Aftermarket Business

AWDA, Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association
Aftermarket icon and mentor John Francis “Jack” Creamer, 84, died March 25 at the Hospice of the Valley Sherman Home following a stroke. His distinguished career spanned more than 51 years.
Centric Parts training
Centric Parts and AP Exhaust Technologies announced that AP’s Executive Chairman Vange Proimos will join the Centric Parts Board of Directors, and Centric President and CEO Dan Lelchuk will join the board of AP.  
Integrated Supply Network
Integrated Supply Network (ISN) announced Don Barry would be joining the team as Executive Vice President of ISN USA.
Arnott Air Suspension Products
Arnott Air Suspension Products recently christened a new Engineering/Research and Development center dedicated to developing and producing air suspension products.
Program groups are merging, independent warehouses are buying each other out, and now manufacturers’ investment groups are buying warehouses, distribution centers and company-owned stores.
Arfa Syed
Arfa Syed, digital and social media manager at the Auto Care Association, spoke to Aftermarket Business World about the use of social media in the aftermarket.
Automotive Parts Associates
APA members elected Joseph Koudsi as a new Board Member. Koudsi is Vice President of International Metric Specialists located in North Hollywood, Calif.
University of the Aftermarket Foundation
The University of the Aftermarket Foundation approved a grant of $20,000 for the Wyakin Warrior Foundation to fund the educational, professional and personal costs faced by two of their warriors who were severely wounded during their military service
Innovative companies and providers of services for the connected car are invited to take part in a special thematic world at the next Automechanika Frankfurt from September 13-17, 2016.
Marcos Gutierrez, TechSmart scholarship
Standard Motor Products selected the winner of its “Are You TechSmart?” scholarship search. Marcos Gutierrez of Oakland, Calif., will receive the $5,000 scholarship to use towards his education.

Special Reports

Independent repair shops that use social media to promote their shop’s services overwhelmingly prefer to use Facebook, according to the Aftermarket Business World 2015 Independent Repair Shop survey.