(L-R): Rusty Bishop, CEO, Federated Auto Parts; Paul Farwick, SMP; Bill Collins, SMP; and Bill Maggs, president and CEO, National Pronto Association

Top Supplier Partners Honored at ‘The Group’ National Member Meeting in Orlando

Grapevine, Texas and Staunton, Virginia – March 19, 2019 – The Automotive Parts Services Group (The Group) recognized supplier partners with special awards during its annual combined member meeting held March 12-15 at the Disney Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

The Group presented awards for exceptional support in key categories important to its membership as well as the Outstanding Vendor of the Year. Members of Federated Auto Parts and National Pronto Association cast votes for the top supplier in each category, and the results were as follows:

 

Outstanding Vendor of the Year – Standard Motor Products (SMP)

Sales Support Vendor of the Year – APC Automotive Technologies

Marketing Excellence Vendor of the Year – Dorman

Excellence in Education & Training Vendor of the Year – SMP

Service Level Excellence Vendor of the Year – Hastings

Catalog & Product Data Excellence – Bosch

 

“Vendor partners are an integral part of the success of Pronto and Federated members and we believe it is important to recognize their commitment to excellence,” said Larry Pavey, CEO, Automotive Parts Services Group. “We congratulate this year’s award winners for their demonstrated outstanding support and thank all supplier partners who made the trip to Orlando to work with members of The Group and help them grow their businesses.”

More than 750 members, vendors and associates participated in The Group meeting, attending a series of general sessions and informational meetings as well as participating in a lively vendor expo.

 

About Automotive Parts Services Group

The Automotive Parts Services Group, also known as The Group, was created by the merger of efforts and resources of the Federated and Pronto program groups on behalf of their respective members, creating one of the largest automotive parts supply networks in North America. For more information, visit www.thegroupapsg.com.

 

About Federated

Federated Auto Parts, headquartered in Staunton, Virginia, is one of the largest auto parts distribution and marketing organizations in North America. Federated is dedicated to supporting its customers with quality name brand parts, programs designed to grow their businesses, and experienced people who are knowledgeable in today’s evolving automotive technology. For more information, visit www.Federatedautoparts.com.

 

About Pronto

National Pronto Association is a North American organization headquartered in Grapevine, Texas and consisting of 92 shareholder owners. Pronto was formed in 1979 and is a leading automotive program distribution group with a focus on marketing, technology and buying. The group is a founding member of 1Parts Global Aftermarket Services, headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. Pronto members distribute name brand, OE and Pronto exclusive brand products. Pronto members are located in Canada, United States, Mexico and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit www.Pronto-Net.com.

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