I’m writing to you from the historic Palace Hotel on the
beautiful west coast, and breeze from the bay is a wonderful and welcome break
from the late summer heat of D.C. Right now, I am joined by almost 400 of your
association’s dedicated volunteer leaders for the 2012 Fall Leadership Days,
where more than 30 meetings are being held this week of your association
segment and standing committees, as well as the board of directors and other
special program committees.
The buzz about the recent passage of the Massachusetts Right to
Repair Act is positive and exciting, and an update on the next steps will be
given during lunch today. Also at today’s luncheon, attendees will hear from
Wells Fargo Capital Management’s Gary Schlossberg, who will present “The
Economic and Interest Rate Outlook Through 2013: Coping with the Post-Meltdown
Economy.” Our thanks to Polk for their generous sponsorship of Fall Leadership
Days – these events are where we set the goals and programs that the
association will accomplish on behalf of its entire membership.
Even after more than 10 years as CEO of AAIA, I am still
impressed that so many aftermarket thought leaders are willing to take time
away from their businesses to help set the course for the association. This
week, the heart of your association is truly in San Francisco – but we’re not
leaving it there.