Bill Garoutte succeeds Chuck Sulkala as the head of NABC.Bob Stevenson has returned to Celette as its regional sales and technical manager.Chris Kozina has taken the helm of Driven Brands’ Paint & Collision division.Program of the Year winner 3M, is pictured with Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes team.Elgin was awarded Partner-Level status in the John Deere Achieving Excellence Program.

National People & Places - March 2018


The National Auto Body Council (NABC) has announced that Bill Garoutte has been selected to take the helm at the organization, succeeding Chuck Sulkala, NABC’s founder and executive director who retired at the end of 2017. In his new position, Garoutte will be responsible for developing and executing NABC’s strategic plans and fiscal objectives, membership development, marketing and administration. Garoutte brings more than 30 years of experience in the areas of strategic business building, market development, marketing communications and advertising.

AAPEX 2018 will take place Tuesday, Oct. 30 through Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas. Approximately 2,500 manufacturers and suppliers with new products, services and technologies in 65 categories will exhibit, with more than 47,000 targeted buyers, including automotive service and repair professionals, auto parts retailers, auto parts warehouse distributors (WDs), engine builders and fleet buyers. Online registration will be available in April.

Celette North America has welcomed back Bob Stevenson as regional sales and technical manager. With the recently announced expansion of services in the U.S. at Celette, Stevenson will be playing a vital role within the organization.  Bastien Dias Da Costa, operations manager of Celette North America, said, “Bob’s dedication and notable vast knowledge and experience in the collision repair industry will be pivotal to our U.S. expansion. Adding him to our growing team brings even more excitement to our bright and strong future at Celette.”

AutoNetTV Media (ANTV) and the Car Care Council (CCC) have announced a new co-branding video partnership to produce and broadcast videos to be viewed by consumers in independent repair shop waiting rooms. “Thousands of vehicle owners and drivers will now be able to learn more about the benefits of regular vehicle maintenance and care promoted by the Car Care Council as they watch television while waiting for their vehicles to be serviced or repaired,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council.

Chris Kozina is the new leader of Driven Brands’ Paint & Collision division. He is a longtime executive with MillerCoors who brings extensive retail, marketing and management experience to the organization. Kozina is overseeing the CARSTAR North America, Maaco Auto Painting and Collision Repair and Drive N’ Style brands, guiding more than 1,000 franchisees and retail locations. He also serves on the Driven Brands’ executive team, reporting to CEO Jonathan Fitzpatrick.

Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes has announced its annual Associated Products Vendor Awards. The announcement was made at a special reception for more than 200 suppliers, employees and V.I.P. guests at its national sales meeting held at the Gaylord Palms hotel and convention center in Orlando, Fla. Associated Products suppliers honored at this year’s Vendor Awards included: 3M – Sherwin-Williams Program-of-the-Year; Innovative Tools – Sherwin-Williams Canada Vendor-of-the-Year; and PPC, Inc. (Powers Paper Company) - Sherwin-Williams Operational Excellence.

Elgin Industries has earned recognition as a “Partner-Level Supplier” in the John Deere Achieving Excellence Program for the sixth consecutive year. Partner-Level status is Deere & Company’s highest supplier rating, awarded to companies that exceed expectations for product and service quality and are dedicated to continuous improvement. A leading global manufacturer of engine and chassis components, Elgin earned the award based on outstanding customer support in 2017 and the high-quality internal engine components it supplies to John Deere operations around the world.

Frost & Sullivan has recognized Delphi Technologies with the 2017 North American Company of the Year Award. This is due to the strong growth of its aftermarket division, which is driven by the company’s investment in expanding its product portfolio and developing key distribution partnerships. “Delphi has demonstrated strong year-over-year growth as a result of adding products like batteries and chassis/suspension components, as well as focusing on key areas of strength, such as engine management products,” said Anuj Monga, research analyst.

Direct mail provider Mudlick Mail posted double-digit gains in both sales and customers in 2017, marking the eighth consecutive year of revenue growth for the company. The company’s customer base now stands at more than 11,000, a more than 10-fold increase over the last five years. While forging strong relationships with smaller companies, the company also formed partnerships last year such as AAMCO and Bridgestone / Firestone.

The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) is facilitating a uniform donation program between collision repair businesses and high school and college collision repair programs for the 2018-2019 school year. Each local student can be sponsored for $50, which provides the student with a Cintas work shirt and pants. Businesses that sponsor more than 20 uniforms can have their corporate logo featured on a patch on the front of the uniform shirts. For more information, contact Brandon Eckenrode, at or 847-463-5244.

Federated Auto Parts will award scholarships to the employees or children of any active Federated Car Care Center purchasing from any Federated member. The scholarships are funded by Fisher Auto Parts in memory of Art Fisher, founder of Federated Auto Parts and the Federated Car Care program. The deadline to apply for the scholarships is March 31.

The 2018 combined Pronto/Federated spring member meeting will be April 9-12, at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas. Members from both groups will attend one-on-one supplier meetings, a combined vendor booth show and informational breakout sessions where they will be updated on data and information systems, national account programs, new supplier programs and other business process improvements.

Remy Power Products has launched a new website at, it was announced by Kristin Grons, marketing manager, Remy Power Products and Brake Parts Inc. The website clearly outlines the complete Remy product line and features a new catalog that allows technicians to search by part number, VIN or year/make/model. It also includes helpful resources such as technical service bulletins, part numbers, how-to videos, news releases and downloadable product literature.

SpillVak, a fluid absorbent company, has reached an agreement with Lucas Oil to become a part of Team Lucas, a marketing partnership by Lucas Oil aimed at aligning marketing efforts with closely-related brands. As a part of the partnership, SpillVak will sponsor various race series and will be the lead sponsor for motorcycle drag racer Anthony Vanetti for the 2018 drag racing season. More details on those sponsorships will be announced in the coming weeks.

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