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|Thank You, John Denholm - AOCA Government Affairs Committee Champion|
For over a decade, John Denholm (Oil Changer) has served as Chairman of your Government Affairs Committee, but “champion” as in Rocky might be the best description. Government affairs work doesn’t fit neatly into anyone’s schedule. It’s a relentless rollercoaster primarily driven by regulators and lawmakers, who often get hijacked by anti-competitive competitors. Winning battles requires fortitude, negotiation skills, team-building, early trend recognition, willingness to learn about and explore all sides of new issues, and, if necessary, the courage to look Goliath square in the eyes and say “no.” Because John is patient and kind and makes friends with everyone, you might be surprised at how many giants he helped face down over the years…even when we were running low on slingshot rocks. As you can see below, he is now transitioning into an exciting new career adventure. On behalf of the Government Affairs Committee past and present, thank you so much, John—we wish you great success and happiness! You will be missed! Our gratitude also goes to Larry Read, who invested so much of his chief compliance officer’s time to the benefit of the association and industry at large.
A Special Note from John Denholm
After 21 years in the quick lube industry it is time for me to move on. I’m very appreciative of the opportunities I was given while working at Oil Changer. One of which was the ability to dedicate a great deal of time to the Government Affairs Committee (GAC). Meeting and learning from operators and vendors from around the world left me humbled after every gathering.
Many things have changed since I began working with the AOCA GAC. One thing that has not has been the commitment of our Board of Directors to staying on the forefront of issues that affect quick lubes. We have stood up for ourselves in opposition to powerful lobbies, regulators, and manufacturing conglomerates where the odds were against us and yet we found a way to win time and again. I have found this strategy to be a perfect reflection of so many members who built their business and refused to be bullied. There are two reasons we’ve been so successful (especially of late). The first is the number of members who have spoken to their legislators, testified at committee meetings and provided the real-world data to make our case. The other reason is the incomparable work of Joanna Johnson. She has been such an asset to our industry and we are lucky to have her on our team. Thank you all for the lessons in life and business that you have taught me over the years. I cannot begin to thank everyone with whom I’ve had the pleasure of working with over the years. Hopefully we can stay in touch through social media. As Steve Hurt would say, keep on lubin’.