AARO Hosts 83rd Annual AGM

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At its recent 83rd AGM, AARO announced its 2023-24 board of directors. Photo AARO

New board members and industry advocates announced for 2023-24.

On March 23, the Automotive Aftermarket Retailers of Ontario (AARO) held its 83rd annual general meeting. The occasion presented the opportunity for AARO to announce its board of directors and industry advocates for 2023-24. 

The board members for 2023-24 are: 

  • Alan Beech, of Beech Consulting (Automotive Coaching & Training)
  • Emily Chung, AutoNiche 
  • Ken Coulter, Specialty Sales and Marketing
  • Darryl Croft, OK Tire Etobicoke
  • Tony Del Vasto, Vast Auto
  • Steve Gushie, Independent Automotive Aftermarket Professional
  • Kurt Hilledebrand, Young Street Garage
  • Mark Lemay, Auto Aide Technical Services


AARO Executive for 2023-24 consists of Diane Freeman as President, Eric Mileham as Chair, Bruce Eccles as Vice Chair, Jamie Holmes as Secretary/Treasurer and Rudy Graf as Immediate Past Chair.


Additionally, AARO announced its industry advocates for 2023-24. These include past AARO board members that choose to stay on and work on behalf of the association to further the interests of the automotive aftermarket. Industry advocates for AARO for 2023-24 are:

  • Mike Adema, Jake’s Auto Service
  • Ju Chen, Cochrane Automotive
  • Jordan Coseni, Auto Aide Technical Services
  • Tamara Ghoson, Roy Rump & Sons
  • Bert Hutton, Bert’s Service Centre
  • Tony Kuczynski, Mister Transmission
  • Fox Mileham, Erskine’s Service Centre
  • Tyler Rump, Roy Rump & Sons
  • Bob Ward, The Tire Guys  
AARO Board Chair Eric Mileham. Photo AARO

Although he was unable to attend in person, the AGM also took the opportunity to recognize John Cochrane, founder of Cochrane Automotive for his service and commitment to the automotive aftermarket. Cochrane has been a AARO board director since 2013 and a staunch advocate for training and fair representation for the aftermarket. He brought Lindertech technical training to Canada from the U.S. and these technical seminars have proved highly successful and are now part of AARO’s training curriculum. Cochrane has also been a key driver in helping ensure that independent aftermarket service centres in Canada have access to the right repair information. This led to the establishment of an AARO automotive task force in conjunction with NASTF in the U.S., to facilitate OEM data access to repair information on both sides of the border. 

“John has been instrumental in shaping the direction of our association,” remarked AARO Board Chair Eric Mileham. “His dedication, commitment and hard work are appreciated by us all. And we’re grateful for his contributions. We’re proud to have had the opportunity to work alongside John and wish him all the best in his retirement.”


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