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AutoCare Owner

Previous Years' Winners

Jon Bockman

Bockman’s Auto Care

Sycamore, Illinois

2019 AutoCare Center of the Year

Bockman’s Auto Care, in Sycamore, Illinois and owner, Jon Bockman, are the recipient of the 2019 NAPA AutoCare Center of the Year Award. Jon and his team have been loyal NAPA customers since 1991 and are staunch supporters of the AutoCare program. They’re a 10-bay automotive repair shop who takes pride in hard work, dedication and provide quality automotive and truck care to the DeKalb and Sycamore area.

Jon focused his efforts in unique marketing strategies that helped grow his business and led to big gains, as Bockman explains, “We did things differently, but they were simple – some of our busiest times have been a result of some very simple strategies.” His creativity produced a growth in his business which lead to him being awarded the 2011 & 2012 “Marketer of the Year” by the Chicagoland’s Sharpest Entrepreneurs. Bockman’s also has profoundly impacted their Business Development Group, serving as the President for seven years and Treasurer for five.

Bockman’s Auto Care is heavily involved in the automotive industry, participating in programs and sponsorships that include the Charles E. Bockman Scholarship (a $1,500 tool scholarship to high school graduates for attending Kishwaukee Community College’s Automotive Technology program) and works with Tech Force Foundation to promote automotive technology careers to middle and high school students. Jon has been a speaker at two town hall segments for the NAPA Midwest Division area conference and host to a radio talk show (Garage Radio) where he answers questions on auto repair.

In addition to heavy involvement in the automotive industry, Bockman’s Auto Care finds time to give back to the local community by supporting several Car Care Clinics to raise the awareness and importance of staying ahead of preventative maintenance and repairs. They also host a food drive for a local Women’s shelter.

As you can see, Bockman’s Auto Care is not just an asset to the NAPA family, but the entire aftermarket industry. We know that Bockman’s Auto Care will represent NAPA very well in 2019.

Brian Bates

Eagle Automotive Service

Littleton, Colorado

2018 NAPA AutoCare Center of the Year

Eagle Automotive Service, in Littleton, Colorado and owner, Brian Bates, are proudly the first recipients of this new NAPA award. Bates and his team, who operate three shops in Chatfield, Platte Canyon, and Crestline areas, have been loyal NAPA customers since 2005.

Car repair was a tradition in the Bates family, but Brian did not realize his dream of owning a business until 2004, after he had served in the military and earned a business degree. He moved from working on cars to working the business and was impressed with the coaching he received from the local NAPA Business Development Group. Becoming an AutoCare member has remained a win-win for everyone.

Eagle Automotive Service is still known as a hometown company, locally owned, yet with the partnership and support of a nationally recognized brand. The Eagle team has successfully used many NAPA tools and programs designed to help grow their business.

Eagle Automotive shows their appreciation to the communities they serve, working with Metropolitan State University, Department of Defense, Columbine Hills Parks, numerous local sports teams, and Hands of the Carpenter, a non-profit organization that helps meet the transportation needs of single mothers and widows. They support the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund along with NAPA.

Brian believes their success is driven by the people in his company who are on the front line, dedicated to customer satisfaction every day.

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Caring about their customers, their employees and giving back to their community, that’s what makes an excellent Shop Owner stand out. The customers trust them because of the quality of the service. Being recognized for that leadership not only makes them feel good – it makes everyone else feel even better about doing business with them.

The NAPA AutoCare Center of the Year award is the ultimate way to be honored for everything the Shop Owner has achieved. Get with the NAPA Auto Parts Store or NAPA Distribution Center Sales or Wholesale Manger so they can begin the nomination today.

Selection Criteria

The NAPA AutoCare Advisory Council will select this year’s winner. Entrants will be judged on:

  • ASE Certification Types
  • Trained Staff
  • Look of the Shop (interior & exterior)
  • Participation in AutoCare Programs
  • Online/Social Media Presence
  • Community & Industry Involvement
  • Recommendation Letters
  • Bio

Thousands of Dollars in Prizes

  • Commemorative NAPA AutoCare Center of the Year Ring
  • NAPA AutoCare Center of the Year Plaque
  • $5,000 in cash
  • Expenses-paid trip for the winner and a guest to a NASCAR or NHRA race of their choice, including VIP treatment, hotel accommodations, meals and two race tickets
  • Choice of either NAPA TRACS Rental for 2 years or possible PROimage
  • Expenses-paid trip to the APG Awards Banquet
  • Sits on the National AutoCare Advisory Council during term

Enter by September 13, 2019

We are accepting one nomination per Division. The NAPA AutoCare Advisory Council will select the Winner. To enter, click Nominate Now and complete all six tabs of the Nomination information. It will allow you to save throughout the process and return at a later time to input additional information. Once all fields are completed, the Submit button will turn Green and you can make your nomination.

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