The 2020 AAPEX First Annual Service and Repair Award went to Store Owner of the Year, Brian Sump, President, Avalon Motorsports and Urban Autocare, Denver, Colorado. Sump has been in business for 13 years and during that time has used his business acumen and a detailed, process-based management philosophy to become a multi-site store operator.
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A former professional athlete, Sump had never turned a wrench in a store before launching Avalon Motorsports in 2007. Along with his success as a store owner, Sump dedicates his time to the industry and employee development through of his involvement in the community, for or not. for-profit organizations and podcasts, all of which exemplify the ambition and enthusiasm needed to continue to grow and develop the next generation of industry leaders.
To support its community, Urban Autocare donates $ 10,000 per year to Hope House of Colorado to provide auto repairs to young mothers as part of their self-sufficiency program. Sump also donated more than $ 1,000 in petroleum services to frontline workers during COVID-19 through a partnership with Advance Auto Parts and Petro Choice. In addition, its workshops raise more than $ 5,000 in parts and labor per year for the DC-21 Low Income Charter Schools program to serve those in need of repairs.
Sump is also involved with Picken’s Tech Community College and Novation Church, and has been recognized with numerous industry and corporate awards including Motor Age Top 10 Shop in America, BBB of Denver / Boulder Torch Award for l business ethics, AutoInc. Top 10 Auto Repair Sites and the Hope House Outstanding Partner Award.
Sump teaches at industry events and conferences and is a board member of the Transformers Institute, where he helps other store owners grow the organizations of their dreams. He also contributes podcasts on Remarkable Results Radio.
The AAPEX 2020 Store Owner of the Year award was presented during the AAPEX Virtual Experience in early November. The new award recognizes and enhances the essential services that store owners provide to keep the automotive public on the road, even in times of crisis.
The AAPEX Virtual Experience has served as a training, information and connection hub for the global automotive aftermarket industry worth over $ 1,000 billion. It included training led by instructors and exhibitors, demonstrations of products and equipment from industry suppliers, showcasing new products and opportunities to connect one-on-one with exhibitors to talk about products and conduct business.
The AAPEX 2021 will return to the Sands Expo and Caesars Forum Conference Center in Las Vegas from Tuesday, November 2 through Thursday, November 4.