National People & Places - May 2017
Axalta Coating Systems was named a GM Supplier of the Year by General Motors during its 25th annual Supplier of the Year awards ceremony held March 31, in Orlando, Fla. “For the third consecutive year, Axalta’s global team is honored to accept this prestigious recognition from GM,” said Steve Markevich, Axalta executive vice president and president of Transportation Coatings and Greater China. “Axalta looks forward to building upon our long-standing relationship with GM and continuing to deliver exciting colors, long lasting durability, and world class innovation that GM and our customers around the world deserve.”
The Federated “Get Dirty with Kenny” promotion will be held in early August at the Federated Auto Parts I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Mo. Winners will receive an all-expense paid trip for two to St. Louis to dirt track race with Kenny Schrader, get a behind the scenes look at the racing business and see the city of the iconic Gateway Arch. To be eligible to win a chance to “Get Dirty with Kenny,” a shop must be enrolled as a Federated Car Care Center member by June 1. All Federated Car Care Center members in good standing are automatically registered to earn a chance to win. For more information contact Federated Auto Parts Distributor or visit www.federatedautoparts.com.
During APA’s Annual Conference, suppliers were recognized from the aftermarket that provided exceptional goods, services and support to APA’s shareholders over the past year. The Headquarters Manufacturer of Choice Award for 2017 was given to SKF. Federal-Mogul was recipient of the Marketing Partner Award. The APA shareholders awarded The Professionals’ Choice Vendor of the Year to Recochem for their product categories and superior cataloging. FCS won Approved Vendor of the Year and DEA won Preferred Vendor of the Year. These Vendor of the Year awards are voted on by APA’s shareholders and take fill, service and product quality into consideration. This year’s Cornerstone Award went to KYB. The Outstanding IT Initiatives Partner was presented to Centric.
Brake Parts Inc (BPI) was honored with the NAPA Partnership Award during the annual NAPA Vendor Summit. Accepting the award for BPI was Joe Parzick, chairman of the board; David Overbeeke, president and CEO; Ron Hoxsey, vice president sales; and David Ferretti, business development manager. “We are extremely honored to have received the NAPA Partnership Award from one of our most valuable and long-standing business partners,” Overbeeke said. “This award is a testament to the open communication, mutual support and respect that our core BPI/NAPA team have for each other. It has allowed them to work successfully together on key initiatives that helped drive market share growth.”
WIX Filters was honored with the 2017 Sales & Service Award by O’Reilly Auto Parts during its annual managers’ conference. The award recognizes the dedication of WIX Filters and business synergies between the two companies to grow sales and profitability in the filtration segment. This win comes one year after winning the O’Reilly Supplier of the Year Award, which builds on the strong alignment and sales growth with a customer in the U.S. market.
Management Success held its 20th Annual Spring Convention in March at the Omni Orlando Resort in Championsgate, Fla. Hundreds of shop owners from the U.S. and Canada contributed in interactive workshops, team-building drills and educational panel discussions led by industry experts and Management Success clients. Fourteen awards were presented to automotive, truck repair and collision shops in acknowledgment of their significant achievements. The awards included Master Elite of Shop Management, Master of Shop Management, Competent Shop Owner and Effective Shop Manager, which are all levels of achievements attained in the Management Success consulting program.
PPG and Team Penske have teamed up for another year of racing. Celebrating the 34th year of their partnership, PPG continues as a key sponsor of Team Penske’s Verizon IndyCar and NASCAR Xfinity Series races in the 2017 racing season. PPG will serve as the exclusive sponsor for one of Team Penske’s entries in five major racing events — three Verizon IndyCar Series and two NASCAR Xfinity Series races — and as an associate sponsor on all the team’s cars and equipment. Team Penske cars will feature PPG colors and logos at the races.
Arnott Air Suspension Products has announced the release of a new corporate video highlighting the company’s solutions for air suspension replacement as well as the company’s U.S. facility and workforce. The informational video showcases Arnott’s products including replacement air springs, new and remanufactured air suspension struts, coil spring conversion kits and OES-quality air suspension compressors. Designed for both automotive parts professionals and their customers, the three-minute video illuminates several of the company’s U.S. manufacturing processes and products.
The AAM Group has created quick-start guides for Facebook Business, Google My Business, and Instagram. The short articles are posted, at no charge, under the “Resources” tab on each of The AAM Group’s program websites: PartsPro.com, PerformanceCorner.com, and TotalTruckCenters.com. With independent business owners citing a lack of time, expertise, and staffing as barriers to doing their own marketing, the guides quickly walk users through the process of creating their own social media presence across the aforementioned platforms. They include information such as the benefits of signing up, getting started, first steps to take, and tips for getting the most out of each service.
Alex Ashmore has been named president of Delphi Product & Service Solutions. He replaced Keith Stipp, who had been acting in a transitional role as president during the search process. Ashmore brings more than 20 years of aftermarket industry expertise. His global experience spans a variety of roles in Europe and Asia-Pacific.
AkzoNobel celebrated Women’s History Month by announcing it is the Platinum Sponsor for the non-profit Women’s Industry Network (WIN). “We are happy to support such a worthwhile organization,” said North American Marketing Manager for AkzoNobel Vehicle Refinishes Jennifer Solcz, when announcing the $25,000 sponsorship. “In addition to providing financial support, AkzoNobel employees are actively involved with WIN. Past employees served on WIN’s founding Board of Directors and we have several current employees working to advance the association through their involvement on various committees.”
