The Triumph Award Luncheon took place on Tuesday, September 22, 2016, at Ray’s Plaza Banquet Center in Cape Girardeau, MO. This year’s recipient of the Triumph Award was Auto Tire & Parts, Inc. Established in 1909, Auto Tire & Parts, Inc. began in response to a customer’s need for Model T parts. Today there are over 40 locations in four states and with a continued focus on hometown roots and longstanding personal relationships with customers. Greg Stroup, President of Auto Tire & Parts, will accept the award on behalf of the company.

Greg attended University of North Carolina for his undergraduate studies and then went on to Harvard Business School to receive his M.B.A. Greg has previously worked as a divisional President for Nextel Corporation out of St. Louis, MO, and has served as the President of Auto Tire and Parts NAPA for the past 18 years. Greg is active in the community, serving in a number of capacities including the board of Prodigy Leadership Academy as well as internationally creating a CarePoint in Swaziland, Africa, through Children’s HopeChest.


Past Recipients of the Triumph Award by the Tri-State AMP: Auto Tire & Parts, Inc.; Drury Industries; Rhodes 101 Convenience Stores; Plaza Tire; Bluff City Beer. Some of the past recipients of the Marketing Achievement Award by the Marketing Dept. at the university: Anheuser Busch; Schnucks Markets; Drury Industries; May Centers; Bumpa-Tel & Civic Supply; Wal-Mart Stores; Hart, Schaffner & Marx; Procter & Gamble.


The Marketing & Small Business Conference took place following the Triumph Award Luncheon. A series of three morning sessions focused on practical and applicable information primarily designed for small and regional businesses and entrepreneurial endeavors.

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