RR 462: Paul McCarthy – AASA President Has the Back of the Service Professional

Paul T. McCarthy is the President of Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association. AASA is the voice for the automotive aftermarket supplier industry.

Paul McCarthy assumed the position of president and chief operating officer of Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), the light vehicle aftermarket division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), in July 2019. As AASA’s top executive, he is focused on its mission: to advance the aftermarket industry and the business interests of its members and to support a high-growth, profitable, innovative and influential aftermarket supplier industry.

Prior to his promotion, Paul served as executive vice president of AASA, helping its president lead the association. He also served as senior vice president, strategy, for MEMA, the parent organization of AASA, Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA), MERA – the Association for Sustainable Manufacturing and Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA).

Paul has 23 years of experience in the automotive industry. Prior to joining MEMA, Paul led the Automotive and Industrial Products Strategy Practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). He consulted at dozens of automotive suppliers, eight of the top ten global automakers, and at private equity firms and financial institutions. His past leadership roles include heading PwC Germany’s Automotive Strategy advisory practice and leading global forecasting and analysis for a prominent vehicle forecast service, Autofacts. Paul has an MBA from Duke’s University’s Fuqua School of Business.

Key Talking Points:

  • AASA- Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association
    • Members make the parts, chemicals, tools, equipment, technology for vehicles
    • Care about quality, safety, and value
    • Part of NEMA- been representing manufacturers and suppliers for over 115 years  
  • ADAS
    • Fear of ADAS and how we can repair vehicles- it can be done
    • Everyone thought fuel injections, electronic control units etc wouldn’t work and couldn’t be repaired- not doomed, the industry found a way and learned 
    • Driver-assist vehicles- drivers tend to be less tired, leads to driving more
    • Projected in 2030-  36% expected growth from new products/technologies, with reinvention shop owners and technicians can thrive
    • Without change, there is no profit
  • Rideshare in NYC- 600 million miles/year increase in miles driven
    • Made it more appealing and convenient 
    • Public transport decrease
  • Recession
    • New vehicle sales go down more than aftermarket
    • Some people go ahead with repairs instead of buying a new vehicle, some people will defer from repairs and maintenance   
  • Access to data- future of the industry
    • 100 million vehicles on road today that has some type of repair constraint
    • Federal issue, safety/cyber security
  • Future outlook
    • Over the last 20 years size of aftermarket (dollar amount) has more than doubled 
    • Last year the size of maintenance and repair market was almost 300 billion dollars, 2022 forecasted 338 billion
    • Increase the complexity of repairs- more educated labor
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This episode is brought to you by AAPEX, the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo. AAPEX represents the $740 billion global automotive aftermarket industry and has everything you need to stay ahead of the curve. With 2,500 exhibiting companies, you’ll see the latest products, parts, and technologies for your business. As a result, the event also offers advanced training for shop owners, technicians, warehouse distributors (WDs) and auto parts retailers, as well as networking opportunities to grow your business. AAPEX 2019 will take place Tuesday, Nov. 5 through Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas. Therefore, more than 48,000 targeted buyers are expected to attend, and approximately 162,000 automotive aftermarket professionals. They will be from 135 countries which are projected to be in Las Vegas during AAPEX 2019. For information, visit aapexshow.com

About the author, Carm Capriotto, AAP

Carm is the founder and host of the Remarkable Results Radio Podcast and the pioneer of automotive aftermarket podcasts. Carm calls on his years of experience in the aftermarket to bring engaging stories from his guests.

Listen to raw, unfiltered, honest, and sincere stories that include insights, trends, best practices, and expertise. Each interview brings an opportunity to learn one new thing through the stories of personal achievement. Many podcast guests tell their story of transformation from working in their business to working on it.

As host of over 1,000 episodes, Carm uses his enthusiasm and passion for the aftermarket especially the service sector to take his listeners on a journey showcasing successful service professionals’ paths to Remarkable Results. He also enjoys interviews with aftermarket industry thought leaders who bring their industry perspectives to his listener.

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