A few years ago when AAPEX announced Repair Shop HQ as a stand-alone entity at AAPEX, I got all excited. It was time to bring a special focus on the service professional. Think about 90% of the booths at AAPEX who would not be there if it wasn’t for the independent service professional. To put that into perspective the auto care industry is on the plus side of a 400 Billion dollar industry. We are a big and important industry to keep vehicles running safely and reliably.
Back in 2019, I asked the AAPEX leadership to support a national honor to recognize the top shop owner, technician, and service advisor. They agreed it was time to bring recognition to some of the most important people who make this industry what it is.
So 2020 was the inaugural year of the national honors, despite COVID-19. The nominations came in and the awards were given virtually. We were off and running. Now it is time for the second annual honors and the nominations are open.
I know that you know a person who is deserving of consideration for one of these top honors.
Just last week we did a LIVE CarmCast on the awards for 2021 (link HERE). I had two shop owners who nominated three of the winners. We created this podcast to get the word out and to help motivate the value and power of these annual awards and to get YOU involved. Yes, you can help raise the bar in our industry by nominating a shop owner, technician, or service advisor.
Please go to aapexshow.com/serviceawards and consider nominating one, two, or all three categories. It is easy. You can even print a form so you can prepare your nomination form before keying it into the online form. Here is the LINK: https://aapexshow.com/serviceawards
We work hard at the professionalism of our industry. Consider the many associations, suppliers, and coaching companies that recognize their top members each year. Look at the ASE certificates on the wall at shops. We are a vibrant and one of the most important industries in our economy. It is time to recognize our own on a national basis.
Again the link is HERE. The deadline for nominations is September 1, 2021. Nominate a deserving shop owner, technician, or service advisor. I’m asking that you submit (nominate) an outstanding person for one of the awards. Honors will take place at AAPEX 2021. THANK YOU. I owe you.