Auto Care Association Import Vehicle Community People Awards

Lifetime Industry Achievement Award

Nominations for 2023 Awards are Closed

Please check back in the spring of 2024 for more information about the 2024 awards.



The Import Vehicle Community 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 exclusively, the Lifetime Industry Achievement award has been a means by which our industry's high contributors and unsung heroes are credited and appropriately recognized.

There is no limit to the number of individuals who can be honored annually as Lifetime Industry Achievement award recipients, nor is it required that a recipient be named.


The candidate is and/or has been involved in the import parts segment of the aftermarket for a minimum of 20 years.
The candidate must have made significant contributions to their company or employer, which contributions have a positive influence and benefit to the stature and progress of the aftermarket industry.
The candidate must be known as one whose character and integrity are beyond reproach and admired.
Self-nominations are not accepted.

2023 Lifetime Industry Achievement Award Winner

David DeBolt

Director of Strategic Sourcing, SSF Imported Auto Parts


David DeBolt joined SSF Imported Auto Parts as an Assistant Buyer in 1999 and has held several other purchasing department-related roles with the company including Buyer, Senior Buyer, Purchasing Manager, Strategic Sourcing Manager, and Director of Strategic Sourcing.

DeBolt is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a BS in Business Administration (Logistics Management emphasis) and a Minor in Marketing.

“It seems like it was just yesterday I was fresh out of college and looking for a career opportunity in the purchasing field. I feel very fortunate to have found SSF so early in my career. The company is a great fit for my values, and I am glad to play a key role in developing our industry-leading, high quality parts program. Business comes down to personal relationships and I value working closely with our vendor partners to help develop a great import parts program”.

An avid walker (and occasional runner), you can find DeBolt hitting the trails of The Presidio and Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Other interests include travel, listening to the latest indie rock bands, playing fantasy football, and supporting Borussia Dortmund, the San Francisco Giants and Las Vegas Raiders.

“Sales and marketing get all the glory, but purchasing and product management is where the magic happens”.

Previous Award Winners

Lifetime Industry Achievement Award

  • Robin Biggins (1992)
  • Houston “Howdie” Smith (1993)
  • Bill Buckley (1994)
  • Ken Powell (1995)
  • Steve Murphy (1995)
  • Charles Coleman (1996)
  • Albert Cohen (1996)
  • Mike Taksey (1997)
  • Bob Calhoun (1997)
  • Tony Perticari (1998)
  • George Halford (1998)
  • Jim Keith (1999)
  • ** (2000)
  • Bob Tye (2001)
  • Trevor Musso (2001)
  • Christopher Kern (2002)
  • Jerry Brosilow (1926-2003) (2003)
  • Joe Bagwell (2004)
  • James E. Berner (1933-2004) (2005)
  • Gail Volpe (2006)
  • Bill Guinard (2007)
  • Daniel J. Lewis (2008)
  • Hans J. Wulff (2009)
  • Mary Lynn Nyman (2010)
  • Dick Berreman (2011)
  • Chris von Lenski (2011)
  • Janette Ponciroli (2012)
  • Peter Klotz (1954-2012) (2013)
  • Steve Lynch (2014)
  • Grant Kitching (2015)
  • Craig Burns (2016)
  • Stanley Bloomfield (2017)
  • Wm. “Mac” McGovern (2018)
  • Rosemary Perry (2018)
  • Paul Fiore (2022)
  • Abraham Garweg (2022)

Bill Guinard Lifetime Industry Achievement Award

  • Mario B. Recchia (2019)
  • ** (2020)
  • Kevin McCloskey (2021)

**Award not presented.