LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement From AWDAFacts AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement AWDA’s 2006 Pursuit of Excellence Award was presented to Bill Schlatterer, executive vice president/CFO/CEO, Parts Warehouse, Inc. Established in 1983, the award is presented annually to a member of AWDA, in recognition of excellence in business performance and support for AWDA and its ideals. Schlatterer began his aftermarket career at Crow-Burlingame Co., driving a delivery truck and working the counter while attending college. From that humble start, he progressed to the position of executive vice president/CFO/CEO with Parts Warehouse, the position he holds today. He has served on the AWDA board and been active in various AWDA and AAIA committees and has often led courses on jobber operations. Perhaps most notably, Schlatterer has long been at the vanguard of distribution information technology and is widely recognized as an essential go-between in the aftermarket’s IT efforts. Over the years, he has played a role in coordinating IT operations between the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, Activant, ACDelco, Motorcraft and many other entities. “Bill’s work on behalf of the Alliance has paved the way for many technology and data management innovations that we in the industry take for granted today,” said Jim Tennant in presenting the award. “His unselfish attitude and willingness to share with others truly make him ‘a man for others.’”,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.