import vehicle community

Who We Are
The Import Vehicle Community is a community of the Auto Care Association that is hyper-focused on serving the needs of all businesses engaged in import nameplate products and services. Irrespective of the business' size or share of the business devoted to import nameplate products and services, the Import Vehicle Community’s benefit is unchanged.

What We Do
We develop and deliver opportunities to increase member businesses’ profitability and prospects. Correspondingly, we work to remove obstacles to member businesses’ profitability and prospects. The Import Vehicle segment is a community. We welcome you.

Resources available to Import Vehicle Community members of the Auto Care Association include:

  • International trade education and resources.
  • Direct networking opportunities with top U.S. and global executives.
  • Member communications that keep you updated on international trade developments that impact your business.

  • Community Liaison

    Angela Chiang
    Director, International Affairs

    Import Vehicle Community Executive Leadership Council

    John Treece, Direct Market Access, Tabor City, NC

    Vice Chairman
    Steve Hughes, HCS International, Palos Verdes, CA

    Council Members

    • Eric Banas, NSK Americas, Inc., Ann Arbor, MI
    • Nick Bauer, FCP Euro, Milford, CT
    • Stephen Bearden, H.B. International Marketing Services, Holland, MI
    • Thomas Beer, SSF Imported Auto Parts, Inc., San Francisco, CA
    • Jeff Berman, Partslink LLC, Budd Lake, NJ
    • W. Michael Brown, Gold ‘n Brown, Alexandria, VA
    • Jon Douglas, MAHLE Aftermarket, Farmington Hills, MI
    • Dan Duneske, Robert Bosch LLC, Broadview, IL
    • Martin Gold, Gold ‘n Brown, Farmington Hills, MI
    • Julian Hentze, Global Parts Distributors, Macon, GA
    • Vinay Mamidi, CSF Cooling Experts, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    • Robbie Riefberg, SRS Marketing Company, Inc., Plainview, NY
    • Dan Schildge, CRP Industries Inc., Cranbury, NJ
    • Fred Snow, Hella Automotive Sales, Inc., Peachtree City, GA

    Apply for the Executive Leadership Council

    The Import Vehicle Community is accepting applications for seats on the Executive Leadership Council. Applications for seats are due July 1, 2021 for terms starting Jan. 1, 2022. Additional details, including eligibility and responsibilities, can be found in the application form.

    Please email the completed application to Angela Chiang to be considered for an open seat.

  • Import Vehicle Community Virtual Event

    IHS Markit 5 Trends in 5 Minutes, Import Segment Panel Discussion

    Event Recording

    On Oct. 20, 2020, the Import Vehicle Community hosted a virtual event as part of AAPEX Virtual Experience's Webinar Series. The event featured Todd Campau, associate director, automotive solutions, IHS Markit, who highlighted key industry trends impacting the global automotive aftermarket (with a special focus on the U.S. import market).

    While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread throughout the world, IHS Markit continues to evaluate and analyze global auto demand, the impact of COVID-19 on the industry and economy and how these changes will shape the future. Key takeaways included:
    • Vehicle sales forecast and current miles driven;
    • Trends impacting traditional aftermarket sweet spot as the population of older vehicles continues to rise; and
    • The role of new technology in the global automotive aftermarket.
    Following IHS Markit’s presentation, the Import Vehicle Community hosted a panel discussion featuring several top leaders in the industry. They discussed unique challenges and opportunities in the import vehicle aftermarket today, including:
    • How we think the market will perform over the next 15 months;
    • How changes in vehicle technology are impacting the independent aftermarket; and
    • Understanding the competition posed to the independent aftermarket by the OES channel.
    Panelists include:
    • Bob Cushing, President and CEO, WORLDPAC; EVP, Professional, Advance Auto Parts
    • Bill Moss, Owner, EuroService Automotive; President, BIMRS
    • Malcolm Sissmore, Vice President Sales, Delphi Technologies Aftermarket
    • John Treece, President and CEO, DMA Sales, LLC (Moderator)
  • The Import Vehicle Community Awards

    The Import Vehicle Community is the leader in recognizing excellence in people and products.

    The Import Vehicle Community Luncheon and Awards Program at AAPEX features the presentation of Import Vehicle Community's People Awards to men and women who have made significant contributions to the import automotive aftermarket.

    The Import Product and Marketing Awards recognizes innovative products and marketing programs designed to serve the import aftermarket.

    Import Product and Marketing Awards

    The Import Product and Marketing Awards program features ten categories and is an opportunitiy for all AAPEX exhibitors to gain visibility and recognition of product and marketing concepts for import nameplate cars or trucks.

    We will not be hosting our 2020 Import Product and Marketing Awards Program.

