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Van de Sande joins Altrom as company shuffles
January 18, 2019 by Adam Malik

Former Bestbuy Distributors president Jeff Van de Sande has joined UAP as an executive with the Altrom Auto Group division. Altrom was previously under Genuine Parts Co. but has moved into the UAP fold. For UAP – which includes NAPA

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Akebono makes changes to sales team
January 17, 2019 by Adam Malik

Brake maker Akebono started off the year with changes to its field sales team. Mike Spain has been promoted eastern region sales manager. Bill Perlmutter has joined the team to take over Spain’s old position of eastern district sales manager

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Van de Sande leaves Bestbuy
January 15, 2019 by Adam Malik

Jeff Van de Sande has resigned as president of Bestbuy Distributors effective immediately. He had been with the company for almost 10 years. Bestbuy’s board accepted his resignation and thanked him for his time in a press release. Update: Van

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AASA’s Gardner gets promotion
January 15, 2019 by Adam Malik

Long-time aftermarket veteran Chris Gardner has a new position with the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association. The group announced that it has promoted Gardner to be its senior vice president of operations. He was previously the association’s vice president. Gardner, who

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Aftermarket giant Grant McPherson dies
January 9, 2019 by Adam Malik

He was a co-founder of the biggest charity golf tournament in the country. He was also the head of Fram. But, most importantly, Grant McPherson was a friend to many across the automotive aftermarket. He died on Dec. 31, 2018.

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U.K. car rating site, JudgeService, launches in Canada
January 8, 2019 by Allan Janssen

JudgeService, a leading U.K. automotive customer satisfaction insight and reviews site, has launched its services in Canada. The company has begun offering auto dealers specialized surveys to help boost customer satisfaction, with the ultimate aim of improving stock turnover. The

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Management changes at Mahle
January 3, 2019 by Adam Malik

German auto parts company Mahle has announced Martin Wellhöffer as the new head of automotive sales and application engineering with the company. The move is effective April 1 as Arnd Franz will exit the day before. Wellhöffer has held various

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Alliance head named a Northwood top biz leader
December 28, 2018 by Adam Malik

An aftermarket veteran of 50 years, John R. Washbish has been named as a 2019 Outstanding Business Leader by the Northwood University Board of Trustees. The school – which houses the University of the Aftermarket – is recognizing the president

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Total Canada hires new territory manager for Quebec region
December 27, 2018 by Allan Janssen

Total Canada has welcomed a new sales rep for the Quebec region. Julie Caron is the new territory manager for Quebec, in charge of sales development of heavy-duty and industrial lubricant sales and solutions in the Montreal region. Caron has over

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GPC makes top level changes
December 20, 2018 by Adam Malik

Genuine Parts Company has announced new leaders for its auto parts group in the U.S. and its industrial business. Kevin E. Herron has taken over as president of the U.S. Automotive Parts Group while Randall P. Breaux will head up

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Airtex-ASC adds account manager
December 11, 2018 by Adam Malik

Trevor Lilovich has joined Airex-ASC as an account manager. He joins the company from Bake Parts Inc. where he partnered with distributor customers to develop mutually profitable relationships. He has also held positions at Valvoline and Hertz. “We are pleased

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Permatex names new VP and GM
December 10, 2018 by Adam Malik

Lee Burtelson has been named the new vice president and general manager for engine repair in the automotive aftermarket group at Permatex. Burtelson was previously vice president of strategic marketing for the ITW fluids platform. He’s been with ITW since