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  • 4/4/2019 12:00:00 AM
  • John Spaulding

Exeter, PA – Keystone Automotive Operations will be hosting BIG Show 2020, its annual customer event, at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, TX, March 27-28. “The Gaylord Texan has been a perennial favorite location for our event,” says John Spaulding, Director of Communications and Events at NTP-STAG. “Being centrally located and near a major international airport makes it an incredibly easy place to get to no matter where you are coming from. The facilities are world class and the surrounding area offers plenty of entertainment options for those coming early or staying a couple days after the show. We’ve found the atmosphere and hospitality in Texas a great fit with our customers,” he adds.

BIG Show 2020 will feature special programs and events, show vehicles, product education, huge on-the-floor sales opportunities and plenty of chances to network before, during and after the show hours. The show will open with a Keynote address and reception on the show floor. The following day will be highlighted by a full day in the exhibit hall and a special closing reception.

The BIG Show is expected to attract more than 200 exhibiting companies and Keystone customers from across North America. “It’s important for us to show our appreciation to our customers by hosting this event every year. Their loyalty to our programs and people are critical to our success and we like to celebrate that with them by providing unique show elements, terrific buying opportunities and plenty of fun,” says Spaulding.   “We’re also looking forward to seeing our customers cash in on new Big Show VIP opportunities at the 2020 show for the first time, with our newly established Parts Via Loyalty Program.   Customers will accumulate points throughout the year for increased engagement with Keystone and be able to redeem their Loyalty points on a full VIP show experience.   From airfare, hotel and travel expenses, to VIP access to numerous events... the 2020 Big Show promises BIG rewards for our loyal Keystone customers.”

Follow the build up to BIG Show 2020 at keystonebigshow.com.

Keystone is the leading distributor and marketer of automotive aftermarket products and services, uniquely positioned to offer customers and suppliers substantial scale, the most comprehensive inventory selection in the industry, high levels of customer service, and innovative marketing support. Keystone is committed to expanding its offerings to meet the ever-growing needs of its customer base, providing them what they need, when they need it.

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Keystone Automotive Operations Celebrates 50th Anniversary at 2022 BIG Show

EXETER, PA (April 5, 2022) – The automotive aftermarket industry gathered in Grapevine, Texas to join the leading distributer and marketer of aftermarket products and services in celebrating its 50th anniversary at the 2022 Keystone Automotive Operations BIG Show sponsored by Weather Guard, March 25–26.

The 50-year Legacy Celebration presentation at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center ballroom was the first activity of a full show agenda that included exhibiter displays, more than 100 show vehicles and product education along with substantial show-only sales and promotions within the world-class Gaylord Texan facilities.

“What a show!” exclaimed Keystone Automotive Operations Vice President of Sales, Fred Petrivelli. “With more customers in attendance than we’ve seen in the past few years, and the show floor overflowing with the industry’s leading suppliers, the energy and enthusiasm throughout the event was incredible.  We saw record sales, but most importantly, we have been extremely grateful to receive so much positive feedback from everyone who had a fantastic time with us in Texas.”

Opening the two-day annual customer event honoring company founder, Joe Amato alongside an impressive roster of associates, customers, industry suppliers, manufacturers and organizations, the company paid homage to many of those who had contributed to its success for the last five decades.

“With a history spanning fifty years, there have been a tremendous number of people that have been a part of Keystone’s legacy,” said Keystone Automotive Operations President, Bill Rogers. “Beginning with our foundation of associates who have been with us thirty years or more, and then extending to customers and suppliers who we’ve had partnerships for decades, this event provided us with a wonderful opportunity to recognize them for their important contributions to the success of our business.”

Sharing the Legacy Celebration stage with those who contribute throughout Keystone’s infancy and growth, the affable Amato, introduced by Keystone Automotive Vice President of Category Management, Larry Montante, stole the show as he discussed the company’s early days along with his thoughts on developing the business as he was pursuing what was to become a legendary drag racing career.

“His is a true American success story,” recounted Montante, himself an honoree for his extensive tenure with the company. “It was an honor to bring him to the BIG Show to see what his legacy with our business has become. Whether with Keystone, in racing, or in his current involvement in real estate, Joe Amato has the Midas touch and has found success at every juncture along the way. He has had such a significant influence on this industry, it was special for us all to have this time to share with him at the show.”

As part of the show activities, attendees were treated to a host of networking opportunities, a Friday night concert presented by Weather Guard, and a Saturday evening reception in addition to 50th  Anniversary activities. Special displays included an Amato’s championship winning NHRA dragster as well as a unique collection of memorabilia from his personal collection alongside a variety of items representing the history of Keystone Automotive Operations over the many years.  

 

“Beginning with Joe Amato, there’s something very special about this company, its history and the people that have made it the success it is,” added Rogers. “This BIG Show, while spending some time with our customers and suppliers at a wonderful facility, gave us the unique opportunity to look back at how we got to where we are and honor some of those who have impacted the business over the years. An occasion like this doesn’t come around very often and it was our privilege to share it with everyone at The BIG Show.”

