mort schwartz excellence in education award

The Mort Schwartz Excellence in Education Award is given annually by the Auto Care Association’s Education Committee to an individual that best advances the concepts and programs for education or continuing education in the North American auto care industry. Nominations are evaluated in accordance with the candidate's:

  • Innovation of new auto care education programs for any auto care audience,
  • Advancement of existing programs, and/or
  • Superlative effort to further promote the educational programs or education fund raising efforts.

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2020 Nominations are now closed. Thank you for your continued interest.

2019 Mort Schwartz Excellence in Education Award Recipient

E. Fletcher Lord, Jr.E. Fletcher Lord, Jr., Replacement Parts Inc.

Fletcher Lord, Jr., Chairman, Replacement Parts, Inc., was selected as this year’s Mort Schwartz Excellence in Education Award winner. He has been involved in the automotive aftermarket for over 50 years. Third generation in the company business, he worked his way up through almost every position to president of Crow-Burlingame Company in 1978. In 1988 he formed the holding company, Replacement Parts, Inc., becoming president in 1997 and chairman in 2014. Throughout his tenure, Lord has cultivated a culture of training and education, investing in both internal and external resources to promote continuous learning. Lord holds a degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and has earned his Automotive Aftermarket Professional (AAP) designation. Over the course of his career he has dedicated time and resources to serving the industry in variety of capacities, including two terms as chairman of the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance Board, chairman of the ACDelco Dedicated Distribution Group Steering Committee and chairman of the board of AWDA. Moreover, in 2007 Lord was recognized by Northwood University with its Automotive Aftermarket Management Education Award and in 2009 named AWDA Leader of the Year.


Past Mort Schwartz Excellence in Education Award Recipients

2018:  Brent Berman, Director, Training and Consumer Experience, Federal-Mogul Motorparts

2017: Carm Capriotto, AAP, Host/Producer, Remarkable Results Radio Podcast

2016: Richard (Rick) B. Guirlinger, President, Bourke Services LLC

2015: Susan Kalish, Senior Director, Education, Auto Care Association

2014: Bobby Bassett, Manager of Training, Gates Corporation

2013: Hovis Auto and Truck Supply

2012: Brian Cruickshank, Director, University of the Aftermarket

2011: Fred Bunting, CEO of Auto-Wares, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2010: Chuck Udell, MAAP, President, Essential Action Design Group

2009: Jim John, