The Automotive Industries Association of Canada has named Edward (Ted) Reevey (Autotec Inc.) and Patrick (Pat) Gorman (Pat’s Auto Supply) are the 2003 recipients of the prestigious AIA Distinguished Service Award.
Both men were chosen as recipients of the AIA Distinguished Service Award for their leadership qualities – their ability to lead industry people towards a common goal and towards the overall enhancement of the aftermarket industry.
Pat Gorman Pat Gorman was chairman of the board from 1990 to 1991. AIA Waste Management Guidelines were published for the first time in 1991 as a result of Pat’s vision, and AIA members applauded the useful information. Environmental regulations such as these are even more relevant today than they were more than a decade ago.
Pat Gorman was a Director at Large from 1986 to 1988 on the AIA Board of Directors before joining the Executive Committee as Second Vice Chair. He also served as Chairman of the Public Relations Committee for two years. Pat started Pat’s Auto Supply in 1955 with a $1,200 investment that he used to buy a converted Fargo bus. He rented 160 square feet of warehouse space to stock his supplies and began selling parts all over the western provinces, particularly in isolated or hard to get to places. Pat’s Auto Supply has been an AIA member since 1960.
Pat Gorman is actively involved in his local community and very well respected by his peers; he is a member of the Knights of Columbus and the local Rotary Club. Education is one of the areas where Pat has volunteered a great deal of his time, he has served as a school trustee, a member of the Advisory board for the Grand Prairie Regional College, and on the Minister’s Advisory Committee on Education for the province of Alberta. Pat’s Auto Supply also has its own bursary program for young people. Pat Gorman is the proud father of 10 children and 20 grandchildren, and is happily married to wife Shirley.
Edward Reevey Edward (Ted) Reevey was the AIA Chairman of the Board from 1992 to 1993. In 1993, under Ted’s guidance, AIA published its first major market research piece analyzing industry trends and forecasting future trends – the Outlook Study. AIA continues to publish the Outlook Study to this day. Many AIA members rely upon the information in the Outlook Study to develop their own business and marketing plans. 1993 was also the year that AIA opened its office in Montreal to better serve francophone members in Quebec.
Ted Reevey was also a member of the executive committee for fours years (serving as 2nd Vice Chair, 1st Vice Chair, Chair, and Past Chair) and a Director at large of the Association for two years prior to his service on the Executive (1988 to 1990).
Ted is an accountant by trade. He created Autotec Inc. in 1970 and acted as president until 1997; he is currently the Chairman of the Board. Autotec has been a member of AIA since 1978, and is celebrating its 25th anniversary with the association in 2003. Ted Reevey is a current or past director of a number of corporations. He is current a director of Aliant Inc. and Stratos Global Inc.
In addition to his volunteer work with AIA, Ted is also the Past President of the New Brunswick Institute of Chartered Accountants; Past Chairman, Atlantic Chapter, Young President’s Organization; and Past President of the Saint John Board of Trade. He is also affiliated with a large number of charitable organizations, such as the United Way, New Brunswick Museum, and Junior Achievement of Saint John.
Ted and his wife Andria have three sons and also enjoy the company of their three grandchildren.
The AIA Distinguished Service Award is presented in recognition of a distinguished service and outstanding leadership given to the growth and development of Canada’s automotive aftermarket industry. It is the highest award presented by the Automotive Industries Association of Canada to outstanding individuals within the Association.