In our 2022 Distribution Preview in the January issue of AMN/Counterman, aftermarket leaders talk about some of the key issues affecting the industry, and discuss their plans, goals and expectations for the year ahead.
This year, we added several fun “Lightning Round” questions that you won’t want to miss.
Here’s our Q&A with Robert Roos, president of the Pronto Automotive Distribution Network.
AMN/CM: What did your organization accomplish in 2021 that you are most proud of?
RR: Obviously at the beginning of 2021, we announced our merger of the Pronto and Automotive Distribution Network groups. We anticipated that the merger process would be a lengthy one that would encompass all of 2021. I am so very proud of our internal team, the collective membership and all we have accomplished. We have consolidated systems, processes and procedures to allow us to become a more productive and efficient group. While there is still much to be done, we are together a much stronger group than we could have ever been independently. I applaud the efforts of everyone involved in making our dream a reality.
AMN/CM: What are your thoughts about the business environment for the automotive aftermarket in 2022?
RR: Currently, we are anticipating the business environment heading into 2022 to be very similar to what we have experienced in the past year. Supply chain issues will continue to challenge us for the foreseeable future. We are hopeful that as we become more accustomed to these challenges as an industry, we will find new and improved ways to navigate these waters and mitigate the impact on our businesses. Even with the headwinds we face, we are optimistic about our industry and our ability to persevere.
AMN/CM: What do you feel is the greatest threat facing the automotive aftermarket right now?
RR: Another year behind us and it seems like the answer to this question continues to be “Right to Repair” and our access to vehicle data. The independent automotive industry won a huge battle in late 2020 when Massachusetts voters passed the Right to Repair bill, but the fight is far from over. Legal battles continue in the courts and our ability to access the necessary data to repair vehicles is still up in the air. We must continue to press the issue and educate people on this important issue. AMN
AMN/CM: What phrase describes your “words to live by?”
RR: “We cannot become what we want by remaining what we are.” – Max Depree
AMN/CM: What is your best icebreaker at a networking reception?
RR: “Hello. I’m Robert …” I definitely need a better line.
AMN/CM: What is your dream car, or favorite vehicle you’ve owned?
RR: Dream car – not a good question to ask me. I’m driving an older vehicle now, so I would be happy with just about anything newer.