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Feature   June 1, 2002   by Auto Service World

Show Reports: Second Certified Aftermarket Professional Named

Steven Van Kessel of Parry Automotive has become the second Canadian to earn the Certified Aftermarket Professional (CAP) designation.

Van Kessel was honored at the AIA annual general meeting. “I know that Steven has made a number of sacrifices to achieve this designation,” said Randy Moore, AIA past chairman, in presenting him with his CAP certificate. “The program isn’t easy, but it provides those who earn the CAP designation with a number of tools and resources they will be able to use throughout their careers.”

The CAP program was created to enhance the professional qualifications of managers, sales representatives and other professionals in the automotive aftermarket. Certification is a career-building credential for the individuals who achieve it, a competitive advantage for their employers and a benefit for the entire industry through higher performance standards.

“[CAP] is a way of acknowledging individuals who have demonstrated high professional standards throughout their careers,” added Moore. “It gives employers a standard to seek when recruiting and demonstrates the entire industry’s commitment to professional excellence.”

Quebec Named Division of the Year

The Automotive Industries Association (AIA) of Canada’s Quebec Division was named Division of the Year for the second year in a row at the 2002 Canadian International Automotive Show in Toronto.

The AIA Division of the Year Award is presented annually to the division that has been the most successful and active over the past year. It is awarded to the AIA division that accumulates the most points in a twelve-month period, on a variety of criteria including holding educational and social events, division executive meetings, making scholarship contributions, and Opportunities Unlimited presentations to students, as well as membership growth.

In accepting the award, division chairman Michel Bourgeois thanked the entire division committee, as well as the association’s national office for the support they provided.

“I would also like to thank our team’s employers and my employer for allowing us to the time to be involved,” said Bourgeois.

Also honored was the Southwestern Ontario Division as the Most Improved Division. That division made some very well-received Opportunities Unlimited presentations to students as well as making substantial contributions to scholarship funds.

Late Parts Expert Honored as Counterperson of the Year

Mitch Felberg, who passed away recently, was named the winner of the Stephen Solomon Memorial Award as Counterperson of the Year.

“No vehicle was too old or too young for him to locate the parts you were after,” attendees heard of Felberg. “He always had time for his customers. Mitch knew his stuff and knew it well.”

Felberg had worked for a number of wholesalers over the years, the last being Redfern Automotive.

The award was accepted by Felberg’s sister Marla and brother Howard.

The award is named in memory of Stephen Solomon, the long-time counterperson and manager of New Motor-Queen City Auto Parts in Toronto, who was noted for his exceptional abilities and died unexpectedly in his 30s. The award was initiated by his longtime competitors at British Auto Supply, Michael and David Schwartz.

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