LAS VEGAS — The organizers of the AAPEX trade show are seeking nominations for the Shop Owner of the Year, Service Adviser of the Year and Technician of the Year awards.
The awards — presented for the first time last year during the virtual AAPEX — recognize and elevate the essential services that auto repair professionals provide. AAPEX will reveal and honor the recipients of the awards on Nov. 2 during the keynote session at this year's event, being held at the Sands Expo and Caesars Forum Conference Center in Las Vegas.
The award winners will be selected by an independent panel of shop owners and industry leaders, who will base their decisions on the nominees' commitment to training and ASE certification; local, community, charitable and industry involvement; diagnostic, teamwork and mentoring skills; and personal and professional qualities.
The inaugural winners were:
- Shop Owner of the Year — Brian Sump, Avalon Motorsports and Urban Autocare, Denver, Colo.;
- Service Adviser of the Year — Jason Sexton, Dynamic Automotive, Frederick, Md.; and
- Technician of the Year — Norm Schultz, Interstate Auto Care, Madison Heights, Mich.
Nominations are due Sept. 1, and should be submitted online at: aapexshow.com/serviceawards.
AAPEX Event Management and AAPEX co-owners — the Auto Care Association and the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) — said they are taking "all appropriate and advisable precautions and measures" as advised by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidelines for COVID-19. All attendees and exhibitors will be informed accordingly of any new or updated procedures, plans and details as they are determined, put in place or evolved moving toward the event in November.
AAPEX represents the more than $1.6 trillion global automotive aftermarket industry and features innovative products, services and technologies, as well as advanced business management and technical training for professionals to maintain excellence and take their businesses to the next level.
To register for AAPEX, visit attendee registration on the AAPEX website, aapexshow.com.