Young Auto Care Network Group (YANG) Announces 2024 Next Step Program Scholarship Recipients

April 17, 2024

YANG Color logoBETHESDA, Md. – April 17, 2024 – The Young Auto Care Network Group (YANG), an under-40 community of the Auto Care Association, today announced its 2024 Next Step Program Scholarship Recipients for this year’s YANG at Auto Care Connect (“Connect”). The Next Step Program offers young automotive aftermarket industry professionals a unique opportunity to develop lasting involvement in the auto care industry. Participants experience and participate in YANG at Connect programming and Spring Leadership Days, part of Auto Care Connect week taking place May 5-8 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago, Ill.

Auto Care Connect is Auto Care Association's largest industry gathering that brings together four conferences in one location to maximize networking, collaboration, and educational opportunities for enhanced industry connections.

Next Step Scholarship Recipients

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The 2024 Next Step Program Scholarship recipients are:

  • Javier Alcantar, Frontera Radiators & Parts, Inc.;
  • Drew Fondren, Automotive Parts Associates (APA);
  • Haley Frank, Wheeler Fleet Solutions;
  • Trevor Nice, KYB Americas Corp; and
  • Celia Núñez Juárez, BBB Industries.

The scholarship covers the entire cost to attend the 2024 Auto Care Connect week and provides access to networking opportunities for each of the scholarship recipients. The Next Step scholarship recipients  can participate in up to 25 meetings and network with over 450 veteran industry leaders during the course of this four-day event. “Next Steppers” will experience up-close how the association and various aspects of the industry work.

The YANG Leadership Conference is tailored to young professionals in the auto care industry to facilitate building connections with peers, learning from industry experts and coming together as one collective industry by sharing the best of ideas and solutions for today’s automotive aftermarket industry challenges. This in-person event provides unique and industry-focused programming opportunities to enhance leadership skills and knowledge of the industry.

To learn more and register for 2024 YANG at Connect, visit