Engine Parts Group Inc. (Engine Pro) has named William “Bill” Cook as president of the engine parts distribution group. He succeeds the former president, Don Weber, who passed away in March of 2018.
Commenting on Cook’s appointment, EPGI’s current chairman, Paul Van Woensel of Engine & Performance Warehouse, said, “Bill has in-depth management experience in the worldwide automotive parts distribution industry and is also extremely knowledgeable in the automotive repair and machining fields.”
Cook started his new position on Sept. 10. He will be based in Kansas City, Missouri, which also is the home of the central distribution warehouse for Engine Pro. The business office will continue to be located in Denver.
Cook most recently served as national sales manager for SFA Companies. Prior to that, he was the business development manager for The Network and was employed for 15 years by Automotive Parts Associates as vice president of program development. Early in his career, Cook owned a successful retail auto parts business. He is an avid restorer of classic cars, having recently built a Cobra from the ground up, including assembling the engine.
In his new position, Cook will oversee the growth of Engine Parts Group. He will manage product buying and will work with suppliers to expand sales opportunities. He also will work with shareholders and staff to provide the most competitive products, pricing and service to the 12,000 engine professionals who make up the customer base of Engine Pro.
Engine Pro is the largest engine parts distribution network in the U.S. and Australia. The group’s independent specialty engine parts distributors operate 36 warehouses and inventory a full line of internal engine components for domestic and import passenger car, light-truck, heavy-duty, industrial, marine, agricultural and performance applications.