Events. Networking. Access.



Paul Wheeler, SAA President

We are in the midst of what is known as the “dog days” of the summer. The automotive industry tends to move slower in the summer as do the rest of us while trying to bear the summer heat. Summer vacations also tend to slow things down as meetings are harder to schedule, and let’s face it, we’d all rather be on the lake, by the pool or grilling out with our families.

The auto industry, and analysts in particular, such as ourselves, tend to use the time to step back and evaluate how the first half of the year has gone and plan for the remainder of the year. With the exception of the recently concluded CAR Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, which I had the pleasure of attending, it is easy for us to lose sight of the big picture. It will soon be back to business as usual so it is time to regain some focus as the summer winds down.

I would love to see many of you become more engaged with the SAA. An event which will help you plan for the rest of the year and beyond is the Annual Strategic Planning Summit which will take place at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago-Detroit Branch on Tuesday, September 13, 2016. The Summit will provide a detailed analysis of issues and trends impacting the near- and long-term automotive market, with an emphasis on North America. For more information and to register, click here.

Other SAA events for the rest of the year will be announced soon, however you do not have to just attend meetings to be engaged. Reach out to fellow SAA members at any time to share some insight, ask for an opinion, run an idea by someone or just meet for lunch. Also, if you would like to join me in becoming more involved in the mentoring of our YPN or the student chapter, please reach out to them directly.  The Members section of the SAA website includes a directory making it easy to find the member that you are seeking. Remember, our members are what make us a strong organization and resource.

Finally, there has never been a better time to join or renew your membership in the SAA. By September 13, 2016, existing members can extend their Bronze membership for 12 months, regardless of renewal date, for only $75. New members can sign up for Bronze membership for only $75 (half off the normal price).  For additional value and savings, SAA also offers “all-inclusive” Gold and Platinum memberships that provide a significant discount by including event registration fees. To renew your membership and select your new membership category, click here.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions or if you would like to discuss becoming more engaged in the SAA.

Regards (and hoping you survive the summer doldrums),

Paul Wheeler

SAA President