Nominations for 2022 Awards are Closed

Please check back in the spring of 2023 for more information about the 2023 awards.



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.


An individual should not be considered for the Person of the Year award for historical industry contributions. The individual’s performance during the preceding 12-month period is to be considered by the committee.
An individual can win the award more than one time, provided the person qualifies for a second nomination by virtue of the “purpose” above. A period of five years must elapse before an individual can be nominated for a subsequent Person of the Year award.
The candidate must be involved in the automotive aftermarket for import vehicles.
Self-nominations are not accepted.
Award Winner

Award winners will be notified by early September. The awards ceremony will take place at the Import Vehicle Community Awards Luncheon during AAPEX on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022.

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2021 Person of the Year Award

Steven Hughes

President and CEO, HCS International


2021 IVC Person of the Year - Steve Hughes - Photo

Steve Hughes started in the automotive aftermarket industry in 1972 working at a parts store. During this time, he was deeply involved in building, maintaining and racing cars on the west coast.

In 1980, Hughes was recruited to work for IMPAC (now Worldpac) and eventually became a senior program manager and buyer.

In 1986, Hughes founded HCS International, a consulting and sales firm focused on the import parts industry.

In 2003, Hughes was recruited by Advanced Engine Management to manage operations and purchasing. A few years later, Hughes accepted a position at Centric Parts as vice president of supply chain, international logistics and government affairs.

In 2017, Hughes restarted HCS International, specializing in consulting on supply chain, international shipping and government affairs.

Over the years, Hughes has been the leading voice for the automotive aftermarket industry on ocean transportation issues. He is deeply committed to the international automotive aftermarket community in their efforts to promote free and fair trade.

Hughes is involved in a number of industry groups, including current chairman of the Import Vehicle Community, member of the Auto Care Association Government Affairs Committee, and chairman of the CAWA Public Affairs Committee.

Hughes previously served on the Automotive Industry Trade Advisory Committee (ITAC 2) advising on trade policy for the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative. He has led multiple industry coalitions in antidumping duty investigations at the U.S. International Trade Commission. He is also a past participant of the Federal Maritime Commission Supply Chain and Demurrage/Detention Innovations Teams.

Hughes was recently appointed to the Federal Maritime Commissions’ National Shipper Advisory Committee, representing the Auto Care Association and Motor Equipment Manufacturers Association.

Hughes lives with his partner of 20 years, Indalicia May, in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. When time permits, he enjoys traveling, motorsports and reading history.

Previous Award Winners

Person of the Year Award

  • Randy St. John (1985)
  • Stephen Herrick (1986)
  • Peter Neuwirth (1987)
  • Hank Allessio (1988)
  • Mike Spagnola (1989)
  • Fred Olefson (1990)
  • Marty Gold (1991)
  • Steve Kirby (1992)
  • Barry Breslow (1993)
  • Brad Glazer (1994)
  • Chris Kersting (1995)
  • Mike Spagnola (1996)
  • Fred Olefson (1997)
  • Ira D. Davis (1998)
  • Steve Holt (1999)
  • ** (2000)
  • Kathleen Schmatz (2001)
  • Tony Perticari (2002)
  • Ira D. Davis (2003)
  • Gary Garberg (2004)
  • Stephen Bearden (2005)
  • Dan Lelchuk (2011)
  • ** (2012)
  • ** (2018)
  • John Treece (2019)
  • ** (2020)
  • Steven Hughes (2021)

Barry Breslow AIA Person of the Year Award

  • Lee Kadrich (2006)
  • W. Michael Brown (2007)
  • Brian Cohn (2008)
  • Mary DellaValle (2009)
  • Martin T. Gold (2010)

Peter Klotz Person of the Year Award

  • Stephen Bearden (2013)
  • James "JD" Bailey (2014)
  • Steven Hughes (2015)
  • Andres Castrillon (2016)
  • Thomas Beer (2017)

**Award not presented.