Every so often, our editorial staff selects one aftermarket industry professional to get to know a little better. In this new feature, participants are asked to respond to a series of questions that can be answered in about the same amount of time you might spend chatting at the office coffee pot or waiting for an elevator. This week, we hear from Tony D’Acquisto, sales manager – automotive channel, The Valspar Corp.
What was your first job in the industry?
My first job in the automotive aftermarket was as a district sales manager at Littelfuse, Inc. I was responsible for both retail and commercial aftermarket sales in the Midwest territory.
What do you like best about your current position?
The best part of working at Valspar is the opportunity to get to work with such a diverse group of talented and dynamic people. There is truly a team mentality here that helps keep us all focused and on target.
Did you initially intend to pursue a career in the aftermarket? If not, what drew you to the industry and what keeps you here?
No, this all really came about by chance. I came from an inside sales role in the electronics industry and really enjoyed sales. I was looking for a career in sales that included more responsibility and face-to-face interaction with customers. A friend put me in touch with Ron Olson at Littelfuse and I was fortunate to have him take me under his wing and mentor me early on. I’ve been in the aftermarket ever since!
What do you do when not at work?
When I’m not working, I spend most of my free time with my four-year-old son who keeps me plenty busy. I also enjoy reading, listening to music and playing Texas Hold ‘Em.
What one word best sums up your personality?
What was your first car?
A 1986 Chevy Camaro.
What are you currently reading?
“Doghouse Roses” by Steve Earle
“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it … Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.” Goethe
If you would like to participate in “Five Minutes With” or know someone who would be a great candidate, contact AMN Editor Amy Antenora by clicking here.