martin fromm lifetime achievement

Thomas C. Gallagher, former president and CEO of Genuine Parts Company, was presented with the Martin Fromm Lifetime Achievement Award by the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA) on Oct. 29 at its 2017 annual conference in Las Vegas.  Presenting the award was AWDA’s Board of Governors member and current Executive Vice President of Global Procurement of Genuine Parts Company, Scott LeProhon.

The Martin Fromm Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals who have, over the course of many years, distinguished themselves through their unselfish commitment to, and high level of performance within, the motor vehicle aftermarket industry.

Gallagher has dedicated his life to the growth of the aftermarket and NAPA/Genuine Parts Company, starting his illustrious career as a management trainee in 1970. He spent nearly 47 years with Genuine Parts, leading the company through major growth, both financially and in terms morale. In 2004, Gallagher was named CEO of Genuine Parts, nearly doubling overall sales during his 12-year tenure.

Over the years, Gallagher implemented many innovative, industry-changing programs including: NAPA Direct Ship Program; NAPA Master Installer Rebate Program; and Progg preserve competition in the aftermarket industry.

Bill Hanvey, president and CEO, Auto Care Association said, “Tom Gallagher has always been the consummate professional, but still always had the time to say hello, ask about the family, your business, and talk a little baseball. He has mentored countless numbers of people in our industry and his patience, drive and sense of humor will be missed on a daily basis. Tom is absolutely deserving of this honor and award.”


Previous award recipients 

  • 2017 Tom Gallagher
  • 2016 Larry Pavey
  • 2015 Michael Lambert
  • 2014 Dale Larson
  • 2013 Walter Spence
  • 2013 Clay Buzzard
  • 2012 Jack F. Creamer
  • 2011 Lawrence I. Sills
  • 2010 Robert J. Susor
  • 2009 Neal L. Williams, Sr.
  • 2008 Richard H. Morgan
  • 2007 Aaron Berkowitz
  • 2006 Arthur E. Lottes, III
  • 2005 David O’Reilly
  • 2004 Kathleen Schmatz
  • 2003 Mort Schwartz
  • 2002 Al Gaspar, AAP
  • 2001 Robert R. Miller
  • 2000 Larry McCurdy
  • 1999 Tim Lee, AAP
  • 1998 Basil Mezines
  • 1997 Robert Raff, MAAP 
                                                                                                                         

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