Planning begins for GAAS 2014

The 2014 edition of the Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS) will be May 20-21at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill., according to event organizers.

"We had a very successful program this year with increased attendance and the introduction of new breakout sessions," says Denny Welvaert, GAAS chairman. "The feedback from attendees was overwhelmingly positive about GAAS 2013, and we are excited that the results of our efforts resulted in $211,000 in direct aid to students for scholarships."

Attendance at the 2013 event totaled 306 people, with 18 from Canada, two from Brazil, one from Mexico, and one from Nigeria.

The annual two-day executive education program, now in its 19th year, brings together industry leaders and experts to examine the issues and trends affecting the worldwide automotive aftermarket and influencing its future.

Each year the net proceeds of GAAS are invested in the organization’s scholarship fund to help students get their automotive aftermarket career started. Additional scholarship funding comes from industry contributions from individuals, companies and foundations. To date GAAS has awarded scholarships to more than 1,700 students representing $1.7 million in aid.

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