
    • How technicians, shop owners, and rebuilders are solving the HV battery pack service riddle
    • How Scan Tool PIDs and a simple drive cycle can be used to acquire the general battery pack condition that will help confirm HV battery pack symptoms or failure modes
    • How the battery pack can significantly affect vehicle fuel economy and driveability, even if the MIL is NOT illuminated and there are NO diagnostic codes
    • Proactive vs. Reactive HV battery pack maintenance and/or service and why educating/training HEV customers is a priority to ensuring HV battery pack health

    For more information and speaker profiles, please visit the AAPEXedu webpage.
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