pursuit of excellence

Corey Bartlett, president and CEO, Automotive Parts Headquarters, Inc. (APH), St. Cloud, Minn., was honored with the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association’s 2017 Pursuit of Excellence Award. Established in 1983, this award is presented exclusively to AWDA member companies or employees of those companies, in recognition of excellence in business performance and the setting of high standards as an example for others to follow.  

Mauro Cifelli, vice president of sales and marketing, Vast-Auto Distribution Ltd., presented the award on behalf of AWDA on Oct. 29 at the association’s 2017 Annual Conference in Las Vegas.  

Born and raised in St. Cloud, Corey Bartlett grew up in an aftermarket family, where his grandfather and father were both involved in the family business, Automotive Parts Headquarters, Inc.

After graduating from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., Corey quickly became involved in all aspects of the family business: operations, corporate and independent stores, sales and marketing and generally helping APH to grow and expand. Corey served as executive vice president until 2008, when he was named president. In 2016, he became president and CEO.  

Since Corey joined the company full time, APH has tripled in size, undertaking a number of acquisitions. Corey values spending time with customers and suppliers—it is a critical piece to Corey’s relationship-building approach.

“Corey Bartlett is taking his company in new and exciting directions, which is exactly what's needed in an industry like ours,” said Jeff Blocher, director of sales and marketing, MANN+HUMMEL Filtration Technology Group Inc.

Corey’s industry involvement has included service on the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance Board of Directors and the AWDA Board of Governors, including its chairmanship. Currently, Corey serves as chairman and lead fundraiser for the Auto Care Political Action Committee (ACPAC), where he continues to beat the drum to grow support for the PAC.

“We call him the ‘PAC Dog,’ because he is the leader and driving force behind ACPAC,” said Tim Trudnowski, Associated Jobbers Supply.

AWDA’s Pursuit of Excellence Award celebrates the setting of high standards as an example for others to follow. The success of those standards are directly reflected in the vibrant company now led by Corey Bartlett.


Previous award recipients

  • 2017 Cory Bartlett
  • 2016 Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance 
  • 2015 Wix Filters
  • 2014 Wilson McMillion
  • 2014 George Segal                         
  • 2013 John Bartlett, Jr.
  • 2012 Frank Frederick
  • 2011 Richard Beirne, MAAP 
  • 2010 David Caracci
  • 2010 Brian Cruickshank, MAAP 
  • 2009 Rusty Bishop
  • 2008 Dennis Welvaert
  • 2007 Jay Burkhart
  • 2006 Bill Schlatterer
  • 2005 Jerry McCabe
  • 2004 Rosemary Hall
  • 2003 Barbara Cunningham, Jim Eady
  • 2002 Jon Owens, AAP
  • 2002 Ken Mullen, AAP
  • 2001 Richard H. Morgan, AAP
  • 2000 Bill Dotson, AAP
  • 1999 John M. Riess
  • 1998 Standard Motor Products
  • 1997 Moog Automotive 
    Chuck Udell, AAP
  • 1996 Dayco Products Inc.
  • 1995 Robert Egan, AAP 
    Jack Creamer, AAP
  • 1994 A.E. Clevite Engine Parts 
    The Gates Rubber Company
  • 1993 Triad Systems Corporation
  • 1992 John Castle 
    Rosemary Hall 
    Charles J. Monahan
  • 1991 Robert Miller 
    Stephen C. Horn, AAP
  • 1990 Gus Carlson 
    Richard D. Kudner
  • 1989 William Wade, AAP
  • 1988 Jack Heyler, Automotive Service Association 
    Tenneco Automotive Wagner Division, Cooper Industries
  • 1987 S.R. "Dick" Downey 
    Charles J. Monahan 
    Robert H. Raff, MAAP
  • 1986 Jay L. Love 
    N. Birnie Pryor 
    Kenneth D. Walker, AAP
  • 1984 Worldparts Corporation 
    Louis A. Zuanich, AAP
  • 1983 ACDelco, General Motors Corporation 
    Federal-Mogul Corporation
  • 1982 Bank of America 
    Ford Motor Company
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