The AAM Group honored Earl Owen Co. as 2019 Member of the Year (photo) at its Annual Membership Meeting held May 14-17 in Kingsport, Tenn. 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 commissioned from automotive artist Jim Caswell (photo).
“This year we were shocked to receive this esteemed honor,” said Owen. “Two years in a row really speaks to the hard work and dedication our staff puts in day after day. We don’t come to work thinking, ‘Let’s try to win an award at the end of the year,’ but rather, ‘Let’s take care of our customers daily.’ Surrounding ourselves with quality AAM distributors from around the country has helped us refine our business and processes as we strive to be one of the best service providers in the automotive aftermarket. We look forward to many more years of successful growth and sales.”
“Earl Owen Company is AAM’s first-ever back-to-back winner of this annual award,” said AAM President Tim Odom. “Earl Owen consistently performs at high levels across each of the five areas of member contributions — product line compliance, purchase growth, marketing program support, active participation/communication and group orders — and won out over this year’s strong field of contenders.”
The AAM meeting also saw awards given to the winners in each of the aforementioned individual categories. Recipients included National Performance Warehouse — Active Participation (photo), Winner’s Circle — Growth as a Percentage (photo), and Dix Performance — Marketing Participation (photo), while Competition Specialties, Inc. took home Product Line Compliance (photo) and Participation in Group Buys (photo) honors.