August 2015

In this issue ...

  • Fenix Parts Announces First Quarter Results 

  • Auto Recycling Industry Loses Veteran Member

  • Upcoming Association Events

  • Boss Of The Year Announced Soon

Fenix Parts Announces First Quarter Results

Fenix Parts, Inc. ( has released it first quarter 2015 financial results. The company filed its required Form 8 K/A on August 4 for the founding companies of Eiss Brothers Auto Parts, GO Auto Recycling, Jerry Brown’s Auto Parts Center, Ltd. and Leesville Auto. The company previously reported the results for the combined Beagell Group and Standard founding companies - which includes Don’s Automotive Mall, Gary’s U-Pull-it, Horseheads Pick-A-Part, Standard Auto Wreckers with locations in Niagara Falls, NY and Ottawa, Port Hope and Toronto, Ontario - on June 29.

The August 4 filing also includes statements of income for Fenix Parts and all of the founding companies for the year ended on December 31, 2014 and for three months in 2015, ending March 31, 2015.

As reported, the first quarter results are for a period in which the other founding companies were private companies and operated on a standalone basis. The other founding companies’ revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2015 were $14.3 million compared with $13.2 million for the first quarter of 2014.

“Since our May IPO, we have been focused on bringing together our management team, integrating our founding companies and executing our expansion strategy,” said Kent Robertson, CEO of Fenix Parts. “Art Golden and John Blaseos recently joined Fenix as Chief Operating Officer and EVP-Supply Chain, respectively, completing the formation of our senior management team. They provide a demonstrated history of execution with consolidation, business process improvement, logistics and customer service.”

“As we further integrate the businesses, our expanded inventory of quality parts, broader distribution network and focus on service has been well received by our customer base. In addition, we are pleased that our acquisition pipeline continues to grow as more auto recyclers recognize that Fenix Parts presents an opportunity for like-minded companies seeking long-term growth,” Robertson concluded.

Auto Recycling Industry Loses Veteran Member

Our condolences to the family of Jeff Kantor. Kantor, an auto recycling industry leader for more than 20 years, died on July 29. Kantor’s obit stated he had prostate cancer.

Kantor had a long history in auto recycling that goes back more than 40 years. He started Murray’s Auto Parts with a friend in 1969 and became sole owner in 1977. In 1979 he purchased Simano Auto Salvage in Candia, N.H. which later became Car World Used Auto Parts. Kantor was named the Locator UpFront’s Boss of the Year in 2006 and has held several Locator UpFront Most Influential titles including Man, Safety Watcher and Innovator.

He became active in the industry on a national basis, holding many leadership positions and heading up many committees. He was recently awarded the U.S. EPA Lifetime Achievement Award for 40 years of service, aligning government and industry. He worked passionately as the president of the New Hampshire Auto and Truck Recyclers Association for over 20 years. As a longtime member of the New Hampshire Prostate Cancer Coalition, he was instrumental in raising awareness and money for research and education. In acknowledgment of Kantor's dedicated efforts, a fund was established in his name, The Jeffrey S. Kantor Research Fund, at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth, and $10,000 has already been donated.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn and three children, Crissy Kantor, Matthew Kantor and Debra Kantor Blahitka and husband Steven. He had six grandchildren.

View the complete obituary at

Upcoming Association Events

Both the State of California auto Dismantlers Association (SCADA) and the Auto & Truck Recyclers of Illinois (ATRI) will hold events in September.

SCADA will hold its annual convention on September 17 - 19 at the JW Marriott in San Francisco, Calif. The event will feature seminars, a facility tour at Schnitzer Steel in Oakland, social events and entertainment, including a trade show and dinner. For more information, call SCADA at 877-275-7223 or email

ATRI will host its convention and trade show on the same weekend as SCADA, September 17 - 19, but at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill. The event will feature a roundtable discussion, breakout sessions and speakers on safety and compliance and sales. There will also be an expo and entertainment events, including a live auction and raffle.

For more information visit or call Michelle Lechner at 877-880-2874.

Boss Of The Year Coming Soon

The Locator UpFront will announce the winner of its annual Boss of the Year contest in the Autumn 2015 issue, which will be mailed on September 18.

This is a special annual issue that has celebrated an industry leader for the last 19 years. The boss is chosen based on employee nominations. He or she is featured in the issue with a photograph and article and also in the following year’s promotional materials. This issue is not only mailed to about 5,000 auto recycling facilities nationwide, but it is also given out to industry leaders at the annual ARA convention and exposition.

There is still time to nominate your boss. The deadline is Friday, August 14, 2015. The process is simple; go to and simply fill out the form. The more nominations your boss receives, the better.

Past winners have had great things to say about being Boss of the Year:

“I was speechless. I didn’t realize my employees had nominated me.” Gary Coln, 2014 Boss of the Year

“My reaction was a combination of surprise and humility. I remember the first Boss of the Year was Garry Howard, a good friend of mine. (Boss of the year winners) that’s a really prestigious group of people. I never thought I’d be in that group.” Jim Butler, 2013 Boss of the Year

“I always read the boss of the year issue and I actually gave a quote for Bill’s article. I said to a co-worker, ‘I wish someday my employees would nominate me.’” JC Cahill, 2010 Boss of the Year

“I didn’t even know that I was nominated. It certainly was exciting. The honor was important but I felt even more deeply grateful that I had employees who cared enough to nominate me.” Joe Goodman, 2009 Boss of the Year

The entire list of past winners includes:

  • Gary Coln, 2014
  • Jim Butler, 2013
  • Alvin Collier, 2012
  • Doug Ruppel, 2011
  • JC Cahill, 2010
  • Joe Goodman, 2009
  • Marty Hollingshead, 2008
  • Krystyn Roberts, 2007
  • Jeff Kantor, 2006
  • Bill Stevens, 2005
  • Dave Kokot, 2004
  • Michael Yeager, 2003
  • Greg White, 2002
  • Everett Rigsby, 2001
  • Gary Wiesner, 2000
  • Gary Beagell, 1999
  • Gary Merchant, 1998
  • Garry Howard, 1997
  • Don Wright, 1996

September Deadlines

  • August 26, 2015: Listings for The Locator Magazine.

  • August 31, 2015: Display ads for The Locator Magazine.

  • September 3, 2015: The Locator Magazine goes to press.


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