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    A lot of folks leaving. Retiring, terminated, and just bailing.

    From Gm's to Division Managers to some top brass.

    What concerns me is that nothing new or creative is coming from Atlanta. The same old programs.

    If we are losing so many, I would sure like to see someone or something exciting from the boys that are left back east.

    Are gallager and prince to well off and old to give a crap anymore? Are they running these folks off? Who do they have in mind to hire and generate excitement within this company? We need some young, creative and determined minds at napa that are given the freedom to take some damn chances!

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    • hotwh33lsman: What a bunch of BS. Sounds like you are trying to kiss up to management so you will get your promotion? Good Luck. You better hope they don't notice the 15 minutes of company time you wasted on this board. Did you ever find that missing inventory, or was that why GP was down last qtr?


    • Well, my daddy used to say this (and he was a gov'ment man): "When you want to learn how to make someone more efficient, ask a lazy man to refine the process. Once he's done, ask a insecure man to check it for quality. And finally, give it to your hard workers to make it happen." Hard work and working smart is the only way to go, but it doesn't necessarily embody itself in a single person. The key is LEADERSHIP to leverage all aspects of resources to make it work together.

    • Yes, and "Maddafinga!" my favorite curse word.

      Yes, sales is strong, people are excited. Its a good time to be at GPC.

    • Exactly! Well, while you may not have been an employee, as a consultant, you still are treated fairly and with respect.

      I believe when you are working for (or with) a values based company, only good can come from it.

    • From my experience working hard and working smart are mutually exclusive. Where is the error in my thinking?

    • Hey Vet...your killing me man. I had to laff at your last post, puts things in perspective I think! Timing is everything!

      Even tho I have been missing in action, but monitoring the rankor and entertainment,I would like to boast a little here. I suggested at least a year ago that Handschuh had to go because he lacked real vision. Kind of a frosty and unexciting guy to me,IMO. I am dumping my AZO if he's going there? After meeting with him several times over the last few years and dealing with the "system" at GPC (which I do not agree that it is real accessible), puuuleease? And now they are spending bucks on Alan Jackson, what a rube? Did he make that call or What? Just what demographic is NAPA after with AJ? Country boys and girls? Don't get me wrong, I like AJ and his image and music, I think that's positive. But, NAPA needs to get pull marketshare away from competitors with more than a country singer. I want to meet the promoter for AJ! I bet the price tag was not cheap either. According to the inside line, the decision was last minute and vacuumed up marketing bucks, blowing (pun intended) the budget!

      We'll see?

    • Hot,
      If you know double dog (buy), you also know frageeleah. Love that movie.
      Back to business, I feel strongly about the company although I don't currently share the people bond you and Galat refer to. I do believe Bob Susor will have a positive impact and the biggest impact (of all the recent changes) in 2004.

      Some of the vendors appear a tad stronger. Exide will emerge shortly and we all should have bought Eaton a year ago. Like to see Dana situation get settled.

      January sales numbers I have seen look healthy.

    • GPC is a company that is very accessible and easy to get in touch with all levels of management. If you can't get ahold of Larry Prince, it is because you have never tried. But the "real people" of the business aren't Larry and Tom, but everyone in the NAPA system, from the manufacturers to the professional installer. As far as my first contact with GPC, it was a long time ago working for one of their vendors. I felt that "family" bond with them, even though I wasn't on their payroll. It's special and unique.

    • "I actually thought they went out of business in the early 90's"...

      That is a good testament for purchasing their stock. I think the guy who wrote that may be looking to unload his millstone.

    • Nah - I only changed it because there's no "Double Dog Buy" button to press. The beauty of the GPC stock for me is that I just work harder and smarter and I can make a difference. Maybe a small difference, but with 30,000 people like me, it makes a difference. A major factor between AZO and GPC is the people. People who feel ownership in the company. Galat, you seem to have a GPC past, you know what I'm talking about.

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