BETHESDA, MD – September 21, 2017 – The Auto Care
Association has announced the 2017 recipients of its Impact Award: Four for the Future, which annually honors four
aftermarket professionals, age 40 or younger, who have made remarkable
contributions within the auto care industry. The award was created in 2010 and
is administered by the Auto Care Association Marketing
and Communications Committee on behalf of the association, with support
from the Young Auto Care Network Group (YANG).
The 2017 winners are:
- Kyle Byrne, The Merrill Company
- Chris Pacey, National Performance Warehouse (NPW)
Shelstrom, Integrated Supply Network (ISN)
- Katina Wall, STP at Spectrum Brands - Global Auto Care
Kyle Byrne, vice president, distribution, The Merrill
Company, is passionate about the auto care industry. He is actively involved in
YANG and has taken advantage of continuing education opportunities and
networking. As part of the Merrill Company 90th anniversary celebration in
April 2017, Byrne was instrumental in the creation and development of their
parts distribution story.
Chris Pacey, vice president and general manager, National
Performance Warehouse, started in the auto care industry and his family
business at age 13. He has been passionate and working in the industry ever
since. During his tenure at the executive level, National Performance Warehouse
has tripled in size. In addition to the growth of NPW, Pacey is active in the
Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA)
Sarah Shelstrom, director of media and public relations,
Integrated Supply Network (ISN), is a very successful and active member of the
industry. She is the Marketing Chair for Women in Auto Care, sits on the Tool
and Equipment Committee for the Auto Care Association and is a member of
YANG. In her 14 years serving the automotive aftermarket she has made her mark
on the tool and equipment segment serving as publisher for two trade magazines
and now consistently delivering sales growth through effective marketing
campaigns with strategic vendor partners at ISN.
Wall, director of marketing, STP at Spectrum Brands - Global Auto Care has
dedicated more than 17 years to driving innovation on the Fram and STP brands.
Recently, she was part of a team that executed a marketing campaign that won a
silver Effie Award for TV advertising. Wall’s love for the industry, technical
experience and commitment to mentoring the next generation make an impact both
within and outside of her company.
The four winners were selected by the Auto Care Association
Marketing and Communications Committee during their recent meeting at Fall
Leadership Days in San Francisco, Calif. The recipients will be recognized
during AAPEX 2017 in Las Vegas, Nev. They
will also be featured in AAPEX Express
Care Insider magazine.
For more information, call 301-654-6664 or visit www.autocare.org.