2013 Automotive Communication Council meeting -- register now | Aftermarket eForum registration is open | On the Road with Kathleen: New vehicle technology on steroids
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January 10, 2013
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January Aftermarket Perspectives from The NPD Group
Searching for a way to find real organic growth? The Hispanic segment of the U.S. population is growing -- and these consumers could have great potential when it comes to the DIY market. In fact, the average Hispanic consumer spends 45% more than non-Hispanic consumers on DIY automotive products. Learn more in the January issue of Aftermarket Perspectives.
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2013 Automotive Communication Council meeting -- register now
Register now for the 2013 Automotive Communication Council meeting, being held from May 28 to 30 at the Omni San Diego in San Diego. Register online. An agenda will be available soon. For more information on ACC, visit the website.
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Aftermarket eForum registration is open
The Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association announced that registration is open and available online for the Aftermarket eForum, May 22 and 23, at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill. "We listened to industry leaders to learn what they want when they invest time and money to attend a conference. This year's Aftermarket eForum responds to their needs with a tighter schedule and strong talent and content combined with the co-location with GAAS," said Scott Luckett, chief information officer, AAIA. The eForum will open with an afternoon general session and executive-level speakers after GAAS concludes on May 22. The conference continues May 23 with several breakout sessions designed to explore technology topics in greater depth. The conference is priced for value at $450 for AAIA members and $650 for non-members. Attendees who register for both GAAS and eForum save $250 on the combined registration fee. The final agenda and speaker lineup will be announced soon. For more information and to register online, visit the eForum website.
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On the Road with Kathleen: New vehicle technology on steroids
AAIA President and CEO Kathleen Schmatz responds to new vehicle technology introduced this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Read more and subscribe to stay On the Road with Kathleen.
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Car Care Council News
Women's Board 2013 Winter Meeting -- there's still time
There's still time to register for the 2013 Car Care Council Women’s Board Winter Meeting, scheduled for Feb. 6 and 7 at the Caribe Royale in Orlando, Fla. Register now. The hotel group rate has sold out, but there are still rooms available at the standard rate. A complete agenda will be available this month. New this year -- the Women's Board will be holding a silent auction during the meeting. All proceeds will benefit our scholarship fund. We invite your company to contribute an item for the auction, valued at $25 or more. Please consider offering a celebrity-autographed item or company donation. Donations will be accepted until Jan. 31 and are welcome from WB member and nonmember companies. For more information and to confirm your donation, e-mail Linda Rudd, silent auction chairwoman. For more information on the Women's Board, visit the website or e-mail Gina Lemon.
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Business Strategies
How your kids shape your leadership style
Having children changes the leadership style of male CEOs, including the way they compensate employees, researchers say. Male employees are most likely to be compensated less than their female colleagues, who can expect average salary increases of up to 1.1% after their boss becomes a father. That might be because bosses gain respect for women after seeing their wives give birth, or because they hope to create a more level playing field for their daughters, the researchers say. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (1/6)
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Does your team understand its benefit options?
Employees are taking more control over their benefits, but they aren't always making smart decisions, says Dave Rahill, president of health and benefits at Mercer, in this Big Think video. That means the onus is on employers to give their workers the tools they need to make the right calls. "In our view, there's a lot of education that has to take place," Rahill says. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/8)
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How to lead your team through change
If you're changing the way your organization does business, you can make the transition easier by operating with transparency, providing support and making your salespeople feel included in the process, writes Joshua Meeks. "How do you embrace transparency? By sharing as much as you possibly can with the field," he writes. Sales Benchmark Index/Sales Force Effectiveness Blog (1/6)
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Man is so made that when anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish.
Jean de La Fontaine,
French writer and poet
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