The Automotive Distribution Network held its spring shareholder meeting April 3-5 in Dearborn, Michigan. The members focused their efforts on future growth opportunities for the group and the expanded role of their IT and marketing initiatives.
“This year’s meeting encompassed 28 roundtable discussions and more than 300 one-on-one meetings with members and vendors that provided exceptional communication and networking opportunities,” said David Prater, president of the Network. “The roundtables allowed our members to personally interact with staff and fellow business owners to exchange ideas and express opinions about the future direction of the Network. Additionally, the one-on-one vendor/member meetings [provided]a great venue for discussing product line items, sales analysis and inventory updating.”
Parts Plus Mexico members also convened at the meeting along with three Mexico division vendors: WIX Mann Hummel MX, GRC Ride Control Mexicana and GMB. Blue Sage, the Network’s IT partner in Mexico, also presented to the group.
“As we continue to expand the Parts Plus brand in Mexico, it is vital to our success to continue working on member compliance and participation. We have more than doubled our purchases since 2015 in Mexico and look forward to signing several prospects in the very near future,” said David Segal, chairman of the Network, and CEO of Automotive Supply Associates in Concord, New Hampshire.
As a special treat, the members enjoyed a private reception and dinner at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. “Visiting the museum really allowed everyone to realize the depth of our industry’s history, as well as other interesting breakthroughs in American invention,” said Segal.