For those unable to attend the 2022 BIG Show, Keystone will expand the show’s reach as they once again present a virtual BIG Show following the live event, April 4-8. This virtual show will be the third year of the online event, allowing participants the chance to participate in many of the same offers and promotions as the live event while engaging with presenting suppliers in a safe and convenient online format.

For more information, please visit keystonebigshow.com or contact your Keystone Representative. 

 

About Keystone Automotive Operations:

Keystone Automotive Operations is the leading distributor and marketer of automotive aftermarket products and services, uniquely positioned to offer customers and suppliers substantial scale, the most comprehensive inventory selection in the industry, high levels of customer service, and innovative marketing support. Keystone is committed to expanding its offerings to meet the ever-growing needs of its customer base, providing them everything they need, when they need it.

2022 Keystone BIG Show to Feature 50 Year Legacy Celebration

EXETER, PA (March 8, 2022) - Keystone Automotive Operations will be commemorating its 50th anniversary with their Legacy Celebration when the leading distributor and marketer of automotive aftermarket products and services, returns to Grapevine, TX for the 2022 BIG Show presented by Weather Guard.

Throughout the annual customer event, held at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center March 25-26, 2022, Keystone will be recognizing their history along with honoring many of the individuals who have contributed to the success of the company and the industry over the last half century. Joining this special Legacy Celebration will be one of the company founders and multi-time NHRA drag racing champion, Joe Amato, who will be interacting with show attendees throughout the weekend. The festivities will also feature a special presentation honoring Amato along with individuals representing the company’s suppliers, manufacturer’s representatives, customers, and employees who have been instrumental in the 50-year history of Keystone Automotive Operations.

“This very special Legacy Celebration within The BIG Show provides us with an opportunity to acknowledge many of the important people who have made a significant contribution to our success over the last 50 years,” said Keystone Automotive Operations President, Bill Rogers. “It’s an honor for us to celebrate this milestone alongside many influential individuals who have had a tremendous impact on the entire automotive aftermarket industry.”

Visitors to the two-day show will also have the chance to view one of Amato’s NHRA championship winning Top Fuel dragsters which will be prominently displayed at the entrance to the Gaylord Texan Convention Hall. Keystone Automotive Operations will also be hosting a unique showcase featuring memorabilia from the private Joe Amato collection highlighting his prolific racing career along with items representing the corporation’s history and progression over the last five decades.

“This company has a long and wonderful history and it’s quite a story to tell,” said Keystone Automotive Operations Vice President, Category Management, Larry Montante. “We’re excited to have Joe with us for the weekend and look forward to him sharing some of the stories from those early days with everyone at the show. The BIG Show is our signature event, bringing our customers and suppliers together in a wonderful setting to renew, foster and establish many meaningful relationships in an environment that is unlike any other event in the industry. There are a great number of people who are responsible for our success, and we are excited for this celebration as we shine some light on their impact over these many years.”

In addition to Legacy Celebration festivities, The BIG Show will be showcasing exhibiter displays, more than 100 show vehicles and product education along with substantial show-only sales and promotions within the world-class facilities of the host Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center.

“The BIG Show brings the industry together and for many, this is the first opportunity of the year to meet with industry colleagues and interact in person,” stated Rogers. “From the new product showcases to feature vehicles and supplier displays, our customers will have valuable exposure to the industry’s most popular and in-demand products while sharing their feedback with the manufacturers who bring them to market. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone and having some fun in Texas.”

For those unable to attend the 2022 BIG Show, Keystone will expand the show’s reach as they once again present a virtual BIG Show following the live event, April 4-8. This virtual show will be the third successive year of the online event allowing participants the chance to partake in many of the same offers and promotions as the live event while engaging with presenting suppliers in a safe and convenient online format.

“There is nothing like the in-person event, but we are pleased to present the automotive aftermarket’s best virtual show for those who are not able to be there,” says Montante. For more information, please visit keystonebigshow.com or contact your Keystone Representative.

About Keystone Automotive Operations:
Keystone Automotive Operations is the leading distributor and marketer of automotive aftermarket products and services, uniquely positioned to offer customers and suppliers substantial scale, the most comprehensive inventory selection in the industry, high levels of customer service, and innovative marketing support. Keystone is committed to expanding its offerings to meet the ever-growing needs of its customer base, providing them everything they need, when they need it.

2022 Keystone BIG Show Dates and Location Announced

Keystone Automotive Operations, the leading distributor and marketer of automotive aftermarket products and services, is returning to Grapevine, TX for the 2022 BIG Show. This annual customer event will be held at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center March 25-26, 2022, followed by a virtual event from April 4-9.

Returning to Texas after a successful 2021 BIG Show, the world-class facilities of Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center will once again host the event showcasing exhibiter displays, show vehicles and product education along with substantial show-only sales and promotions. Keeping with their ongoing commitment to support customer growth, Keystone will feature a full suite of innovative digital marketing programs and solutions will be featured throughout the event.

“Outstanding coordination between our experienced events team and the Gaylord Texan staff allowed us to present a first class show this past March that not only exceeded the required health and safety standards but also effectively connected our customers with many of the industry’s leading manufacturers and their products, in an in-person setting,” stated Keystone Automotive Operations President, Bill Rogers.

