Gates Corporation hosts Auto Value, Bumper to Bumper Service Center Advisory Council meeting

Oct. 4, 2017
In attendance were 10 Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper Service Center Advisory Council members from the U.S. and Canada, and key Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance staff and shareholder personnel.

The Gates Corporation hosted the Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper Service Center Advisory Council (SCAC) meeting last week in Denver. In attendance were 10 SCAC members from the United States and Canada, along with key Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance headquarters staff and shareholder personnel.

This annual three-day collaborative meeting provides the Alliance with direction on its Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper Certified Service Center (CSC) program.

The Service Center Advisory Council spent a full day at the Gates Corporation Customer Solution Center in Englewood, Colo. They were greeted by the Gates senior management team before touring the center. The group attended an immersive product fair and was brought up to speed on many Gates’ products innovations. Gates’ then hosted a comprehensive focus group with the council members.

“The Gates Corporation was honored to host ten top shop owners from Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper,” stated Ken Bridges, Program Group Sales Director US Aftermarket Sales at Gates Corporation, “We were able to conduct a strong focus group to leverage the expertise of these shops. Any chance we have to listen to our professional customers is an opportunity for us to improve.”

The SCAC members are top Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper CSC shop owners, appointed to the council due to their expert perspective. Each member serves a two-year term with an annual rotation replacing five members. 

“I got so much out of this meeting and am leaving completely energized and ready to go back to work!” said Joe Miles, Owner of Kaiser Tire in Louisville, KY and customer of Moog Louisville Warehouse.  “The camaraderie has been amazing and beneficial, both personally and professionally. Gates was awesome and an incredible host and true partners.”

This year’s meeting focused on an evaluation of the current CSC programs, technician promotions and training, as well as technology updates for the Alliance’s e-Commerce solution MyPlace4Parts, SEO, locator services and reputation management.

SCAC members include:

SCAC Member Name

Shop Name

Shop Location

Ross Colket

Colket Automotive Technical Services

Landsdale, Pennsylvania

William Nalu

Interstate Auto Care

Madison Heights, Michigan

Alain Robert

Ste Agathe Service Centre

Ste-Agathe, Manitoba

Justin Barrett

Barrett Automotive

Cornelia, Georgia

Brett Bohlman

Highway 7 Service Center

Newell, Iowa

Thom Young

Lake Erie Automotive

Conneaut, Ohio

Dave Jackson

60 Minute Tune

Grand Hills, California

Joe Miles

Kaiser Tire and Auto

Louisville, Kentucky

Joe Sharp

Joe’s Garage

North Little Rock, Arkansas

Kevin Robertson

Robertson Automotive

Tyler, Texas

VJ Sabanaygam

VJ’s Auto Service

Arcadia, California

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