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Friday July 29

AAIA Announces Four Major Staff Promotions

The Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) has promoted four staff veterans to new positions within the association.
  • Rich White, vice president of marketing and member relations, has been promoted to the position of senior vice president, marketing and member relations. White has been with AAIA since it was established in 1999. White oversees the marketing, public relations, media relations, publications, Web sites and most recently the Car Care Council and the "Be Car Care Aware" consumer education campaign.
  • Michael Barratt, CMP, senior director of meetings, has been promoted to the position of vice president, meetings. Barratt has been with AAIA for nine years. Barratt oversees all meetings and conferences for AAIA and its segments, committees and managed associations, including: Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX), Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS), Automotive Communication Council (ACC), Aftermarket eForum(tm) and Women's Board. His responsibilities include meeting planning, site selection, contract negotiation and on-site logistics.
  • Dan Kaplan, senior director of market research, has been promoted to the position of vice president, market research. Kaplan has been with AAIA for more than five years. He oversees the association's market research department and the production and marketing of its wide range of research reports and studies, including the flagship research publication, the "Aftermarket Factbook." Kaplan serves as staff liaison to the Tool and Equipment segment and the AAIA Market Research Committee.
  • Dedra Selby, executive assistant and manager, human resources, has been promoted to the position of director, administration. Selby has been with the association for more than nine years. In her role, she manages all human resources activities for AAIA, assists the president and works closely with the AAIA Board of Directors and Executive Committee. She oversees all human resources functions, including payroll, employee benefits, recruitment and retention, and staff policies and procedures. Selby also serves as office manager and oversees a number of the association's administrative staff.

The AAIA is a Bethesda, Md.-based association whose more than 7,566 member companies and affiliates manufacture, distribute and sell motor vehicle parts, accessories, service, tools, equipment, materials and supplies. Through its membership, AAIA represents more than 54,000 repair shops and parts stores.

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