One of the most rewarding
parts of the job of a trade association executive is when we have the
opportunity to recognize the contributions of our members. I had that chance
last week at our Fall Leadership Days in Boston, when more than 400 volunteer
leaders and auto care industry professionals participated in 28 different
meetings and events.
During the luncheon, the
association recognized eight outstanding member companies for their continued
investment in employee learning and skill and career development. They practice
what many preach – the most valuable asset to a business is the human asset.
These companies were selected
for the Head of the Class Award based on their dedication to their employee
education and training programs. The award recipients serve as an example of
what auto care industry companies can do to cultivate their staff, while at the
same time raising the bar for the entire industry.
And there is a big payoff for
the companies. The ROI is increased revenues, cost and waste reduction,
increased employee engagement, pride and satisfaction, reduced turnover, and
improved customer satisfaction and loyalty.
Invest in your human asset
and everybody wins!
And the winners are:
Gates Corporation, The Auto-Wares Group, Olympus Imported Auto Parts, Eau Claire Auto Parts, Advance Auto
Parts, Sears Automotive, N.A. Williams Company and Don McNeill Enterprises Ltd.