LAS VEGAS (Oct. 13, 2015) — Gates Corp. will conclude its “Century Bucks” promotional program at AAPEX on Nov. 4, when three finalists will compete for cash prizes in the “Deal of the Century” final event with a chance to win $100,000.
The Gates Century Bucks promotion ran from May 1-July 31, during which participants earned contest entries by installing Gates belts, tensioners and accessory component kits.
At 4 p.m. on Nov. 4, the three finalists will take the stage at the Gates AAPEX booth No. 4038 for a shot at winning $100,000. Each contestant will receive a set of 20 envelopes containing one playing card apiece. After selecting five envelopes to make up their official hand, they will open the envelopes. Audience members will be able to watch the contestants pick their cards and see what hand turns up.
Prizes will be awarded based on the cards in their hand. A Royal Flush winning hand will be worth $100,000. The event will be emceed by Scott Howat, director of marketing and product management for Gates.
The finalists are: John Welker, 59, owner of Texoma Fleet and Auto Repair in Wichita Falls, Texas; Marc Mondich, 32, manager/owner of K.M. Auto Care in Kennesaw, Ga.; and Charles Forehand, 58, owner of Forehand's Garage in Ada, Okla.
“Since we are in Las Vegas, we thought this would be a memorable way to conclude our promotion,” said Todd Hack, vice president of automotive aftermarket for Gates. “Though this is a fun event, the underlying message is an important safety reminder to the auto care industry about systematic inspection and repair.
“We want to encourage technicians to inspect and replace all worn components in a system, not just a belt. Since all components in a system wear at about the same rate, this program urges techs and shop owners to think about the system as a whole and replace all worn components at the same time.”
The Gates booth also will feature information on the company's ongoing “Be System Smart” initiative launched last year that emphasizes a systematic approach to auto care and subsequently drove the Century Bucks promotion.