The Next Step Program

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The Next Step Program offers young industry professionals the unique opportunity to develop lasting involvement in the auto care industry and trade association by experiencing and participating in Auto Care Association’s Spring Leadership Days.

Next Steppers experience first-hand volunteer meetings and networking events with veteran industry leaders at the Auto Care Association’s Spring Leadership Days, May 9-11, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. More than 450 volunteer industry leaders will participate in 25 committee meetings during the course of the three-day event. Next Steppers will experience up-close how the association and various aspects of the industry work.

Each Next Stepper will receive a scholarship of up to $1,100 to offset most expenses for travel and accommodations to, from and during the event. Most meals are also included. 

Following Spring Leadership Days, YANG will be hosting the 2018 YANG Leadership Conference. Next Step scholarship recipients are encouraged to stay and attend this (2) half-day education conference. Attendees will receive .7 CEU credits towards their AAP/MAAP professional designations. 

Dates: May 9-11, 2018

Location: Auto Care Association Spring Leadership Days, Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, Georgia

The application process for 2018 has ended.

2018 Recipients:

  • Ryan Bachman, Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, Inc.
  • Brian Burkett, Auto-Wares Group of Companies
  • Jessica Carrino, Sparks Tire & Auto
  • Juan Coronado, Frontera Radiators & Parts Inc.
  • Kasandra Dore, Global Parts Distributors
  • Gideon Norris, NA Williams
  • Samantha Palmer, Genuine Parts Company
  • Daniel Romero, Continental ContiTech
  • Mark Stanley, AutoZone, Inc.
  • Nick Viveiros, Brake Parts Inc.
  • Kasandra Dore, Global Parts Distributors

For more information, contact Courtney Hammer.

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