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Motion Industries Announces Death of President & CEO

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Motion Industries, Inc., a distributor of maintenance, repair, and operation replacement parts and a wholly owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company (GPC), is saddened to announce the passing of its President and CEO, Tim Breen.

According to Breen’s obituary in the Birmingham News, the 58-year-old was battling cancer and passed on Aug. 18, surrounded by family.

“Motion Industries has lost a great leader and the world has lost an amazing human being,” said Motion Industries Leadership. “Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Tim have lost a dear friend and an inspiration. Tim leaves behind a great company, a great culture and a great team that he affectionately referred to as ‘The Motion Family.’ His spirit will forever live on at Motion.”

Breen began his career with Berry Bearing Company in 1982 and served there as a Sales Representative, Branch Manager, Regional Manager, and Corporate Accounts Manager. His responsibilities continued to grow after Berry Bearing and Motion Industries joined forces in 1993.

His leadership as both a Division Officer and Group Officer distinguished his record and he assumed responsibility of all the U.S. locations in 2011 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Breen was promoted to Motion Industries President and Chief Operating Officer in 2013, before his promotion in November 2014 to President and CEO. With Breen at the helm, Motion Industries attained its record $5 billion sales goal at the end of 2017.

Motion Industries Leadership added, “We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved, growing the company he led and appreciating the team he loved so much. Tim’s guidance and vision have left us in a strong position to continue building the Company’s success.”

The following services will be held:

  • Birmingham, Alabama – Asbury United Methodist Church – Friday, August 24th (viewing and visitation from 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.), Saturday, August 25th (Funeral Service at 12:00 p.m.)
  • Batavia, Illinois – Moss Family Funeral Home – Tuesday, September 11th (visitation from 12 p.m.-6 p.m.) followed by a Memorial Service at 6:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly encourages donations that help support victims and families of cancer. You may consider some of the following: Kidney Cancer Association (KCA), the American Red Cross, or the American Cancer Society.

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