47th Annual ACPN Knowledge Exchange Conference

05/03/2020 - 05/06/2020 • 808 Howell Street, Seattle, Washington, United States, 98101
The annual ACPN Knowledge Exchange conference is the largest gathering of content professionals and their vendors and solution partners. Attended by most major manufacturers, distributors and parts experts in the automotive content space, the ACPN conference provides a focused and unique opportunity to learn, share best practices, network with peers, and interact with service providers in the content management space. At the ACPN Knowledge Exchange, content managers can learn how to develop more accurate catalogs, gain insights on more efficient production processes and become aware of new technology and techniques, which will ultimately help them and their companies sell more products, reduce costs and increase efficiencies.
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Schedule

  • 03 May
  • 04 May
  • 05 May
  • 06 May

NAPA Supplier Meeting (Invite Only)

09:00 AM 12:00 PM

Conference Registration/Check-In

10:00 AM 05:00 PM

Boot Camp

01:30 PM 03:30 PM

Tom Schiavo

Luke Smith

Opticat Meeting

03:00 PM 04:50 PM

First Time Attendee Orientation - Sponsored by Brake Parts Inc.

04:30 PM 05:30 PM

Welcome Reception

05:30 PM 07:00 PM

Dinner on your own

07:00 PM 09:00 PM

Hospitality Suite - Sponsored by APA Engineering

09:00 PM 11:00 PM

Continental Breakfast - Sponsored by Melling Engine Parts

07:00 AM 08:00 AM

Conference Opening and Welcome

08:00 AM 08:30 AM

Luke Smith

(Keynote) Disrupt or Be Disrupted: Open Source as a Key Differentiator

08:30 AM 09:15 AM

Scott Addie

Know Before You Go - University Breakouts

09:15 AM 09:30 AM

Coffee Break - Sponsored by Integrate Data Facts

09:15 AM 09:45 AM

(Track 1) University Breakout: You're Problem Solving - Bringing The Humanity Back Into Problem Solving

09:45 AM 10:45 AM

(Track 2) University Breakout: Machine Interfaces 101 - Is Your Content Ready?

09:45 AM 10:45 AM

Luke Smith

(Track 3) University Breakout: Assembling PIES

09:45 AM 10:45 AM

(Track 1) University Breakout: You're Problem Solving - Bringing The Humanity Back Into Problem Solving

11:00 AM 12:00 PM

(Track 2) University Breakout: Machine Interfaces 101 - Is Your Content Ready?

11:00 AM 12:00 PM

Luke Smith

(Track 3) University Breakout: Assembling PIES

11:00 AM 12:00 PM

Jonathan Larsen

Lunch On Your Own

12:00 PM 01:30 PM

Disruptive Forces in the Automotive Aftermarket

01:30 PM 02:15 PM

Casey Selecman

(Track 1) University Breakout: Scale, Disruption, Change - Are You Ready?

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

Eric Lough

(Track 2) University Breakout: Machine Interfaces 201 - Finding North in Chaotic Systems and Data

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

Scott Addie

Krister  Kittelson

(Track 3) University Breakout:TBD

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

(Track 1) University Breakout: Are You Using The Best Tools?

03:45 PM 04:45 PM

Carl Cross

(Track 2) University Breakout: Transitioning to Fully Machine Readable Data

03:45 PM 04:45 PM

Joe Thomas

(Track 3) University Breakout: Your Scalable Digital Content Strategy

03:45 PM 04:45 PM

Matt Fowler

YANG Regional Meet-Up

05:30 PM 06:30 PM

Chairman's Dinner - Sponsored by IHS Markit

07:00 PM 09:00 PM

Hospitality Suite - Sponsored by IHS Markit

09:00 PM 11:00 PM

Continental Breakfast - Sponsored by Epicor Software Corporation

07:30 AM 08:30 AM

Opening Remarks

08:30 AM 08:45 AM

Keynote

08:45 AM 09:30 AM

Content Excellence Awards (Web, ACES & PIES Data, Installer's Choice)

09:30 AM 09:45 AM

Coffee Break - Sponsored by Dirxion, LLC

09:45 AM 10:15 AM

(Keynote) Generational Disruption: Strategies to Lead and Work Across Generations

10:15 AM 11:00 AM

Ryan  Jenkins

The State of the Standards

11:00 AM 11:30 AM

Industry Luncheon - Sponsored by

11:30 AM 01:00 PM

Vendor Trade Show and Learning Lounge

01:00 PM 05:00 PM

ACPAC Reception/Happy Hour (2020 Donors Only)

