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Outstanding Leadership Award in Honor of Jack Creamer

Outstanding Leadership Award in Honor of Jack Creamer (formerly the Jack Creamer Automotive Leader of the Year Award)

This annual award recognizes an individual, employed in the aftermarket, who over the past several years, has made a unique and monumental contribution to the industry and/or the association. The accomplishment that warrants this award must go well above and beyond any routine or day-to-day activity and shall be reflective of a commitment to the industry that few individuals can match. This award is to be perceived as the industry's highest honor/recognition. Award winners need not be AWDA members.

2021 RECIPIENTS

Roger McCollum
Roger McCollum, chairman and CEO, N.A. Williams Company

The Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA), a community of the Auto Care Association, presented its 2021 Outstanding Leadership Award to Roger McCollum, chairman and CEO, N.A. Williams Company.

In nearly 45 years of dedication to the automotive aftermarket, starting with his first job at a local parts store when he was a college student, Roger McCollum has distinguished himself as one of the industry’s top leaders and most committed advocates. Since joining N.A. Williams in 1984, McCollum was elected CEO of N.A. Williams Company in 2007 and Chairman of the Board in 2014, and currently serves in both positions. 

McCollum has a long and varied history of volunteer industry service, including positions on the Auto Care Association Board of Directors and Government Affairs Committee. Currently, McCollum serves as chairman of the Auto Care Association Audit Committee; vice chairman of its Political Action Committee (ACPAC) and is a member of the Auto Care Association Nominating Committee. Importantly, McCollum has encouraged and supported the volunteer activities of many N.A. Williams personnel over the years. McCollum also serves on the Automotive Aftermarket Association Southeast (AAAS) Board of Directors and the AAAS Employee Benefit Fund Board of Trustees. In addition, McCollum serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation and its Executive and Contribution Committees and chairs the Foundation’s Grant Review Committee.

“I have had the privilege of working with Roger for many years and can say without reservation that his commitment to the aftermarket is second to none and absolutely deserving of being recognized with the AWDA’s Outstanding Leadership Award,” said Bill Hanvey, president and CEO, Auto Care Association and 2020 award recipient.

 

Previous Award Recipients
  • 2021 Roger McCollum
  • 2020 Bill Hanvey, MAAP / Paul McCarthy
  • 2019 John Bartlett
  • 2018 Larry Pavey
  • 2017 Bill Maggs
  • 2016 Fred Bunting
  • 2015 Larry Sills
  • 2014 Joseph A. Pomaranski, MAAP
  • 2013 Rusty Bishop, AAP
  • 2012 Kathleen Schmatz, MAAP
  • 2011 Dennis M. Welvaert, MAAP
  • 2010 Rollance E. Olson
  • 2009 E. Fletcher Lord
  • 2008 Robert F. Egan
  • 2007 William D. Grote, III
  • 2006 Dr. David Fry
  • 2005 Timothy A. Lee, AAP
  • 2004 John Washbish, AAP
  • 2003 Richard Morgan, AAP
  • 2002 Joe Owen
  • 2001 Michael Cardone Jr.
  • 2000 Jack Creamer, AAP
  • 1999 Tom Gallagher
  • 1998 N. Arthur Epstein, AAP
  • 1997 Aaron Berkowitz
  • 1996 Clay Buzzard, AAP
  • 1995 David O'Reilly
  • 1994 Nathaniel Sills / Bernard Fife
  • 1993 Robert H. Raff, MAAP
  • 1992 Arthur E. Lottes III
  • 1991 Larry McCurdy
  • 1990 Martin Fromm, AAP
  • 1989 O. Temple Sloan
    C. Hamilton Sloan
  • 1988 Peter R. Kornafel, MAAP
  • 1987 Robert Sirotek, AAP
  • 1986 Allen C. Richey
  • 1985 Sen. John C. Danforth
  • 1984 R. Jack Alexander Jr.
  • 1983 Charles N. Gaskill, AAP
  • 1982 Elliot Lehman, AAP
  • 1981 Wilton Looney
  • 1980 Mort Schwartz, AAP
  • 1979 Robert Z. Friedman
  • 1978 A.K. Hannum
  • 1977 Basil J. Mezines
  • 1976 Rene C. McPherson
  • 1975 Richard C. Teasel
  • 1974 John M. Yantis
  • 1973 Frederick J. Mancheski, AAP
  • 1972 Frank M. Norfleet
  • 1971 Arthur Wolff
  • 1970 E.N. "Ernie" Robinson
  • 1969 Thomas S. Perry, AAP
  • 1968 H.C. "Skip" Stivers
  • 1967 Olin Ennis
  • 1966 Edward Gammie
  • 1965 C.M. Scates
  • 1964 C.S. Rogers
  • 1963 C.A. Benoit Jr.
  • 1962 Harold T. Halfpenny
  • 1961 Joe E. Bickel
  • 1960 Ira Saks
  • 1959 Victor L. Toft