Repco recently held its Repco Hall of Fame Supplier Dinner
In early May, Melbourne’s Metropolis in Southbank hosted the Repco Hall of Fame Supplier Dinner, attracting more than 130 of Australasia’s leading automotive aftermarket suppliers from all over Australia, New Zealand and Asia.
Repco says the annual event has become known as an “unmissable” function for the automotive aftermarket, with this year’s event hosted by none other than one of Australia’s most loved presenters and award-winning actors, Shane Jacobson. As a keen motoring enthusiast, journalist and motorsport fanatic, Shane was a natural fit as the master of ceremonies.
The Repco Supplier Awards recognise supplier partnerships and their excellence in the Repco ANZ business. Both nominees and winners were acknowledged across 13 award categories which included celebrations of Innovation, Sales Promotions and Events, and Service to the Store Network.
Opening the evening’s proceedings was Genuine Parts Company (GPC) Asia Pacific General Manager, Merchandise and Strategic Marketing, Jamie Walton.
“We would not be here today without the support of our suppliers. It is vital that we take the time to provide them with the appreciation and recognition they deserve,” Jamie said.
As part of the evening, guests enjoyed a spectacular three-course dinner accompanied by light entertainment, a business overview and the prestigious awards. As a special treat, dinner also featured a brief intermission for a entertaining interview with special guest and legend of Australian motorsport, Dick Johnson. Dick is a five-time Australian Touring Car Champion, a three-time Bathurst 1000 winner, a V8 Supercar Hall of Fame inductee and co-owner of the Shell V-Power Racing Team.
Concluding the evening’s formalities were final award presentations, including the highly anticipated Supplier of the Year. Repco explains the Repco Supplier of the Year Award is considered the ultimate recognition of supplier performance, as it is achieved via the delivery of tough criteria across the Australian and New Zealand landscapes.
The 2018 Repco Supplier of the Year award was deservingly presented to Penrite. It was accepted by Toby Dymond, Penrite’s General Manager, Sales and Marketing; and John Firth, Penrite’s National Sales Manager.
The 2018 Repco awards were the last event in its current format, which will in future become the GPC Asia Pacific Supplier Awards from 2019. The new format will recognise suppliers for GPC as a group, including their performance across Repco, NAPA and its other trade businesses.
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