Independent garage champion Mike Owen has been appointed to lead the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federationâ€™s new Garage Section.
The IAAF was established in January 2010 when the ADF reformed with a remit to represent the entire independent aftermarket supply chain and bring solidarity to the sector.
Quintin Cornforth, IAAF past president, said: “We are pleased to announce that Mike Owen, a revered and passionate representative of the independent garage sector, has joined the IAAF team to head up our garage section.
â€œMike is known as a no-nonsense personality whose experience in this particular role is second to none and he unquestionably fulfils all of our criteria for this position.â€
Owen, who formerly headed up the RMIFâ€™s Independent Garage Association, kicked off his tenure with a rallying call for independents to get behind the Federation.
“I am truly looking forward to this exciting new challenge,â€ he said. “The intention for the future of the independent garages through the IAAF is to create the premier association for the independent sector.
â€œHowever, this association is all about one fundamental point â€“ to help independent repairers have a sound future, while delivering unquestionable quality to their customers and making proper profits.
â€œIndependent garages should now rally to the flag and show their solidarity to an association that is totally focused on their wellbeing. I have every faith that the IAAF’s garage section will be that organisation.”