Our Story


Not Just a Flash in the Pan.


It All Started With an Idea...

AQ’s origin story is rooted in passion for the Foodservice Equipment and Supplies industry. After college, Kent Motes, Sr. joined his father’s FES dealership, E.H. Thompson. Kent recognized an opportunity to market, quote and sell foodservice equipment better and, most importantly, faster. Then he made it happen. Kent’s big idea started small in a Jacksonville hotel room. Today, AQ is the world’s largest and most comprehensive product database and CPQ software dedicated to the FES industry and is widely-considered the industry standard in technology and innovation. As AQ celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, the same entrepreneurial spirit that drives Team AQ to do better, and be better for you burns brighter than ever.

AutoQuotes conception - AQ software on floppy disks

Kent’s innovative idea came to life. The entire program and database fit on three floppy disks.

AQ software moves to CD’s

As technology improved, so did AQ and in 1997 AQ customers starting receiving product listings on CD.

AQ exceeds 100,000 products

A huge milestone in AQ history that led to a few more CD’s in our customer’s mailboxes.

Moving on up...to DVD's.

As the 2000’s were underway, DVD’s became the norm in our homes and at AQ.

Expanding AQ's borders

AutoQuotes crossed the pond in 2007, opening an office in Birmingham, United Kingdom called CaterQuotes.

Reaching for the...CLOUD!

AQ moves to the Cloud with it’s newest version – AQ360.

AQ + AQD = Smarter Kitchen Design

AQ expands it’s portfolio with AQ Designer, our CAD-based design software.

Kitchen Police are on the scene!

Kitchen Police was formed to ensure our platform is the most accurate source of data in the industry. Today, we have more than 1,000 detectives helping us maintain the best product resource in the industry.

Order tracking, anyone?

AQ OrderStatus is the only comprehensive order tracking system in the foodservice equipment and supplies industry.

Introduced AQ Analytics

AQ updates it’s CPQ software with a built-in analytics feature helping customers view their quoting activity at a glance.

Launched AQ SKU

AQ SKU is an integration tool for dealers, distributors and reps to move their inventory faster using AQ.

AQ receives growth investment from Luminate Capital Partners

AQ and Luminate announce a strategic investment to support the continued growth of AutoQuotes and CaterQuotes.

AQ from Anywhere!

AQ launches a brand new mobile app so customers can access AQ from wherever their work takes them.

Launched the AQD Plug-In for Revit

AQ expands AQ Design Solutions to include the AQ Designer Plug-In for Autodesk Revit putting design in reach for more customers.

Introduced SpecQuote

In partnership with MAFSI, the SpecQuote integration helps reps who subscribe to SpecPath turn quotes faster.

Launched AQ Insight

An analytics platform designed especially for Manufacturers, AQ Insight Pro provides visibility into key metrics so manufacturers can track their quoting activity and traction on the AQ platform.

Introduced Quote Acceptance

Accessing an AQ quote via a web viewer, customers can accept, decline, and supply an electronic signature, simplifying the quoting process and streamlining communication.

Launched AQ Pay

AQ launches AQ Pay, powered by Currency, to simplify the payments process by offering click-to-pay capabilities right from an AQ quote.

Launched AQ Products API

AQ launches the Products API, allowing manufacturers and dealers to leverage AQ’s comprehensive and standardized data across multiple platforms.

Become part of our History

To learn more about listing on, or subscribing to AQ, or to schedule a demo, contact the AQ sales team at sales@AQ-FES.com

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