03:00 PM 05:00 PM

Vendor Trade Show Reception/Happy Hour

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Dinner On Your Own

05:00 PM 09:00 PM

Hospitality Suite - Sponsored by Innovative Logic

09:00 PM 11:00 PM

Buffet Awards Breakfast

08:00 AM 08:45 AM

Opening Remarks

08:45 AM 09:00 AM

Luke Smith

(Keynote) The Supply Chain of Information: “My Product, Your Information”

09:00 AM 09:45 AM

Mariano Vainstein

ACP Graduation

09:45 AM 10:00 AM

Content Excellence Awards - Receiver's Choice

10:00 AM 10:15 AM

Keynote

10:15 AM 11:00 AM

Important Announcements and Closing Remarks

11:00 AM 11:15 AM

Sponsors

Speakers

ACPN Committee

Scott Addie

Senior Content Developer
Microsoft

Scott Addie is an international speaker, a .NET Foundation member, an open-source contributor, and a developer advocate of the modern web and cloud. Scott has reached masses of developers through blog posts, articles, courses, and speaking engagements at user groups, code camps, and conferences across the globe. With a strong emphasis on the Microsoft web technology stack, Scott holds numerous industry-recognized Microsoft development certifications. Scott is a former Telerik Developer Network author, Progress Developer Expert, and Microsoft MVP. In his day job, Scott produces reference and learning content on docs.microsoft.com and the Microsoft Learn platform for ASP.NET Core and Azure developers.

04 May

04 May

Mariano Vainstein

Sr. Manager - Auto Parts & Structured Data Latam
Mercado Libre

Personal Bio

Mariano obtained a Business Administration degree from the Buenos Aires University and has over 20 years of experience in the automotive industry; with a high specialization in auto parts distribution, retailing, digitalization and E-commerce.

Since 2014 Mariano has been leading the auto parts category for Mercado Libre, setting up and managing commercial and product strategy for Latin America and always looking for the best experience between the seller and the buyer.

Mariano works with several organizations around the world as a representative of the aftermarket future transformation. In 2019, he has been a lecturer at several conferences in Latin America, including Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Chile.

Company Bio
Founded in 1999, Mercado Libre is Latin America's leading e-commerce technology company. Through its primary platforms, Mercado Libre.com and Mercado Pago.com, it provides solutions to individuals and companies buying, selling, advertising, and paying for goods and services online.

Mercado Libre.com serves millions of users and creates a market for a wide variety of goods and services in an easy, safe and efficient way. The site is among the top 30 in the world in terms of page views and is the leading retail platform in unique visitors in the major countries in which it operates according to metrics provided by comScore Networks. The Company is listed on NASDAQ (Nasdaq: MELI) following its initial public offering in 2007

06 May

Ryan Jenkins

Ryan Jenkins, LLC.
Ryan Jenkins is an internationally-recognized keynote speaker and a generations expert. He’s the author of The Millennial Manual: The Complete How-To Guideto Manage, Develop, and Engage Millennials at Work and TheGeneration Z Guide: The Complete Manual to Understand, Recruit andLead the Next Generation. For over 8 years, he has been helping organizations gain clarity around Millennials and Generation Z so professionals can effectively work and lead across generations.

Ryan has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, and The Wall Street Journal. Ryan’s blogpodcast, and Inc Magazine column inspire and equip thousands of people every week. Ryan’s fresh and forward-thinking approach to generations have made him one of the most highly sought after generational and future of work keynote speakers.
He is also co-founder of SyncLX.com, a learning and development
company redefining how to learn in a digital world.

When he is not speaking and writing, you can find him sampling craft beers from around the world or spending quality time with his, 3 children and yellow labrador in their home in Atlanta, GA.

05 May

Luke Smith

IT Director & ACPN Chairman
Momentum USA, Inc.

Luke Smith is currently the ACPN Chairman.

Luke has been in IT for automotive aftermarket parts manufacturers since 2001. ERP/MRP, PIM and catalog management systems have been his focus over the years.He has developed and maintained several PIM/Catalog systems from scratch using PHP and MySQL. Catalog data analysis tools for the ACES & PIES standards have become his recent obsession (autopartsource.com/ACESinspector). Luke is proficient in a number of languages, including C#, C, PHP, VB, RPG, Microchip Assembly.

03 May

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04 May

06 May

Casey Selecman

IHS Markit


As a Director of IHS Markit’s Powertrain consulting practice, Casey Selecman and his team are focused on helping clients understand the complicated world of ACES technologies; Autonomous, Connected, Electrified, and Shared. He has 20 years of experience in the transportation consultancy field across light, heavy, and aftermarket products. Casey holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and lives with his wife and 3 children in Novi, MI.

