Sam Rogers


MAPA Lifetime Achievement Award


Honoring Sam’s Involvement in Michigan’s 

Automotive Aftermarket for More Than 50 Years




Presented this 15th day of September, 2010 



2010 MAPA Lifetime Achievement Award

(Present by Fred Bunting, September 15, 2010)




  • Started at City Auto Parts as a partner with brother Al
  • He served in the army in world war II
  • Then came Parts Warehouse
  • 50+ years in the aftermarket


  • His word was his bond
  • He was a man of honesty and integrity
  • Very inspirational man to others
  • He was loved for dedications to family, friends and customers
  • His customers where his friends

Love of Life

  • Played tennis at Wayne State and ranked 10th in singles nationally
  • He also love to play golf
  • I think he was a guy who just loved life in every way possible!

Aftermarket Accomplishments

  • Parts Warehouse grew to be one of the biggest and best warehouse distributors in the aftermarket.
  • Put many independent jobbers in business
  • He was a great motivator and councilor to his jobber customers
  • He spends a lot of his time in the marketplace with his customers.
  • He was the face of Parts Warehouse

Other Personal Accomplishments

  • Mason
  • Loins Club 
  • Board member of the Temple Israel in Bay City

How he helped me

  • I saw Sam spending a lot of his time visiting his customers and I admired that. Sam knew if you want to build strong customer relationships and know what is really going on you had to be on the streets.
  • I saw this as important and I should do the same to be successful building Auto-Wares Group of Companies.


  • Sam is our inaugural Winner and What a Winner He WAS!

Thank You Sam Rogers, Parts Warehouse, Bay City, Michigan.



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