July 2015 - National People & Places

Bill Maggs, president and CEO of National Pronto Association and co-CEO of the Automotive Parts Services Group (The Group), was recently honored with the Art Fisher Memorial Award. Rusty Bishop, CEO of Federated Auto Parts and co-CEO of The Group, presented the award to Maggs during the Federated Auto Parts national meeting and awards ceremony in Puerto Rico. “The Art Fisher Memorial Award honors individuals that encourage collaboration, growth and support of our membership, not just when the direction aligns exactly with their own, but when the decisions made are deemed best for all,” Bishop said. “While it may seem a little outside the box, the choice to honor Bill was clear and unanimous. We are proud to recognize him for identifying opportunities to create value and ensuring that the combined efforts of The Group benefit the entire membership as well as our supplier partners.”

UCI International announced that Bruce M. Zorich has given notice that he will be retiring as president, CEO and director of UCI International LLC, effective July 3. Zorich will also be retiring as CEO of the commonly owned automotive aftermarkets businesses, which include businesses operated by Autoparts Holdings Ltd. Zorich’s position will be filled by Thomas Degnan. Degnan is a director of UCI Holdings and is also the CEO of Reynolds Group Holdings Ltd., an affiliate of UCI.

The Valspar Corporation announced it completed the acquisition of the performance coatings businesses of Quest Specialty Chemicals Inc., which include automotive refinish and industrial coatings. The acquired businesses had 2014 sales of approximately $190 million. Financial terms were not disclosed. The acquisition strengthens Valspar’s value proposition in automotive refinish and industrial coatings, and its customers will benefit from expanded distribution of a portfolio of preferred brands, a broader range of high-performance products and a stronger service network.

Federal-Motor Motorparts recently received the National Catalog Managers Association (NCMA) President’s Award for Electronic Data Excellence for the integration of the company’s FP Diesel product information into the NAPA Auto Parts PartsPRO II catalog. The award was presented by NAPA during NCMA’s 2015 “Knowledge Exchange” conference in Orlando in April.

The Paint, Body and Equipment Specialists (PBES) segment of the Auto Care Association announced the election of Keith Bell, U.S. sales manager for AkzoNobel, as the new chairman. Industry veteran Bell has served on the PBES Committee for eight years and has committed to a strong agenda for the coming year. Suzie Guyer, director of marketing, FinishMaster, was elected to the vice chairman position. 

The Motor & Equipment Remanufacturers Association (MERA) will host a Remanufacturing Technology Forum, “Additive Manufacturing Technologies: The New Frontier,” July 23, during the NACE/CARS Expo in Detroit. It will offer attendees the opportunity to learn more about additive manufacturing technologies used by leading remanufacturers and will feature sessions focused on four specific technologies: thermal spraying, laser deposition, 3-D printing: laser sintering, and 3-D printing: direct metal deposition. In addition, Sanjay Sampath will deliver the keynote address. Sampath is a distinguished professor and director of the Center for Thermal Spray Research (CTSR) at Stony Brook University.

Motorcar Parts of America announced it received AutoZone’s Extra Miller award for outstanding service at the automotive retailer’s Vendor Summit recently held in Memphis, Tenn. The award is presented annually to a select group of AutoZone’s several hundred suppliers who go the “extra mile” in terms of service, products and programs. “Product quality, technical excellence and superior customer service are daily commitments throughout our organization. We are gratified to be included in this elite group of AutoZone suppliers and look forward to continued mutual success,” said Selwyn Joffe, chairman, president and CEO.

Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI) announced its return to Detroit with its relocation of corporate headquarters. The new address is 37899 W.12 Mile Road, Suite 220, Farmington Hills, MI. 48331. The new office will allow ETI to strengthen its ties to the automotive community in the Detroit area and to continue serving its members by working together and sharing information and remaining committed to its objective: advancing the vehicle service industry by providing technical data and open dialog between the manufacturers of transportation products, government regulators and the providers of tools, equipment and service information.  ETI’s new corporate headquarters will be the base of operations for all corporate and administrative functions.  In addition to the move, ETI has hired a new office administrator, Jean Peltier, to assist in the day-to-day operations.