About IHS Markit 
IHS Markit (NYSE: INFO) is a world leader in critical information, analytics and solutions for the major industries and markets that drive economies worldwide. The company delivers next-generation information, analytics and solutions to customers in business, finance and government, improving their operational efficiency and providing deep insights that lead to well-informed, confident decisions. IHS Markit has more than 50,000 business and government customers, including 80 percent of the Fortune Global 500 and the world’s leading financial institutions. Headquartered in London, IHS Markit is committed to sustainable, profitable growth.

04 May

Tom Schiavo

Data Analyst & ACPN Liaison
Auto Care Association

Tom Schiavo is a Data Analyst in the Technology Department for the Auto Care Association.

Joining the Auto Care Association in 2016, Schiavo is responsible for the management of the widely-adopted PIES (Product Information Exchange Standard), PCdb (Product Classification Database) and PAdb (Product Attribute Database) standards, and the overall quality of the data within them, which enables auto care industry businesses to increase their sales and efficiency. He works with the auto care industry to enhance the standards for the ever evolving automotive aftermarket. Furthermore, Schiavo is responsible for the training and support of the standards, to ensure the auto care industry understands and utilizes the standards to their fullest.

In addition to working with the standards, he is the liaison for the Automotive Content Professionals Network (ACPN), a community segment of the Auto Care Association. He is responsible for the planning of the annual ACPN Knowledge Exchange conference, which is the largest gathering of catalog professionals and their vendors and solution partners in the automotive industry.

Prior to joining the Auto Care Association, Schiavo was employed by Cardone Industries, Inc. in Philadelphia. There, he served six years in the cataloging department as a data analyst and leader of electronic cataloging.

Schiavo has been in the automotive industry for 13 years, ten of which have been in the automotive aftermarket. Early in his career, he worked at several OE dealerships, including Porsche, Audi, Volkswagen, Ford, and Subaru, working in various roles.

Schiavo earned a Bachelor of Science in business management with a concentration in entrepreneurship from Virginia Tech. Additionally, he has earned his Automotive Aftermarket Professional and Automotive Content Professional designation through Northwood University.

03 May

Jonathan Larsen

Manager, Reference Data Architect
Auto Care Association

04 May

Eric Lough

Director of Data Management
PartsTech


Eric is the Director of Data Management for PartsTech where he has spent the past 5 years building one of the industry's largest and most comprehensive catalogs.

Eric is no stranger to cataloging. Prior to PartsTech, Eric spent 7 years at WHI Solutions managing catalog acquisition and since that time has been involved in countless industry work groups and is currently a member of Autocare's TSC Committee.

Eric's passion for the automotive aftermarket fuels his desire to continually push the boundaries of content management and is the reason why he's spent more than a decade managing catalogs.

04 May

Krister Kittelson

Database Administrator - Database Architecture and Administration, Master Data Management and Product Support
Brake Parts Inc


Krister is a database developer with more than a decade of aftermarket product data experience and a knack for understanding problems as part of a larger context. He began as a catalog coordinator at SKF in 2006 and over his time there learned to work across cultures, systems, and standards (including having the brief pleasure of simultaneously mapping four vehicle tables and two print specifications). In 2014 Krister moved to Brake Parts Inc to help build a new catalog department; there, he both shepherds data production work in off-the-shelf catalog solutions and builds specialized tools to store, transform, migrate, and analyze critical product and business data over time.

Krister lives northwest of Chicago with his wife and two young children. In his free time he composes fragments of synthesizer music, reads fantasy novels, and noodles on the piano.

About BPI:
Brake Parts Inc (BPI) is committed to leading the global automotive aftermarket as the premier manufacturer and supplier of brake system components. The company’s primary focus is the growth and profitability of its customers through a collaborative platform of quality, innovation, dedication and integrity. BPI has a demonstrated commitment to research, development and testing of its entire product offering, including friction, rotors, drums, calipers and hydraulic products, ensuring that they meet or exceed original equipment fit, form and function requirements.

04 May

Matt Fowler

Director of Sales
Snap36

As Director of Sales at Snap36, Matt runs a team working with various companies to help bridge the gap between in person and online sales. Through his passion for understanding how businesses work and excel, he has developed a dedication to taking eCommerce to the next level.

04 May

Joe Thomas

Manager-Automotive Solutions
Syndigo


Joe Thomas
is currently the Program Manager for Automotive at Syndigo, a content management leader based in Chicago, IL. At Syndigo, Joe is a technical subject matter expert that is helping drive the automotive product. Prior to joining Syndigo, Joe held positions in content at Tenneco, Dana, and Fram Group. Joe brings a wealth of automotive knowledge after spending fifteen years in automotive service and a retail/wholesale part counter. He has truly work the full spectrum of the Automotive vertical from manufacturer to repair shop.

