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    • By Counterman
      Eric Sills, president and chief executive officer at Standard Motor Products Inc. (SMP), received the 2022 AASA Member Advocacy Award on Nov. 2 at AAPEX show in Las Vegas. 
      “Eric has taken up the reins of representing the aftermarket during a very difficult time for our country and our industry,” said Ann Wilson, senior vice president of government affairs, Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA).  “Whether discussing supply chain challenges on Capitol Hill or organizing his colleagues to support the REPAIR Act, Eric has focused on advocating for the aftermarket.  It is truly an honor to work with Eric and to present this award to him.” 
      Sills is a proud representative of the industry and goes above and beyond to secure a bright future for the aftermarket, AASA noted. He testified to Congress on behalf of the entire manufacturing community on supply chain challenges and investing to strengthen American manufacturing and competitiveness. Sills activated his SMP-employee base to reach out to their congresspeople in support of the REPAIR Act and to help ensure a competitive market and consumer choice on where and with what parts vehicles are repaired.
      Sills and his team work toward an outcome that is positive for manufacturers, channel partners, the aftermarket and for consumers. As someone who is a fourth-generation leader in the aftermarket, he is a superior executive who not only focuses on his own organization’s success, but also considers the supplier community and the industry as a whole, AASA noted.   
      “I am deeply honored to receive this award,” Sills said. “The aftermarket is in my blood, and it is more important than ever that the industry fully participates in all aspects of the public policy process.” 
      Wilson took the stage to officially name Sills as the 2022 AASA Advocacy Champion.  
      Also honored during the award presentation were Franchelle Thomas, who received the AASA DEI Leadership Award (Individual); and MOTOR Information Systems, which received the the AASA DEI Leadership Award (Corporation).  
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    • By Counterman
      The U.S. automotive aftermarket has experienced several victories when it comes to Right to Repair, which secured the consumer’s right to choose where they get their vehicle maintained and repaired.
      This right was secured twice in Massachusetts: first in 2012, resulting in a nationwide memorandum of understanding (MOU) with automakers for vehicle diagnostic and maintenance data from the OBD, and again in 2020 for wirelessly generated vehicle data.
      Contrary to the will of Massachusetts voters, soon after the win in 2020, the automakers filed a lawsuit to overturn this 2020 victory for consumer rights and we are still waiting on a decision from the judge.
      As the industry awaits the long-anticipated decision on the Right to Repair court case in Massachusetts, the auto care industry continues the fight for safe and secure access to vehicle maintenance and repair data on the national and international stage. On the federal front, the Auto Care Association has worked to gain support for the
      link hidden, please login to view to secure the Right to Repair for all Americans, but time is running out to secure co-sponsors in this Congress. Due to currently competing legislative priorities (supply chain shortages, war, inflation), it is likely the REPAIR Act bill will need to be reintroduced in 2023. In response to the need to continued momentum and even more engagement on the issue, members of the Auto Care Association’s
      link hidden, please login to view are asking for the industry to partake in a “Right to Repair Awareness Month” this July. “It’s critical to engage our 4.4 million brothers and sisters in this battle for independence,” said Bill Hanvey, president and CEO of the Auto Care Association. “We must continue a steady drumbeat and add more voices to our story. That’s why this July, we’re launching Right to Repair Awareness Month to ensure that every colleague, peer and coworker knows what Right to Repair is and why they need to get involved.”                  
      Anyone in the industry can join the Right to Repair Awareness Month effort by doing two simple things:
      Share your support for Right to Repair throughout the month of July and what it means to you on social using the hashtag #righttorepair. The Auto Care Association has created a link hidden, please login to view for eye-catching communications. Be an ambassador within your organization: spread the word about Right to Repair Awareness Month with your supervisor. Ask your HR department to send this company-wide and use resources from the association’s media kit to educate your company and encourage your employees or colleagues to also take 30 seconds to link hidden, please login to view to their local legislator via the association’s Action Center. Additional resources, including full briefs on Right to Repair can be found on the Auto Care Association website for both the
      link hidden, please login to view and link hidden, please login to view levels. Companies that partake in employee education efforts will be recognized. Send details about your participation in the Right to Repair Awareness Month to [email protected]
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    • By Counterman
      The AAM Group honored Tri-State Enterprises as its 2022 Member of the Year at the organization’s annual Membership Meeting held May 10-12 in Frisco, Texas.  
      Each year AAM makes this selection based on five key metrics: Active Participation; Growth as a Percentage; Marketing Participation; Participation in Group Buys; and PRO Rebates Participation. In recognition of its win,
      link hidden, please login to view received a custom trophy and an exclusive painting commissioned from automotive artist Jim Caswell. “I’m so proud of the Tri-State team for all their hard work and dedication,” said Tri-State Enterprises owner and President Tristan Taylor. “To once again be chosen out of a great lineup of members is truly a privilege and an honor. The AAM Group is a big part of our overall success, along with a host of supplier partners. Our motto is ‘People Driven,’ and we would not be the company we are today without the support of all our partners. Thank you!”
      “In a year when so many members contributed so much value, Tri-State demonstrated tremendous support for our supplier partners, edging out many deserving members to earn this year’s coveted award,” AAM President Tim Odom said. “This win puts Tri-State in the rare category of back-to-back Member of the Year honorees.”
      The AAM meeting also saw awards given to the winners in each of the aforementioned individual categories. Recipients included Midwest Wheel and Midstates, Inc. (Active Participation); Alamo Auto Supply (Growth as a Percentage); Dix Performance (Marketing Participation); overall winner Tri-State Enterprises (Participation in Group Buys); and AllPro Distributing (PRO Rebates Participation).
      Automotive Accessories Marketing USA Inc. (The AAM Group) is the largest distribution group in the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) marketplace. 
      link hidden, please login to view now includes 21 member-companies operating 68 distribution centers throughout North America. The post
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