YANG Announces Next Step Program Scholarship Winners

Posted by Auto Care News on April 06, 2017

BETHESDA, MD – April 6, 2017– The Young Auto Care Network Group (YANG) has announced the 2017 Auto Care Association Next Step Program honorees. Eleven young industry professionals will receive $1,100 scholarships to attend Auto Care Association Spring Leadership Days, May 3-5 at the Grand Hyatt in San Antonio, Texas. 

The 2017 recipients are:

  • Erin Anderson, BBB Industries
  • Hunter Brack, Hirsig-Frazier Company Inc.
  • Isabel Burton, The NPD Group
  • Kyle Ryan Byrne, Arnold Motor Supply
  • Chris Castillo, tascosalesreps
  • Jonny Dykstra, Auto-Wares Group of Companies
  • Mario Garza, XL Parts
  • Angela Golden, NGK Spark Plugs
  • Charlotte Grimmett, Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, Inc.
  • Sam Pennington, Valvoline
  • Nolan Sponseller, Best One Tire of Upland
The Next Step Program offers future leaders in the auto care industry opportunities to experience how the association and various aspects of the industry work. Scholarships are made possible by the support of the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA), the Manufacturers’ Representatives Council and YANG. 

“These young people are our industry’s future and it is important for them to witness in person how thought leaders come together to discuss strategy and the direction of the auto care industry,” said Bill Hanvey, president and CEO, Auto Care Association. “The Next Step Program allows participants the chance to see the value of volunteering their time and expertise to participate in their industry’s trade association.” 

More information about the program can be found at www.autocare.org/yang.

About YANG
The Young Auto Care Network Group (YANG) program provides auto care professionals under the age of 40 the opportunity to network with industry peers, enhance knowledge and improve leadership capabilities. YANG was formed with a desire to help young professionals establish a circle of peers to grow with alongside their careers. Participants are future executive level staffers of the auto care industry that see the value in establishing connections with other young professionals that will one day be business owners and key decision makers.  

About the Auto Care Association
Based in Bethesda, Md., the Auto Care Association has nearly 3,000 member companies that represent some 150,000 independent automotive businesses that manufacture, distribute and sell motor vehicle parts, accessories, tools, equipment, materials and supplies, and perform vehicle service and repair. Visit www.autocare.org.