The Automotive Oil Change Association hosted its Annual Membership Meeting this morning at the Monte Carlo hotel in Las Vegas. The meeting was a great success! Nearly 100 members were present.
President Pat Wirth covered the happenings of the last year and gave an in-depth state of the industry report. She reported that AOCA’s Donate Life campaign was successful, raising nearly $75,000 for the cause.
AOCA handed out three awards during the meeting: the AOCA Member of the Year, AOCA Associate Member of the Year, and the Edward S. O’Neill Community Service Award. Adam Sturdivant, of Avis Lube, headquartered in Midland, Texas, won the Member of the Year award for his dedication to this year’s inaugural Regional Meetings. Amber Kossak, of Solid Start, was awarded the Associate Member of the Year for her dedication to the industry and assistance in the organization.
For the first time ever, the Edward S. O’Neill awarded was given to two worthy recipients. The first of these recipients is Len & Debbie Minco, operators of two Kwik Kar locations in Texas. The Mincos choose one day per month at each of their two stores to donate 10 percent of their sales from the day to one local charity. The other recipient was Steve Berkman, operator of Foothill Carwash and Lube in La Canada, California. Berkman’s business is shining green. Sixty-seven percent of its electricity is produced from solar panels on its roof. Also, they host community recycling programs. Last year, they were able to recycle 400 pounds of household batteries and 500 ink and toner cartridges for their customers. Also, they participate in the Wash Away Thirst program, where Foothill donates clean drinking water to children in third-world countries. Last year alone, they provided clean drinking water to more than 50,000 children in need.
Also, taking place at the Annual Meeting were this year’s Board of Directors elections. Three Regular Member spots were up for election, as well as one Associate Member position. Pat Wirth and Scotti Lee were re-elected to their positions on the board, while Jim Grant filled the position vacated by Scott Morrison. Amber Kossak was elected to fill Steve Hurt’s expiring term.
Stay tuned for more happenings from the 2012 Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week, and congratulations to the AOCA Award winners and newly elected Board members.