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Lifetime Achievement Award in Honor of Martin Fromm

Lifetime Achievement Award in Honor of Martin Fromm

This very selective award recognizes individuals who have, over the course of a career spanning many years, distinguished themselves through their integrity, unselfish commitment to, and high level of performance within the motor vehicle aftermarket industry. Nominees will be considered "backbones" of the industry, individuals who have led great organizations of all sizes and/or industry causes, created jobs and/or opportunities and demonstrated exemplary service to customers, suppliers, peers and the motoring public. Award winners need not be AWDA members.

2020 RECIPIENT

e. fletcher lord, jr.
E. Fletcher Lord, Jr., AAP, Chairman, Replacement Parts, Inc.

The Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA), a community of the Auto Care Association, presented its 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award to E. Fletcher Lord, Jr., AAP, Chairman, Replacement Parts, Inc. The award was presented by current AWDA Chairman, Mauro Cifelli, President, Vast-Auto Distribution on November 16 at AWDA's 2020 Virtual Annual Conference.



AWDA’s Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals who have, over the course of many years, distinguished themselves through their unselfish commitment to, and high level of performance within, the motor vehicle aftermarket industry. The award is named in honor of former AWDA President, Martin Fromm.

Crow-Burlingame Co. was founded in 1919 by his maternal grandfather, William Robert Crow. After graduating from the University of Arkansas at Little Road, Lord began a lifetime career at the company. Fletcher is currently Chairman of Replacement Parts, Inc., the holding company of Crow-Burlingame and Parts Warehouse, Inc.

Ted Wise, former Co-President and COO of O'Reilly Auto Parts said, "In a time that many companies consolidated and became part of the bigger corporate entity, Fletcher has elected to keep his company independent. He is the type of leader that has stayed focused and made sure his company has remained profitable, had great people, gave good service and survived to be an important part of the industry."

"PWI's remarkable growth is a tribute to Fletcher's steady leadership and instinct-driven gambles, blended with his calm, hyper-rational decision-making. And five decades later, he still hasn't found a 'rest-on-your-laurels' gear," added Doug Washbish, Moog-Louisville Warehouse.

Fletcher is active at Second Presbyterian Church, he has served on the board of the Little Rock Boys and Girls Club, was president of the Catholic High School for Boys Booster Club and a member of Rotary International. He was involved in the Arkansas chapter of Young President's Organization and eventually, the Arkansas chapter of World President's Organization.

During the course of his distinguished industry career, Fletcher Lord, Jr. has served as Chairman of the Board for the Distributors Institute, the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, the ACDelco Decidated Distribution Group Steering Committee and the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association.

Fletcher is very proud that the next generation, including Fletcher Lord, III, son-in-law Ben Butler, and nephew, Crow Lord, have chosen to join the family business, adding their skills and commitment to Replacement Parts, Inc.

Said Eli Futerman, Co-President, Hahn Automotive Warehouse, "He always is giving back to our industry, his company, his children and his family. To me, that's the sign of a great leaders and someone who is deserving of the Lifetime Achievement Award."

Previous Award Recipients
  • 2019 Rusty Bishop
  • 2018 Greg Henslee
  • 2017 Tom Gallagher
  • 2016 Larry Pavey
  • 2015 Michael Lambert
  • 2014 Dale Larson
  • 2013 Walter Spence
  • 2013 Clay Buzzard
  • 2012 Jack F. Creamer
  • 2011 Lawrence I. Sills
  • 2010 Robert J. Susor
  • 2009 Neal L. Williams, Sr.
  • 2008 Richard H. Morgan
  • 2007 Aaron Berkowitz
  • 2006 Arthur E. Lottes, III
  • 2005 David O’Reilly
  • 2004 Kathleen Schmatz
  • 2003 Mort Schwartz
  • 2002 Al Gaspar, AAP
  • 2001 Robert R. Miller
  • 2000 Larry McCurdy
  • 1999 Tim Lee, AAP
  • 1998 Basil Mezines
  • 1997 Robert Raff, MAAP