Robert (Bob) Hirsch, president of the Aftermarket Foundation, reports Stu Crum, president of Bridgestone Retail Operations LLC, and Walter Scott, vice president of eCommerce and eServices of Advance Auto Parts Inc., have been appointed to the Foundation’s board of trustees.
“On behalf of the entire board, I am very pleased to welcome both Stu and Walter to the board of the Foundation,” says Hirsch. “With the addition of Stu, a 30-year automotive retail veteran, and Walter, with over 25 years marketing and eCommerce experience in the aftermarket and big-box retail, our board is strengthened further with their very specific skills, dynamism and drive. We are very pleased that they have accepted the duties this role brings, and are grateful for their willingness to serve for the common good of this great industry of ours, and particularly for the less fortunate among us.”
Hirsch also pointed out that while the direction of the Foundation to take care of those in need within the industry has not changed in its 50-plus year history, “More than ever in the Foundation’s existence, there is an increasing demand for our assistance, which is as a result of overall increased awareness of the Foundation’s activities, and the role it plays within our industry. The appointments of both Stu and Walter, will significantly support our ‘industry-outreach’ activities, and bring additional expertise to our board.”
Crum joined Bridgestone Retail Operations (BSRO) as president in August 2013, with leadership responsibilities of operations at 2,200 company-owned stores. He came to BSRO from Shell Oil Co., where he most recently served as president of Jiffy Lube International.
Having originally joined the aftermarket in 1995, Scott returned in 2009, joining Advance Auto and heading up its commercial eCommerce initiative, prior to his present position as ‘vice president eCommerce and eService. He came to Advance Auto from Corporate Express (now Staples), where, as vice president, marketing and eCommerce, he served as the organization’s chief marketing leader.
Since 1959, the Aftermarket Foundation has assisted individuals and families of the Automotive Aftermarket Industry that have fallen on hard times due to an unexpected death, catastrophic injury, serious illness, or financial hardship. Board members are called upon to assist in the fundraising efforts of the Foundation, and also to assist in the identification of those in need.
For more information, visit www.aftermarketfoundation.com.