Arizona • Alaska • California • Hawaii • Nevada • New Mexico • Oregon • Washington • Alberta • British Columbia • Saskatchewan • Baja California
Arizona, New Mexico, Las Vegas
Gary started his career in the Automotive Aftermarket Industry on the retail side of the business while in High School. Shortly after that, Gary jumped at an opportunity to pursue a career with the Fram Corporation as a Sales Rep and then onto a District Manager position in Arizona and Southern California for 14+ years. In 1991 Gary decided to pursue his own business opening an Auto Parts Store in Phoenix. After about 8 years of this adventure Gary decided to sell off to Carquest Auto Parts that was expanding in Arizona. Gary stayed on with Carquest for a while before moving on to One Stop and then FMP as a regional manager when they came into Arizona. After about 4 years with FMP Gary circled back around to Bendix calling on the WD, Jobber, Fleet and Installer business for 8 rocky mountain States until May 2016 when Gary accepted the position at RepWorks Marketing to cover the Arizona, New Mexico and Las Vegas territories.
John started his career in the Automotive Aftermarket in 1983 where he worked for Checker Auto Parts while going to college. John continued his career for the next 21 years with CSK Auto. John held various positions with the company of which most were spent managing the Merchandise Presentation Department at the Corporate Office in Phoenix. John joined the AutoXray Company in 2003 as the National Sales Manager, and with the acquisition of AutoXray by the SPX Corporation, John would take over the Western Regional Sales Manager role for the Actron, Sunpro, AutoXray and OTC brands. John accepted a position with RepWorks Marketing in 2008 and has played a lead role in helping grow the company through his relationship building, territory expansion and internal company support. In 2016 John stepped into a managing partner role for RepWorks and manages the day to day business out of the Corporate office in Phoenix along with the Arizona and Southern California sales team. John also plays a role in helping to run the company and make critical decisions as part of the company's Executive Team.
Steve began his automotive aftermarket career in the world of racing. Steve was on the Valvoline Oil Race Team and traveled the country promoting Valvoline in every type of racing you can think of. Steve then moved on to Filter Dynamics Intl. and ran their race team “The Lee Eliminators” promoting FDI products and campaigning a very famous Gasser called The Inch Pincher Too. Later Steve moved into sales, which led to his own High Performance Rep Agency ultimately merging with Solitare, Wirth & Associates traditional parts sales agency. Hawaii was one of Steve’s assigned sales areas, which he maintains to this day.
Alex DeYoung began his career in the Automotive Aftermarket while attending college at Northwood University as an intern with MOPAR. Upon graduating from Northwood in 2014 Alex accepted a position with KYB as a Territory Sales Manager in Northern California. During his time at KYB Alex was promoted to the position of Business Development Manager for the Western United States. Alex joined the RepWorks team to assist in managing the Amazon business in Seattle Washington effective in August 2016. Alex has been actively involved in the Auto Care industry from the time he began his collegiate career at Northwood. Highlights of his involvement in the industry include serving on the GAAS 2013 panel, “Future Leaders Speak Out” along with being involved in the Young Auto Care Networking Group and participating in Spring Leadership Days 2015 as a member of the YANG Next Step program.
Robert started his career in 1995, working for Chief Auto Parts managing stores in Southern California. He continued his career with CSK Auto in 1999, successfully managing various stores throughout the South Bay. Robert transitioned into professional outside sales in 2006 as a territory sales manager working with the professional customers and parts manufacturers and then took on the challenge of the district manager role for O’Reilly Auto Parts in 2010. After a few years of multi-unit operational experience, he transitioned back into professional outside sales role in 2012 as a Regional Field Sales Manager. Robert was responsible for managing professional sales for the South Orange County Region for O’Reilly Auto Parts. Robert accepted the position of Salesman for RepWorks Marketing July 2015 and will be working in the Southern California territory. He not only brings leadership and technical product knowledge, but also a vast knowledge from working in and around many areas of the Automotive Industry. Robert’s drive and passion to succeed has established himself as a solid professional in the Automotive Aftermarket.
Northern California - Bay Area
Matt Gray comes to RepWorks with several years of Automotive Aftermarket experience. After attending Butte College and California State University at Chico, Matt became a Locations Manager for Hertz Corporation in the San Jose region. After three years with Hertz, Matt went to work for NGK Spark Plugs and joined the Aftermarket as a District Sales Manager covering Northern California, Nevada, Utah and Colorado. Several years with NGK provided Matt the opportunity to accept a new position as Western Regional Sales Manager for Milton Industries, covering their major accounts west of the Mississippi. Personally, Matt is an avid outdoorsman and loves spending time on his family’s property in Montana. When time permits, he also enjoys riding motorcycles and attending AFM, WSBK, and MotoGP events.
