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SAA Puts a Focus on the Luxury Vehicle Market at 2015 Outlook Conference

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The 27th Annual Automotive Outlook Conference marks a first in the recent history of the SAA by focusing exclusively on the U.S. luxury vehicle market. The event will take place Jan. 11, 2015. 

The conference will provide a comprehensive review of the premium car and light truck markets.  The agenda includes presentations by experts in the luxury market on such subjects as effective marketing to the luxury customer, alternative powertrain technologies being pursued by this segment, current trends in market share and loyalty among the luxury makes, and a luxury perspective by an expert working outside the auto industry.

Attendees will enjoy great networking and a strolling dinner, and will receive a NAIAS show floor pass (good for Jan. 14, 2015).

Click here for more information and to register. 

 

Citi Research Partners with the SAA to Examine the Most Promising New Auto Technologies for Investors

The first-ever Auotomotive Investor Summit took place Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 at Lear Corp. in Southfield, Mich. The innaugural event looked into which new automotive technologies hold the most promise for investors, as well as the specific companies that will be the key players in their product categories. Citi Research partnered with the SAA on the event. Click here for more information.

 

SAA's Mission

The Society of Automotive Analysts' vision to be recognized as the platform that provides automotive thought leadership.  The SAA aims to provide outstanding networking opportunities, timely and useful data and a forum for the discussion and dissemination of ideas, concepts and solutions.

SAA members include every automotive industry professional interested in timely and useful auto industry data, discussion and dissemination of ideas, concepts and solutions.


Three Ways Supply Chain Finance Fuels Growth in the Automotive Industry

Working capital efficiency and cash flow availability are crucial for any industry, but none more so than in a capital intensive sector that's going through a growth cycle, such as the automotive industry.  Read more about this topic in the current Featured Article from PrimeRevenue. Click here to read the article.

 

Meet the New SAA Scholarship Winner: Anthony Wnoroski

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Anthony Wnoroski of Northwood University is the 2014 recipient of the SAA's Thought Leadership of Tomorrow Scholarship.

Q) Where did you grow up? 

A) I was born and raised in Green, Ohio.  This is located just south of Akron, Ohio.


Q) When did you know you wanted to have a future in the automotive industry?

A) Growing up in the Rubber City, my passion for the industry has always been written deep in my bones, but I realized it was truly my path after studying Advertising for two years at Kent State University.  After being introduced to the opportunities at Northwood, I knew the Automotive Aftermarket Management degree was for me.  

Q) What interests you most about the industry?

A) I find myself most interested in the versatility of the industry.  Although most view the Aftermarket as a niche, I view it as a world of opportunity that involves every aspect of learning from art to business, and journalism to technology.  Everything can be found in the Automotive world in one form or another.

Q) Where would you like to see your career go?

A) Down the road my goal is to open my own Automotive Repair and Performance shop, and with this shop, I would like to help create new and revolutionary processes to help companies get work done faster, better and cheaper. 

Third Annual Summer Evening Event Featured Networking, Speakers from Pandora and IBM

9510_248-153_405x165_864x576.jpgSAA's third annual Summer Evening Event took place June 18, 2014 at the MSU Management Education Center in Troy, MI.  The event has become an outstanding networking opportunity for SAA members and guests, and has featured notable speakers discussing the latest in automotive technology. This year, speakers from  Pandora, IBM and Continental discussed connectivity and engaged in an open dialogue with attendees. The event also included a strolling dinner.

 

Purchasing Executives from Top 6 Automakers Presented to Packed Auditorium at Annual OEM Purchasing Summit

johnhenke.jpgSAA's 5th Annual Purchasing Summit included a presentation of the results of Planning Perspectives’ 2014 NA Automotive OEM-Supplier Relations Study by Dr. John Henke. The May 13 event at AAM Headquarters in Detroit featured purchasing executives from Ford, GM, Chrysler, Toyota, Nissan and Honda.  The execs responded to the study’s findings and presented their company’s purchasing plans, policies and strategies for the coming year.  A lively question and answer session also took place.  

Hot Topic
Are Emerging Markets the New Achilles Heel of the Automotive Industry?

The global light vehicle market is expected to remain in positive territory this year with growth at 3 percent to over 87 million units, according to LMC Automotive. However, several emerging markets are underperforming and the outlook for vehicle sales in some of these previously high growth markets is being downgraded. Slower growth in the emerging markets is creating pressure for the global automotive industry and adding an element of uncertainty for key players that have invested heavily in these markets. Click here to read more

Members-Only Benefit: Access to the AutoBeat Group Publications

SAA is proud to offer its members access to the AutoBeat Group publications (a $300 value).  Members can now access AutoBeat Daily, AutoTech Daily, AutoBeat Asia and AutoBeat Europe. Get instructions on how to access these publications by clicking here.

SAA Career Center

Looking to fill a position? Or are you looking for a job? The SAA's new Career Center may be able to help. This new members-only service can be found in the members-only section by clicking here.

Young Professionals Network Offers Outstanding Networking

The Young Professionals Network (YPN) provides networking opportunities and facilitates the exchange of ideas, insights and opinions among the next generation of automotive industry thought leaders. The YPN consists of career-minded automotive industry professionals who want to stay abreast of the latest trends while at the same time expanding their network of contacts.

For more information on the YPN, click here.

 

President's Message

SAA President Michelle Krebs provides her message to SAA members.

Join SAA on LinkedIn

SAA now has a LinkedIn group page. Please join the discussion, network with other automotive executives and be on top of the latest news and information from SAA. Click the logo to go to the SAA LinkedIn group page.

The United States can't get energy independence by requiring automakers to sell fuel-efficient vehicles. It will help our balance of payments a bit, but America can't substantially affect world oil prices or availability by using less auto fuel or bumping oil production. As long as OPEC has 78 percent of global petroleum reserves, if the U.S. cuts consumption, OPEC will simply pump less oil and keep prices high. ”

— R. James Woolsey, U.S. Energy Security Council, at the March Networking Breakfast on Future Fuels and Powertrains

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