Barry Cohn is an acknowledged luminary within the aftermarket auto parts and auto care industry. In a career spanning more than 50 years he has experienced our industry from many perspectives: as a manager in a dealer service department, as head of chain store operations for a nationwide import specialist, as owner of his own import specialty WD and jobber stores, and as principal in a domestic manufacturing business. Barry Cohn has witnessed and been at the forefront of much of the evolution within the industry. He held a leadership position with the Automotive International Association and has been awarded its highest honor with induction into its Hall of Fame.
In 1988, Barry Cohn founded Spectrum International, the precursor to Multi Parts. He recognized a need for quality manufactured aftermarket auto parts for import vehicles at a time when OEM suppliers dominated this market. He realized resources existed to both develop and manufacture the parts. With a guiding hand and uncompromising expectations, Barry Cohn successfully brought quality parts to market. One of his defining efforts, and a key element in the success Multi Parts has enjoyed for more than 25 years, was his cultivation of those early international resources. He demonstrated the ability to deliver on every promise made to those first customer partners, and every customer partner since.
While remaining true to his vision of servicing the industry’s top tier of manufacturers, Barry Cohn has continued to push Multi Parts to evolve to its greatest potential by constantly identifying new product opportunities at the forefront of aftermarket innovation. Under his and Multi Parts President Brian Cohn’s stewardship Multi Parts thrives as a manufacturer supplying to some of the industry’s most well known brands. Today, this distinction remains a key differentiator.
Under the chairmanship of Barry Cohn, Multi Parts is a developer and manufacturer of aftermarket auto parts for full line manufacturers and their leading global brands, offering both product and program development. Through a dedicated team and in- facility resources, Multi Parts offers concept—to—commercialization retail and wholesale market space branding and creative services for new, original and existing brands. Headquartered in Jupiter, Florida, Multi Parts has a fully integrated global network of manufacturing facilities, testing laboratories, logistics, quality control and customer support facilities in Florida, New York, Europe and China.
Barry Cohn expresses his greatest professional accomplishment as a personal joy. “Looking back, it’s not the growth, the industry positions or even the many wonderful friends I’ve made, that make this journey so special. It is the fact that every day I wake knowing I get to work side by side with my son.” He continued, “It is a very special and rare thing that we have. I’ve often said we are better together.” His is no swansong. He serves today as an active and hands on leader at Multi Parts and in the industry—a visionary still.