Third Annual North Carolina Capitol Day---A Huge Success!!! The third annual North Carolina Capitol Day was a tremendous success! AAAMS staff and members, Randy Lisk (AAAMS) Executive Vice President), Rick Brown (AAAMS President), Max Miller (AAAMS Immediate Past President), John Bottega (Waddell & Reed), Mark Savage (Exide Technologies), and Kierstin Turnock (LKQ) all took time out of their busy schedules to make their presence known and have their voices heard in Raleigh, North Carolina on May 23, 2018.
North Carolina Capitol Day 2018 provided AAAMS the opportunity to introduce the automotive aftermarket industry and regional association to North Carolina legislators; it also provided an opportunity to meet with old acquaintances to strengthen and solidify those relationships while reminding them of the aftermarket industry’s needs and concerns.
“I have always been interested in the political process, but because of various schedule conflicts, this was the first Capitol Day I have attended...and I’m glad I did. Each and every legislator and staff member treated us with full respect and seemed genuinely interested in learning more about our industry and our concerns. I fully support this annual event and certainly plan to attend next year”, Mark Savage of Exide Technologies. AAAMS members participated in various meetings with legislators such as Senator Tom McInnis, Senator Wesley Meredith, Representative Mitchell Setzer, and Representative Dana Bumgardner. While the members were neither supporting nor opposing any specific state legislation, the members discussed their support of the maintaining an open market for automotive aftermarket parts. “Although I am now a financial planner, my roots are in the automotive aftermarket industry, and I have been a member of this Association for several years. I attended last year's Capitol Day and made it a point to attend again this year. We were even able to meet with the staff of the Speaker of the House and other high ranking legislators this year. This event has my full support”, said John Bottega, Waddell & Reed. Capitol Day is an annual event that allows AAAMS to advocate for a strong and competitive automotive aftermarket industry to those who make decisions that affect the industry. While we are so thankful to this year’s participants, we encourage more AAAMS members to join us in Raleigh in 2019!
PO Box 97993
Raleigh, NC 27624