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The 2012 AAIA Town Hall, hosted by the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association and sponsored by R.L. Polk & Co., will be held in the Palazzo Ballroom in the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev., on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 7 a.m. PST.

Attendees will be treated to a lively dialogue on the presidential election from political pundits; a report on the trends facing the aftermarket from Polk; and exclusive data on the aftermarket shopper from Google Inc. Program participants include:

* Danielle Russell, industry director, automotive, Google.

* Tim Rogers, president, Polk.

* Terry McAuliffe, former chairman, Democratic National Committee.

* Dan Bartlett, former counselor, President George W. Bush.

“The timing of the AAIA Town Hall, just one week before the presidential election, is a great opportunity to hear from two well-known and entertaining political pundits about their thoughts on who will win, why and what it will mean to our industry, the economy and our lives,” says AAIA CEO and President Kathleen Schmatz. “Preceding the political discussion will be Polk President Tim Rogers, back by popular demand to present the ‘Ten Trends in Ten Minutes.’

“We are very excited to hear from Danielle Russell of Google, who will share exclusive data about aftermarket shopper behavior and what they have learned about the impact of consumers keeping their vehicles longer.”

Tickets for the 2012 AAIA Town Hall include a full buffet breakfast. Individual tickets are $100 for AAIA members and $115 for non-members; a table of 10 is $850 for AAIA members and $1,000 for non-members.

For ticket information, visit and click on “Meetings/Events.”

The AAIA Town Hall is part of Automotive Aftermarket Industry week, which will be held Oct. 29-Nov. 2 in Las Vegas. The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show, Global Tire Expo-Powered by TIA and the Automotive Aftermarket Products EXPO (AAPEX) also will held over the course of the week.

The AAIA is a sponsor of AAPEX.

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