AutohausAZ Honored as a 2008 Arizona Company to Watch
Phoenix, AZ, September 25, 2008 -- AutohausAZ.com (AutohausAZ), a Phoenix-based independent distributor of OE European and Asian auto parts, was recently named as one of the 50 Arizona Companies to Watch for 2008, sponsored by the Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA) in collaboration with Comerica Bank and the Edward Lowe Foundation. AutohausAZ earned this honor by being one of the best and brightest stars of Arizona, demonstrating outstanding performance in the marketplace.
In 1998, AutohausAZ launched a website to expand its market beyond local wholesale customers. By 2004, the Company, pursuing limitless opportunities, refocused its website to reach a global retail market. From Internet sales in 1998 of $1,000 to forecasted sales in 2008 of $11.25 million, AutohausAZ.com has not only survived, it has flourished, growing 200.8% in the last three years alone. They attribute this growth not only to expanding to a larger marketplace but to maintaining the highest level of friendly and professional customer service.
AutohausAZ honored as a 2008 Arizona Company to Watch
"We're always being asked how we're able to continue growing at such unbelievably high rates year after year, particularly in our current economy. Our biggest strength is that we ALWAYS focus on our customers and their needs and we try to provide more than just a place to buy auto parts at AutohausAZ.com," said Carolyn Lefebvre, President/CEO of AutohausAZ.
"We provide our customers with valuable information on import cars (BMW, Mercedes Benz, Porsche, just to name a few) and auto repair tips (tips to improve gas mileage, fuel pump and fuel injection repair, performing monthly car maintenance to keep auto repair costs down, saving money on brake repairs, etc), as well as give them a place to store information on their import car and its maintenance."
AutohausAZ and its fellow recipients will be honored on November 11 at the Phoenix Convention Center. The event celebrates the 3rd annual Arizona Companies to Watch Awards and is the only award focusing on businesses across Arizona, not just specific industries, painting a realistic picture of a true statewide economy.
The Arizona Companies to Watch awards program was created to recognize and celebrate the contribution, innovation and energy of the wide variety of second-stage companies in the state. Companies considered must be privately owned, "second-stage" companies that have 10 to 100 employees, are concerned with issues of growth not survival and have not yet become large corporations.
AutohausAZ (formerly Autohaus Phoenix, Inc.) began in 1979 as a local wholesale distributor of European auto parts in Phoenix. The Company launched its website in 1998 and today AutohausAZ.com distributes OEM European auto parts and Japanese auto parts to wholesale and retail customers worldwide. Specializing in German car parts (Audi, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Mini Cooper, Porsche, and Volkswagen), AutohausAZ.com also carries a wide selection of auto parts for Swedish (Saab, Volvo), British (LandRover, Jaguar) and Japanese/Asian cars (Acura, Honda, Infiniti, Lexus, Nissan and Toyota, to name just a few).
In 2008, AutohausAZ.com was also awarded honors in the Top 500 Women-Owned businesses in the US (347th), Top 100 Small Businesses in Arizona (12th), Top 100 Diversity-Owned Businesses in Arizona (8th), and Top 100 Woman-Owned Businesses in Arizona (7th) from DiversityBusiness.com. In addition, AutohausAZ was recently named to the Inc 5000 list of fastest-growing companies in the USA (#1868), Top 100 Businesses in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ (49th), and Top 100 Retail Companies in America (77th) by Inc.com/Inc. Magazine.