BETHESDA, Md. – November 20,
2020 – The Aftermarket Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA) Board of
Governors today announced its newest officers and governors following the conclusion
of the 2020 AWDA Virtual Conference, which took place Nov. 16-19. The new
members joining the ranks of AWDA’s leadership will hold their positions for a
two-year term, ending in 2022. As AWDA officers and governors, they will play
an active role in providing policy advice and input to the Auto Care
Association and the aftermarket industry at-large.
today, following the close of the conference, the 2020-2022 AWDA leadership will
- Chairman: Ryan Samuels, Samuels, Inc. – Vauxhall,
- Vice Chair: Ashlee Arnold, Arnold Oil
Company – Austin, Texas
- Secretary: Dan Hanson, Jr., Hanson
Distributing Co. – Azusa, Calif.
- Treasurer: Tim Trudnowski, Automotive
Jobbers Supply – Spokane, Wash.
Samuels succeeds Mauro Cifelli, Vast-Auto Distribution,
who successfully led AWDA through the previous two years and remains on the
AWDA Council as immediate past chairman.
“These new officers join a long
and distinguished line of great leaders that AWDA has produced,” said Larry Northup,
executive director, AWDA. “As volunteer leaders, all have a long history of
association involvement and of course were also deeply engaged in their
business operations during this difficult year. They’ve shared the challenges
faced by all AWDA members these past months.”
Joining the AWDA Board as At-Large
Hortsch, Cost Less Auto Parts – Vancouver, Wash.
Izquierido, XL Parts Inc. – Jersey Village, Texas
Fletcher Lord, III, Replacement Parts, Inc. – Little Rock, Ark.
Martin, Vaca Valley Auto Parts – Fairfield, Calif.
Peterson, ASAP Automotive Warehouse – Midvale, Utah
With the integration
of the AWDA and HDDA communities
, two additional governors have been added
to the AWDA Board:
- Tina Hubbard, president and CEO, Heavy Duty America/Truck
- Jeff Paul, vice president, VIPAR Heavy Duty, Inc.
Joining the AWDA Board will be the new vice chairman
of AWDA’s Manufacturers’ Advisory Council (MAC):
- Colby Florea, Gates Corporation – Denver, Colo.
committee insists that if asked, any incoming governor must be qualified to
serve as Board Chair. The result of this long-standing policy is a consistent
supply of high-quality board members who are interested, engaged and committed
to traditional distribution, the auto care industry and the Auto Care Association.
“Without a doubt,
AWDA’s tradition of excellence in leadership continues with this new group of
Officers and Governors,” said Northup. “We look forward to working with all of
To learn more about the AWDA and its
leadership visit autocare.org/awda or contact Larry Northup, executive director, AWDA, at firstname.lastname@example.org.