Joe currently sits on the YANG Advisory Council. He is also an active participant in ACA standards workgroups and a member of AASA Automotive Technology Council. He recently obtained his ACP certification and previously held four ASE Certifications.

About Syndigo
Right Data. Right Now. It’s a simple promise, but a critical one and one that Syndigo can deliver like no one before based on our commitment to being a client-centric organization. As the first unified solution for content management, syndication, analytics, and verified product information, Syndigo is raising the standard of what great product experiences can be.

Syndigo's Content Experience Hub (CXH) can connect with your internal systems, populating the engineering, logistics, and marketing data your receivers need. CXH delivers your data in the formats your receivers require! No more maintaining multiple files for each of your receivers. Just set up the frequency you want your data and Syndigo handles the rest.

We work with your receivers to make sure you have the most up to date requirements to meet their growing needs. 

Syndigo.com/automotive/

04 May

Carl Cross

Brake Parts, Inc.

Carl Cross been in the automotive aftermarket with Brake Parts Inc for 20 years in multiple roles, which has helped develop his understanding of the business from various perspectives. He has served in various roles and responsibilities, including Counterperson, Manufacturing Operator, Customer Service, Product Development, Sales Analyst, Demand Planner, Inventory Manager, and Aftermarket Analyst reporting through supply chain.These positions allowed for collaboration with all departments within the company which further broadened his understanding .While not at BPI, he enjoys food, cooking and watching movies with his family.

About Brake Parts Inc:
Brake Parts Inc (BPI) is committed to leading the global automotive aftermarket as the premier manufacturer and supplier of brake system components, including its respected flagship Raybestos® brand. The company’s primary focus is the growth and profitability of its customers through a collaborative platform of quality, innovation, dedication and integrity. A supplier to major auto parts organizations, BPI has a demonstrated commitment to research, development and testing of its entire product offering, including friction, rotors, drums, calipers and hydraulic products, ensuring that they meet or exceed original equipment fit, form and function requirements. For more information, visit www.brakepartsinc.com.

04 May

Luke Smith

ACPN Chairman & IT Director
Momentum USA, Inc.

IHS Markit

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IHS Markit (Nasdaq: INFO) is a world leader in critical information, analytics and solutions for the major industries and markets that drive economies worldwide. The company delivers next-generation information, analytics and solutions to customers in business, finance and government, improving their operational efficiency and providing deep insights that lead to well-informed, confident decisions. IHS Markit has more than 50,000 key business and government customers, including 85 percent of the Fortune Global 500 and the world’s leading financial institutions. Headquartered in London, IHS Markit is committed to sustainable, profitable growth. Automotive offerings and expertise at IHS Markit span every major market and the entire automotive value chain—from product planning to marketing, sales and the aftermarket. For additional information, please visit www.ihsmarkit.com/automotive or email automotive@ihsmarkit.com.

Integrate Data Facts

Your Mexico Data Partner since 2010! IDF is a private and independent firm that specializes in research and consultancy for the automotive aftermarket. IDF is headquartered in Michigan and has dedicated staff in both Michigan and Mexico City. IDF is the pioneer and leader in Mexico OE Research and interchanges. For further information please contact us at: info@idfacts.com

Solenium Group / Visual Skus

Solenium provides content management software and data mapping services to the automotive aftermarket, since 1984. Over the years, Solenium has focused on building a team of data specialists and software developers capable of delivering technologies that truly address the challenges facing the industry. Visual SKUs’ Amplify is workflow software for managing high-volume product photography and image production projects, managing and sharing digital assets centrally, and distributing product images and other digital assets to ecommerce marketplaces. Visual SKUs product photography services has produced millions of still and 360 product images for some of the largest companies in the world.

GCommerce

Who We Are - Formed in 2000 and based in Des Moines, Iowa, GCommerce is a leading provider of cloud-based automation solutions to the durable goods distribution industries. Our services reduce the time and expense of electronic document exchange and enable ecommerce in the distribution supply chain.
Our Purpose – GCommerce empowers the success of our customers with industry-specific solutions that drive down costs through automation of complex processes and increase sales in the durable goods distribution industry
Our Impact - Every day, GCommerce connects thousands of trading partners, processing millions of transactions, helping to automate the buying and selling processes and taking friction out of the supply chain.With Cloud software powered by Microsoft Azure, GCommerce is the most cost-effective solution available to the distribution industry.

Brake Parts Inc.

