National People & Places - December 2017
The Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA) recently presented awards highlighting the excellence in the warehouse distribution industry. The Jack Creamer Leader of the Year Award, which acknowledges an aftermarket professional who has contributed to the industry in a unique and significant way, was presented to Bill Maggs, president and CEO of the National PRONTO Association, co-CEO of the Automotive Parts Services Group and co-CEO of 1 Parts Global Aftermarket Services. The Martin Fromm Lifetime Achievement Award went to Thomas C. Gallagher, former president and CEO of Genuine Parts Company, in recognition of his unselfish commitment to, and high level of performance within, the motor vehicle aftermarket industry. The Art Fisher Memorial Scholarship Award, given annually in memory of former AWDA Chairman Art Fisher, and grants scholarships in the name of the award winner to two students enrolled in the automotive aftermarket management program at Northwood University, went to the NAPA/Genuine Parts LEAD Store Manager Training Program.
Carm Capriotto was selected for the 2017 Mort Schwartz Excellence in Education Award. The award is given to an individual, auto care company or educational institution that best advances the concepts and programs for education and continuing education in the North American auto care industry. Capriotto has released more than 260 episodes of his “Remarkable Results Radio” podcast that spotlight aftermarket professionals.
The 2017 ACE Award winners are National PRONTO Association (small company), Motor Information Systems (mid-size) and Genuine Parts Company/NAPA (large). The ACE (Auto Care Career and Education) Award recognizes industry companies dedicated to investing in the growth of employee knowledge and skills while offering professional development and career opportunities.
SSF Imported Auto Parts CEO Thomas Beer was given the Peter Klotz Person of the Year Award by the Import Vehicle Community, a segment of the Auto Care Association. The award recognizes the excellence of individuals in the import auto care industry. Beer has expanded SSF’s training, tools and equipment offerings. He has also been involved in numerous automotive industry associations.
The Collision Repair Education Foundation announced more than $600,000 in Ultimate Collision Education Makeover school grants supported by donations from industry partners and local I-CAR committee fundraising activities. The announcement came during the foundation’s annual reception held in October during the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The Ultimate Collision Education Makeover school grants will support 162 schools in 38 states with more than 6,000 students enrolled in collision repair training programs.
Phil Cutting, CFO for Brake Parts Inc., has been named CFO of the Year for large private equity companies by the Financial Executives International Chicago Chapter, it was announced by David Overbeeke, president and CEO of BPI. “Phil is an integral part of BPI’s leadership team and a major contributor to our success. This award is truly an honor for Phil as he was chosen from a group of very qualified nominees,” Overbeeke said.
The Automotive Distribution Network (The Network) opened this year’s AAPEX Show with a reception. More than 1,000 guests attended the event to celebrate The Network’s continued industry success. During the event, every division of The Network was represented including Parts Plus, Auto Pride, IAPA, Parts Plus Mexico and international partner NEXUS. The group has made the annual reception an ongoing event to celebrate the automotive aftermarket while continuing to foster vendor, shareholder and member partnerships.
The Timken Company recently recognized manufacturer’s sales representatives for their outstanding service with this year’s Manufacturers’ Representative Awards at AAPEX. Bob Dunfield, of Hirsig-Frazier, was honored as the 2017 Representative of the Year. Dunfield has significantly grown Timken business with an increasing number of stores and sales revenue in the past year. He resides in Wichita, Kansas. Timken also recognized RepWorks Marketing as the 2017 Manufacturers’ Representative Agency of the Year based on their professionalism in representing Timken, excellence in onboarding new customers and high level of customer service, helping to ensure both companies’ long-term success.
Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. has announced that Tim Chaney has joined the company as vice president of marketing. Chaney is responsible for leading all Toyo Tires marketing efforts in the U.S. including go-to market strategy, brand management and brand development. Areas under his guidance include advertising, creative, content development, sponsorships, events, public relations, direct marketing, dealer support including dealer training as well as consumer and dealer websites. He reports to Roy Bromfield, president and chief executive officer of Toyo Tires.
Mitchell 1 will mark its 100th year of providing repair information solutions to the motor vehicle industry in 2018. The company kicked off the anniversary celebration at AAPEX in Las Vegas. “Ahead of the curve in vehicle repair since our beginnings in 1918, Mitchell 1 brings a unique historical perspective to staying current and what that means to the auto repair shops and technicians that we serve,” said Dave Ellingen, president of Mitchell 1. “As our 100 years of experience can attest, we’re constantly looking forward and always ready for the next challenge that comes our way.”
Centric Parts announced that James Tucci has joined the company as its vice president of operations for the Centric, Qualis and StopTech divisions. Tucci will be responsible for the company’s warehouse, manufacturing, and re-manufacturing operations. In addition, he will lead its Global Quality and Logistics teams.