on the road with kathleen

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.

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.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Posted by Kathleen Schmatz on August 26, 2014
Since last year you’ve been hearing that the Auto Care Association is stepping up its international initiatives so that we can better position our members to be competitive in an increasingly global marketplace.

Reacting to Event Fatigue in Our Industry

Posted by Kathleen Schmatz on June 30, 2014
At the Auto Care Association, we are sensitive to this reality and acknowledge that many of our members and colleagues suffer from “event fatigue.”

Does Our Industry Need Another Event?

Posted by Kathleen Schmatz on May 19, 2014

So, does our industry need or want another trade show?

Outboarding Damages Our Industry and Our Association

Posted by Kathleen Schmatz on April 03, 2014

Gary Shapiro, CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) sent me an article that he wrote recently and was published on Twice.com. As I read it, I was once again reminded of just how damaging outboarding is to our trade show – AAPEX – and to all trade shows and the organizations that produce them.

Grab Your Passport: We’re Going Global

Posted by Kathleen Schmatz on February 25, 2014
Never before has it been so abundantly clear that our association’s programs and initiatives reach far beyond the borders of the United States.