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Auto Care Association Communities Offer Leadership 2.0 Scholarship to Industry Professionals

Posted by Auto Care News on March 29, 2018

BETHESDA, Md. – March 29, 2018 – The Import Vehicle Community and the Young Auto Care Network Group (YANG), communities of the Auto Care Association, are offering full scholarships presented by the University of the Aftermarket Foundation for one of the association’s members to attend the highly acclaimed University of the Aftermarket’s 2018-2019 Leadership 2.0 Program. The scholarship is valued at more than $6,000 and includes the price of tuition, class materials and meals.


Leadership 2.0 is the premier post-graduate style leadership and business skills education program designed to promote the development of the next generation of auto care leaders. The intensive program is an intellectually-challenging, two-week course that features top aftermarket executive speakers and the opportunity for discussion and debate about current aftermarket challenges and competitive strategies.

Auto Care Association Launches 2018 Auto Care Hometown Summit Grassroots Initiative

Posted by Auto Care News on March 29, 2018
BETHESDA, Md. – March 29, 2018 – The Auto Care Association today announced the launch of its 2018 grassroots advocacy initiative, the Auto Care Hometown Summit, which will focus on promoting engagement with elected officials at the local level. The new initiative will aim to increase awareness among our nation’s leaders about the value the auto care industry brings to not only the United States economy, but also local towns and communities.
Keywords: government affairs

Young Auto Care Network Group Announces 2018 Next Step Program Scholarship Winners

Posted by Auto Care News on March 28, 2018
BETHESDA, Md. – March 28, 2018 – The Young Auto Care Network Group (YANG), a community of the Auto Care Association, has announced the winners of the 2018 Auto Care Association Next Step Program scholarship. Ten young industry professionals were selected to attend the Auto Care Association Spring Leadership Days event to gain experience and knowledge of the auto care industry. Scholarship recipients will receive up to $1,100 to offset most expenses for travel and accommodations to, from and during the event. The annual event brings together top auto care industry leaders and will take place May 9-11, 2018 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, Ga.

Auto Care Association Discusses Fueling Talent for the Future at National Association of Workforce Boards Conference

Posted by Auto Care News on March 28, 2018

BETHESDA, Md. – March 28, 2018 – Auto Care Association President and CEO Bill Hanvey participated in the National Association of Workforce Boards’ “The Forum 2018” annual conference yesterday to discuss solutions to the challenges presently facing major industries in the United States. The association joined several representatives of from the nation’s largest employment sectors to address what employers can do to fill the current skills gap between employees and employers.

The discussion moderated by LinkedIn Head of U.S. Policy Nicole Isaacs brought together industry leaders collectively representing more than $1 trillion in revenue of the United States economy...

Auto Care Association and National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Announce 2018 World Class Technicians

Posted by Auto Care News on March 27, 2018

BETHESDA, Md. – March 27, 2018 – The Auto Care Association today announced the latest recipients of the prestigious 2018 World Class Technician award. In partnership with the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), the two organizations provide this annual designation to recognize professional technicians who have achieved the extraordinary accomplishment of ASE certification in 22 specialty areas during the 2017 certification test administered by ASE.


There are an estimated 879,000 technicians in the United States, with more than 300,000 of them holding ASE certification. Nearly 2,000 technicians have earned the respected status of “World Class Technician” since its inception over 30 years ago.

Auto Care Association Hosts Technology Standards Mission to Central America

Posted by Auto Care News on March 23, 2018

BETHESDA, Md. – March 22, 2018 – The Auto Care Association hosted technology standards conferences in El Salvador on March 19 and Guatemala on March 21 in a series of technical missions to key Latin American countries as part of an export promotion award the association received from the U.S. Department of Commerce.


The conferences, attended by top local auto care industry executives and government officials, focused on the processes around standards development and maintenance. Topics covered included detailed adoption methodologies for existing standards, ACES (Aftermarket Catalog Exchange Standard) and PIES (Product Information Exchange Standard).

Auto Care Association Warns Trump Administration of Adverse Impact of Tariffs on Goods from China

Posted by Auto Care News on March 23, 2018

BETHESDA, Md. – March 23, 2018 – The following statement can be attributed to Bill Hanvey, President and CEO of the Auto Care Association, in response to the Trump administration’s announcement to levy tariffs on goods imported from China:

“The Auto Care Association supports the Trump administration’s efforts in addressing China’s unfair trade policies and practices through the Special 301 Investigation. We continue to work with our members to address a number intellectual property concerns, including counterfeit auto parts and brand protection on e-commerce platforms. Not only does theft of intellectual property pose a significant economic threat to the U.S. economy, it inhibits innovation and weakens competitiveness.