The Automotive Hall of Fame will induct four new members into its ranks at its 2017 Induction & Awards Gala Ceremony in Detroit, at Cobo Center on July 20. The Automotive Hall of Fame’s 2017 Inductees include: Alberto Bombassei, president of Brembo; August Fruehauf (1868-1930), inventor of the semi-trailer and founder of the Fruehauf Trailer Company; Jack Roush, founder, CEO, and co-owner of Roush Fenway Racing and Chairman of Roush Enterprises; and Edward Welburn, retired General Motors vice president of Global Design. Considered the single greatest honor in the automotive industry, induction into the Automotive Hall of Fame is reserved for noteworthy individuals who have made significant contributions to the industry.
CCC Information Services Inc. announced the availability of its 2017 Crash Course, an in-depth report that focuses on the trends and business drivers within the automotive collision industry. This year’s report, “It’s Happening,” examines the vast technological and digital advancements being broadly embraced by consumers and incorporated into today’s vehicles, and their impact on the automotive claims, collision repair, parts, casualty, and automotive manufacturing industries. Crash Course is compiled using research and information from a wide range of sources and an aggregated set of data from CCC’s data warehouse, which includes approximately 180 million claims worth of information.
SEMA will host its inaugural virtual recruiting event June 1, from noon–5 p.m. (EDT). The event — designed for industry employers who may be hiring within the next six to 12 months — is an opportunity to take advantage of inexpensive branding and future talent pipeline development. Networking with student and non-student job seekers is among the many steps in helping to keep the automotive aftermarket industry alive. Contact Amelia F. Zwecher, manager of career services, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The PPG Foundation has provided $20,000 in funding for the Collision Repair Education Foundation that would be awarded to students who have demonstrated a career interest in automotive repair and refinish. The scholarships, $5,000 each, are awarded annually to full-time students attending a post-secondary school with a focus on degree programs in collision repair. The funds may be used to assist the students with educational expenses as tuition, books, tools, and equipment. Scholarship award winners will be announced later this spring.
WIN has selected 3M’s Renee Ricciotti as a recipient of their 2017 Most Influential Women in collision repair award. The Most Influential Women award recognizes women who have enriched the collision repair industry with their leadership, vision, and commitment to excellence. Over the past two decades in the collision industry, Ricciotti, 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division sales and marketing manager, has helped grow 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division throughout the U.S. In 2013, the National Auto Body Council named Ricciotti to its national board. She was the first woman from 3M to serve on the NABC board, and is currently serving as secretary of the executive committee.
MANN+HUMMEL was named a Supplier of the Year by General Motors during their 25th annual ‘Supplier of the Year’ awards ceremony in March in Orlando, Fla. The award specifically recognized MANN+HUMMEL’s air induction systems and was the company’s 22nd time receiving the award. For the special achievement, MANN+HUMMEL was recognized with an additional Silver Anniversary Award. “This recognition as a Supplier of the Year is a clear reflection of MANN+HUMMEL’s commitment to excellence”, said Steve Kiefer, General Motors vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain.
Matrix Automotive Finishes, a Valspar Automotive brand, has redesigned the packaging of its entire product line. The redesign is in effort to create design synergy and improve the customer’s experience with the brand by guiding Matrix users in the mixing and application process. Labels on the brand’s toners, basecoats, clearcoats, undercoats and ancillaries, as well as its FX Series of colors, showcase an updated logo and label design color-coded by product category. Toner labels ensure product information remains visible when mixing lids are utilized and a tinting icon is included to impact productivity and accuracy of mixes.
The technical services team at Wells Vehicle Electronics (WVE) recently expanded its series of diagnostic case study videos with the addition of the CounterPoint and TechConnect Web series. The new segments are specifically designed to answer questions frequently asked or submitted by WVE’s customers and video subscribers. CounterPoint and TechConnect join WVE’s popular Tech Team Webcast series which provides critical and timely troubleshooting techniques and diagnostic process case studies to technicians via livestream video. All Tech Team webcasts are available in English and Spanish through the “Wells Vehicle Electronics” channel and others on YouTube, and the www.WellsVE.com website.
The National Auto Body Council (NABC) has announced online nominations are now open for its Annual Awards Program, which recognize individuals and businesses that exemplify the professionalism and integrity of the collision industry. Winners of the NABC awards will be announced at the Collision Industry Conference during the SEMA Show in November in Las Vegas. Nominations are being accepted in three award categories: The Award of Distinction, The Body Shop Image Award, and The Excellence in Community Service Award. Online nominations and more information for all three awards are available at www.NationalAutoBodyCouncil.org.
General Motors has named Stant Corporation as a GM Customer Care and Aftersales On-Time Shipping Award recipient. The Stant manufacturing facility in Romeoville, Ill., which produces evaporative emissions canisters and front end carriers, achieved platinum level award status for shipping excellence from GM. The Pine Bluff, Ark., plant, which manufacturers Stant fuel closures, valves, thermostats and filler pipes, was recognized with gold level award status for outstanding shipping performance.
Amsoil Inc. founder, Al Amatuzio, 92, died. He was born on May 6, 1924, in Duluth, Minn. Amatuzio served 25 years as a fighter pilot and squadron commander and was twice honored as the nation’s top pilot. Armed with knowledge that every jet engine in the world could survive only with synthetic oil, he reasoned that the same performance benefits could be applied to cars, trucks and other motorized land vehicles. In 1972 Amsoil synthetic motor oil became the world’s first synthetic motor oil to meet American Petroleum Institute service requirements. All the major oil companies followed Al Amatuzio’s lead and developed synthetic motor oils of their own.