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Five Minutes With … Todd Armstrong, NASCAR Automotive Group

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 Todd Armstrong, managing director, NASCAR Automotive Group.

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Amy Antenora has served as editor of aftermarketNews since 2002 and has worked in the field of journalism for two decades. A graduate of Kent State University, Amy also earned her AAP designation from Northwood University's University of the Aftermarket in 2009.

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In this edition of “Five Minutes With,” we get to know a little more about Todd Armstrong, who was appointed managing director of NASCAR Automotive Group in October 2010. Armstrong has more than 20 years of experience in the automotive aftermarket business, including the past 13 at NASCAR Automotive Group and the past seven as the director of account management for the business. Prior to his career at NASCAR, Armstrong served in various roles with Parts Plus in Memphis, Tenn., and Auto Source in Indianapolis, Ind. A native of Indianapolis, Armstrong, 42, is a graduate of Miami University. He and his wife Shannon and their three children reside in Huntersville, N.C.


 

What was your first job in the industry?

Working for Auto Source in Indianapolis, Ind., as an assistant buyer.

 


 

What do you like best about your current position?

The opportunity to work closely and strategically with a variety of different companies. I’m also a sports nut and a race fan, so I enjoy that part of it too!


 

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 fell into it by accident (first job out of college). What keeps me in the industry are the great people and relationships I’ve made over the years.


 

What one word best sums up your personality?

Competitive.

 


 

What are you currently reading?

“Linchpin” by Seth Godin.

 


 

What do you do when not at work?

  Play tennis and spend a lot of time with our three kids, going to their various sports events.


 

Childhood heroes?

Roger Staubach and A.J. Foyt.

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