Purpose

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 progress.

Qualifications
  • The candidate’s contributions are in accordance with the “purpose” above and must reach beyond the local level.
  • The candidate is and/or has been involved in the industry and/or the Import Vehicle Community for at least 10 years.
  • The candidate must have made significant contributions toward enhancing technology, professionalism, dignity and/or the general stature and growth of the import parts industry sector.
  • The candidate has performed in industry affairs with integrity.
  • The candidate must be at least 40 years of age.
  • Self-nominations are not accepted.
 Nominations for 2021 are closed.

2021 People Award winners will be announced during the Import Vehicle Community Awards Luncheon at AAPEX on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021.


The Import Vehicle Community presented the 2019 Hall of Fame Award to:
2019 IVC Hall of Fame - Bob Clark - Photo
Bob Clark, senior aftermarket advisor, Aisin World Corp. of America

Bob Clark, senior aftermarket advisor, Aisin World Corp. of America

Bob Clark is senior aftermarket advisor at Aisin World Corp. of America, the sixth largest Tier One automotive supplier in the world. Clark has been with Aisin for 28 years and has held several positions including vice president of aftermarket sales and operations. In June, 2019, Clark retired from Aisin; however, the company delayed his golden years celebration by naming him Senior Aftermarket Advisor.

For most of his 52-year career, Clark has been in one industry: the automotive aftermarket. In 1967 he began working at his father’s NAPA store. In the seventies and eighties he worked for the Genuine Parts Company, then moved to the Champion Spark Plug Company.

Then, for reasons unknown, Clark left the aftermarket business in 1986, and for five years was self-employed; not as a parts distributor or salesman… but owner of a fitness salon, a sign store and a laundromat.

In 1991 Clark returned to the automotive aftermarket and joined Aisin as aftermarket sales manager. He was promoted numerous times, and in 2018, was named vice president responsible for all Aisin Aftermarket Sales and Operations in North and South America. He also led the strategic planning and opening of new Aisin Aftermarket facilities in Dallas, Nashville and Panama.

Clark has been involved in a number of industry groups including the Automotive Sales Council; Northwood University; AASA; and the Auto Care Association/Auto International Association and Import Vehicle Community.

Clark and his wife of 45-years, Zee, have three children and four grandchildren, and reside in Chatsworth, Calif.

After being in the automotive aftermarket most of my working years, I felt very privileged to be a part of such a diverse and professional group of people. My involvement with the Auto Care Association and the Import Vehicle Community was very gratifying. I met many amazing people and made long lasting friendships.

Of my many experiences, I would rank being awarded the Import Vehicle Community Hall of Fame Award as one of my proudest moments. To be mentioned alongside the many prestigious names who have received this reward in the past is truly humbling. I would encourage anyone in the aftermarket to get involved with industry associations, you will get more than you give.

Bob Clark

Previous Award Winners
  • Irving Beck (1985)
  • Peter Morris (1985)
  • George Neuwirth (1985)
  • Bjarne Qvale (1985)
  • Earl Nisonger (1986)
  • Albert Wepper (1986)
  • William Arnowitz (1987)
  • Harold Schrier (1987)
  • Stephen Herrick (1988)
  • Len Meyers (1988)
  • William Owen (1988)
  • Dave Williams (1988)
  • Chuck Schwartz (1989)
  • Randy St. John (1989)
  • Al Moss (1990)
  • Ruben Tarno (1990)
  • Louis Berg (1991)
  • Peter Neuwirth (1991)
  • Fred Olefson (1992)
  • George Doefler (1993)
  • Leroy Zeigner (1993)
  • Steve Patkin (1994)
  • Marty Holtz (1994)
  • Ken Miller (1994)
  • Michael Pace (1995)
  • Eli Garfien (1995)
  • Steve Kirby (1996)
  • Mel Marks (1996)
  • Karl Schwartz (1997)
  • Bob Romanow (1997)
  • Knut “Ben” Bendixen (1998)
  • Barry Breslow (1999)
  • ** (2000)
  • ** (2001)
  • Barry Cohn (2002)
  • Hanns Hederer (2003)
  • Karl H. Flicker (2004)
  • James A. Law (2005)
  • Henry P. Allessio (2006)
  • Tom B. Babcox (1919-1995) (2007)
  • Bill Babcox (2007)
  • Tom O’Hare (2007)
  • E.P. (Ed) Lynch (2008)
  • Dino Crescentini (2009)
  • Hans Bierdümpfel (2010)
  • Lee Kadrich (2011)
  • Anthony “Tony” Perticari (2012)
  • Hans Joachim Kopecky (2013)
  • Mort Schwartz (2014)
  • Kathleen Schmatz (2015)
  • Bob Cushing (2016)
  • Ira D. Davis (2017)
  • Martin “Marty” Gold (2017)
  • W. Michael Brown (2018)

**Award not presented.


Congratulations Bob Clark!