Flamenco guitar and Mediterranean fare set the stage for Bestbuy Distributors’ AGM and convention where a relative newcomer to the aftermarket took supplier honours. President Jeff VandeSande and chair Dale Devlin, Halton Automotive, had the honour of announcing and presenting the 2010 Horace J. Pratt Award for supplier of the year to Promax Auto Parts Depot, in recognition of its excellence in service, sales performance and support. Principles Ramzi and Sam Yako were on hand to accept the award. The organization also presented its annual contribution to support the Hospital For Sick Children in the amount of $15,000.00, which brings Bestbuy’s total contribution to $628,000.00. The highlight of the AGM was the exotic Mediterranean themed annual dinner, which included the fiery Spanish guitar music of Canadian recording artist Johannes Linstead and his band. This special evening was inspired by the upcoming Bestbuy shareholders’ Mediterranean Cruise scheduled for the Spring of 2011. The weekend also featured the open house tour and trade event at Bestbuy’s head office and warehouse. Also at the AGM, shareholders from across Canada elected the 2011 Board of Directors. Bestbuy’s returning chairman, Dale Devlin of Halton Automotive, and returning directors were present, including: vice-chairman Doug Squires, Colonial Auto Parts & A.P.M. Limited; secretary treasurer Farrukh Alam, Alam’s Auto Parts; Claudio Sceppacerqua, The Young Automotive Professionals; Brad Nahorney, Sapphire Auto; and Don Harvey, Central Transport Refrigeration. Two new directors were also confirmed: Ghazi Mankal, Canadian Auto Parts Suppliers, and Gino Morelli of Pieces d’auto G.C.M. Bestbuy Distributors’ 57th annual shareholder meeting was held in Mississauga at The Westin Bristol Place Toronto Airport.