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.

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.”

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.

Post-AAPEX Syndrome Reflections

Posted by Kathleen Schmatz on November 19, 2013
I hesitated using the term “record-breaking” when talking about this year’s successful AAPEX. Has it lost its meaning? How relevant is it? Does anyone care? Is it overused?
Keywords: aapex, events

Vegas, My Vegas

Posted by Kathleen Schmatz on June 11, 2013
Just got back from the AAPEX Exhibitor Summit. What fun! If you haven’t been to that event, plan on it for next June. All you need to do is get there -- the sponsors (AAIA, AASA, The Venetian/Sands Expo Center, Freeman, etc.) work hard to cover nearly everything else, including your hotel room.
Keywords: aapex, events

Three Big Reasons to Attend the 2013 Aftermarket eForum™

Posted by Kathleen Schmatz on February 07, 2013

Kathleen Schmatz is President/CEO of the Auto Care Association. Follow her blog, On the Road with Kathleen for the latest in auto care news. 

Keywords: telematics, events

New Vehicle Technology on Steroids

Posted by Kathleen Schmatz on January 10, 2013
I’ve been reading news reports from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and am just amazed at how much new technology is being unveiled for vehicles this week.