Tom attended Automotive Tech School to start his career in the Automotive Aftermarket after completing college. Tom first worked for Kenz and Leslie Distribution a performance WD in Denver Colorado in 1977 as an outside salesman calling on performance customers in Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska. Tom would then take his knowledge to Holley Performance Products in 1983 as a District Manager in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, British Columbia and Alberta, Canada. Tom was able to take his technical background and automotive knowledge to become a certified trainer for Holley on many of their complexed fuel and ignition systems. In 2000, Tom would change his career path and accept a position with RepWorks Marketing. Tom plays a key role calling on retailers, traditional warehouse and specialty distributors in Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Alberta Canada. Tom uses his training skills and technical automotive knowledge to assist our manufacturers with technical training.
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Gary entered the Automotive Aftermarket in 1976 after receiving his B.S. Degree in Business Marketing and Finance. Gary's career started in 1976 with Union Carbide where he worked in the home and automotive division representing the Prestone and Simonize brands. Gary then furthered his career on the Manufacturing side in 1980 when he accepted a position with Pennzoil to work in the Gumout Division. Gary continued his manufacturer sales career until 1983 when he joined the Manufacturer's Rep side of the business with Solitare, Wirth & Associates. Gary has been through all the transitions and mergers of the agency and continues his outstanding performance with RepWorks Marketing. Gary is a critical part of the company calling on large distributors in Southern California. Gary also plays a role in helping to run the company and make critical decisions as part of the company's Executive Team.
Lupe started in the industry in the early ‘80s working for several automotive retailers and jobbers in different management roles. In 1994 Lupe went to work for WIX Filter Corporation where he managed several territories as a District Manager. Lupe would move back into the distributor sales role in 2011 when he accepted a position with Metro Automotive Warehouse as one of their outside sales managers. Lupe joined the RepWorks team in December 2012 and plays an important role in the Southern California region providing service and training for our customer base in this area.
David attended the Clark Park Vocational School which turned him in the direction of the automotive aftermarket. David started his career as a professional sales representative in the industry right out of school. In 1980, David worked for Vincent J. Hall Co. in Oregon servicing various automotive retailers and traditional warehouse distributors. In 1990, David would move his skills to Rogovoy and Horn and then would venture out as a Principal of Evergreen Marketing in 1997 only to come back to Rogovoy, Pack & Hall in 2000. In 2003, Rogovoy, Pack & Hall would merge into RepWorks Marketing. David is a key player for RepWorks Marketing in the Portland, Oregon region covering traditional warehouse distributors along with many heavy duty specialists.
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Northern California & Northern Nevada
Jim started his career in the Automotive Aftermarket right out of school in 1981 with C and L Automotive Warehouse where he worked several different capacities in the warehouse and eventually worked into an outside sales position. In 1988, Jim continued his outside sales role with Seaport Automotive Warehouse. Jim then accepted a position with Epicor in 1990 as District Manager for the Plews, Edelmann and Ideal brands. In 1991, Jim would become a member of the Solitare, Wirth & Associates agency which would then become GSWB Marketing and then finally RepWorks Marketing. Jim plays a key role with RepWorks Marketing calling on retail and warehouse distributor accounts in Northern California. Jim also plays a role in helping to run the company and make critical decisions as part of the company's Executive Team.
Phil received his BA in Economics and Accounting at University of California, Santa Barbara and immediately jumped into the Automotive Aftermarket. Phil's first experience in the Aftermarket was in 1982 when he went to work for Vatco Industries in Boston, MA. Phil mastered various positions in the company until he was able to work into his ideal position of National Accounts Sales Director. In 1988, he would take his sales skills to Rogovoy, Pack and Hall as a partner and salesman calling on retailers, traditional warehouse, RV, heavy duty, farm and AG distributors in Oregon. In 2003, Phil would continue his role with the merging of two agencies, which is now RepWorks Marketing. Along with Phil's role as Partner and Salesman, he also manages our sales team in the Pacific Northwest. Phil is a member of the company's Executive Team helping the company grow and become stronger.
