has many new enhancements.NAPA Filters has won the Spirit of NAPA Award for a record-setting 11th time.Ken Schrader will be back in 2018 with Federated Auto Parts.Neil Sethi is Transtar Industries’ new CEO.Will Sampson is now the executive vice president and general manager of the Transportation Division.

National People & Places - April 2018


The Automotive Management Institute (AMi) announced new continuing education requirements to maintain its professional designations. AMi will provide designation graduates holding one of its many professional designations until Dec. 31, to complete six credit hours of AMi-approved training to maitain a “current designation status.” After 2018, anyone holding an AMi professional designation must complete a minimum of six credit hours of approved training within the 12-month calendar year.   Graduates not meeting the continuing education requirement will lose permission to claim designation status.

Martin Senour Paints has refreshed its online presence with enhancements and additions based on customer feedback and insights. features improved search optimization, product systems and categories are organized into a consistent menu, intuitive navigation, and frequently updated content featuring the latest promotions, product launches, regulatory information and PDS materials. An expansive training and support section connects users from across the industry, including automotive jobber distributors, collision repair professionals, fleet owners and refinishers with industry leading training resources.

NAPA Filters has been recognized by NAPA with its Spirit of NAPA Award. This marks a record-setting 11th time NAPA Filters has been honored with the award, the most by any supplier. NAPA Filters, whose products are manufactured by MANN+HUMMEL, competed with other NAPA suppliers in several categories, including product quality, line leadership, shipping performance, sales and marketing, customer service, technical and communications support and merchandising excellence.

The Automotive Aftermarket Charitable Foundation (AACF) welcomed six aftermarket industry companies to its national Awareness Partner network. 4 Wheel Parts, Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, Eckler’s Industries, Mighty Auto Parts, Race Winning Brands (RWB), and XL Parts are the newest members of a growing national community of more than 50 AACF Awareness Partners. “Awareness Partners receive the resources needed to connect with company employees during tough times, and support them through the steps to apply for help,” said Joel Ayres, AACF’s executive director.

Axalta Coating Systems has received the Frost & Sullivan 2017 Market Leadership Award for the automotive refinish coatings industry, which recognized the company’s refinish brands Cromax, Spies Hecker and Standox as best-in-class globally. Frost & Sullivan specifically points to Axalta’s focus on environmental sustainability, innovative training opportunities, and superior products that are designed to boost body shop productivity as reasons the company is deserving of the award.

Parts Authority announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Interamerican Motor Corporation (IMC) from AutoZone. IMC operates 26 locations across nine states and is the second largest distributor of OE-quality import replacement parts in the U.S. For more than 50 years, IMC has been committed to offering its customers a parts catalog sourced from hundreds of foreign-focused suppliers, including original equipment brands. The transaction is expected to close in the coming weeks. 

The ASE Education Foundation and S/P2 announced a partnership to develop and distribute The Workplace Mentoring System, a mentoring program for the automotive industry. The program is designed to help businesses identify and train service personnel to become mentors to students and entry-level employees. This program will be available to the entire industry: automotive service, medium/heavy truck, and collision repair and refinishing. For more information, visit

Federated Auto Parts has renewed its sponsorship of Ken Schrader Racing for the 2018 season, said J.R. Bishop, motorsports and event marketing director for Federated Auto Parts. It will be the 19th consecutive year that Federated has partnered with Schrader and his racing teams. As part of the sponsorship, Schrader will conduct “Get Dirty with Kenny” racing experiences for Federated members and their Car Care customers at dirt tracks across the country. In addition, Federated will be the primary sponsor of Schrader’s dirt track teams and an associate sponsor of the Ken Schrader Racing ARCA teams.

Transtar Industries has named Neil Sethi as CEO. Sethi returned to Transtar in 2017 as president and COO, having previously held a variety of leadership positions with Transtar, including president of the company. He has worked with many of the Transtar associates for decades and says that they share the same philosophy of excellence in business. “We are making investments in every area of our business and are well-positioned for future growth and expansion,” Sethi said.

Private equity firm Clearview Capital has announced the acquisition, in partnership with management, of direct mail provider Mudlick Mail. Mudlick President and co-founder Tim Ross will assume the role of Mudlick’s CEO and will retain a minority stake in the company, along with select members of the management team. Founded in 2008, Mudlick Mail offers customized direct mail campaigns and insight to help clients in a variety of industries.

I-CAR has awarded Insurance Gold Class business recognition at the corporate level to State Farm, an achievement reserved for insurance carriers that are committed to improving the performance and quality of auto collision repairs. State Farm’s appraiser staff has completed the Platinum Auto Physical Damage Appraiser (APDA) training requirements in I-CAR’s Professional Development Program. “Today’s vehicles are incredibly complex, and proper training is essential in ensuring they are repaired correctly,” said Brad Gutcher, I-CAR manager, segment development - insurance.

BASF Refinish Automotive Coatings has launched a new, mobile-friendly website — — with updated images and content, and unique tools, including an asset cart and an advanced product catalog. The asset cart, which can be used in conjunction with the product catalog or independently, offers an advantage to BASF Refinish website visitors by allowing them to “shop” throughout the site. Visitors can add assets to the cart from anyplace on the website, not just from product pages, similar to a shopping cart on a clothing or grocery retailer’s website.

Midtronics President and CEO Steve McShane announced the promotion of Will Sampson to executive vice president and general manager of the Transportation Division. The new role adds Transportation Division sales and engineering organizations to the marketing and product development functions previously under Sampson’s management. “In his new role, Will is assuming full responsibility for the profitability and growth of the Division, which makes up the largest part of our global business,” McShane said.

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