Every so often, our editorial staff selects one aftermarket industry professional to get to know a little better. 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. In this installment of “Five Minutes With,” we get to know Enri Osmani, general manager of Hamaton North America.
What was your first job in the industry?
My first job in the industry began at an early age when I was still in high school and taking advanced automotive repair classes. During my three-hour class, I would normally go work at an automotive repair shop while still getting my credits for the class. The shop I was working at was called Mufflers and More in Walled Lake, Michigan. There, I was working and learning from the shop’s master mechanic. When I graduated high school I ended up still working for the shop while going through college. During college, I decided to advance my automotive passion and I took the ASE certifications test as I had a great desire for the automotive repair industry.
What do you like best about your current position?
In my current position as GM of Hamaton North America, I love working closely with our customers on current TPMS projects and new products we take from a need in the market to manufacturing, to shipping to our customers. I also have a great team that is very dedicated to the business and our customers.
Did you initially intend to pursue a career in the aftermarket? If not, what drew you to the industry and what keeps you here?
What drew me in the automotive aftermarket industry was the depth of knowledge and passion I had while working as a mechanic and from there working for a industry leading OEM/Aftermarket TPMS tool manufacturer. I have been working in the TPMS market for 11 years now, and I absolutely love it.
What do you do when not at work?
When I’m not working, I love to work out, play sports, and travel with my girlfriend as well as spend time with family and friends.
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What kind of car do you drive?
I currently drive a 2020 Ford F150.
What was your first car?
My first car was a 2001 Ford Mustang. Working at my first job (Mufflers and More), really funded some of the upgrades I did to the car at the time. After buying the car, I was really itching to get a set of chrome wheels, which a close friend of mine sold me his wheels from his Mustang. From there I had the master mechanic help me do a custom exhaust for it with Flowmaster mufflers. After that, I decided to do an intake, along with lowering the car. By the time I was getting ready to sell the car I bought a new set of black wheels which really made a big difference in the way it looked along with the limo tint I had done.