The new NEXUS North America entity will have an office Kansas City. APA’s Gary Martin is an officer.

Midwest People & Places - February 2017


The 27 best and brightest FCA US LLC dealership technicians were recognized as Mopar “Top Tech” winners during an awards ceremony held at Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester, Mich., on Jan. 10. Award recipients included William Ostmeyer, Topeka, Kansas – John Hoffer Chrysler Jeep, and Robert Wert, Midwest City, Oklahoma – David Stanley Dodge. Pietro Gorlier, head of Parts and Service (Mopar), FCA – Global, helped honor the 27 technicians chosen from a pool of 25,000 eligible FCA US dealership techs. “The decision to purchase a particular vehicle brand is determined not only by the attributes of the vehicle, but also by the level of service that the customers receive,” Gorlier said. “That is why it’s critical to make sure that our top technicians receive the proper training, and that we recognize superstars of the service lane.”

Warrensburg Area Career Center, in Warrensburg, received a $9,500 grant, and Lex La-Ray Tech Center, in Lexington, and Moore Norman Technology Center in Norman, Okla., each received $1,000, as a Collision Repair Education Foundation’s 2016 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover school grant winner. They were announced at the organization’s annual industry reception held during the SEMA show in Las Vegas where more than $750,000 in grants were awarded. Over 120 high school and college collision school programs from across the country applied for the grant and each received a grant valued from $1,000-$30,000.

Automotive Parts Associates (APA) announced it is now accepting applications for it newly formed scholarship program. The scholarships are open to sons and daughters of APA shareholders and their employees. Eligible students will include those who are already attending any two- or four-year accredited college, any ASE/NATEF-certified post-secondary automotive/heavyduty/collision technician training program or any licensed and accredited vocational school, as well as students graduating from high school and heading to any of those post-secondary programs. Five $1,000 sponsorships will be awarded. Applications are available at

The ASA-Midwest Vision Hi-Tech Training & Expo will be March 2-5, at the Overland Park Convention Center, Overland Park. Register at For additional information, call ASA-Midwest at 816-781-5801 or email

The Automotive Distribution Network, Automotive Parts Associates and VIPAR Heavy Duty have announced the formation of NEXUS North America. In March 2016 the three organizations announced that they joined NEXUS Automotive International SA (N!), a global aftermarket trade group. The new NEXUS North America entity serves as the exclusive partner for N! in North America. The organization has offices located in Germantown, Tenn., Kansas City, Mo., and Crystal Lake, Ill. Officers of the organization are David Prater, The Network, president; Chris Baer, VIPAR Heavy Duty, vice president; Gary Martin, APA Group, secretary; and Beth San Filippo, VIPAR Heavy Duty, treasurer. Leaders within NEXUS North America actively serve on multiple N! committees and boards, including the auto and truck global sourcing committees.



The 24th Annual Greater Midwest Automotive Recyclers exposition is March 10-11, at The Hotel Grand Conference Center in Grand Island. The event is sponsored by the Automotive Recycling Industry of Nebraska and will feature two days of networking, presentations and exhibitors. For more information, contact the association at 402-476-1528 or




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