The March 2021 event marked the return to Grapevine for the BIG Show after a one-year hiatus.

“That was the first opportunity the industry had to meet in quite some time, so we felt a tremendous responsibility to safeguard the health and safety of the participants and our staff. While the knowledge gained from our most recent event provides us with a strong template for future success, we continue to monitor the events landscape as we move forward with our 2022 planning,” continued Rogers. “We look forward to hosting the show in March and providing our customers and suppliers the opportunity to benefit from this unique platform.”

For those unable to attend the 2022 BIG Show, Keystone will expand the show’s reach as they once again present a virtual BIG Show following the live event. This virtual show will be the third successive year of the online event allowing participants the chance to partake in many of the same offers and promotions as the live event while engaging with presenting suppliers in a safe and convenient virtual format.

“Although nothing can replicate the in-person experience of attending the actual show, we feel we have honed our capabilities to provide the very best virtual event that is available anywhere for those customers that just can’t get there” said Larry Montante, VP Category Management at Keystone Automotive Operations.

For more information, please visit keystonebigshow.com or contact your Keystone Representative.

Keystone Automotive Operations Delivers Dual 2021 BIG Shows
Harneet Kaur, Sr. Director of Marketing
 
The automotive aftermarket came together for the first industry tradeshow in over a year as the Keystone Automotive Operations BIG Show took place March 5 - 6 at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas. The two-day in-person event was followed by a weeklong Virtual BIG Show sponsored by Weather Guard, which allowed online attendees access to many of the same show-only promotions, supplier displays and presentations as the in-person event.
  
“Our objective was to produce a safe in-person event, while applying the appropriate precautions and protocols, in which our customers, suppliers and team members felt comfortable interacting as collectively we took this important step to return to normalcy,” said Keystone Automotive Operations President, Bill Rogers. “We’re pleased that the result of our event team’s efforts and collaboration with the Gaylord Texan management and staff allowed us to execute what we feel was a very successful onsite event.” 
 
The BIG Show featured the industry’s leading suppliers presenting their latest offerings to the contingent of automotive retailers both onsite and later, online. 
“We had over 200 suppliers represented across both show events,” shared Keystone Vice President, Category Management, Larry Montante. “Despite the recent challenges, the automotive industry is experiencing a tremendous level of success and our customers were eager to share some time with exhibitors and explore new and popular products. Along with significant buying opportunities, The BIG Show provided retailers the chance to delve into industry trends that will help drive their business in the coming year.” 
 
In following the in-person BIG Show, the Virtual event held March 15 -19, provided an additional avenue in which to connect suppliers with their automotive retailer customers. 
“Presenting The Virtual BIG Show allowed us to expand our customer and supplier reach through a comprehensive digital platform,” said Senior Director Of Marketing, Harneet Kaur. “With the significant interaction, in addition to strong transactions throughout the week, we foresee the Virtual Show as an important continued element in enhancing the BIG Show experience for our partners and attendees.”
 
2020 SEMA Person of Year, Myles Kovacs set the tone for the weekend with his Keynote Address: “From Street Kid to Success: Navigating the Journey with Myles Kovacs” as he shared his experience of growing up in a tough, East Los Angeles neighborhood and developing a career that has established him as an influential figure in the automotive media and wheel industries.
 
“Myles is a dynamic, energetic personality whose story resonated with both our suppliers and customers in attendance,” added Rogers. “His message of starting from humble beginnings and utilizing his determination, drive and willingness to be uncomfortable to achieve success, provided a unique perspective to attendees while his contagious, positive approach was refreshing. We enjoyed hearing his presentation and getting to know him a little better over the course of the show.”
 
While the two-day in-person event treated customers to opening and closing receptions, fantastic promotions and the opportunity to win attractive door prizes, the weekend also represented an opportunity for the industry to reacquaint itself with the interpersonal interactions that come with events such as The BIG Show.

“The automotive industry is resilient,” concluded Rogers. “We have faced our share of challenges and despite the obstacles put in front of us over the last year, we have found ways to thrive and achieve success together. We value and appreciate our supplier partners who helped us present The BIG Show and we are extremely grateful for our customers who joined us both in Texas and virtually. We look forward to serving you throughout the year and we’ll see you in 2022.” 

For more information on The BIG Show interested customers or suppliers can visit https://www.keystoneBIGshow.com or contact their Keystone Automotive Operations representative.
 
About The BIG Show: 
The Keystone BIG Show is the industry’s largest distributor event in North America, drawing thousands of attendees from Canada and the United States. Hosting more than 250 exhibiting companies, more than 75 show vehicles and an agenda packed with special events and networking opportunities, the BIG Show is the place to be. 
 
About Keystone Automotive Operations: 
Keystone Automotive Operations is the leading distributor and marketer of automotive aftermarket products and services, uniquely positioned to offer customers and suppliers substantial scale, the most comprehensive inventory selection in the industry, high levels of customer service, and innovative marketing support. Keystone is committed to expanding its offerings to meet the ever-growing needs of its customer base, providing them everything they need, when they need it.
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