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Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA) Initiates New Members to Council of Governors at AAPEX

Posted by Auto Care News on November 28, 2017

BETHESDA, Md. – November 28, 2017 – Today, the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA), a community of the Auto Care Association, announced its newest governors following the group’s 2017 Annual Business and Education Conference at the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) in Las Vegas.

As of Nov. 2, Ashlee Arnold, vice president, Arnold Oil Company, Austin, Texas; Arnoldo Ventura, commercial manager, Frontera Radiators & Parts Inc., El Paso, Texas; Garry Castles, president, W M Automotive Warehouse, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas; and Dan Hanson Jr., executive vice president, Hanson Distributing Company, Azusa, Calif., are the newest members to be officially welcomed into the AWDA’s Council of Governors.

Industry Icon Al Gaspar Passes Away

Posted by Auto Care News on November 27, 2017

 Al Gaspar, industry icon and former president and CEO of the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA), passed away at his home in Cave Creek, Ariz. on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.

"Al was one of the most respected and revered individuals in the business," said Bill Hanvey, president and CEO, Auto Care Association. "When Al walked into a meeting room you knew it - he had a presence that commanded attention."

Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA) Announces New Leadership with Three Officer Appointments

Posted by Auto Care News on November 27, 2017

BETHESDA, Md. – November 27, 2017 – Today, the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA), a community of the Auto Care Association, announced the election of several new officers to the association’s executive committee who began their terms on Nov. 3.


Mauro Cifelli, vice president, sales and marketing, Vast-Auto Distribution Ltd., Montreal Quebec, has been named AWDA’s vice chairman. Previously, Cifelli served as Secretary of AWDA and as a member of the Council of Governors. Cifelli replaces out-going vice chairman, Don Bickle, Jr., president, Warehouse Inc., Hays, Kan.

Auto Care Association Hosts Upcoming Webinar on Customer Experience Improvement

Posted by Auto Care News on November 17, 2017

BETHESDA, Md. – November 17, 2017 – Today, the Auto Care Association announced it will be hosting a new webinar on Dec. 1, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. EST, discussing the topic of mystery shopping and the benefits it can bring to businesses across the auto care supply chain, including manufacturers, distributors, retailers and repair shops.

The hour-long webinar will be presented by Carl Philips, vice president, sales and marketing, Mystery Shopper Services, a division of Business Evaluation Services.

Auto Care Association Announces Details for 2018 Trade Mission to Costa Rica

Posted by Auto Care News on November 16, 2017

BETHESDA, Md. – November 16, 2017 – The Auto Care Association has announced a new trade mission to Costa Rica on May 21 – 22, 2018 as part of the Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP) award the association received from the U.S. Department of Commerce to support export promotion projects in Latin America. 

The Costa Rica trade mission is a business development opportunity designed to assist U.S. companies in the automotive industry with gaining first-hand market information and meeting with potential clients and partners, which are pre-screened to match participants’ specific business objectives.

Auto Care Association Releases 2018 State of Auto Care Report

Posted by Auto Care News on November 14, 2017
BETHESDA, Md. – November 14, 2017 – Today, the Auto Care Association released its 2018 State of Auto Care report, a comprehensive resource of the industry’s key facts, most pressing issues and how the association is addressing them from every possible angle. With the average age of vehicles on the road accelerating, the U.S. auto care industry’s projected value of $381 billion for 2017 is showing no signs of slowing down, signaling towards an upward trend of $421.2 billion by 2020. The State of Auto Care serves as a valuable digital guide to navigating this fast-paced, constantly evolving industry.

Auto Care Association Signs MOU with ARIDRA to Expand Awareness of International Markets

Posted by Auto Care News on November 13, 2017
BETHESDA, Md. – November 13, 2017 – The Auto Care Association formalized its relationship with the Asociación Nacional de Representantes, Importadores y Distribuidores de Refacciones y Accesorios para Automóviles, A.C. (ARIDRA), a Mexico-based civil association that integrates manufacturers, representatives, importers and distributors of spare parts and accessories for automobiles. Auto Care Association president and CEO Bill Hanvey and ARIDRA president and CEO Alejandro Calderón Bello officially signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) Nov. 1 at the annual Automotive Aftermarket Product Expo (AAPEX) in Las Vegas.