Fully Equipped for What’s Next: What’s Keeping the Industry Moving the Next 3-5 Years

Wednesday, January 24 | 8:00 am – 9:00 am (Breakfast 7:00 am – 8:00 am)
Texas Ballroom A & B

In the ever-evolving landscape of the independent heavy-duty industry, staying ahead of the curve is not just a choice, but a necessity. Join us for a dynamic session that will delve into some of the critical elements that will shape the industry in the next 3-5 years.

This session will feature three rapid-style presentations, each examining a different aspect that will play a role in the industry’s continued success. With a future-focused approach, the presentations will explore issues that are not only relevant but also imperative for your business strategy.

Topics will include:

  • Electrification – Looking beyond electrification as a buzzword and unpacking opportunities for the aftermarket.
    • Speaker: John Blodgett, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, MacKay & Company
  • Recruitment and Retention – Addressing these perennial challenges for any business looking to build a robust and dynamic workforce.
    • Speaker: Lucas Deal, Content Director, Randall Reilly
  • Right to Repair – An update on Right to Repair legislation and how the industry can get engaged.
    • Speakers:
      • Lisa Foshee, SVP of Government Affairs, Auto Care Association
      • Ann Wilson, SVP of Government Affairs, MEMA
      • Baron Oursler, SVP, General Counsel & Secretary, FleetPride


Tuesday, January 23 | 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Wednesday, January 24 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Texas Ballroom A & B

Join us for the industry roundtables and opt to enjoy your lunch at one of the designated topic tables where you can discuss key issues impacting your business and gain insights from industry peers.

Topics Include:

  • Supply Chain: Challenges, opportunities, and best practice share
  • Vehicle/Equipment Evolution: New products, systems, technology trends
  • New Technology and AI Improving Your Business: Share ideas and systems with your peers
  • Workforce Discussions: Sharing challenges and successes
  • Succession Planning: Developing programs for your leaders & High Potentials
  • Sustainability: Discussing opportunities and challenges