Anyone who left for an early flight or a head start home missed an outstanding group of speakers during the final day of the ABPA’s 37th annual meeting. Information regarding certification programs, the association’s lawsuit against Ford Global, the pending PARTS Act in Congress, working successfully with insurance companies, and the consolidation trend in the parts industry kept attendees in their seats and paying close attention.

Bob Frayer of NSF provided an overview of his organization’s expanding list of certification programs, which now includes parts, manufacturers, distributors, repair shops, and recycled parts.

 

ABPA President Jim Smith provided some positive news on the ongoing lawsuit to stop Ford Global’s use of design patents to eliminate competition in the parts industry.

 

Gerry Poirier of Farmer’s Insurance gave a very helpful look at how manufacturers and distributors can establish a better working relationship with insurers.

 

Will Nordwind of Venable, LLC and the Quality Parts Coalition (QPC) updated the audience on the progress being made in Congress on the important PARTS Act, which is seeing increased support in the current Congress.

 

Brad Mewes, a business consultant with Supplement, was both entertaining and informative as he discussed the trend toward consolidation in the parts industry.