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Mike Droullard to be Next APRA Chairman

Mike Droullard, vice president, sales – special markets for Brake Parts Inc., has been appointed to serve as the next chairman for the Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association (APRA). He will be inducted as chairman during the 2004 International Big R Show, which takes place Oct. 29 – Nov. 1 in Las Vegas.

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MCHENRY, IL — Mike Droullard, vice president, sales – special markets for Brake Parts Inc., has been appointed to serve as the next chairman for the Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association (APRA). He will be inducted as chairman during the 2004 International Big R Show, which takes place Oct. 29 – Nov. 1 in Las Vegas.

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APRA is a non-profit trade association whose 900 member companies rebuild/remanufacture automotive and truck related “hard” parts for passenger cars, trucks, off-road, marine, equipment and industrial uses.

Droullard began his career in 1960, working for his father who was president of Partex, a West Coast rebuilding company. In 1970, he was transferred to Los Angeles to run the family’s remanufacturing business. Droullard left Partex in 1977 to work at European Parts Exchange (E.P.E.), which was sold to Echlin in 1985 and then to Dana in 1999.

“I view APRA as an invaluable association dedicated to helping the small and large remanufacturer and the remanufacturing industry become a driving force in the business world today,” said Droullard. “I am very proud and honored to take my place as incoming chairman.

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“It seems like I have been a part of APRA all my life, since my dad went to all the clinics and conventions each year,” said Droullard. “In my involvement with APRA, I have had the privilege of being a regional director, the clutch division chairman and the brake system chairman. Five years ago I was asked to sit on the executive committee and during the 2004 International Big R Show, I will be inducted as the next chairman of APRA, taking the reigns from my friend Bob McLaren.”

“With over 40 years experience in the rebuilding industry, I have seen many changes in our marketplace and look forward to the challenges that lie ahead,” Droullard said.

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