About Us

Founded in 1988, APA Search is widely recognized as the leading retained executive search firm, specializing in the global automotive and transportation-related industries.

Our automotive network is unparalleled. Collectively, our team has interviewed over 50,000 Aftermarket and O.E. professionals. We attend every relevant trade show and maintain personal relationships that would only be found in a smaller, boutique search practice.

To learn more about APA Search’s Executive Search Practice, please visit: https://apasearch.com/executivesearch/

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Our team includes 10 consultants with many years of combined automotive industry experience. As automotive specialists our team will take less time to identify relevant, top industry talent. Our team provides expert, innovative and highly customized solutions for critical staffing needs.

Solutions And Expertise

Our automotive industry clients include many of the leading aftermarket, OE and specialty product manufacturers and distributors. Our non-automotive clients are varied and include venture capital and investment firms seeking exceptional management candidates for their diverse holdings.

  • Executive Search
  • Automotive
  • Industrial
  • Private Equity
  • Transportation Related Industries
  • Board/Governance
  • C-Level Leaders
  • CEO/President
  • Logistics & Transportation
  • Vice President

News Briefings

APA Search Forms Partnership with the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association

In the world of mobility, organizations that develop and produce automotive vehicles, components and related technologies that move people, goods and materials face unprecedented competition from established players and new entrants. Accelerating electrification of vehicles, autonomous vehicle innovation and entirely new value propositions centered on connectivity require that organizations rethink their approach to leadership and


AASA and APA Search Partner on Free Platform to Support Aftermarket Employees Affected by COVID-19
HR Landscape Article Series: Fast Vs. Slow – Harnessing the Wisdom and Experience Of Older Professionals
Simple Steps to Conducting Great Interviews: Keeping Pace With The Changing Aftermarket Employment Landscape, Part 3

“First off, I wanted to acknowledge you for your above and beyond involvement when seeking out the most ideal candidate for me. The search process was certainly all encompassing and I am clear about the tremendous extent you dedicated your efforts to my search. For that I am extraordinarily appreciative. You can count on me to be an amazing referral for you and your Company. Thank you.” – Mr. John Kruger, Nevada Brake and Auto, Inc.

“We are delighted with the outcome of the search process. Your hard work and experience will benefit Auto 7 greatly. Thank you for guiding us in the proper direction. We are fortunate to have your talent and friendship on our side. As Auto 7 grows, your resourcefulness will prove to become vital for our success.” – Steven Kruss, Chairman and Founder AUTO7 Inc.

“APA Search helped us staff more than 10 positions in all facets of our business, from sales management to IT to executive and financial. The folks at APA Search are relentless about the work they do, but they hold themselves to an impeccably high standard of conduct.” – Steven Smith, President/CEO, GCOMMERCE, Inc.

“We have used APA Search for the past 20 years and plan to do so for another 20.” – Steven Berman, President, Dorman Products, Inc.

“…APA Search applied a very methodical and detailed process to understand our unique requirements, scan the market for potential candidate and introduce the most qualified to us in a very transparent fashion.” – Wolfgang Winzer, President, Webb Wheel Products, Inc.

“APA Search…most recently filled a critical OEM position that was based in Europe. We have found working with them to be a very effective and efficient way for us to fill important positions that require a specific background or knowledge base.” – Linda Oldman, Global Director Human Resources, Tomkins AMG