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 moved 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.

Aq software moved to dvd’s

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

Expanding AQ's footprint

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.

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

Introduced AQ Analytics

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

AQ + AQD = Smarter Design

AQ brings its CAD-based design software to the UK and launches the AQD Plug-In for CaterQuotes customers.

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.

CaterQuotes becomes AQ UK

One company. One name. Across the globe.

Launched AQ SKU in the UK

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

Launched AQ Insight

Manufacturers can access key quoting activity data about their products on AQ Insight.

Introduced Quote Acceptance

Quotes can be  now be accessed in a web browser.

Become part of our History

To learn more about publishing with AutoQuotes, subscribing to AutoQuotes, questions about our products and solutions, or to schedule a demo contact the AutoQuotes sales team at sales.uk@aq-fes.com

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