Melling Engine Parts

Melling serves the global automotive original equipment and aftermarket industries and is noted for being a world leader in the design and manufacturing of fluid pumps.

Epicor Software Corporation

Epicor is the auto care industry's premier provider of business management software, eCatalog products, connectivity/eCommerce solutions, and industry analytics. PartExpert® replacement parts database and Epicor Parts Network™ B2B eCommerce solution facilitate an estimated 70 percent of parts transactions within the U.S. and Canada.

Illumaware

Evokat Premier - Online Product Catalog Builders & Database Management with Increased Flexibility, Automation, Guidance and Performance. Online and On-demand Down-loadable & Reusable PDF Application Guides/Buyers Guides, XML Files, VIO Holes Report Integration. Eliminate Overmapping, Conflicts, Invalids, Holes to Eliminate Undamaged Returns. Accurately Communicate ACES and PIES Fast & Easy with Live Training and Support. DIY Mapping, Authoring, Publishing - Waiting on a Third Party for your Data COSTS!

Dirxion

Dirxion creates interactive digital versions of printed catalogs, flyers, brochures and other literature, allowing B2B publishers to conjoin their print and e-commerce efforts in an effort to drive more revenue. Please contact us to visit with our industry experts and learn more about what Dirxion does with automotive publishers.

APA Engineering

APA Engineering offers Catalog, Data, IT & E-Commerce solutions. Portfolio includes - Data Management Services (Bulk Data Scrubbing, Extraction & Mapping) ACES, PIES & NAPA Compliance, ACES Tools, Bulk Data & Image Processing, Data Research Services, PIM Software, PDF & Web Catalog Services, Ebay & Amazon listings, Competitor Insights & Dynamic Pricing Tools, Custom IT applications, Website and Mobile App Development and more. APA Engineering is an ISO:9001-2015 certified company and a registered member of ACPN. APA Engg. is closely associated with the US automotive aftermarket industry for nearly 18 years.

Innovative Logic

We can do it all from PIM software to mapping services and all other data management needs! Built from the ground up for the automotive aftermarket industry, PartSmart All In One quickly and accurately maps to every industry standard, including NAPA, ACES and PIES. As well as are excited to annouce conversions from TecDoc data to ACES and NAPA. We can help with any of the automotve aftermarket's growing needs in a fast and cost effective way.

Vertical Development / ShowMeTheParts.com

Visit Vertical Development / ShowMeTheParts in Booth 109! We will be showing our popular vCatalog PIM Solution manufacturers use daily to manage their application and product data for publication to Print, ACES, PIES and NAPA PartsPro formats, and our DIFM Solution where we help companies manage their data, and our ACES, PIES, and NAPA PartsPro services that help clients get their Excel or other data files into industry standard format for their trading partners. We also support the Sell-Side through ShowMeTheParts where we have published data for more than 320 Manufacturers covering more than 4,320 Part Types – this data integrates to solutions like GCommerce for manufacturers needing a direct sales tool for their distributors, ChannelAdvisor for Marketplace Sellers needing enhanced data to improve their listings on Amazon, eBay, Walmart.com and more, and Amazon where our vCatalog Systems, Data management, and ACES Mapping Services help clients deploy their data to Amazon.

Experian Information Solutions, Inc.

We are transforming how the automotive industry uses data to drive actionable insights. We help businesses manage risk, better understand their markets, target the right customers at the right time with the right offer and keep them coming back.

OATS LTD

Since 1984, OATS has been providing lubricant data solutions to the Lubricants industry. Originally started by two former Lubricant technical specialists, it has become part of the Haynes Publishing Group and has extended team of data, software development and technical consultants who work with our customers worldwide to support their product marketing and management.

Opticat

OptiCat's resources help Suppliers and Distributors to securely consolidate, validate and share product information, helping everyone to sell more parts.

NAPA Supplier Meeting (Invite Only)

09:00 AM 12:00 PM


The NAPA Supplier meeting is a Closed Invite Only meeting. Invites will be distributed by NAPA. Please contact NAPA for details about this meeting.

Conference Registration/Check-In

10:00 AM 05:00 PM Conference Registration Desk

Auto Care Association Staff will be at the registration booth to provide:
  • Provide your name badge
  • Provide information about the conference 
  • Answer any questions you may have (including how to download and use Auto Care's Event app!).

Please be sure to:
  • Download the Event App
  • Grab an ACPN Community Pin to show your support of ACPN! 

Boot Camp

01:30 PM 03:30 PM


The ACPN Boot Camp kicks off the conference providing the foundation, or a refresher, for the Auto Care Technology Standards of ACES and PIES, and their supporting databases (VCdb, Qdb, PCdb, PAdb, Brand). Additionally, this session will introduce you to the Auto Care Association Technology Department Staff and how to make changes to your industry Standards.

