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News   July 25, 2008   by Auto Service World

“Aftermarket Pioneer” Passes


Automotive aftermarket pioneer Randy St. John, former president of Beck/Arnley and founder of Auto International Association (AIA), passed away on July 20. He was 81.
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Beck/Arnley’s former leader, Randy St. John,” said Max Dull, vice president and general manager of Beck/Arnley.
“Randy built Beck/Arnley from the ground up through hard work and tireless dedication. He was a true gentleman who rose to success while serving our industry as an advocate and mentor. He will be dearly missed by a host of friends at Beck/Arnley and throughout the aftermarket.”
Randy retired as president and CEO of Beck/Arnley Worldparts in 1997, after a long and distinguished career in the automotive aftermarket. He began his career in the early 1950’s as a partner in Brigham-St.John, an import parts specialist located in southern California.
In the early 1960s, St. John joined his company with Beck Distributing to become its West Coast operation, Beck/Arnley of California.
In 1984, Beck/Arnley was acquired by GKN and shortly thereafter, St. John was named president of the newly formed GKN-AIP, which was a combination of Worldparts and Beck/Arnley. While running the company’s entire import aftermarket division, Beck/Arnley was sold to Echlin and St. John continued to serve as president of the organization.
Throughout St. John’s tenure at the Nashville headquarters, he completed four highly successful acquisitions.
Donations in St. John’s memory may be made to Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson Street, Nashville, Tenn. 37203-9658; or The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 404 BNA Drive, Suite 102, Nashville, Tenn. 37217-2571.


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