YANG Event to Connect Aspiring Professionals with Mentors at AAPEX

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Aug. 31, 2017—The Young Auto Care Network Group (YANG) of the Auto Care Association (ACA) will be presenting YANG @AAPEX during the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 in Las Vegas.

All professionals in the auto care industry under the age of 40 are encouraged to attend.

The program will include the YANG Town Hall titled, “Get in the Driver’s Seat: The 3 Keys to a Successful Auto Care Career,” featuring an executive panel from all channels of the auto care industry moderated by YANG advisory council member, Dave Shapiro, SRS Marketing Company. Thie program will take place from 3:45-4:45 p.m. at The Venetian Hotel in Marco Polo Room 706.

The panel topics include:

  • Willingness to Grow - How Continuing Education and Learning New Skills Drives Opportunity
  • You Are Who You Know - The Importance of Networking and Growing Your Inner Circle
  • Learning to Lead - How Getting to the Top Takes Sacrifice and Putting Others First

Immediately after the panel, attendees are invited to attend the YANG-sponsored happy hour, 5-6:30 p.m., at LAVO in the Palazzo.

Panelists will include Corey Bartlett, president of the Automotive Parts Headquarters, and Aaron Shaffer, business development manager for KYB Americas Corporation.

In addition to YANG @AAPEX, members of YANG have the opportunity to receive professional staged photographs free of charge on Wednesday, Nov.1, 10:30-3:30 p.m., in the Auto Care Association Member Center in Room 201-203 in the Sands Expo.

New this year is the YANG Mentor Pin, designed to initiate conversations between young industry professionals and willing mentors. YANG Mentor Pin wearers will be recognized at AAPEX events by wearing the mentor pin. The pin pledges their willingness to support the industry’s future leaders and to indicate they are open to conversations with members.

“Getting the perspective of professionals with prior experience is extremely valuable, and our hope is that the YANG Mentor Pin will help YANG members identify auto care industry leaders willing to share their experiences,” said Thurston Adams, YANG council member. “Our goal is that mentorship relationships will be formed informally, based on mutual respect for the similar paths we are following throughout our careers in the auto care industry. When someone is wearing a YANG Mentor Pin, YANG members can simply say hello and introduce themselves, pick their brain and ask them about their career. In life and in business, simple introductions often lead to great relationships.”


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