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SAA's Mission

The Society of Automotive Analysts' vision to be recognized as the platform that provides automotive thought leadership.  The SAA aims to provide outstanding networking opportunities, timely and useful data and a forum for the discussion and dissemination of ideas, concepts and solutions.

SAA members include every automotive industry professional interested in timely and useful auto industry data, discussion and dissemination of ideas, concepts and solutions.


Featured Event

Purchasing Executives from Top 6 Automakers to Present at Annual OEM Purchasing Summit

johnhenke.jpgSAA's 5th Annual Purchasing Summit includes a presentation of the results of Planning Perspectives’ 2014 NA Automotive OEM-Supplier Relations Study by Dr. John Henke. The event is May 13 at AAM Headquarters in Detroit. Purchasing executives from Ford, GM, Chrysler, Toyota, Nissan and Honda will then respond to the study’s findings and present their company’s purchasing plans, policies and strategies for the coming year.  You will be able to ask questions of the panelists during the event, and chat with the executives and network with your peers before the event and during the break. Click here for more information. 

 

Automotive Professional Society Examines Trends and Insights from Recent Auto Shows on May 15

Join industry colleagues for networking and an engaging presentation featuring key new product, brand strategies and emerging technologies from the New York and North American International Auto Shows. The May 15 event will be held in Montvale, NJ. Click here for more details. 

 

Report on Automotive Warranty Claims and OEM Recalls

CarRecall.jpgResults of the automotive industry’s first OEM Warranty and Recall Study were presented at the March 5, 2014 breakfast meeting of members and guests of the Society of Automotive Analysts. The presentation included a comprehensive review of data related to OEM and Tier 1 Supplier warranty and recall costs and related findings based on a recent survey of automotive OEM warranty managers. Click here for more information and to access the presentations.

 

Toyota's Jim Lentz Keynotes Packed Outlook Conference

Outlook20133.jpgIndustry veteran Jim Lentz provided the keynote address at SAA’s annual Automotive Outlook Conference on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014 at COBO Center in Detroit.  Lentz is chief executive officer, North America Region and president and chief operating officer of Toyota Motor North America, Inc. He also serves as a senior managing officer of parent company Toyota Motor Corporation.

The SAA Board adjusted the annual event to start and end earlier, and to provide additional time for networking.  To view some of the presentations, click here.

 

SAA Members Take Tour of the Nissan North America Technical Center

nissantechcenter.jpgSAA members received an exclusive opportunity to tour the Nissan America Technical Center -- the hub of Nissan's R&D efforts in the United States.  They also heard from Nissan executives on the latest technologies coming from the automaker. 

 


It's All About the Data at SAA's Strategic Planning Summit

For the 10th annual Strategic Planning Summit, SAA members asked for analysis of the state of the industry and what to expect in the near future. As a result, the SAA created a content-rich agenda for the 2013 event that provided attendees intelligence that will help them better navigate the complex automotive industry.  Keynote speaker Rick Schostek, Senior Vice President, Honda North America, Inc., discussed Honda’s Strategy for North American Leadership.  Click here for additional information. 

 

New Data Available!

The Center for Automotive Research's (CAR) 3rd Quarter U.S. Sales, Production and Employment Outlook is now available by clicking here.


New Study Estimates the Effect on the U.S. Economy of Successful Restructuring of General Motors

A newly-released report by the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) estimates the value to the U.S. economy of the federal government’s intervention to prevent the failure of GM and Chrysler in the beginning of 2009. CAR highlighted the impact of the pending bankruptcies on the economy, in research memorandums in 2008 and 2009. This new research memorandum provides an evaluation of the decision to provide funding to help General Motors and Chrysler through the bankruptcies in 2009 and the broader implications for the U.S. economy.  Read more by clicking here.

Hot Topic

Russia’s Auto Industry Must Get Fit to Compete to 

Realize Its Potential

 Back from the brink, Russia’s auto market could become Europe’s top market and the world’s fifth-largest by 2020, but serious challenges need to be surmounted.

   Click here to read more

 

Recipient of SAA's First "Thought Leaders of Tomorrow" Scholarship:  Northwood's Michael Robins

Northwood University's Michael Robins is the recipient of the SAA's first Thought Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship.  To read more about the scholarship winner and to view the five finalists essays, click here.

Michael Robins.jpgQ) Where did you grow up?

A) I grew up in West Bloomfield, Michigan, for the first few years of my childhood, before moving to Highland, Michigan.

Q) When did you know you wanted to have a future in the automotive industry?

