Counter Professional of the Year Named by WIX® and Counterman Magazine

Monday, 29 October 2012

Thomas Taylor, Motown Automotive, Receives 2012 Honor

WIX® Filters, a member of the Affinia Group family of brands, in conjunction with Counterman magazine, named Thomas Taylor of Motown Automotive in Farmington Hills, Mich., the 2012 Counter Professional of the Year during the annual AWDA Meeting and Conference in Las Vegas on Oct. 29.

“Counter professionals play a fundamental role in the automotive parts distribution channel,” said Mike Harvey, brand manager for WIX Filters. “Taylor’s career as a trusted automotive resource through his commitment to ongoing education, superior customer service and abundant product knowledge represents the top of our industry.”

Thomas, a 41-year automotive aftermarket parts professional, is the manager for Motown Automotive, a family owned and operated full-line undercar and underhood auto parts warehouse in southern Michigan, flying the Federated Auto Parts flag. As part of his award, Thomas and his wife, Sheryl, traveled to AAPEX for an all-expenses paid trip to Las Vegas.
Thomas, an ASE-certified parts professional, was nominated Counter Professional of the Year by Motown Automotive’s corporate office. The award recognizes an automotive aftermarket parts professional who goes above the call of duty; continually seeks out education for himself or herself; is an example of the consummate parts professional; and is an ambassador for the aftermarket.

For his nomination, his colleagues wrote, “Tom's customers know he is dependable because of his experience, work ethic, charming personality and commitment to stand behind all of his parts and services. He will do whatever it takes.”

Counterman magazine’s Counter Professional of the Year Award is sponsored by Affinia Group Inc., WIX Filters and Raybestos®.

As a sponsor of Tomorrow’s Technician School of the Year, Counterman’s Counter Professional of the Year and Babcox Media’s Automotive Tech Group’s Best Tech programs, WIX Filters supports excellence at every level of the automotive repair industry.

About WIX Filters

Since 1939, Wix® Filters has been an innovator in filtration products. WIX designs, manufactures and distributes products for automotive, diesel, agricultural, industrial and specialty filter markets. Its product line includes oil, air, cabin interior, fuel, coolant, transmission and hydraulic filters for automobiles, trucks, off-road equipment and manufacturing applications. For more information, visit Like us on Facebook at, follow us on Twitter@WIXFilters and visit our YouTube page at

About Affinia Group Inc.

Affinia Group Inc. is an innovative global leader in the design, manufacture, distribution and marketing of industrial grade products and services, including extensive offerings of aftermarket products for automotive and heavy-duty vehicles. With approximately $2.0 billion in annual revenue, Affinia has operations in North and South America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit,

Wray Ward