This is a high-level session recommended for first time attendees or those new to the industry and/or content management space. However, all are welcome.

Speakers

Opticat Meeting

03:00 PM 04:50 PM

First Time Attendee Orientation - Sponsored by Brake Parts Inc.

04:30 PM 05:30 PM

First Time Attendees are invited to a special meet-and-greet reception and orientation. This informal gathering is a great way to meet the ACPN committee and learn helpful tips on how to get the most out of the conference.

Sponsored by

Welcome Reception

05:30 PM 07:00 PM

Kick off the 47th Annual ACPN Knowledge Exchange Conference with cocktails and conversation in a friendly atmosphere. Catch up with old friends and make new ones! This is an ideal time to develop and grow your network.

Dinner on your own

07:00 PM 09:00 PM

Hospitality Suite - Sponsored by APA Engineering

09:00 PM 11:00 PM

Enjoy a late night chance to confer with your fellow ACPN members or the kind folks at APA Engineering. Don’t miss your last opportunity to make important and lasting contacts. The Hospitality Suites provide attendees a place to meet, relax and enjoy refreshments at the end of each conference day.

Sponsored by

Continental Breakfast - Sponsored by Melling Engine Parts

07:00 AM 08:00 AM

Sponsored by

Conference Opening and Welcome

08:00 AM 08:30 AM


Join our Chairman as he opens the 47th annual ACPN Knowledge Exchange Conference with helpful ideas on maximizing your time, navigating the mobile app and some exciting new initiatives the ACPN Committee has been developing over the past year.

Speakers

Keynote

(Keynote) Disrupt or Be Disrupted: Open Source as a Key Differentiator

08:30 AM 09:15 AM


Technological transformation is happening all around us at breakneck speed. As aspirant digital disruptors, forward-thinking businesses are smothering the competition. The industries in which they operate are poised for more change in the next few years than they have experienced in the last 50 years combined. Buzzwords like cloud computing, the Internet of Things, and artificial intelligence are fuel for this revolution. But open-source software is another key differentiator of which you hear much less.

Let’s explore the concept of open source as it relates to both content and product development. What does the term mean? How is it leveraged at Microsoft? Why has it become so popular? Leave this session with inspiration to explore the intersection of content development and open source.

Speakers

Know Before You Go - University Breakouts

09:15 AM 09:30 AM

A brief overview of each session so you know what you're getting into and what you'll get out of it!

Coffee Break - Sponsored by Integrate Data Facts

09:15 AM 09:45 AM

Sponsored pick-me-ups between sessions. Network, recharge and enjoy.
Sponsored by
Track 1

(Track 1) University Breakout: You're Problem Solving - Bringing The Humanity Back Into Problem Solving

09:45 AM 10:45 AM

Track 2

(Track 2) University Breakout: Machine Interfaces 101 - Is Your Content Ready?

09:45 AM 10:45 AM

Society's expectations around inter-connectivity in daily life are rising at a shocking rate. Everything should be able to talk to everything else - anywhere on earth in real-time. Every product we want/need should already be sitting on our doorstep by the time it is needed. Traditional approaches to Content creation and publishing are going to leave your products on the sidelines. Getting your organization and content machine-actionable will keep you in the market. API basics will be covered so that you can get a sense for how your team, data and systems need to fit into the bigger picture of a Connected Aftermarket that is just over the horizon.

Speakers

Track 3

(Track 3) University Breakout: Assembling PIES

09:45 AM 10:45 AM

Attendees will work team to create a segment of a PIES file, then discuss their findings and see if there are additional opportunities that could enhance the segment further. Please bring your computer to this session for hands-on activities.
Track 1

(Track 1) University Breakout: You're Problem Solving - Bringing The Humanity Back Into Problem Solving

11:00 AM 12:00 PM

Track 2

(Track 2) University Breakout: Machine Interfaces 101 - Is Your Content Ready?

11:00 AM 12:00 PM

Society's expectations around inter-connectivity in daily life are rising at a shocking rate. Everything should be able to talk to everything else - anywhere on earth in real-time. Every product we want/need should already be sitting on our doorstep by the time it is needed. Traditional approaches to Content creation and publishing are going to leave your products on the sidelines. Getting your organization and content machine-actionable will keep you in the market. API basics will be covered so that you can get a sense for how your team, data and systems need to fit into the bigger picture of a Connected Aftermarket that is just over the horizon.

