AAIA and Car Care Council honored with 2012 MarCom Awards | Auto International Association presents the 2012 AIA People Awards | Auto International Association presents the 2012 AIA Import Product Awards
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November 15, 2012
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Lang Aftermarket Insight: Foreign vehicles roll to a majority of annual miles
"Foreign nameplates in operation average greater fuel efficiency than their domestic counterparts. In addition, foreign nameplates comprise a majority within vehicle age groups averaging the highest annual driving (six years and younger) by U.S. consumers. These two factors are pushing foreign nameplates toward a majority of annual light vehicle mileage on U.S. roads. Lang Marketing projects foreign nameplate cars and light trucks will be driven more miles by Americans in 2016 than all domestic light vehicles. With foreign nameplates likely to expand their new vehicle sales share over the next five years, this mileage trend seems irreversible." View Lang Aftermarket Insight for complete analysis.
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AAIA and Car Care Council honored with 2012 MarCom Awards
AAIA and Car Care Council have been honored with 2012 MarCom Awards in the following categories:
  • Aftermarket Insider: Platinum Award
  • Auto Service & Repair: What to Expect Video: Gold Award
  • Be Car Care Aware Website: Gold Award
MarCom Awards is a creative competition for any individual or company involved in the concept, writing and design of print, visual, audio and web materials and programs. Entries come from corporate marketing and communication departments, advertising agencies, PR firms, design shops, production companies and freelancers. The MarCom competition has grown to perhaps the largest of its kind in the world with about 6,000 entries per year. For more information, go online.
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Auto International Association presents the 2012 AIA People Awards
The Auto International Association, the import segment of the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association, has announced the recipients of the 2012 AIA People Awards. The 2012 winners are:
  • Hall of Fame – Anthony “Tony” Perticari, USA Industries
  • AIA Lifetime Achievement Award – Janette Ponciroli, Interamerican Motor Corp.
  • AIA Young Executive of the Year – Kenny Ho, Intex Auto Parts
“AIA prides itself in having some of the most talented and dedicated industry leaders within its ranks and takes great pleasure in recognizing their achievements. Hall of Fame is always awarded to a person who has spent a lifetime in the industry and attained the success to go with that longevity. Lifetime Achievement is traditionally awarded to the middle management of our member companies who dedicate themselves to the success of their company and coworkers. And finally, Young Executive of the Year is just that -- the future of our industry,” said Steve Bearden, president, H.B. International Marketing Services, Inc., and AIA chairman of the Executive Leadership Council.

Each year, the AIA People Awards recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the import automotive aftermarket. The winners are determined based on nominations submitted by AIA members. For complete bios of each award winner, visit AIA's website.
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Auto International Association presents the 2012 AIA Import Product Awards
The Auto International Association, the import segment of the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association, has announced the recipients of the 2012 AIA Import Product and Marketing Awards. The 2012 winners are:
  • Best Overall Import Aftermarket Product - Centric Parts, Posi Quiet Brake Friction Line
  • Best New Product for Import Cars or Trucks - AISIN World Corp. of America, Electric Water Pump for Hybrid Vehicles
  • Best New Performance Product or Accessory for Import Cars or Trucks - Philips Automotive Lighting, Crystal Vision Ultra Headlight Bulb
  • Best Merchandising/Advertising of a Product for Import Cars or Trucks - Direct Market Access Inc., SenSen Struts & Shock Absorbers
  • Best New Packaging of a Product for Import Cars or Trucks - Beck/Arnley, European Coolants
  • Best New Catalog of a Product Line for Import Cars or Trucks - Centric Parts, 2012 Brake Systems Catalog
  • Best Website Presentation of a Product Line for Import Cars or Trucks - Denso Sales California, Mobile desnsoaftermarket.com
The AIA Import Product and Marketing Awards annually recognize innovative products and marketing programs designed to serve the import aftermarket industry. For a gallery of this year’s entries, or for more information on AIA, visit AIA's website.
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AWDA announces new officers and governors
The Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association announced the addition of its newest officers and governors immediately following the conclusion of AAPEX 2012.

