Winter 2011

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Most Influential Overall

Tune in and tune up. Shannon Nordstrom is about to give you some vehicle advice. As co-host of the nationally-syndicated Under The Hood radio show, and president of his family business, Nordstrom's Automotive, Inc., he has been a voice for the auto recycling industry since 1990.

Most Influential Family

Mention the name Schram and you'd better have some time on your hands. You're likely to get at least one story, and perhaps many, about the family's 87-year history in the auto recycling industry.

Most Influential One-To-Watch

Tim McMillon is not an industry newcomer. He is the third generation owner of M & K Used Auto Parts, Inc. in Orange City, Fla. ( His business tactics have reportedly helped attract a younger clientele to his top-notch facility.

Most Influential Business Intellect

Linder's, Inc. Automotive Recyclers, in Worcester, Mass. (, processes more than 9,000 vehicles a year, plus sells about 150 barely-used vehicles a month. It continues to grow under the direction of president Paul Kawolis.

Most Influential Specialist

When Matt Bourne got into auto recycling in 2005 he had limited experience. Now he is the owner and founder of SoCal Mercedes Parts LLC and doing business with four of the country's top 20 Mercedes-Benz dealerships.

Most Influential Woman

Even when the daily responsibilities at her auto recycling facility are tended to, Y-Yard Auto & Truck, Inc., ( Effingham, Ill., president Kelly Roepke's leadership skills are in demand elsewhere.

Most Influential Progressive

Co-owner of B & R Auto Wrecking, Brian Perlenfein keeps refining his business and it continues to expand.

Most Influential Diversifier

Michael Carcone is an auto recycler, an industry leader, a remanufacturer and a philanthropist. He knows it all works together to make his facility, Carcone's Auto Recycling & Wheel Refinishing ( in Aurora, Ontario, one of the best in the area.

Most Influential Entrepreneur

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines an entrepreneur as one who organizes, manages and assumes the risk of the business. Ted Smith, president of Team Truck Dismantling, Inc. ( in Riverside, Calif., is all of this.

Most Influential Man

Paul D'Adamo was most influential local hero of 2005, environmentalist of 2006, teacher of 2008, an ARA industry trendsetter in 2009 and is president of Bill's Auto Parts in Cumberland, R.I. ( and president of the ARARI ( But just because D'Adamo has won all of these awards, it doesn't mean he's slowed down.

Most Influential Legend

The tributes keep coming for Jim Seamans, as he continues gaining recognition for his contributions to the auto recycling industry.

Most Influential General Manager

John's Auto Parts in Blaine, Minn. was named one of the 2010 top workplaces in the Twin Cities metro area. Chief operating officer Mark Hortman is a big reason for the company's success.

Most Influential Real Estate Owners

The Cunningham brothers - Benny, Danny and Jimmie - help other auto recycling facilities succeed.

Most Influential Environmentalists

It took 20 years to become a reality, but Auto Parts City, Inc. in Gurnee,. was worth the wait. Brothers Larry Brosten and Jay Brosten opened their 21st century auto recycling facility in 2010. The complex is heated with recycled oil, operates with natural lighting, uses sophisticated drainage systems, employs an electrical crusher and functions with low-flow plumbing.

Most Influential Advertiser

Promotion of one's business requires dedication, persistence and a positive outlook. For 15 years, Mark Oquisanti has brought tens of thousands of potential customers to his business, Mark's Auto Parts & Recyclers, Inc. in East Granby, Conn. (, with a summer-long "Mark's Classic Cruise" event.

Most Influential Local Hero

The firefighters who regularly train on vehicles at Pacific Auto Salvage, Inc. in American Canyon, Calif. ( are often called heroes. But owner F. John Azevedo may also deserve the title. As a highly respected auto recycler, he has given back to the community.

Most Influential Duo

Stoney Rutledge and Paul Delaney, co-owners of Late Model Import in Haltom City, Texas ( couldn't be more different. Aside from both being former vice presidents for GreenLeaf Auto Recyclers (GreenLeaf), they are two opposite sides of the same coin.

Most Influential Motivator

Whether he is rallying auto recyclers to get involved in ATRI ( or pumping them up for the 2010 CMARC, Joseph Watson does it with energy and a positive attitude.

Most Influential Facility

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but not in the case of the 240,000-square-foot headquarters of Auto Sports Unlimited in Zeeland, Mich. (

Most Influential Lawmaker

In 2009, Texas finally recognized its state auto recycling industry with its own department, thanks in large part to Bruce Ormand, vice president of A1 Partsmart in Austin, Texas ( and chair of the Texas Automotive Recyclers Association (TARA) legislative committee.

Most Influential Innovator

The cold winter months in Joliet, Ill. make it difficult to draw customers out to pull auto parts. Sean Krause, owner of Speedway Auto Parts, Ltd. (, found a way to make the experience a bit more comfortable for do-it-yourselfers.

Most Influential Under 25

A fourth-generation auto recycler, Jake Weller has always been surrounded by mentors, like his father Skip Weller, most influential teacher of 2005. He combines the knowledge he has picked up from them with his own ideals to bolster the family business, Weller Auto Parts, Inc. in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Most Influential Outside The USA

Auto recycling contains no borders for Derek Covey, owner of Covey's Auto Recyclers Ltd. in Blandford, Nova Scotia ( He is active at every industry level. He is the president of the Automotive Recyclers Association of Atlantic Canada (, an Automotive Recyclers of Canada (ARC) board member and ARA member.

Natural Leaders

In 2005, Locator UpFront made history, dedicating an entire issue to the industry's most influential auto recyclers. Today, the list has become an annual tradition, recognizing more than 100 auto recyclers from all across the United States and abroad during its six-year history.

Most Influential Up & Coming

Nick Reitman is busy. He is a salesperson and a parts consultant for his family's business, Reitman Auto Parts in Melbourne, Ky. ( He regularly attends industry events and just finished his term as president of the local Alexandria Community Business Association (

Most Influential State Association Member

Perhaps no state's auto recycling association will be under more pressure than the Vermont Auto Recyclers Association (VARA) this year.
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