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NIADA president resigns post following FBI raids
February 1, 2019 by Allan Janssen

The president of the Arlington, Tex.-based National Independent Automobile Dealers Association (NIADA) has resigned his post, two days after FBI raids on his Pennsylvania home and dealerships. Andy Gabler, owner of the Lakeside Auto Group, stepped down as NIADA president

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CounterWorks founder Culbertson dies
January 29, 2019 by Adam Malik

Glen Culbertson, one of the founders of jobber computer system CounterWorks, died Jan. 7. He was 86 years old. Culbertson, Pete Kornafel, Art Lotus, and Lou Parillo founded CounterWorks in 1982. The company grew to serve more than 1,000 jobber

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‘A drive to serve’: Aftermarket loses Dale Devlin
January 25, 2019 by Adam Malik

It has been a tough start to the year for the automotive aftermarket in Canada. Another friend and leader of the industry has died. Dale Devlin died Jan. 21 surrounded by his family. He was the owner of Halton Automotive

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‘Hero of our game’: Dan Scrivens dies suddenly
January 23, 2019 by Adam Malik

The man who set the tone of the aftermarket – especially out west – has died. Daniel Scrivens died suddenly at the age of 94 on Jan. 14 in Calgary but left behind a legacy that few, if anyone, can

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Alliance promotes Washbish
January 23, 2019 by Adam Malik

The Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance announced that it promoted John Carlson “JC” Washbish to be its Vice President of Marketing as of Jan. 1. Previously the group’s director of marketing, he will continue to lead marketing efforts for the Alliance

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New U.S. sales director for Mevotech
January 21, 2019 by Adam Malik

Don Keeling is the new national sales director for traditional sales in the United States for Mevotech. He will report to Todd Hack, executive vice president of sales and marketing, and lead the U.S. sales team responsible for the traditional

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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