Toronto jobber Spark Auto Electric has been named the Jobber News Jobber of the Year.
The Jobber of the Year Award, formally named the E.J. and A.E. Wadham Memorial award in memory of the founders of Jobber News Magazine 75 years ago, recognizes those auto parts wholesalers who epitomize the values held by the aftermarket.
Throughout the 25 years that it has been awarded, the honour has evolved from a personal award dedicated solely to the owner of the business, to one that recognizes the important contributions of all members of an operation.
Each recipient business has demonstrated the highest level of achievement in business, been key participants in the industry, and showed commitment to the type of community involvement that has become an integral part of the automotive aftermarket industry’s role within the Canadian social fabric.
“We were honoured to be nominated and honoured to be picked,” says Jim Bintas, co-owner with brother Nick of the business founded by their father Stavros and uncle Peter. “We’re proud of the automotive aftermarket and we pride ourselves in being a part of it.”
Located in Toronto’s east end, the Bestbuy Distributors shareholder and ACDelco distributor has built a reputation for honesty and integrity in a hyper-competitive Toronto market for more than 40 years.
“We base a lot of our business on relationships,” says Nick Bintas. “People buy from people. When things are tough, we stick by our customers. At the end of the day it’s all about loyalty and relationships.”
“We received a number of great nominations from many parts of Canada this year,” says Jobber News publisher Andrew Ross. “Every one of the nominations showed special qualities and would be worthy recipients, but the words of support for the Bintas family and everyone at Spark Auto Electric showed that they have been so active on so many fronts–in business, in their community, and with their suppliers–that their contributions needed to be recognized.
“They have a great story to tell, and every jobber in Canada deserves to hear it.”
A full profile of Spark Auto Electric, 2009 Jobber of the Year, will appear in the July issue of Jobber News Magazine.
Jobber News Magazine, founded in 1931, is the only magazine dedicated to the distribution segment of the Canadian automotive aftermarket. It is part of The Automotive Group of business to business magazines published by the Business Information Group. Information is available online at www.autoserviceworld.com.
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