Most Influential General Manager

Mark Hortman, John's Auto Parts, Minnesota


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.

"[He's] a self-motivated, energetic and vigorous manager helping to lead the company into new areas of growth and development," said owner Harry Haluptzok. "Under his leadership the company continues to expand its growth into new - as well as existing - areas. His expertise in creating and writing software programs to facilitate processes has contributed immensely to the business."

John's Auto Parts ( ranked 45 on the small company list of an employee-based survey project conducted by the Star Tribune. The survey recognizes the most progressive companies in the area, and ranks based on employee opinions about company leadership, career opportunities, workplace flexibility, compensation and benefits. More than 1,000 companies were invited to participate.

Haluptzok said Hortman's influence reaches beyond John's Auto Parts to the auto recycling industry as well.

"His independent product development for the industry is allowing him to share his innovations with others," he said. "Many of his programs are currently being investigated by fellow dismantlers for application in their businesses. His influence is also felt from his input as a member of the Hollander user groups, where he works to guide and direct development of new features for Powerlink."

John's Auto Parts specializes in engine and transmission installation. The Gold Seal certified company also sells and installs tires, and has a full-service retail store. Hortman is an Automotive Recyclers of Minnesota ( board member.

"Mark has spent almost eight years gaining knowledge about the business through a hands-on learning process and continuing education," Haluptzok said. "On a community level, he is active in the local Chamber of Commerce, [and] he's a member of a local charity that repairs vehicles for community members trying to get back into the work force. [He] can be described as a dynamo."

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