The AAM Group, one of the largest program distribution groups in the SEMA marketplace, honored Earl Owen Co. as its 2018 Member of the Year at the group’s annual membership meeting held May 14-17 in St. Louis. Each year, AAM makes this selection based on five key metrics: active participation, growth as a percentage, marketing participation, participation in group buys and product line compliance. Richey “Trey” Owen, vice president of purchasing and marketing for Earl Owen, accepted AAM’s custom trophy and an exclusive painting that paid tribute to company founder Earl Owen Sr., commissioned from automotive artist Jim Caswell.
“For 10 years we have been privileged to be part of an organization as tremendous as The AAM Group,” said Owen. “And being chosen as AAM Member of the Year from among so many of the industry’s best distributors is truly humbling. This award is a reflection of the unity of our staff and their combined efforts to keep the customer first with their creativity, talent and fortitude.”
“We are very pleased to honor Earl Owen Co. This member has consistently exhibited a high level of drive to grow its business; it supports our vendor partners and it actively participates in AAM initiatives. This past year, Earl Owen made great progress in growing the Total Truck Centers presence in their market,” said AAM President Tim Odom. “AAM’s Member of the Year award recognizes a high level of performance across five important member attributes, and Earl Owen earned it through its consistent support of our program brands and the Total Truck Centers marketing program.”
The AAM meeting also saw awards given to the winners in each of the aforementioned individual categories. Recipients included A-1 Distributing (active participation), Toys for Trucks (growth as a percentage), Competition Specialties Inc. (marketing participation) and Tri-State Enterprises (Participation in group buys), while National Performance Warehouse and Earl Owen shared product line compliance honors.