Head of the Class Award
The application for the 2013 Head of the Class Award is now available! The Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) is gearing up to select its third annual “Head of the Class Award” winners, to honor up to seven aftermarket companies in different categories that continually invest in employee education and training. The award was created in 2011 and is administered by the AAIA Education Committee on behalf of the association. All companies who are committed to fostering constant growth and learning in their employees are encouraged to apply! Applications are due by Friday, April 19, and winning companies will be notified at the end of June. The seven companies will be selected by the AAIA Education Committee, and then recognized during Fall Leadership Days 2013 in Dallas, Texas. Winning companies will also be recognized through several Insider publications throughout the 2013-2014 year.
For the application, click here.
To see the full press release, click here.
The award was created to recognize companies that continually invest in their employee education and training, as well as promote the value and benefit that this investment provides to employees, their companies, and the entire aftermarket industry. AAIA takes pride in honoring these companies annually. The 2012 winners, designated by category, are listed below. Check back soon for more information on each company to learn more about their winning education initiatives.
• Manufacturer (Large): The Timken Company, Canton, Ohio
• Manufacturer (Mid-Size): Gold Eagle Company, Chicago, Ill.
• Warehouse Distributor: Automotive Parts Headquarters, St. Cloud, Minn.
• Jobber (Education/Training of Employees of Company Owned Stores): Crow-Burlingame Company, Little Rock, Ark.
• Retail: VIP-Parts, Tires & Service, Lewiston, Maine
• Repair Shop: Gustafson's Auto Clinic, Inc./Tirecraft, Athabasca, AB, Canada
Winners were selected based on education and training practices of the company, including what prompted the company to invest in training, the types of training accomplished, the initial goals, their experiences, results of the training and any future plans. Each of the winning companies exhibited a dedicated and continuing investment in enhancing the quality and level of learning and skill development in their companies.