Speakers

Track 3

(Track 3) University Breakout: Assembling PIES

11:00 AM 12:00 PM

Speakers

Lunch On Your Own

12:00 PM 01:30 PM

Disruptive Forces in the Automotive Aftermarket

01:30 PM 02:15 PM

Casey Selecman from IHS Markit will take you on a journey through the upcoming challenges facing the automotive aftermarket in the coming years. What impact will increasing vehicle electrification have? Will the impact of big data be a benefit or hindrance to supplying parts in the aftermarket? Is there a way for independent parts suppliers to get ahead? This presentation will seek answer these questions and provide a view of where to position your company over the next decade to minimize risk and maximize profitability.

Speakers

Track 1

(Track 1) University Breakout: Scale, Disruption, Change - Are You Ready?

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

Understand how our aftermarket digital content history is repeating itself:
  • You'll learn about how current data practices are barriers to scale causing challenges throughout the digital supply chain
  • Gain perspective on the changes and disruption taking place in the market
  • Learn what the next generation digital strategy needs to be in order to support the aftermarket at scale

Speakers

Track 2

(Track 2) University Breakout: Machine Interfaces 201 - Finding North in Chaotic Systems and Data

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

You already know that real time data and automated services are taking over our marketplace, but how can you prepare your data and organization to survive? See common mistakes that make your data crumble and understand how to create content structured for API use. Learn how to frame the conversations with your IT and Leadership teams about the advantages and opportunities of machine interfaces.

Here are the general topics of the break out session for additional clarification:
  • Consequences of non-actionable data
  • Deep dive into the examples – identify in holes in your data
  • Show what you can do with good data
  • How do you get there – how to get your organization on the right track
  • Collaboration outside the company walls – better for everyone

Speakers

Track 3

(Track 3) University Breakout:TBD

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

Track 1

(Track 1) University Breakout: Are You Using The Best Tools?

03:45 PM 04:45 PM

Deep Dive Into Data Visualization and Manipulation
Dive into the tools and best practices used to perform data oriented tasks in the Aftermarket
  • Different channel partner offerings
  • Gathering analytics and data points
  • Update/change reconciliation
  • Business intelligence

Speakers

Track 2

(Track 2) University Breakout: Transitioning to Fully Machine Readable Data

03:45 PM 04:45 PM

Why are you still using freehand text in your data?

Why do we need MORE coded values?

Come learn more about the struggles of processing freehand text and how machine readability is key to easing those pains. We will also be walking through some of the key advantages of machine readability and ways to start making changes in your current data to start transitioning to the Connected Aftermarket we are all looking to achieve.

Speakers

Track 3

(Track 3) University Breakout: Your Scalable Digital Content Strategy

03:45 PM 04:45 PM

Learn what it takes to build a scalable digital content strategy that is right for your business.

Join us to learn how strategies such as a digital content audit can be the key to success when establishing or improving your digital strategy. We'll analyze internal vs external strategies and give you the tools needed to determine which strategy is right for your business. Learn how to maximize your efforts by building what you'll need for tomorrow, today!

Speakers

YANG Regional Meet-Up

05:30 PM 06:30 PM


The Young Auto Care Network Group (YANG) is the home for the auto care industry’s dynamic and vibrant community of under-40 professionals.

Come join YANG and your industry peers for this sea side networking reception on Harbor Island, just steps away from the ACPN conference.

Enjoy some appetizers and drinks with your friends before the
Chairman's dinner at 7PM.

This event is open to YANG members and YANG mentors.

Not a member? No problem. Join for free at the Meet-Up!

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Chairman's Dinner - Sponsored by IHS Markit

07:00 PM 09:00 PM

Celebrate the 47th Anniversary of ACPN with friends and colleagues from across the industry. Welcome newcomers and catch up with old acquaintances while enjoying dinner and an evening of great entertainment.

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Hospitality Suite - Sponsored by IHS Markit

09:00 PM 11:00 PM

At the end of the evening, the Chairman’s dinner transitions into the Monday evening Hospitality Suite. Enjoy a late night chance to interact with your fellow ACPN members and the generous folks from IHS Markit. The Hospitality Suite provides attendees with a place to relax, network and enjoy refreshments at the end of each conference day.

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Continental Breakfast - Sponsored by Epicor Software Corporation

07:30 AM 08:30 AM

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Opening Remarks

08:30 AM 08:45 AM

Keynote

Keynote

08:45 AM 09:30 AM

Content Excellence Awards (Web, ACES & PIES Data, Installer's Choice)

09:30 AM 09:45 AM

Coffee Break - Sponsored by Dirxion, LLC

09:45 AM 10:15 AM

Sponsored pick-me-ups between sessions. Network, recharge and enjoy.
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Keynote

(Keynote) Generational Disruption: Strategies to Lead and Work Across Generations

10:15 AM 11:00 AM

52% of workers say they’re least likely to get along with someone from another generation. And 62% of Generation Z (the generation after Millennials) anticipate challenges working with Baby Boomers and Generation X.

