Independent distributors Carolina Rim & Wheel of Charlotte, N.C., and Fleet Brake of Calgary, Alberta have been named co-winners of Truck Parts & Service’s 2011 Distributor of the Year award, sponsored by Minimizer.
The award was given out during the opening session of HDAW 2012 at The Mirage in Las Vegas. This is the third time in the award’s 10-year history that multiple winners have been selected. Other 2011 nominees were Tidewater Fleet Supply of Chesapeake, Va. and Weldon Truck Parts of Oklahoma City.
Tom Stewart, president of Carolina Rim & Wheel, and John Bzeta, president of Fleet Brake, accepted the awards for their companies.
“We’re really excited to win this tremendous award,” says Stewart. “This goes to my employees. The reason our company is successful is because of our employees.”
“I’d like to thank Randall-Reilly, Truck Parts & Service and Minimizer for this award,” says Bzeta. “This award is a credit to our employees and the work they do.”
He added, “Thanks to everyone here for all your support of the aftermarket. I believe the people in this room are what this industry is all about.”
Denise Rondini, executive editor of Truck Parts & Service, Chip Magner, Truck Parts & Service executive director of sales and Craig Kruckeberg, Minimizer CEO, presented the awards.
Stone Truck Parts of Garner, N.C. was the award’s 2010 winner.