National People & Places - December 2018
The Jack Creamer Leader of the Year Award was given to Larry Pavey, CEO, Automotive Parts Services Group and president, Federated Auto Parts. The award is given to an individual who has contributed in a unique and monumental way while employed in the auto care industry. The award was presented by AWDA’s 2017 Leader of the Year, Bill Maggs, president and CEO, National PRONTO Association and co-CEO of the Automotive Parts Services Group and 1 Parts Global Aftermarket Services.
The Automotive Management Institute (AMi) held its second graduation ceremony of 2018 on Oct. 31, at the Westgate Resort in Las Vegas. AMi role-based designations highlight the growing role soft skills and business management education play in the success of today's automotive repair business. Students focus on multiple core categories of training and professional development: financial management, sales & marketing, operational management, HR and personnel development, IT management, risk management and leadership.
Peterson Manufacturing announced it is now an approved lighting vendor for Vipar HD, the largest heavy-duty truck parts buying group in North America. According to Matt Altenhofen, Peterson’s Territory Sales manager who spearheaded the effort, the deal is a win-win for both parties. “With Vipar’s heavy presence across North America and beyond, and with the strength of our USA-made lighting in niche markets like refuse and chassis, we both have exciting opportunities to target new markets together.”
The Martin Fromm Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Greg Henslee, executive vice chairman of the board, O’Reilly Automotive Inc. The award is given to individuals who have distinguished themselves through their unselfish commitment to, and high level of performance within, the auto care industry throughout their career. The award was presented by AWDA’s current chairman of the Board of Governors, Bobby Segal, Sanel NAPA.
Centric Parts was presented with the U.S. Commercial Service’s Export Achievement Certificate by the Auto Care Association at AAPEX for their accomplishments in the Central and South American markets. Centric Parts has participated in numerous trade missions to Latin America organized by the Auto Care Association in partnership with the U.S. Commercial Service, as part of the Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP) award the association received from the U.S. Department of Commerce to help the automotive aftermarket industry increase its exports.
The Art Fisher Memorial Scholarship Award was given to Standard Motor Products (SMP). The award is given to a company or individual in recognition of their leadership and commitment to education and training, either within their own organization or throughout the auto care industry. The award was presented by Mauro Cifelli, president and CEO, Vast Auto Distribution.
The Collision Repair Education Foundation announced more than $500,000 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover school grants supported by donations from industry companies and local I-CAR committee fundraising activities. The announcement came during the Foundation’s annual reception during the 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The grants announced will go to help improve 173 schools in 37 states with more than 6,700 students enrolled in collision repair training programs.
Custom Automotive Network presented SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting with a donation to the SEMA Scholarship Fund at CAN’s 2018 General Membership Meeting in Las Vegas. The scholarship money benefited two industry professionals and CAN members: Cynthia Bullion, Engineering Operations manager of Competition Cams, and Kaylie Null, Data and Marketing associate for Truck Accessories group. The 2019 application period is now open. For more information, visit www.sema.org/scholarships.
SEMA presented its top honors during the annual SEMA Awards Banquet at the 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Winners of the awards are: SEMA Person of the Year: Melanie White - President, Hellwig Products; Gen-III Innovator of the Year: Jon Pulli - CEO, Turn 14 Distribution; SEMA Rep Agency of the Year: Bob Cook Sales; SEMA Distributor of the Year: Turn 14 Distribution; and SEMA Manufacturer of the Year: Aeromotive Inc.
University of the Aftermarket Foundation recognized National Pronto Association as a new gold lifetime trustee and Genuine Parts Company, MAM Software Group, Mevotech, The Schwartz Family, Women in Auto Care and the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) as new lifetime trustees during the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association’s (AWDA) recent luncheon in Las Vegas. The Gold Lifetime Trustee designation is reserved for those donating $250,000 to $499,999 to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation.
Berryman Products announced the official sponsorship of Stevens-Miller Racing (SMR) in the Trans Am TA2 category. The agreement is for the primary branding of one car as well as one of the SMR team transporters for the 2019 season. Berryman Products Marketing Director Beau Blankenship said, “We are very excited about our partnership with SMR. This year we did a product sponsorship program in conjunction with our San Francisco Bay Area distributor USA Automotive Supply to promote our 100th anniversary and it was very successful. Later, we purchased the title rights for a car, then title rights to ‘The Berryman Trans Am at the Brickyard.’ Doing a full year commitment is the natural next step and we could not be more excited.”
Continental has named Allen Selzler as Sales Technical Training Specialist for Continental Automotive’s Interior Division, Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket (CVAM) Business Unit. In this role, Selzler will be responsible for the organization, coordination, and execution of regional presentations and demonstrations with prospective and existing customers.
The Pursuit of Excellence Award was presented to Tom Seboldt, vice president, merchandise, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Inc. The award is given exclusively to AWDA member companies, or employees of those member companies, in the auto care industry, in recognition of excellence in business performance and the setting of high standards as an example for others to follow. The award was presented on behalf of AWDA by Henry Slack, president, Slack Auto Parts.
Cardone Industries unveiled its new brand during AAPEX 2018. It has re-engineered its brand and website to better serve customers and deliver OE alternative solutions. Cardone has also redesigned its website to offer a more user-friendly experience for customers. “This is just the beginning and a glimpse of what we have planned at CARDONE,” said Michael Cardone III, owner and executive chairman. “The automotive landscape is evolving, and we are evolving with it and poised to drive the industry into the future.”
The Automotive Distribution Network celebrated the opening of AAPEX with its 10th annual Network Reception at The Venetian in Las Vegas. With more than 1,200 attendees, the Network welcomed its members, vendor partners and international affiliates. “This has always been a huge event, but it continues to grow each year,” said David Prater, president of The Network. “The increased participation by our Latin American members and our Nexus partners is especially exciting.”
DENSO has acquired EASE Simulation Inc., a company that specializes in automotive diagnostics technology. The company will merge with DENSO Products and Services Americas, Inc., based in Long Beach, Calif., and continue to provide aftermarket products, services and technology. As the definition of mobility and transportation continues to change, DENSO is expanding into software-based solutions in addition to its hardware expertise.
The Auto Care Association has announced the addition of Hailey Ray as director, political affairs. Ray joins the Auto Care Association’s government affairs department, where she will lead the association’s political action committee, “ACPAC.” ACPAC is the only bipartisan fund that seeks to elect and re-elect officials who work to advance, promote and preserve a vibrant auto care industry.
Axalta has announced James (Jim) Muse has been promoted to vice president, Global Refinish Sales. In this new role, Muse will focus his leadership on the company’s growing global customer base and developing sales force excellence plans for teams around the world. In addition to those new responsibilities, Muse will retain accountability for several key strategic accounts in the U.S.