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03/13/18 - The Michigan Automotive Parts Association (MAPA) has announced the selection of Fred Bunting, Chairman of Auto-Wares Group of Companies located in Grand Rapids, Michigan as recipient of its 2018 MAPA Lifetime Achievement Award.

Created in 2010, the MAPA Lifetime Achievement Award is designed to honor the excellence of individuals in the automotive aftermarket industry who have made significant impacts in the industry and/or the association. Qualifying criteria for consideration includes recipient must have/had an extensive career in the industry, contributed significantly to the automotive aftermarket industry in Michigan, and made accomplishments within their local community.

Lifetime Love. Fred Bunting is a 3rd generation auto parts person and some say he came out of a muffler box. He started working in the family automotive aftermarket business at age 14. He had every job in the family warehouse: as a sweeper, stock boy, unload and load trucks, hi-lo driver, order picker, parts counter, buyer, order taker, truck driver, and salesman. The family business was sold in 1967 while he was in College.

In 1976 he started his own aftermarket company Auto-Wares Group of Companies headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He started, built, and today owns 14 major automotive aftermarket companies and 180+ retail/wholesale auto parts stores in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois and Wisconsin. Auto-Wares services daily 500+ auto parts stores. Auto-Wares has 300+ Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper stores, 700+ Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper Certified Service Centers. Auto-Wares employs 2,100+ top notch service oriented professional people and over the years created jobs for 10,000+ people who have worked for Auto-Wares.

Fred has put an over whelming effort into training, sponsoring Tech Expos training for 20 years has resulted in filling 50,000 tech training seats. Organizing local regional training events in 5 states has resulted in 6,000+ more training seats filled. He has won national award Head of the Class for training his own employees. Fred's other awards include: Northwood Automotive Aftermarket Education, Auto Value Man of the Year, Art Fisher Scholarship (technician training), Mort Schwartz Excellence in Education, MAAP (Master Automotive Aftermarket Professional), Jack Creamer AWDA Automotive Aftermarket Leader of the Year 2016. He is also involved and supports multiple charities to help others in our community and world.

He has been in Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper national program group for 40 years, and has been on their board of directors for 34 years. He has served on the AWDA board of Governors and a member of AWDA for 40+ years. He has been a proud member of his state jobber association MAPA for 40+ years. Fred has always made independent jobbers success his primary focus. He has helped many independent jobbers get into, stay, and get out of this great business. His personal philosophy has been to treat customers, employees, and vendors all like friends. Stay aggressive and build for the long term. He has always enjoyed a strong personal relationship with his customers and employees. He spends a lot of time each year visiting and meeting with jobbers and technicians. He has always believed it happens on the streets and it is very important to stay street smart! Fred has a total passion for the automotive aftermarket business!

The MAPA Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Fred Bunting during MAPA Industry Day 2018 being held on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at the Holiday Inn Gateway Centre in Flint, Michigan.




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Michigan Automotive Parts Association (MAPA) is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 Leadership 2.0 Program Scholarship through the University of the Aftermarket Foundation at Northwood University, valued at $6,250 has been awarded to Brady Tervo of Auto Value of Houghton located in Houghton, Michigan.


"The automotive aftermarket is an exciting and volatile industry, full of complexities and intricacies, and brimming with potential. This industry can be characterized as one that is constantly changing with intense competition, and is dominated by a handful of large and ostentatious corporate giants. It can be exceedingly difficult for a small independently owned business to successfully compete in an industry of this nature. That being said, with the elimination of operational incongruities and misalignments, just the right amount of creative abrasion and an enhanced concentration on the optimization of core competencies, a small independent parts store has the ability to maintain and expand their customer base, profits, and success in these increasingly competitive times.


I have grown up in the automotive aftermarket. Some of my earliest memories involve watching my father flip through a stack of incessantly thick catalogues searching for a part or tool, behind the counter of his independently owned auto parts stores. I began delivering auto parts and machining rotors the summer after I received my license. After graduating from high school, I worked close to full-time at Auto Value while I pursused a bachelor's degree in Accounting from Michigan Tech University. After completion of that degree, I took on the role of outside saleman, and am currently finishing up the last class I need to fulfill the MBA requirements. There is something about this industry that has drawn me in and continues to intrigue me. My aspirations for the future involve continuing a career in the automotive aftermarket and hopefully owning my own group of stores in the future" - Brady Tervo.


Brian Cruickshank, Director of the University of the Aftermarket at Northwood University, provided ASAAA members with the opportunity to apply for one full $6,250 scholarship from the University of the Aftermarket Foundation which includes tuition, materials, and meals for the highly-acclaimed 2017-2018  2-week Leadership 2.0 Program. Leadership 2.0 is conducted in 2 one-week sessions at Northwood University; Session I: August 6-11, 2017 in Midland, Michigan, Session II: March 11-16, 2018 in Raleigh, North Carolina.


This scholarship is an exclusive offer to members of the Michigan Automotive Parts Association (MAPA) through its affiliation with the Alliance of State Automotive Aftermarket Associations (ASAAA). Scholarship recipients are selected by ASAAA's scholarship committee from applications submitted by member state associations. For more information and complete details about the 2017-2018 Leadership 2.0 Program, visit: www.universityoftheaftermarket.com and click on Leadership 2.0.


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02/15/17 - The Michigan Automotive Parts Association (MAPA) has announced the selection of Jerry Biggers, retired from Genuine Parts Company (GPC) / NAPA, as recipient of its 2017 MAPA Lifetime Achievement Award.

Created in 2010, the MAPA Lifetime Achievement Award is designed to honor the excellence of individuals in the automotive aftermarket industry who have made significant impacts in the industry and/or the association to qualify for consideration of MAPA's Lifetime Achievement Award. The recipient must have/had an extensive career in the industry, contributed significantly to the automotive aftermarket industry in Michigan and made accomplishments within his or her local community.

Jerry started working for GPC in 1969 as a part-time employee while completing his bachelor's degree in marketing from Virigina Tech. When he left to return to school, the general manager called Jerry into his office and asked him to come back and see him when he finished school. Upon graduation, Jerry did just that and in 1972 he joined the management trainee program. After successfully completing the program in 1974, he accepted his first management role as jobber sales and service manager, and in 1978 he was promoted to operations manager.

There were numerous promotions for Jerry in the years that followed: In 1979, he was named operations manager at NAPA Denver, 1981 director of operations at HQ, 1982 assistant to GPC chairman and CEO, 1983 assistant to division vice president at newly-formed Midwest Division, 1985 general manager at NAPA Stevens Point, 1987 general manager at new Columbia DC, followed by two more promotions as general manager in Richmond in 1982 and Grand Rapids in 1998. In 2007, he returned to HQ as vice president of operations. After deciding to go back to the field, Jerry returned to the general manager position at NAPA Grand Rapids in 2012. When an opportunity opened back up at NAPA Richmond in 2015, he jumped at the chance to return to Richmond to take over as general manager.

Jerry's unparalleled performance and exemplary dedication over the years has contributed to GPC's success. Jerry retired in October 2016, and now he and his wife Gayle look forward to the next phase of their lives and a well-earned retirement.

The MAPA Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Jerry Biggers during MAPA Industry Day 2017 being held on Wednesday, September 13th at the Holiday Inn Gateway Centre in Flint, Michigan.



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