THE art of managing a showroom and analysis of how tech trends will impact distributors were among the topics addressed at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week January 25-28 in Las Vegas.
A record number of heavy-duty distributors attended this year’s event sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Solutions Network, Heavy Duty Distributors Association, and Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association. More than 2,300 aftermarket industry leaders were there for the three-day conference, including over 1,500 supplier and 560 distributor executives.
The 2016 Heavy Duty Industry Hall of Fame Award was presented to Dave Scheer, Inland Truck Parts’ CEO, by Gary Meteer, director of global commercial products for IHS Automotive. Inland Truck Parts, under the direction of Scheer, won the first Truck Parts & Service Distributor of the Year Award in 2002 and Dave was a driving force behind the development of HDAW.
This year, HDAW invited The Wyakin Warrior Foundation to participate in the event, to teach attendees about their great work, and raise awareness for their cause. Jeff Bacon, President of Wyakin Warrior, said, “We are so appreciative of the Meritor cause marketing campaign, and along with the support in cash, checks, and pledges provided during the three day conference, HDAW has become an incredible support to our organization. Additionally, we have gained exposure to a wonderful industry that has taken on our mission as their own; through invitations to be a part of other associations’ annual meetings and conferences, offers to be professional mentors for our warriors, and significant interest in hiring Wyakin Warriors.”
HDAW17 will be held at The Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, January 23-26, 2017. ♦