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.

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.

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.

How Did We Celebrate World Trade Month?

Posted by Kathleen Schmatz on June 03, 2014
The month of May is widely celebrated across the United States as “World Trade Month.” Around the country, state and local governments, non-profit organizations and private sector entities supported events to help more American companies engage and succeed in the 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?

And the Right to Repair MOU Buzz Goes On

Posted by Kathleen Schmatz on February 05, 2014
It’s been a couple of weeks since we signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Right to Repair with the car companies and I’m pleasantly surprised that there is still a buzz about the news within the industry and the media. Considering