A thank you to our Distributor of the Years

Blogs Lucas Deal December 12, 2013

I know it doesn’t seem like it, but HDAW ’14 is right around the corner. Most of us we’ll be heading to Las Vegas in a little more than seven weeks, and with the holiday season and New Year’s Day dropping into the middle of two upcoming weeks, we’re really just a little more than five work weeks from the event.

(That’s a bit of a mathematical stretch I admit, but my point is HDAW is a lot closer than it might feel today. It’s going to sneak up on us.)

At Truck Parts & Service, a significant amount of time leading up to HDAW is spent preparing for the annual Distributor of the Year award presentation. Set to be held during the event’s opening general session on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 at the Terry Fator Theatre in the Mirage, this will be the 12th year Truck Parts & Service will present its exclusive aftermarket award.

This year’s finalists are all excellent companies and deserving of the award. Profiled in Truck Parts & Service magazine throughout the year, links to each finalist’s story can be found HERE.

But in promoting next month’s award presentation I also want to send out an additional congratulations to all of our past finalists and winners, and everyone that has helped make the Distributor of the Year award what it is today.

The last decade plus has allowed us to honor a wonderful group of businesses. From last year’s winner, Midwest Wheel (led by Mike Callison and John Minor), to inaugural winner Inland Truck Parts (led by Dave Scheer), the Distributor of the Year program has been focused on giving the best of the independent aftermarket their due.

That’s what we plan to do again in January and long into the future. This is a great industry, and those who are dedicated to making it grow and thrive deserve our adoration and respect. So on behalf of Truck Parts & Service and our sponsors, Meritor, Minimizer and Timken, I’d like to thank all of our past winners and nominees for their participation in the program and for the spectacular work in the aftermarket.

Truck Parts & Service Distributor of the Year award winners

2002       Inland Truck Parts

2003       Drive Train Industries

2004       Midwest Wheel Companies

2005       Midway Truck Parts; Point Spring & Driveshaft

2006       Page Brake

2007       Total Truck Parts

2008       Betts Truck Parts

2009       Power Train Services

2010       Stone Truck Parts

2011       Carolina Rim & Wheel, Fleet Brake

2012       Midwest Wheel Companies

Video of last year’s award presentation also can be found HERE, and a video featuring the 2012 nominees can be found HERE.

Lucas Deal is the editor of Truck Parts & Service and Successful Dealer. He can be reached at lucasdeal@randallreilly.com.

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