The generational gap at work has never been more daunting. Turn a multi-generational workforce into a competitive advantage.
Ryan brings market-leading insight to help your organization and leaders close the generational gap and improve communication, teamwork, innovation, and more.

A generationally diverse workforce is better equipped to respond to today’s high-flux and disruption-prone marketplace. Since Millennials and Generation Z became a majority of the labor force, generational differences have never been wider as each generation has a varying perspective of work, leadership, communication, success,and technology.

A multi-generational workforce can create stifling challenges or bottomline-boosting advantages. Ryan will share his expert insights into how leaders and organizations can harness the advantages of a generationally diverse team.

Attendees Gain:
  • Insights into the generational gap and why it exists
  • Insights into each generation’s values, behaviors, and expectations
  • Perspectives of each generation's varying views of work, leadership, communication, and technology
  • Strategies that are proven and actionable to close the generational gap at work
  • Techniques for optimizing a multigenerational workforce
  • Best-in-class examples of organizations successfully closing the generational gap
  • Ability to work, communicate, and lead across generations

Speakers

The State of the Standards

11:00 AM 11:30 AM

Industry Luncheon - Sponsored by

11:30 AM 01:00 PM

Vendor Trade Show and Learning Lounge

01:00 PM 05:00 PM

The Tuesday Vendor Trade Show provides exhibitors and attendees the opportunity to discuss activities, best practices, and cutting edge initiatives in the industry. A highlight of the annual conference is the opportunity to explore the technology products and solutions offered by nearly 40 vendors to the content management profession. The learning lounge is available for those needing to re-charge with informative videos and comfortable chairs.

ACPAC Reception/Happy Hour (2020 Donors Only)

03:00 PM 05:00 PM

This reception is located in the Vendor Trade Show.

2020 ACPAC Donors have access to this reception only. ACPAC will be taking donations onsite.
The Auto Care Association's Political Action Committee (ACPAC) provides our members with an easy, powerful way to get personally involved in the political process.

To learn more about ACPAC and Auto Care Association's advocacy efforts, please visit the ACPAC area in the vendor trade show and/or click here.

Vendor Trade Show Reception/Happy Hour

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

You asked for it and we listened. Enjoy beer and wine during the last hour of the trade show while you wrap up those last minute conversations with your suppliers, vendors and customers.

Dinner On Your Own

05:00 PM 09:00 PM

Hospitality Suite - Sponsored by Innovative Logic

09:00 PM 11:00 PM

Enjoy a late night chance to confer with your fellow ACPN members or the kind folks at Innovative Logic. Don’t miss your last opportunity to make important and lasting contacts. The Hospitality Suites provide attendees a place to meet, relax and enjoy refreshments at the end of each conference day.

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Buffet Awards Breakfast

08:00 AM 08:45 AM

Sit down to a full buffet breakfast to start your day off right.

The ACPN Content Excellence Receiver's Choice Awards recognize suppliers of the automotive aftermarket for their exemplary contributions to the industry and content excellence.

See who wins the Receiver's Choice Awards on this final day!

Opening Remarks

08:45 AM 09:00 AM

Speakers

Keynote

(Keynote) The Supply Chain of Information: “My Product, Your Information”

09:00 AM 09:45 AM

How we can build an effective supply chain of information and define the role of each link in the chain. In the new world of digitalization, who is responsible for building the content?

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Speakers

ACP Graduation

09:45 AM 10:00 AM

The Automotive Content Professionals Network's (ACP) designation program codifies and accurately defines the skills and experiences to become a professional content manager. It denotes a path that professionals can follow in order to develop the skills, contacts, and knowledge that define today's content-management professional. Join us as we honor the ACP graduating class of 2019. Visit www.northwood.edu for more information.

Content Excellence Awards - Receiver's Choice

10:00 AM 10:15 AM

This award recognizes organizations that are supplying high quality content including ACES, PIES, digital assets and other customer specific formats. Honorees are selected for their exemplary content and are leading the way in integrity, accuracy, timeliness, completeness and best practices. Join us to discover who will take home these coveted awards in 2020.

Keynote

10:15 AM 11:00 AM

Important Announcements and Closing Remarks

11:00 AM 11:15 AM

All good things must come to an end. Luke will close out the conference with some final remarks and reveal our 2021 location!