Events. Networking. Access.




The weather is (finally) getting warmer, school is pretty much out, and the list of outdoor chores is starting to accumulate. Yes – summer is just over a month away! But before you “check out” for summer, there are two important SAA events that you should strongly consider attending.

Pathways to Growth in M&A Activity – May 21, 2019 at the Detroit Athletic Club

(Last 2 days to register)

Last year was another exciting year for M&A activity in the automotive sector and so far, 2019 hasn’t shown any signs of a slowdown. Accelerated growth in the U.S. and global economies, as well as the industry's expansion into new verticals like ride-sharing and other mobility apps, have helped drive M&A activity.

We have seen deal volumes in the automotive sector remain strong and deal values at or near all-time highs, despite factors such as rising interest rates, uncertainties over the impacts of tariffs, negotiations on new trade agreements – just to name a few.

The SAA, along with our event partner Conway MacKenzie, has put together an amazing line-up of speakers that will delve into the current – and future – state of M&A activity. Plus, there will be a networking cocktail reception prior to the event so bring your business cards.

10th Annual OEM Purchasing Executives Summit – June 18, 2019 at Faurecia

(register today)

Speaking of business cards, make sure you have enough for perhaps our most popular event – the Annual OEM Purchasing Executives Summit. Where else can you network with OEM purchasing executives and members of their staff?

Plante Moran’s David Andrea will present results of the 2019 North American Automotive OEM Tier 1 Supplier Working Relations Index Study. The 2019 study for the first time will include year-end financial data for all six OEMs which will help demonstrate the correlation between working relations and financial performance.

You will then hear comments from the Big 6 OEM executives. An extended Q&A will follow the executives’ remarks (feel free to propose questions when registering for the event). You will be able to meet with the speakers and members of their staff during the networking break and prior to and after the Summit.

I am proud of the quality of the events that the SAA has recently produced, and our future events will be stronger than ever.  Please go to our website to see the full speaker line-ups and some of the topics that will be addressed at each event.

Summer can wait -- but ongoing learning, professional development, personal growth and expanding your network shouldn’t have to. I look forward to seeing you at our next two events!





Chris Brower

SAA President

Global Director, Automotive Advisory, DuckerFrontier

M: 248.633.4133