Warehouse Services Inc. of Edmonton, Alta., has been selected as the recipient of the 2011 Jobber News Jobber of the Year Award. Formally named the E.J. and A.E. Wadham Memorial Award after the founders of Jobber News Magazine, published monthly since 1931, the award recognizes the very best in Canadian automotive aftermarket wholesale parts distribution for their success in business, service to the industry, and community commitment. “This is awesome,” says Scott Scherr, owner of the Edmonton based Uni-Select member and ACDelco distributor founded by his father Wayne. “A lot of people have worked very hard to get us to where we are today.” In the nomination received, WSI was highlighted for its “amazing amount of dedication to providing top quality service. Every effort is made to ensure the future of the repair industry.” Warehouse Services Inc. has grown from an exhaust specialist organization to a full service business with five locations including its 80,000 square foot main warehouse. A “pure wholesaler” WSI does not pursue retail business and operates unmarked delivery trucks. The organization as received strong positive reviews of it staff. In fact, Mary Mackie, a veteran counterperson with WSI was named as the recipient of the 2008 Jobber News Counterperson of the Year. Further to its support of the industry, WSI has instituted an extensive training strategy and works with apprenticeship programs as sponsor of the WSI AWARD at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) for the highest achieving second year student in the Service Technician Program. WSI also raises money for the Rick Gibson Memorial Award for Parts Technicians at NAIT. “I couldn’t be happier. I have known WSI for many years and to have them come out on top in a year when we have had so many strong nominees is a real testament to the impact they have had on their market,” says Andrew Ross, publisher and editor of Jobber News Magazine. “There is no question the hypercompetitive Alberta market has really separated the best from the rest and WSI has never taken their eye off the ball; they know the customer is king and that the quality of the products they sell are a reflection on them. They are precisely the kind of organization we like to count among the very best and they are a worthy addition to the Jobber of the Year alumni.” A full profile of WSI will appear in the July issue of Jobber News Magazine; a formal presentation of the award will take place April 19, 2011 in Ottawa, Ontario at a dinner preceding the Automotive Industry Association of Canada’s Aftermarket Conference for Executives held April 20. For more details, visit /jobberannual/.