    + View our 2019 award winners
    • Best Overall Import Aftermarket Product or Product Line
      Akebono Brake Corporation, Akebono EURO® Ultra-Premium CeramicDisc Brake Pads

    • Best New Product or Product Line for Import Cars or Trucks
      APC Automotive Technologies, GCX and GCX FC Brake Rotors

    • Best Performance Product or Accessory for Import Cars or Trucks
      ATEQ TPMS Tools, Patented Sync-ID Technology

    • Best New Tool for Repairs on Import Cars or Trucks
      Redline Detection, TotalVac®

    • Best Problem-Solver for Import Cars or Trucks
      Spectra Premium Industries, VWP36A Aluminum Oil Pan with Steel Thread Inserts

    • Best Packaging of a Product for Import Cars or Trucks
      Continental, ClearContact

    • Best Merchandising/Advertising of a Product for Import Cars or Trucks
      Continental, ClearContact

    • Best Print or Electronic Catalog of a Product Line for Import Cars or Trucks
      Standard Motor Products, Intermotor eCatalog

    • Best Electronic Media for Import Cars or Trucks
      Dayco, Dayco Catalog App

    • Best Functional Fluid for Import Cars or Trucks
      CRP Automotive, Pentosin ATF 9 Automatic Transmission Fluid


    Import Vehicle Community People Awards

    The Import Vehicle Community People Awards Program honors outstanding individuals in the import automotive industry whose accomplishments have significantly contributed to the import industry segment and its overall growth and progress.

    We will not be hosting our 2020 People Awards Program.

    Hall of Fame

    The Import Vehicle Community Hall of Fame award is intended to honor outstanding individuals in the import automotive industry whose creativity, dignity, integrity, industriousness and accomplishments have enhanced the stature of, and significantly contributed to, the import industry segment and its overall growth and progres. See full list of winners here.

    + View 2019 Hall of Fame Winner

    Bill Guinard Lifetime Achievement

    The Import Vehicle Community Bill Guinard Lifetime Industry Achievement award honors individuals whose outstanding performance, integrity, dignity and conscientious approach to business affairs are demonstrated as a matter of routine. Not intended to honor principals of high visibility or popularity, the Lifetime Industry Achievement award has been referenced as a means by which the “worker bees” or “people in the trenches” are credited and properly recognized. See full list of winners here.

    + View 2019 Bill Guinard Lifetime Achievement Winner

    Person of the Year

    The Person of the Year award honors an individual for his or her outstanding contributions to the industry and to the Import Vehicle Community during the past 12-month period preceding the selection of the current year’s award recipient. There shall be no more than one individual per year honored as the Person of the Year. See full list of winners here.

    + View 2019 Person of the Year Winner

    Young Executive of the Year

    The Import Vehicle Community honors this outstanding young executive in the import automotive industry for his/her dedication, enthusiasm and accomplishments. This award recognizes leadership and integrity for those executives under 40 years of age. See full list of winners here.

    + View 2019 Young Executive of the Year
  • Coffee and Conversation is an educational audio series brought to you by the Import Vehicle Community of the Auto Care Association. Our goal is to engage our membership by addressing the issues and challenges facing not only our members but the automotive aftermarket as a whole.

    Coffee and Conversation will feature panelists who provide their unique perspectives on the challenges and opportunities facing our industry and subject matter experts to give an update on broader industry issues such as right to repair and brand protection against counterfeits.

    Recordings will be made available within days of going live through the Auto Care Digital Hub.

    We look forward to continuing this new series with other interesting and relevant topics facing our industry. If you have a topic you would like to see us address or have other feedback, please feel free to let us know using this survey or contact our community liaison Angela Chiang.

    Coffee and Conversation 4: Ocean Shipping Challenges at West Coast Ports

    Coffee and Conversation 3: Business Safety, Protection and Compliance During COVID

    Coffee and Conversation 2: Consumers Transforming Aftermarket e-Commerce

    Coffee and Conversation 1: Manufacturing Shutdowns in Mexico

  • Leadership 2.0

    The Import Vehicle Community is awarding a full scholarship for one of its members to attend the University of the Aftermarket's 2019-2020 Leadership 2.0 Program.

    Leadership 2.0 is the industry's cornerstone educational program that fosters the development of a new generation of visionary aftermarket executives. The program is an intense and intellectually challenging two-week executive development and learning experience deeply rooted in the theoretical and practical application of automotive aftermarket leadership principles.

    The program is appropriate for any mid-level professional working in any market segment within the auto care industry.

    Graduates of the program receive 7.0 credits towards their Automotive Aftermarket Professional (AAP) designations.

    The dates for the 2019-2020 class are:

      Session I – August 11-16, 2019 (Northwood University, Midland, Mich.)
      Session II – March 15-20, 2020 (Raleigh, N.C.)


    • Applicant must be employed at an Auto Care Association and Import Vehicle Community member company in good standing.
    • Applicant must be available to attend both sessions and is responsible for own travel costs to and from both sessions.
    • Applicants are outstanding professionals who have achieved success through hard work and dedication with a minimum of two consecutive years of relevant work experience in the auto care industry.

    2019-2020 Leadership 2.0 Scholarship Recipient

    The Import Vehicle Community awarded the 2019 scholarship to Jonny Dykstra, Auto-Wares, to attend the University of the Aftermarket’s 2019-2020 Leadership 2.0 program. Read more in our press release.
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