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Michael started his career in the Automotive Aftermarket in February 2011 at Los Angeles Warehouse Distributor, One Stop Parts Source. Michael had various positions within the company starting as a Marketing Coordinator and quickly growing to become a Products and Marketing Manager. In 2015 Michael joined Continental Corporation as the Western Regional Sales Manager where he was responsible for 26 states. Michael is heavily involved in the Auto Care Association where he currently holds a position of a Chairman of Education Committee and Chairman Emeritus of YANG. Michael co-founded YANG in 2014 and helped this group grow from 5 members to over 1500 members today. Michael graduated from Claremont Pitzer College with dual Bachelor’s Degrees in Economics and Organizational Studies in 2007. He is also a recent graduate with an Executive MBA degree from Northwood University DeVos School of Business. Michael is a member of the company's Executive Team helping the company grow and become stronger.
Southern & baja California
Jim has been involved in the Automotive Aftermarket for over 30 years. Jim kicked off his career in 1982 as a District Manager for Premier Industrial Corporation calling on dealers, body and detail shops in 7 western states. In 1984, Jim accepted a sales position with Solitare, Wirth & Associates calling on traditional and retail automotive related distributors in Southern California. Jim became a partner in the Fresh Ideas Company in 1988 and called on many large retailers selling imported promotional products. Jim would change directions in 1991 where he would go to work in the print and media industry for Felbro Inc., TM Arts and Interactive and 3rd Sector Entertainment calling on many large retail and film companies. In 2011, Jim would have the opportunity to come back to the Automotive Aftermarket where he accepted a position with RepWorks Marketing. Jim has played a huge role in not only managing accounts in his territory but also developing new accounts.
Corporate Office Manager
Melinda provides incredible support for RepWorks Marketing. In 1969, Melinda worked for Triumph/BSA Motorcycles as the Service and Warranties Secretary. Melinda would then move over to Los Angeles County in 1972 supporting several areas of the Engineers and Sheriff’s Department. In 1981, Melinda would become part of RepWorks Marketing where she plays a major role in the daily business operations of the company. Melinda is a vital asset to the company assisting with the daily business and communications to our Manufacturers and salesmen.
Chris got his start in retail with Orchard Supply Hardware, a San Jose, California based home improvement chain, in 1986. During his 11 years at Orchard, Chris held a multitude of positions, both in stores and at the corporate office, ranging from sales clerk to Merchandising Specialist, responsible for all aspects of visual merchandising for both existing and new stores, encompassing: planograms, store layouts, supervision of new store projects, etc. In 1997, Chris transitioned from the hardware/home improvement industry to the automotive aftermarket by accepting a position with CSK Auto Inc, in Phoenix, AZ. As Director of Merchandise Presentation, Chris was tasked to enhance CSK's retail environments by creating and implementing new sales floor adjacencies and improving planogram flow, aesthetics and shopability. The efforts of Chris and his team were rewarded by CSK being recognized throughout the industry for its excellent retail environment. In mid-2008, the O’Reilly Auto Parts acquisition of CSK Auto was completed. For the next two years, Chris and his team performed critical planogram and floorplan related tasks essential to the conversion of the CSK stores to the O’Reilly store format. During late 2010, he accepted the position of Merchandise Presentation Manager for O'Reilly and relocated to Springfield, MO. At O’Reilly, Chris was responsible for all aspects of planogramming, new and existing store adjacencies, planogram signage, fixture design and more. In 2015 Chris left O’Reilly to return with his family to Arizona. After a short semi-retirement, he worked part-time at San Jose, CA. based Skunk Works Performance and Restoration, a hot rod shop run by a close friend. Chris joined RepWorks Marketing in March, 2017.
Jocelyn started her Automotive Aftermarket career in 1997 when she joined CSK Auto as an Administrative Assistant and was quickly promoted in 1998 to Product Category Analyst where she grew most of her automotive knowledge. In 2011, after the O’Reilly Auto acquisition, Jocelyn took her knowledge to Raleigh, NC to work for CARQUEST, Inc. as an Assistant Merchandise Manager until late 2012 when Jocelyn moved back to Arizona. In January 2014, after a short hiatus, Jocelyn joined RepWorks Marketing where she will be analyzing and creating pertinent data needed for the creation of data links, cataloging and product descriptors necessary for servicing our vendors and customers.
Office & Sales Support
Joyce brings a vast knowledge and administrative experience with her to RepWorks. She has held various positions in the financial and mortgage industry since 1999. Joyce will play a large support role for the RepWorks Marketing office along with using her skills to help support other segments of the company.