GAAS 2013 to Feature Technician Panel

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April 4, 2013—The 2013 Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS) will feature a technician panel discussion, entitled “What Shops Really Need.”

The discussion will be led by Ron Pyle, president and chief staff executive of the Automotive Service Association (ASA), with Chicago-area panelists Bob Shanahan, owner of DuPage Tire and Auto; John Vallely, owner of McLean Auto Repair; and Dave Walter, owner of Kehoe Automotive Center Inc.

The discussion is intended for repair shop owners to help manufacturers and distributors understand what is important to shop owners, such as the need for quality parts.

"We want something that's going to work," said Walter. "We only get paid to do the job once, so we want it done right the first time. We need availability along with the brands we trust and at a reasonable price."

This year’s GAAS, with a theme of “Driving Change,” will be held May 21-22 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare near Chicago. The event will be co-located with the Afermarket eForum, which will be held May 22-23.

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