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The annual Aug. 13-16 Aftermarket Executive Conference, open to all RV Industry Association (RVIA) supplier and distributor members, will feature one-on-one appointment meeting sessions where companies in the aftermarket segment can develop strategies for expanding their business in the coming year, and introduce new products and services before the fall/winter RV shows, network.

According to a press release, the Aftermarket Executive Conference provides many opportunities to network and catch up with colleagues. The 2018 event will feature special programming such as:

1. New Aftermarket Research
Attendees at the Aftermarket Executive Conference will be the first to hear about new findings from the RV Industry Association’s groundbreaking research examining RVers’ experiences and thoughts about purchasing aftermarket parts and accessories. This includes data on what are the most popular outlets to purchase parts and accessories, a look at the in-store versus online buying experience, what are the most important elements of the buying experience and what is the overall satisfaction with the buying experience.

2. RV Aftermarket Awards
The RV Aftermarket Awards program was designed to recognize individuals, suppliers and distributors who are committed to excellence and growth in the aftermarket industry, as well as highlight the newest and most popular products available in the aftermarket industry. Click here to submit for the Product of the Year Award or nominate a colleague for the Jim Barker Lifetime Achievement Award. The winners of these awards, along with the Aftermarket Supplier and Distributor of the Year, will be announced during the 2018 RV Aftermarket Executive Conference on Aug. 14.

3. Hear from Frank Hugelmeyer and RV Industry Association Staff
Get an update on the state of the industry from RV Industry Association President Frank Hugelmeyer and learn how to take advantage of the association’s events, government affairs, self-governance and Go RVing programs.

4. Experience the Dealer Council
Hear what’s on the mind of RV dealers and their thoughts about the aftermarket. How can the aftermarket help them be more successful? What’s their biggest challenges?  How can partnerships be even better?

Get in before the meetings request application opens. Registration to book your appointments in the meetings app will close Monday at noon (EDT) so to secure a spot at the conference now.