As of Nov. 2, AWDA’s new chairman is Tim Trudnowski, president, Automotive Jobbers Supply in Spokane, Wash. Joining Trudnowski as AWDA’s new 2012-2013 officers will be vice chairman Dick Fairbanks, Orleans Auto Parts, Hyannis, Mass., and entering the chairs as secretary is Corey Bartlett, Automotive Parts Headquarters, St. Cloud, Minn. Richard Beirne, United Auto Supply, LaCross, Wis., retains his position as AWDA treasurer.

“These new officers join a long and distinguished line of great leaders that have come through the AWDA chairs,” said Larry Northup, executive director, AWDA. “Their commitment to the industry is inspiring. It’s truly an honor to work with them.”

Also joining the AWDA Board as new governors are:
  • Michelle MacKenzie-Menendez, MacKenzie Warehouse, San Francisco, Calif.
  • Scott Bennett, Bennett Auto Supply, Pompano Beach, Fla.
  • Robert M. Segal, MAAP, Automotive Supply Associates, Inc., Concord, N.H.
  • Brent Windom, Uni-Select, Inc., Kennesaw, Ga.
In the coming year, AWDA will support multiple projects designed to enhance the position of traditional distribution in the aftermarket. AWDA will also continue its long tradition of supporting industry education through sizeable donations to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. For more information, visit AWDA's website.
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AAIA 2013 Standing Committee openings
Nominations are being accepted for AAIA standing committees for a three-year term commencing January 2013. These committees primarily meet two times a year, in conjunction with AAIA Leadership Days in the spring and fall throughout the U.S., to provide direction and develop plans for the association. Some committees may meet an additional time and/or schedule various conference calls/webinars. There is a limited number of openings for each committee. If your job responsibility coincides with any of the committees mentioned and you are interested in becoming more involved in AAIA, complete an online nomination form and include your relevant experience and qualifications. E-mail the form, along with an updated bio. The deadline to submit nominations is Nov. 23. All candidates will be notified after Dec. 18.
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Car Care Council News
Did Hurricane Sandy harm your vehicle?
Following the severe weather and heavy rain from Hurricane Sandy, flooding is taking its toll on car owners. Many in the affected areas have driven through high water that may have damaged their vehicles. Even though your vehicle may not have been flooded or completely covered in water, the Car Care Council recommends that motorists follow these guidelines to check for damage due to water intrusion or contamination:
  • Check interior carpets, upholstery and door and trim panels for dampness. If they are wet, then the vehicle will need professional attention.
  • Pull the engine oil and transmission fluid dipsticks and differential plug. If the fluid appears milky, diluted, is no longer its original color or is beige in color, then it is likely the pans contain water.
  • Check the air filter for water. If it is wet, replace the air filter and change the oil.
  • Check the undercarriage, bumpers, radiator area and frame for mud, grass, dirt, debris and rust. If any of these are present, the vehicle should be washed and cleaned as soon as possible.
  • Have the brake system checked by a professional automotive technician.
  • Check the exterior lights for moisture and water. Replace headlights and bulbs that contain water.
  • Listen for abnormal noises while the engine is running. Make a note of where the noise is coming from and take the vehicle to a professional automotive technician as soon as possible.
  • Inspect the suspension joints and lubricate as necessary.
“It all comes down to how much water the vehicle took in and where it reached,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “By being car care aware and following these simple guidelines, you can help minimize the potential for damage to your vehicle.”

The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For a copy of the council’s Car Care Guide or for more information, visit the Car Care Council's website.
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Business Strategies
The best leaders know how to say "thank you"
Good bosses say "thank you" to their workers often and with real sincerity, writes Art Petty. Expressing gratitude for a job well done is a quick way to motivate your team and show them that you're aware of their hard work, Petty explains. "Saying 'thank you' is one of the simplest forms of showing respect and one of the most powerful forms of letting your team members know that you are watching and that you genuinely care," he writes. ArtPetty.com (11/13)
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The myths of modern leadership
People used to think the right and ability to lead was conferred by the gods -- and a number of similar myths still plague the modern workforce, writes Brian Evje. From the belief that leaders are born rather than made, to the belief that leaders should be fearless and infallible, there are plenty of damaging misconceptions about the nature of 21st-century leadership, Evje explains. Inc. online (free registration) (11/14)
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Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.
Marie Curie,
Polish-French physicist and chemist
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