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Gary Shapiro to Deliver AAIA Town Hall Keynote Speech

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Oct. 18, 2013—The Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) announced Thursday that Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), will be the keynote speaker at the AAIA Town Hall breakfast. The event is scheduled for 6–7 a.m. on Nov. 6 during the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX).

Shapiro leads a staff of 150 employees and thousands of industry volunteers at CEA, a trade association representing more than 2,000 consumer electronics companies. He is the author of CEA’s two New York Times best-selling books, “The Comeback: How Innovation Will Restore the American Dream,” and “Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World’s Most Successful Businesses.”

Shapiro was also a leader in the development and launch of HDTV and has testified before Congress numerous times on technology and business issues.

“Everyone is eager to hear Gary’s take on the synergies between the consumer electronics industry and the auto care industry, as well as his ‘killer strategies’ for successful businesses,” said Kathleen Schmatz, AAIA president and CEO. “Gary is a pioneer and respected leader and a powerful and entertaining presenter. Don’t miss this one.”

Shpiro will be preceded by Mark Seng, global aftermarket practice leader at Polk, who will present Polk’s “Five Trends in Five Minutes.”

Individual tickets are $100 for AAIA members and $115 for non-members. Registration is available online

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