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Paint, Body & Equipment Specialists (PBES)

What is the PBES Segment?

The Paint, Body & Equipment Specialists (PBES) segment educates and disseminates information to its members; provides opportunities for PBES business people to network with their wholesalers, counterparts, suppliers and customers; and is proactive on legislation and regulations and other issues that affect the PBE and collision repair sectors of the aftermarket.

PBES Mission Statement

To educate and disseminate information to the PBES segment members; to provide the opportunity for PBES business people to network with their counterparts, suppliers, and customers; and to be proactive on legislation and regulations that affect aftermarket businesses -- and to accomplish these goals in a manner that delights AAIA's existing members and attracts new members to the association.

Who is a member of PBES?

The PBES segment is composed of business owners and executives representing the PBE industry’s leading jobbers, warehouse distributors, manufacturers, business services, major program groups and manufacturers’ representatives.

PBES consists of roughly 75 member companies including leading jobbers, manufacturers and service providers in the PBE marketplace.

A complete PBES membership directory is available by entering PBES segment as the search criteria on the online AAIA Membership Directory. 

Segment Committee and Liaison

The segment committee meets twice a year to help plan the activities and events of the segment. Opportunities exist to become involved in the leadership of the association through serving as volunteers on segment committees. Segment leadership is reviewed every three years, and new candidates are nominated. To become involved with the segment committee, send a letter of interest and bio to the segment liaison, Paul Fiore.

Committee Chairman:

Travis Trott, FinishMaster
Indianapolis, Ind.

Committee Vice Chairman:

Keith Bell, AkzoNobel Automotive & Aerospace Coatings
Norcross, Ga.

Committee Members:

David Abrahams, TASCO Auto Color 
Houston, Texas

Jonathan Attenweiler, CARQUEST Corp. 
Raleigh, N.C.

O. Buy Bargnes, Painters Supply & Equipment Co.
Taylor, Mich.

Todd D’Angelo, MEDCO
Canoga Park, Calif.

Tracy Flannery, Bill Flannery Automotive, Inc.
Bensalem, Pa.

Tom Groff, BASF Corporation
Southfield, Mich.

Chris Johnson, Aftermarket Partners, Inc.
San Diego, Calif.

Ken Melcher, Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes Corp.
Warrensville Heights, Ohio

Edward Pietrzak, LKQ Corporation. 
Nashville, Tenn.

Gueary Preston, ITW Evercoat Co., Inc.
Cincinnati, Ohio

Mark G. Ritt, 3M Co.
Saint Paul, Minn.

Jay Sharp, National Coatings & Supplies
Raleigh, N.C.

William Small, Axalta Coating Systems
Wilmington, Del.

Larry Snodgrass, U.S. Chemical & Plastics
Massillon, Ohio

Bret Thorpe, Ogden Auto Paint & Glass Co.
Ogden, Utah

Brad Wallin, Rex Marketing & Sales
Draper, Utah

Robert Wenzinger, PPG Industries, Inc.
Strongsville, Ohio

Jeremy White, Wesco Autobody Supply, Inc. 
Mount Lake Terrace, Wash.


Mike Willins, Automotive Body Repair News, Advanstar Automotive
North Olmsted, Ohio

Jason Stahl, BodyShop Business, Babcox Media, Inc.
Akron, Ohio

Committee Liaison:

Paul Fiore, Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA)
Bethesda, Md.