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MEMbER PROFILE Vic tArAsik Seeing the Bigger Picture Vic Ta r a si k POsitiOn : Tarasik believes the biggest industry issue Precision Automotive in The Woodlands, today is the impact of the OE manufacturing slowdown. Texas. Always interested in vehicles, he got his start in the industry working at a service station business when he was only “A prolonged slowdown may jeopardize the stability of the major manufacturers 14 years old. He began fixing up friends’ who supply the OEs and these manufaccars as well as working at a race shop, turers also supply the aftermarket with NAPA machine shop and other related the components we use to service our jobs – one of his most memorable being customers’ vehicles,” he said. “This has work with AA Funny Car teams. created an opportunity for the aftermarket if we recognize it. As dealerships At Vic’s Precision Automotive, his job is to “lead, direct and guide” his staff of six continue to close, we will see technicians, at the 10-bay facility. His long-term goal countermen and service advisors become more readily available to the service side is to “create a stable and profitable enviof the industry. The aftermarket can ronment at our company that produces really pick up some excellent resources leaders who will positively impact the because of this.” aftermarket.” 27 vic Tarasik is the owner of Vic’s Owner, Vic’s Precision Automotive YeArs in the AFterMArKet: WOrds tO liVe bY: “Do unto others as you would have them do to you.” PhOne : e-MAil : Tarasik has been a member of, and actively involved in AAIA, for three years. He is currently the vice chairman of the Car Care Professionals Network (CCPN) and is also involved with the Show Committee. “What is great about being part of the association is the connection you have with the rest of the industry and the personal growth opportunities,” said Tarasik. “No matter how big or small you feel in the industry, you are treated equally. I’m only a small shop owner and I get treated the same as the vice presidents of huge companies! “Prior to joining AAIA, I hadn’t given much thought to how vast the industry was and how much we really rely on each other to make it work smoothly. I would have never imagined we were part of a $277 billion industry!” he said. 936-273-2531 Tarasik is a recipient of the Montgomery County Small Business of the Year award and is involved with Bottom-Line Impact Groups, the Woodlands Chamber of Commerce and his local church. He will continue his education after a 22-year hiatus this fall to complete his bachelor’s degree from Northwood University. Tarasik also recently helped present “Our Next Generation: How the Aftermarket Comes Out on Top,” at the Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium as a graduate from Leadership 2.0. Tarasik lives in The Woodlands, Texas with his wife Marlene and his cat Solomon. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, photography, reading and watching the Buffalo Bills. If Tarasik weren’t in the aftermarket, he’d be an architect or sports photographer. But after 27 years working in the industry, Tarasik “can’t imagine doing anything else.” 10 | AFTERMARKET INSIDER | JUNE • JULY 2009

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Aftermarket Insider - June/July 2009

Aftermarket Insider - June/July 2009
President's Message
Association News
Our 10th Anniversary
Industry Events
Member Profile
Government Affairs
Campaign Update
Market Research
International Focus
AAIA and CIAPE: On a Mission
Company Profile
Inside Technology
Market Research

Aftermarket Insider - June/July 2009