AAM Group Turns 25

May 12, 2013

Piney Flats, Tenn.-based Automotive Accessories Marketing USA Inc. (AAM), a program distribution group in the SEMA marketplace, is celebrating 25 years of service to its membership and jobber base.

Carl Schultea of Competition Sales in Houston led the establishment of AAM with eight distributors in 1988. He sought to build an organization that would consolidate purchasing efforts, build marketing value for its vendors and jobbers base, and ensure each member’s opportunity for success, according to AAM.

Today, AAM is the SEMA aftermarket’s largest program distribution group with 20 distribution members and more than 3,400 jobber/retailers enlisted in its programs, the company noted.

“AAM has continued to grow in membership, purchase volume and industry stature because of the commitment and teamwork of our members and many fine employees,” said Tim Odom, president of AAM. “We are stronger than ever and committed to building a company that addresses the needs of our member and vendor communities in an ever-changing market environment.”

Additional founders include:  Ron Leslie of Kenz & Leslie; Lyle Moore of Performance Warehouse; Jim Stewart of Custom Parts Warehouse; Jody Smart of Smart Automotive; H.G. Smith of Car Shop Inc.; Steve Bolio of New England Speed Equipment; and John Simmons of SECO Inc.

AAM will celebrate its anniversary during the week of May 12 in St. Louis, Mo., with special observances at its annual membership meeting and a dinner and reception at the Kemp Auto Museum.