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Don’t miss the New Product Showcase Presented by Raybestos at the 2021 Keystone BIG Show in Grapevine, Texas, March 5-6.

  • 2/24/2021 12:00:00 AM
  • Elizabeth Humphries

Don’t miss the New Product Showcase Presented by Raybestos at the 2021 Keystone BIG Show in Grapevine, Texas, March 5-6.

This dynamic display at the center of the action will feature hot new products, updated applications, sleek redesigns, and innovative enhancements. This is your first opportunity in quite some time to meet with manufacturers in person and explore many of the newly introduced lines to the Keystone Automotive Operations supplier lineup. While you’re checking out new products, make sure you enter the Raybestos Shop Clock Giveaway Promotion.

In addition to new lines, many of your favorite manufacturers will be revealing hot new products including truck bed covers, side steps, traction devices and much more.
Shop for show-only deals and new products while visiting with representatives from many of the industry’s leading brands! Start planning today and visit <<https://www.keystonebigshow.com/attendees/floorplan>> to review the just-finalized floor plan. It’s going to be a great two days in Grapevine for the 2021 Keystone BIG Show.

Keystone Automotive Operations and The BIG Show staff continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and are in constant communication with the host venue and local authorities.

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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.
The 2021 Virtual BIG Show is Here
Patrick Wagenbrenner, Communications Manager
 
Exeter, PA (March 11, 2021) – The weeklong 2021 Keystone Virtual BIG Show will be held next week from Monday, March 15 through Friday, March 19. Accessed online through eKeystone.com, the 2021 Keystone Virtual BIG Show will deliver many of the same great deals and promotions as the live event, without any limitations on supplier participation, in a conveniently accessible digital environment.
 
Virtual BIG Show attendees will have access to a full slate of online manufacturer exhibits, show-only promotions, Power Hours and daily prize giveaways.
Also highlighted is the compelling keynote address, “From Street Kid to Success: Navigating the Journey with Myles Kovacs” that will inspire attendees to “think differently.” Born in a tough neighborhood in East Los Angeles, California, the Japanese-Hungarian Kovacs has become a leading, influential figure in the automotive media and wheel industries. Since 1998, Myles and his companies have created entire market segments and spawned brands that defined their genres.
 
“The Virtual BIG Show opens up the opportunity for jobbers from across North America to benefit from an extensive offering of exclusive sales and promotions presented by many of the industry’s leading manufacturers in a safe and comfortable digital setting,” said Keystone Automotive Operations President, Bill Rogers. “Myles is a tremendous, energetic speaker with a fantastic story and we are pleased to have the opportunity to share it through his keynote address as we look forward to engaging with our customers throughout the week during the 2021 Virtual BIG Show.”
 
For more information go to eKeystone.com or contact your Keystone Automotive Operations sales 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.
SEMA Person of the Year, Myles Kovacs to Present the 2021 BIG Show Keynotes Address
EXETER, PA (February 23, 2021) –  Keystone Automotive Operations is proud to announce 2020 SEMA Person of Year, Myles Kovacs will be presenting the Keynote Address to open the 2021 BIG Show at the Gaylord Texan Resort Hotel and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas. The in-person event will be held March 5-6, 2021 followed by a weeklong virtual event March 15-19. His Keynote Address: “From Street Kid to Success: Navigating the Journey with Myles Kovacs” will inspire attendees to “think differently” as they kick off the two-day industry-only tradeshow.
 
Born in a tough neighborhood in East Los Angeles, California, the Japanese-Hungarian Kovacs has become a leading, influential figure in the automotive media and wheel industries. Since 1998, Myles and his companies have created entire market segments and spawned brands that defined their genres.

Over the years, Myles has earned accolades for his business success and leadership from the New York Times, Entrepreneur Magazine, SEMA, and Newsweek, which named Kovacs one of the nation’s “10 Big Thinkers for Big Business in the 21st Century.” With his business focus now aimed squarely at the wheel industry, he comes to the BIG Show with his Keynote Address, sponsored by Truck Accessories Group (TAG) – LEER, to share the wealth of experienced gained through decades of navigating his unique path.

 “Myles has built a remarkable career as an automotive industry innovator by effectively bridging the powerful and influential connections between music, culture, lifestyle and social media,” said Keystone Automotive Operations President, Bill Rogers. “None of his accomplishments have come without challenges, which makes his route to success even more impressive. We’re looking forward to Myles sharing his story with our BIG Show attendees along with his perspective on the automotive industry and how attendees can benefit from his experience.”
    
During Kovacs’ 20-year tenure at the helm of DUB Publishing Inc., he developed partnerships with some of the world’s most recognizable brands including Best Buy, Chrysler, Energizer, General Motors, Ford, Microsoft, Mobil 1 and many more. He also pioneered product licensing agreements that extended the brand into video games, toys, car care, energy drinks and other sectors. The 2020 SEMA Person of the Year serves on the organization’s board of directors and he is actively involved in numerous charitable organizations.
 
“Myles Kovacs is an industry visionary who over the course of his career has parlayed his exceptional understanding of the media, entertainment and automotive landscape to achieve tremendous success across the marketplace,” said John Aleva, President and COO, Truck Accessories Group – LEER. “His is a compelling, impactful story that will resonate with attendees. We are proud to be sponsoring his Keynote Address at the 2021 BIG Show.” 

The BIG Show opens March 5 with Kovacs’ Keynote Address, followed by a preview of the suppliers and brands represented on the show floor. With featured vehicles, innovative product displays and exciting opportunities to connect, share and discover throughout the 180,000 sq. ft. convention center in a relaxed environment, The Keystone BIG Show is a premier automotive aftermarket industry event.

For more information on The BIG Show, including exhibitor lists, sponsorship guides, and travel recommendations, interested customers or suppliers can visit https://www.keystoneBIGshow.com or contact their Keystone Automotive Operations representative.
 
Keystone Automotive Operations continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and are in constant communication with the host venue and local authorities.
 
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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