AMN Drivetime: Marc Blackman, Bill Long, Paul McCarthy
In mid-November, the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) made a major announcement about a new business structure to better position the organization and the vehicle supplier community for the future. The 118-year-old organization will now operate under one umbrella — MEMA — and will represent automotive and commercial vehicle suppliers with two groups: MEMA Aftermarket Suppliers
AMN Drivetime: John Gamauf
John Gamauf is a 50-year veteran of the tire industry. Starting out with Firestone as a tire buster in the late 60s, he rose through the company’s ranks working in different sales positions for Bridgestone brands until he became president of consumer replacement tires for Bridgestone/Firestone North America consumer tire company in 2003. During his
AMN Drivetime Quick Hit: AAPEX 2022
Check out this fun and fast-paced conversation with Bill Hanvey and Paul McCarthy as the countdown to AAPEX 2022 begins. Just in case you weren’t already excited for AAPEX 2022, this AMN Drivetime Quick Hit conversation with Auto Care’s Bill Hanvey and AASA’s Paul McCarthy, co-owners of the AAPEX show, will get you pumped up
AMN Drivetime: MotoRad CEO Matt Buchholz
At 17, Matt Buchholz got his first job turning wrenches and along the way discovered what he describes as “a passion for high levels of customer service.” In this drive to meet the needs of customers while building his career and developing his leadership skills, Buchholz shares that he sought out a lot of feedback.
AMN Drivetime: Valvoline’s Roger England
When asked if he was currently in his “dream job,” as VP and Chief R&D officer for Valvoline, Roger England’s response says it all about his infectious enthusiasm for all he does. “Heck yeah. I have a great time. I enjoy going to work,” England shares with Bill Babcox in the most recent AMN Drivetime
AMN Drivetime: Rock Auto’s Tom Taylor (video)
An admitted “car hoarder,” Tom Taylor, VP of marketing and co-owner of Rock Auto, says he and his family really lucked out when they founded the online auto parts retailer in the midst of the “Dot Com” bubble. According to their website, Rock Auto’s goal is to “liberate information hidden behind the auto parts store
AMN Drivetime: Pronto Network president Robert Roos (video)
Next year will mark 40 years for Robert Roos in the industry and he says it’s been an incredible journey.
AMN Drivetime: Tendeco’s John Lussier (video)
In this latest episode of AMN Drivetime, Babcox Media CEO Bill Babcox sits down with John Lussier, president of Tendeco Sales Inc., under which the Litens brand resides. In the interview, the two executives talk about a variety of important industry issues – from supply chain challenges to sourcing, R&D, OE heritage, international business and
AMN Drivetime: Transtar’s Neil Sethi (video)
During his recent AMN Drivetime podcast interview with Babcox Media CEO Bill Babcox, Neil Sethi, president and CEO of Transtar Holding Company, shares his fascinating journey from studying biology and medicine as an undergrad to shifting gears and finishing with an MBA focused on finance. Throughout this journey, which continues today in his role at
AMN Drivetime: APA’S Steve Tucker (video)
After an extensive aftermarket career working in parts stores, machine shops and with major aftermarket suppliers, Steve Tucker, who was named president of Automotive Parts Associates (APA) in February of 2021, describes moving to the program group side of the business as a “shock.” “You spend a lot of time in this business, and you
AMN Drivetime: NTN’s Charles Harris (video)
A native of “Honeymoon City” Niagara Falls, New York, Charles Harris began his aftermarket career after graduating with degrees in both Business and Marketing from Northwood University in Midland, Michigan. An experienced sales executive, Harris has spent more than 30 years in the automotive aftermarket, holding executive management roles at such well-known names as Tenneco,
AMN Drivetime: NGK’s Brian Norko (video)
Norko credits an important mentor in his career for helping him learn the key to being a successful sales professional.