Most Influential Man
Paul D'Adamo, Bill's Auto Parts, Rhode Island
PHOTO: BONNIE CARTER PHOTOGRAPHY
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. (BillsAutoParts.com) and president of the ARARI (ARARI.org). But just because D'Adamo has won all of these awards, it doesn't mean he's slowed down.
Last June, D'Adamo held an automotive boot camp at his facility. He invited new drivers and their parents to learn about basic vehicle care. He also was a 2010 NEARA (NewEnglandARA.com) committee member.
"Paul has a fantastic personality, is a good public speaker and an inspiration to all," said Bill Weaver, AutoCycle, LLC (AutoCycleParts.com) in Danville, Va. "I believe his greatest contribution is his willingness to share his experiences and ideas with others."