The YANG Effect is your "pit stop" for all things automotive aftermarket contributed to and written by young professionals in the industry. We encourage you to participate and take advantage of opportunities to engage with the YANG members and mentors.

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  • September 12, 2023

    Congratulations, 2023 Impact Award Nominees!

    We received an overwhelming number of nominees for the Impact Award this year! Thank you to all the submissions.

  • September 8, 2023

    YANG Summer Council Meeting 2023

    The 2023-2024 YANG Leadership Council kicked-off their new term at the Auto Care Association's headquarters in Bethesda, Md.

  • July 24, 2023

    Mentor Interview: YANG's New Mentorship Program - How Is It Going?

    Through multiple positions in the automotive world, I’ve always found it challenging to find a solid program, let alone a mentor that could truly guide me in a direction I would find impactful. Whether or not it was the mentor themselves, the lack of structure or a deficiency in leadership around the program altogether; the stars never seemed to align. . . that was until I decided to give YANG a shot.

  • July 5, 2023

    Member Spotlight: Kaleigh Jerzykowski

    Kaleigh Jerzykowski submitted a 5 for 5 presentation for the Leadership Conference, applied for the Next Step Scholarship, and replied to our last YANG Effect asking for a member spotlight.

  • June 27, 2023

    Mentor Interview

    YANG was excited to announce the kick-off of our inaugural Mentor Program! The program launched in January with 65 YANG members and 13 YANG mentors making up our first mentor circles. Don’t feel bad if you missed out on the inaugural mentor program. The hope is that this program refreshes after each calendar year and continues to grow.

  • June 16, 2023

    Marketing Tips: Tradeshow 101

    In my almost three years working as a marketing coordinator in the aftermarket, I’ve had my fair share of experience coordinating tradeshows all around the USMCA! I’ve compiled some of my favorite advice to make the fast-paced tradeshow set-up process a little less hectic. Read more for some ideas on making tradeshow set up a successful experience for your team.

  • February 17, 2023

    YANG Wants You to Get Involved!

    It’s been a wild Q3, filled with meet-ups, YANG Professional Series and the induction of our new council members! With all this action, it can be hard to keep up with why YANG exists. We thought it might be good to take the time to remind our members why we are here.

  • February 9, 2023

    I Get a Little Better Each Day: Defining Your Personal Mission Statement

    Any professional, but certainly those navigating the early years of their careers, can benefit from authoring a personal mission statement: a foundational element that guides day-to-day decisions while shaping long-term trajectories. Your company probably has a mission statement and perhaps an accompanying vision statement and value system.

  • February 3, 2023

    Mentor Spotlight: So You've Been There, Too?

    YANG council member, Kenny Bridges, participated in this summer’s YANG Mentorship Pilot Program under the mentorship of Dwayne Myers, owner and managing partner, Dynamic Automotive. Kenny had the chance to speak with Dwayne one-on-one to ask him a few more questions on leadership for this quarter’s mentorship spotlight.

  • January 18, 2023

    Member Spotlight: Matt Fowler

    I believe in YANG because we can make the industry a better place through professional development, leadership and fostering human connection. Not many industries have professional groups that span different industry niches and across different functional areas.

  • January 11, 2023

    Membership Spotlight: Melissa Petrucelli

    I believe in YANG because it offers a unique opportunity to network with peers, participate in leadership development sessions and hear different perspectives across the industry.

  • December 20, 2022

    Member Spotlight: Joe Delorme

    Learn more about YANG member, Joe Delorne, his journey to the YANG community and more!

  • December 9, 2022

    News and Trends: Right to Repair, Semiconductor Manufacturing, and Electrification

    The world moved pretty fast from horse and buggy to automobiles, right? Change happens rapidly in our industry and we must keep up. This section is dedicated to current events that directly impact our industry. Governmental policy changes, aftermarket company structure changes, upcoming industry events and other news should be readily available for our members. To submit an industry topic you’d like to learn more about, contact us at

  • July 8, 2022

    Mentor Spotlight: Larry Pavey

    YANG is strong not only because of member participation, but because we can lean on current leaders in our industry for knowledge and support. The most recent YANG Professional Series webinar exemplified this...

  • July 8, 2022

    Member Spotlight: Kyle Burns and Stefan Feder

    If I am being honest, when I first joined YANG, I had pretty low expectations. I was excited to join a community of my peers who had similar levels of experience as I did, but as far as career growth...

  • July 8, 2022

    Letter from YANG Chair, Cotter Collins

    There are two YANG-related questions that I get all the time. The first being: “How do I get more involved with YANG?” This is the question I like to get the least. Don’t get me wrong, I would love for more people to get involved with YANG, but the problem is it makes my mind go blank...

  • April 20, 2022

    What Your Repair Shops Are Saying

    The YANG Effect newsletter is your quarterly "pit stop" for all things Automotive Aftermarket contributed to and written by under- 40 industry professionals. This issue is the 2022 Spring Edition.

  • April 12, 2022

    YANG from the Beginning: A Farewell to one of YANG's Founders

    We turn to mentors because they’ve been there, they’ve lived it, and they’re a wealth of knowledge. Who better for a YANG member to look to for sage advice than our founding members?

  • April 12, 2022

    Here's to You! YANG Member Spotlight: Ethan Bregger

    In this interview with Ethan Bregger, National Strategic Account Manager at DRiV, Ethan shares his journey in the automotive industry...

  • April 8, 2022

    5 Things I Learned from YANG’S Professional Development Series with Randy Buller and John R. Washbish

    ICYMI, YANG’s newly launched virtual Professional Development Series brought together aftermarket young professionals and industry leaders for an hour-long discussion on current industry issues...