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?”

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.

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.

Adopting the New Brand

Posted by Kathleen Schmatz on October 06, 2014
It was just six months ago that we officially changed our name from the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association to the Auto Care Association, part of a comprehensive rebranding initiative.

Breaking Ground on the Impact of E-Tailing

Posted by Kathleen Schmatz on September 23, 2014
I am very excited about the recent release of the Auto Care Association’s first-of-its-kind study on the depth and breadth and impact of e-tailing in the auto care industry.

When Business Values the Human Asset

Posted by Kathleen Schmatz on September 10, 2014
One of the most rewarding parts of the job of a trade association executive is when we have the opportunity to recognize the contributions of our members.