art fisher memorial scholarship

The Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA) presented the 2017 Art Fisher Memorial Scholarship Award to the NAPA/Genuine Parts LEAD Store Manager Training Program.

The award was presented by Bo Fisher, president and CEO, Fisher Auto Parts, on Oct. 29 at AWDA’s 2017 Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

The Art Fisher Memorial Scholarship Award is presented annually to an aftermarket company or individual who demonstrates outstanding commitment to education and training, either within their own organization or throughout the industry. Given in memory of former AWDA Chairman Art Fisher, the award grants scholarships in the name of the award winner to two students enrolled in the automotive aftermarket management program at Northwood University.

With approximately 1,000 company-owned NAPA stores, and the natural attrition in store managers, NAPA/Genuine Parts recognized the need for a program to identify and train potential store manager candidates before opportunities became available. Developing a “bench” of qualified and motivated employees ready to advance their careers was the driving force behind development of the LEAD Store Manager training program.

“Just when you think that you’ve seen everything in the training arena, NAPA comes up with something new,” said Larry Pavey, president, Federated Auto Parts.

LEAD is an exclusive, six-month program designed to prepare the future leaders of NAPA and the auto care industry. NAPA combines classroom sessions with more than 60 e-learning programs. Also included are hands-on, mentored, in-store training programs, as well as active coaching for each participant. The result: LEAD graduates over 100 qualified store manager candidates every year.

Because of its LEAD program, NAPA is witnessing performance improvements by store managers who have a greater understanding of store operations, loss prevention, personnel management and other critical skills. Moreover, the value of this program extends beyond the NAPA organization as the development of high quality store managers effectively raises the bar for the entire auto care industry.

The Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA) presented the 2017 Art Fisher Memorial Scholarship Award to the NAPA/Genuine Parts LEAD Store Manager Training Program.

The award was presented by Bo Fisher, president and CEO, Fisher Auto Parts, on Oct. 29 at AWDA’s 2017 Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

The Art Fisher Memorial Scholarship Award is presented annually to an aftermarket company or individual who demonstrates outstanding commitment to education and training, either within their own organization or throughout the industry. Given in memory of former AWDA Chairman Art Fisher, the award grants scholarships in the name of the award winner to two students enrolled in the automotive aftermarket management program at Northwood University.

With approximately 1,000 company-owned NAPA stores, and the natural attrition in store managers, NAPA/Genuine Parts recognized the need for a program to identify and train potential store manager candidates before opportunities became available. Developing a “bench” of qualified and motivated employees ready to advance their careers was the driving force behind development of the LEAD Store Manager training program.

“Just when you think that you’ve seen everything in the training arena, NAPA comes up with something new,” said Larry Pavey, president, Federated Auto Parts.

LEAD is an exclusive, six-month program designed to prepare the future leaders of NAPA and the auto care industry. NAPA combines classroom sessions with more than 60 e-learning programs. Also included are hands-on, mentored, in-store training programs, as well as active coaching for each participant. The result: LEAD graduates over 100 qualified store manager candidates every year.

Because of its LEAD program, NAPA is witnessing performance improvements by store managers who have a greater understanding of store operations, loss prevention, personnel management and other critical skills. Moreover, the value of this program extends beyond the NAPA organization as the development of high quality store managers effectively raises the bar for the entire auto care industry.

 Previous award recipients 

  • 2017 NAPA/Genuine Parts
  • 2016 Cliff Hovis
  • 2015 Tim Sturdevant
  • 2014 David Wesselman
  • 2013 James A. Tennant, AAP
  • 2012 Pete Kornafel
  • 2011 Steve Hoellein
  • 2010 John N. Castle
  • 2009 Federal-Mogul Corp. Technical Education Center
  • 2008 David Caracci
  • 2007 Fred Bunting
  • 2006 KYB America
  • 2005 Larry Sills
  • 2004 Richard Beirne and Ron Levene
  • 2003 MEMA
  • 2002 Art Fisher
  • 2001 Ted Wise, AAP
  • 2000 Chuck Udell, AAP
  • 1999 Marc Gelfand, AAP
  • 1998 Raymond Walker, AAP
  • 1997 Louis A. Zuanich, AAP
  • 1996 Tim Lee, AAP
  • 1995 Annie Kornafel, AAP
  • 1994 Bill Kuykendall, MAAP
  • 1993 Gary Kremer, AAP
  • 1993 Clay Buzzard, AAP
  • 1992 Aaron Berkowitz
  • 1991 N. Arthur Epstein, AAP*
  • 1990 Kenneth D. Walker, AAP
  • 1989 Robert H. Raff, MAAP
  • 1988 Jay L. Love
  • 1987 Raymond P. Peck
  • 1986 Larry Anton
  • 1985 Donald E. Edelmann
  • 1984 C. Hamilton Sloan
  • 1983 James L. Fine
  • 1982 Frederic S. Kotcher
  • 1981 Peter R. Kornafel, MAAP
  • 1980 Robert L. Sirotek, AAP
  • 1979 Emil G. Stanley*
  • 1978 Richard B. Black
  • 1977 O. Temple Sloan
  • 1976 Charles N. Gaskill, AAP*
  • 1975 Mort Schwartz, AAP
  • 1974 Dunbar Abston Jr.
  • 1973 Martin G. Brown
  • 1972 Sam Nakis
  • 1971 Herbert Lipton
  • 1970 R. Jack Alexander Jr.
  • 1969 S.G. Puryear
  • 1968 Frank Norfleet
  • 1967 Harry D. Rothman*
  • 1966 Ran P. Hall
The AWDA Memorial Scholarship Award was preceded by the Ernest A. Tapp Memorial Award. The recipients of this award are:
  • 1965 John M. Yantis
  • 1964 Bernard Bock
  • 1963 Paul Livoni
  • 1962 A.P. Walter
  • 1961 Jack F. Whitaker
  • 1960 Thomas S. Perry, AAP
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