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 Phil Moore, senior vice president with Federated Auto Parts.
What was your first job in the industry?
I started my career in the industry as a service rep for Raybestos. Other than a stint at a gas station as a teen, it was my first exposure to the automotive aftermarket. I was fortunate enough to work with some very good people around the country and learn the business from the ground up.
What do you like best about your current position?
I really enjoy working with the Federated membership and helping them implement programs that address the challenges of today’s ever-changing aftermarket. Honestly, there is never a dull moment and Federated members are very engaged and appreciative of our efforts.
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, I didn’t. My first job with Raybestos was a means to a paycheck. Believe it or not, after traveling the country for a year or so, doing changeovers and selling brakes, I was hooked. I credit my longevity in the aftermarket with the quality of the people I worked with and the customers I worked for; independent WD/business owners are a unique breed of entrepreneur. The people involved in the aftermarket drew me to this business and kept me here. There is always a challenge and so many opportunities, and I have been fortunate enough to work for good companies and quality people.
What do you do when not at work?
I like spending time at home with my family, working around the house and getting to the golf course when I can.
What one word best sums up your personality?
I guess persistent would be the best word. I’ll stick with a project until it’s done. That’s probably necessary as I can be a bit of a procrastinator too. I need deadlines.
What are you currently reading?
I always have a few going at once, especially now that I’m hooked on audible, and right now they are: “On Desperate Ground” (Korean War nonfiction), “A Serpent’s Tooth” (Walt Longmire mystery fiction series by Craig Johnson) and “Just As I Am” (Billy Graham autobiography).
If you could time-travel, to where and what in era would you want to visit?
Mayberry, North Carolina, 1963
Favorite quote/mantra/motto? That’s an easy one; it’s on my desk. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.” (Colossians 3:23).