Vice Chairman General Parts, Inc. – Raleigh, North Carolina
Joe Owen has spent his entire career in the Automotive Aftermarket beginning as part time while attending Memphis State University where he received a BS and MA degree. He spent 31 years with Genuine Parts Company (NAPA) rising to Group Vice President responsible for all parts distribution in the U.S.. He also served as President and Chairman of the Board at NAPA. He joined General Parts, Inc. (CARQUEST) in 1983 and became President in 1987 and Vice- Chairman in 2001. General Parts Inc. owns 36 CARQUEST Distribution Centers, which serve over 2,900 CARQUEST Auto Parts stores in North America. Mr. Owen is also a past Director of the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA) and was selected as AWDA’s Automotive Leader of the year in 2002.