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Unveiling Success: Highlights from the 44th ABPA Annual Meeting and Business Conference


The 44th ABPA Annual Meeting and Business Conference, held from April 22-24, 2024, at the exquisite Scott Resort in Scottsdale, AZ, was an exhilarating showcase of innovation, collaboration, and industry insights. With a dynamic schedule packed with keynote speakers, panel discussions, and networking opportunities, attendees were treated to a comprehensive exploration of the automotive aftermarket landscape.

Day One: Setting the Stage

The conference kicked off on Monday with the Board of Directors Meeting, setting the strategic agenda for the event. As registration opened in the afternoon, exhibitors began setting up their tabletop displays in the Heritage Ballroom, preparing to showcase their latest offerings. The evening culminated in a vibrant Welcome Reception on the Laguna Lawn & Heritage Patio, setting the tone for the days ahead with networking and camaraderie.

Day Two: Delving into Key Themes

Tuesday morning saw the re-opening of registration and a sumptuous breakfast buffet in the Heritage Ballroom & Patio, fueling attendees for the day’s activities. As golfers departed for their round in the morning, non-golfers had the opportunity to relax by the pool or explore Scottsdale at their leisure. The Business Session commenced that afternoon with an Association update from ABPA Executive Director Ed Salamy followed by compelling keynote speakers. Greg Horn of PartsTrader provided valuable insights with his “The Collision Industry Update,” followed by Justin Rzepka of the CAR Coalition, who delved into the automotive right to repair debate at the federal level.

The day continued with a Tradeshow Cocktail Reception, sponsored by PartsTrader, offering attendees the opportunity to mingle, network, and explore vendor tables. The evening concluded with the Tradeshow Dinner in the Heritage Ballroom, fostering connections and collaboration against the backdrop of industry innovation.

Day Three: Exploring Future Trends

Wednesday dawned with registration re-opening and a hearty breakfast in the Heritage Ballroom, setting the stage for another day of enriching discussions. The Business Session resumed with a keynote address by Matt Moore of the Highway Loss Data Institute, exploring “Crashing, Crash Avoidance, and the Future of Driving.” A panel discussion on “Industry Insights: Future Trends – 2025 & Beyond” provided diverse perspectives from industry leaders.

Dr. Blaire O’Neal of Depth Services captivated attendees with her presentation on “Gaming the System, a Backdoor Monopoly,” shedding light on OEM patent behavior and its implications. The morning session concluded with an Awards Lunch honoring industry excellence and an Afternoon Business Session featuring insights from Rosemary Coates of the Reshoring Institute and an interactive game hosted by CAPA-Intertek.

The conference reached its climax with the NABC Vehicle Giveaway, adding an element of excitement and philanthropy to the event. The day culminated in an unforgettable Offsite Dinner at Topgolf Scottsdale, offering attendees a memorable evening of food, drinks, games, and music.

Looking Ahead:

As the curtains close on the 44th ABPA Annual Meeting and Business Conference, attendees depart with renewed inspiration, valuable insights, and strengthened connections. The event served as a testament to the resilience and dynamism of the automotive aftermarket community. With anticipation building for future gatherings, the ABPA remains committed to driving innovation, collaboration, and excellence within the industry.

Conclusion:

The 44th ABPA Annual Meeting and Business Conference was a resounding success, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, the expertise of speakers, and the active participation of attendees. As the automotive aftermarket continues to evolve, the ABPA stands at the forefront, providing a platform for education, networking, and advancement. The 2025 ABPA Conference has been announced for April 28-30th in Sarasota, Florida at the Westin Hotel with details to be coming in the next few months.

Until we meet again, farewell from Scottsdale, and here’s to the continued success of the ABPA community.

Ed Salamy

Ed Salamy
Executive Director
Automotive Body Parts Association (ABPA)

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