The Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance Inc., headquarters for Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper, held its annual Winter Shareholder Meeting at the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry in Aventura, Fla., this week.
Nearly 150 Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper shareholders and more than 250 channel partners attended.
The event included closed-door committee meetings, department updates, networking and meals, and a joint general session for shareholders and channel partners. It culminated with the awards banquet Tuesday evening, when the Alliance announced its supplier award and Channel Partner of the Year winners.
The meeting began Sunday morning with closed-door Information Technology, National Account, Product, and Sales & Marketing Committee meetings. The Operations Committee hosted an open session, followed by a joint session with IT and Operations.
That afternoon, shareholders had their pick of open sessions from the Alliance’s IT, product, and sales and marketing departments. The day closed out with a reception at the resort’s Cascata Pool area.
“I think from the manufacturer’s perspective, we’re very fortunate to be invited,” said Kevin Judge, vice president of sales and marketing for NTN and BCA Bearings. “It’s a very unique environment because it’s business casual, but the first word is business. You have to come here and understand the expectations. You’re not coming here to write orders, you’re coming here to understand the Alliance business plan going forward in the coming years. So there’s really two aspects of these things: Being able to socialize with the members and being able to see what’s coming in 2020.”
Monday kicked off with a headquarters report from John Washbish, president and CEO of the Alliance. Through the remainder of the day, other Alliance and shareholder representatives presented on product initiative, IT updates, the forthcoming heavy-duty program, the Alliance Takes the Hill 2021 Convention, and more.
Tuesday, shareholders and channel partners collaborated in joint meetings, had a leisure afternoon of golf, fishing, or poker, and ended with the Tuesday night banquet.
“We are excited to once again come together as a group to celebrate the year’s accomplishments and our channel partner’s successes,” Washbish said. “More importantly, we look forward to discussing strategic plans and leveraging our strengths to work toward the future.”
Auto Value, Bumper to Bumper, and Confidence Plus are all part of the independent member network of the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, an aftermarket distribution and marketing program group. As a network of independent warehouse distributors, it offers parts and service from thousands of parts stores and professional repair shops across North America, Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, Columbia, Europe and China.