BETHESDA, Md. – April 19, 2019 – The Auto Care
Association today announced Jim Smith as the senior director of technology
standards and solutions and the new liaison to the association’s Technology
Standards committee. The Auto Care Technology Standards Committee develops
industry-specific standards and best business practices in the area of
electronic commerce and data exchange.
In his role as senior director, technology standards and
solutions, Smith focuses on building strong relationships with key industry
stakeholders, driving innovation and improving the business value of
association offerings to the industry. As the Technology Standards committee
liaison, Smith will further assist with making critical connections between
members of the auto care industry and the committee in order to successfully
achieve its mission of being responsive to association member needs, affecting
a lower cost of doing business and increasing efficiency throughout the auto
care market supply chain.
Smith began working closely with the Technology Standards committee
as a volunteer member and industry participant for more than eight years,
formally joining the Auto Care Association in August 2018 as a member of the
technology department. Smith brings with him more than 35 years of auto care
industry experience at Genuine Parts Company (NAPA).
Smith started his automotive career with General Auto Parts,
a NAPA member located in Dallas, Texas, in 1983 as manager of the store support
center servicing more than 3,000 NAPA Auto Parts Stores. Prior to starting with
General Auto Parts, Smith was the store manager for his father’s store in
Muncie, Ind. In 1997, Smith transferred to the corporate headquarters of
Genuine Parts Company in Atlanta, Ga. as manager of training and customer
education for TAMS (Total Automotive Management System – a store management
system). In 1999, Smith was promoted to director of special projects and was
responsible for the first data warehouse and the introduction of TAMS into NAPA
Canada. Since then, Jim has held the roles of director of customer
satisfaction, director of TAMSII product and in the last 10 years, director of
digital content services for NAPA U.S., NAPA Canada and NAPA Mexico.
Since joining the Auto Care Association, Smith has focused
his efforts as senior director of standards and solutions on the adoption of the
standards by the industry.
Standards Committee is vital to this industry,” said Taylor Mitchell, senior vice president, technology and standards, Auto Care Association. “Its leadership role in the development of ACES and
PIES has brought incredible value and efficiencies. We are
excited to see Jim continue this long tradition and bring even more value and
efficiencies to the aftermarket.”
Smith’s efforts to achieve Aftermarket Catalog Exchange Standard
(ACES) and Product Information Exchange Standard (PIES) adoption by all
industry retailers demonstrates his commitment, vision and passion for the auto
care industry, making him the subject matter expert needed to lead the
association’s technology standards team as well as its dynamic group of
industry volunteers of the committee.
For more information about the Auto Care Technology
Standards Committee, please contact Jim Smith, senior director, standards, Auto
Care Association at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
the Auto Care Association website.