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The Automotive Body Parts Association (ABPA) has announced the hiring of Edward Salamy of ETS Management Group Inc. as its new executive director. He will officially join the association on April 1 to begin the transition phase from retiring executive director Stan Rodman.
Salamy brings to the position 15 years of experience in the alternative parts supply channel. He spent the last seven years serving as the director of industry relations for ABPA member company KSI Trading Corporation.
“Having served as a sales manager, regional manager and industry liaison, he is well aware of the many challenges our members face, and I am excited to have him help lead the association into this new era of parts distribution,” said Nick Scheid, president of the ABPA Board of Directors.
Rodman, who has served as ABPA’s executive director for more than 30 years, informed the board in 2011 of his intentions to retire in July of 2013, which launched a comprehensive national search for his successor. Through his leadership and guidance, the members have enjoyed many years of insight, product and distribution advancements, market awareness and educational conferences, according to the organization.
“It has been the board’s honor to work with Stan as he finishes his tenure, and we are excited to now work with Ed as the new challenges we face have matured just as the industry itself has," said Scheid. "At our upcoming annual convention, we will pay tribute to Stan Rodman as he passes on the baton to Ed Salamy in a joint celebration of where the ABPA has been and where we are going. We expect to see all our members at this historical event where they can say goodbye to a great friend and hello to their new leader while also meeting with peers, suppliers and other industry representatives.”
ABPA will hold its next business conference in Charleston, S.C., May 1-4.