Motorcar Parts of America announced several new appointments and promotions within the company’s organization. Peter Murnen joined the company as vice president of marketing. He previously served as global director of aftermarket braking for Federal-Mogul. Hasnain Dhala was appointed category manager of undercar parts. A 13-year veteran of the automotive industry, Dhala, previously worked at Hyundai as parts and accessories development manager. Prior, he worked for Kia Motors. Edwin Rosa is now assistant vice president of manufacturing. Rosa was previously operations director with CARDONE Industries. Gary DelGreco was promoted to director of traditional sales from manager of traditional sales, and John Luck was promoted director of merchandising from category manager, reporting to Ron Bernstein, vice president of merchandising.

The Auto Care Association was awarded the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) 2015 Gold Circle Award in the rebranding category. The Gold Circle Awards competition is the premier association marketing, membership and communications award.

The SEMA Data Co-op (SDC) recently announced the addition of its 1,000th member, now featuring more than 385 supplier brands and over 620 data receivers registered in the system. “We are all very excited about reaching this membership milestone,”  said Jim Graven, director of Membership. “We have worked diligently to spread the word about the services that the SDC offers, and to get manufacturers connected with their customers to deliver quality product data in a simple and affordable manner.” The SDC’s full-featured solution includes comprehensive data validation tools, unlimited secure storage and an easy-to-use web interface for supplier members to manage their product data. Additionally, data receivers can get exports formatted specifically to their requirements, and can manage delivery of data through a versatile scheduling tool.

Brake Parts Inc. (BPI) announced Clara Bailey as sales manager, special markets. In her new position, Bailey is responsible for the sales of BPI products to existing clients and prospecting for new clients with a focus on supporting their requirements and assisting them to grow their businesses. aid Robert Pitt, vice president, sales and global business development, Brake Parts Inc., said, “Clara brings a rich background in sales management to her new positon and possesses strong leadership skills and a passion for her profession that will drive her focus towards achievement of corporate goals and objectives.”

East Penn was presented with Federated Auto Parts’ most prestigious supplier award on May 14, during the Federated national meeting and awards dinner when the battery manufacturer was named Outstanding Vendor of the Year. In addition, Federated supplier support awards were presented to those companies deemed exceptional in five key categories: Outstanding Vendor of the Year – East Penn; Order Fill Vendor of the Year – Hastings; Education & Training Vendor of the Year – Standard Motor Products; Marketing Vendor of the Year – Dorman; Sales Representation Vendor of the Year – Brake Parts Inc.; and Electronic Cataloging Vendor of the Year – Cardone.

ZF Friedrichshafen AG, a global leader in driveline and chassis technology, and TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. announced that the companies have completed the transaction under which ZF has successfully acquired TRW. TRW will be incorporated into ZF as a new division called Active & Passive Safety Technology. The combined company operates under the name ZF Friedrichshafen AG.

CARDONE Industries was recently honored with a “Best in Class” President’s Award for Electronic Data Excellence by Advance Auto Parts at the 2015 NCMA Conference in Orlando, Fla. Criteria for judging included data accuracy, prompt monthly delivery, image coverage and quality, conformance to most recent industry data standards and proactive communications. CARDONE also received the Silver President’s Award for its online catalog at cardone.com. Featuring more than 46,000 SKUs, the CARDONE WebCat includes detailed, application-specific product information including features and benefits, multi-view images, installation guides, tech tips and videos. “We are honored to receive these awards,” said Pat Taylor, director of Catalog Services. “We know complete and accurate data sells parts, and these awards are a testament to the hard work my team puts in every day to support our customers.”

The Automotive Management Institute (AMI) announced the members of its 2015-2016 board of trustees. Sheri Hamilton, AAM, ASA-Midwest, Kansas City, Mo., was elected as chair; Darrell Amberson, AAM, LaMettry’s Collision Inc., Minneapolis, Minn., elected as vice chair; Bob Keith, AAM, CARSTAR, Leawood, Kan., re-elected as treasurer; and Gary Keyes, AAM, E&M Motors Inc., Stuart, Fla., elected as secretary. “I look forward to working with this group of trustees, who represent such a diverse range of industry experience and backgrounds.  This will be important as we work to ensure Automotive Management Institute’s future success,” said AMI President Jeff Peevy. The members of AMI’s Board of Trustees represent both mechanical and collision repair shops of varying sizes, and industry associations and companies.

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