GERMANTOWN, Tenn. The Automotive Distribution Network has reported one of the largest turnouts ever for the group’s fall membership meeting, with more than 95 percent of its members and more than 60 manufacturer partners represented at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Fla.
“The huge turn-out is not only a reflection of the Network’s continued growth, but it’s also indicative of the positive state of the aftermarket and the enthusiasm surrounding its future,” said Mike Lambert, president of the Network. “This gathering helps chart the direction of the Network and strengthens the idea of being a
part of something bigger in the industry.”
During the two-day event, the Network Strategic Plan for 2013 was revealed, featuring the automotive group’s upcoming initiatives for marketing, product, national accounts, information technology and finance.
The Network also announced a $10,000 donation to the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), an organization dedicated to making a difference in the lives of injured service members through unique, direct programs. Lambert presented the donation to Dan McCarthy, WWP director of special projects, who spoke to the attendees about the Jacksonville-based nonprofit’s unique, direct programs.
“For years now, many Network members have had programs in place to hire or aid veterans,” Lambert said. “Our contribution to the Wounded Warrior Project extends those worthwhile efforts to help those who have served our country and their families.”
Following a product review at the meeting, the Network members voted to select Federal-Mogul’s ANCO as the Network’s primary supplier of wiper blades.
“ANCO’s wipers utilize the leading technology in blades today, yet remain affordable for millions of consumers,” Lambert said. “We look forward to a successful relationship with ANCO a brand name whose replacement wiper blades are synonymous with quality OEM fit, form and function.”