Political Strategist Karl Rove to Kick Off AAPEX Show

Karl RoveKarl Rove, a political strategist best known for his time in the President George W. Bush White House, will deliver the opening keynote address for the Oct. 30-Nov. 1 AAPEX Show in Las Vegas.

The grand opening keynote session-titled Breakfast with John King and Karl Rove: How Trade and the Elections Could Impact the Aftermarket-is a ticketed event set for 7-8:45 a.m. PST on Oct. 30 in The Venetian, Palazzo Ballroom on the fifth floor.

Rove will focus his keynote on the global impact of President Donald Trump’s imposed and proposed tariffs, as well as how tariffs potentially levied by foreign countries may impact U.S. businesses.

Rove’s address will be preceded by John King, CNN’s chief national correspondent and anchor of Inside Politics, who will discuss the upcoming mid-term elections and the impact the various outcomes could have on Washington, D.C. King is an award-winning journalist who has covered the past eight presidential elections and reported from all 50 states and more than 70 countries.

Rove served as senior advisor and assistant to President Bush during the administration’s two terms. At the White House, he oversaw the Offices of Strategic Initiatives, Political Affairs, Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs, and coordinated the White House policy-making process.

Rove currently writes a weekly op-ed for the Wall Street Journal and is a Fox News Channel contributor. He is the author of the New York Times best seller, Courage and Consequence. His latest book is The Triumph of William McKinley: Why the Election of 1886 Still Matters.

The grand opening keynote session will begin with the State of the Automotive Aftermarket Industry presentation by Bill Hanvey, president and CEO of the Auto Care Association, and Bill Long, president and chief operating officer of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA).

Those wishing to reserve a table for the event should contact Chris Kalousek, AAPEX event manager at

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