A) After growing up in an area of Michigan surrounded by the newest, latest, and greatest cars in the automotive industry, and developing an interest in cars that could not be overlooked, I chose to pursue a career in the automotive industry.

Q) What interests you most about the industry?

A) The automotive industry offers extensive opportunities for a young man like me. That, combined with my passion for cars, interested me the most about this industry.

Q) What part of the industry would you like to be a part of?

A) I would like to see my career develop to a point in which I am involved in the management of a successful aftermarket company or automotive corporation. The performance side of this industry interests me the most, and I hope to attain a career in this sector in which I love.

The United States can't get energy independence by requiring automakers to sell fuel-efficient vehicles. It will help our balance of payments a bit, but America can't substantially affect world oil prices or availability by using less auto fuel or bumping oil production. As long as OPEC has 78 percent of global petroleum reserves, if the U.S. cuts consumption, OPEC will simply pump less oil and keep prices high. ”

— R. James Woolsey, U.S. Energy Security Council, at the March Networking Breakfast on Future Fuels and Powertrains
Members-Only Benefit: Access to the AutoBeat Group Publications

SAA is proud to offer its members access to the AutoBeat Group publications (a $300 value).  Members can now access AutoBeat Daily, AutoTech Daily, AutoBeat Asia and AutoBeat Europe. Get instructions on how to access these publications by clicking here.

SAA Career Center

Looking to fill a position? Or are you looking for a job? The SAA's new Career Center may be able to help. This new members-only service can be found in the members-only section by clicking here.

Young Professionals Network Offers Outstanding Networking

The Young Professionals Network (YPN) provides networking opportunities and facilitates the exchange of ideas, insights and opinions among the next generation of automotive industry thought leaders. The YPN consists of career-minded automotive industry professionals who want to stay abreast of the latest trends while at the same time expanding their network of contacts.

For more information on the YPN, click here.

 

President's Message

SAA President Michelle Krebs provides her message to SAA members.

New Member Profiles

Ryan Newcomb
Director of Strategic Business Development
TrelleborgVibracoustic

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Q) What was your favorite car you owned (or still own)?

A) Buick Enclave

Q) What about the auto industry keeps you up at night?

A) The future of TrelleborgVibracoustic. We seem to be tracking well but we are a young JV and much will be told in another 18 months.

Q) How did you first become interested in the auto industry?

A) Going to weekend car shows with a childhood friend and his dad.

Q) What do you want to get out of your SAA membership?

A) A better insight into the industries trends, successes and pitfalls.

 

John Whiteman, Esq.
Manager, Advanced Product Planning
Honda R&D Americas


Q) What was your favorite car you owned (or still own)?  

A)   1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Venetian Blue exterior/Linen interior

Q)   How did you first become interested in the auto industry?

A)   From birth, I am the fourth successive generation in the automotive industry

Q) Who do you most admire in the industry (past or present)?

A)  My grandfather who took me to Pebble Beach where he served as a judge


Ken Weissert
Director, Sales & Marketing
TechBA Michigan
 

Q) What was your favorite car you owned (or still own)?  
A) 2009 Corvette

Q) What about the auto industry keeps you up at night?  
A) Will the U.S. Manufacturers maintain their dominate market position (given recent takeover of Chrysler by Fiat)

Q) How did you first become interested in the auto industry?
A) Interested in cars since I was a teenager in Pittsburgh

Q) What do you want to get out of your SAA membership?
A) Networking opportunities

 

 Florie Grant

 Regional Sales Manager

Inductoheat

 Q) What was your favorite car you owned (or still own)?

A) 1967 Mustang convertible

Q) What about the auto industry keeps you up at night?

A) My customers

Q) How did you first become interested in the auto industry?

A) Through my employment

Q) Who do you most admire in the industry (past or present)?

A) Alan Mulally

Q) What do you want to get out of your SAA membership?

A) Up-to-date information in the industry – changes, improvements and challenges

 

Join SAA on LinkedIn

SAA now has a LinkedIn group page. Please join the discussion, network with other automotive executives and be on top of the latest news and information from SAA. Click the logo to go to the SAA LinkedIn group page.

The United States can't get energy independence by requiring automakers to sell fuel-efficient vehicles. It will help our balance of payments a bit, but America can't substantially affect world oil prices or availability by using less auto fuel or bumping oil production. As long as OPEC has 78 percent of global petroleum reserves, if the U.S. cuts consumption, OPEC will simply pump less oil and keep prices high. ”

— R. James Woolsey, U.S. Energy Security Council, at the March Networking Breakfast on Future Fuels and Powertrains

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