on the road with kathleen

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.

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.

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.

Does Our Industry Need Another Event?

Posted by Kathleen Schmatz on May 19, 2014

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

Applauding A+ Industry Educational Efforts

Posted by Kathleen Schmatz on September 12, 2013
AAIA is proud once again this week to honor six exceptional companies with the AAIA Head of the Class Award.

Our Future Leaders Rock

Posted by Kathleen Schmatz on April 20, 2011

I was honored to talk to 55 young people, mostly new to our aftermarket industry, who gathered at the headquarters of Federal-Mogul in Southfield, Mich. for "Aftermarket 101"  a total immersion day-and-half session.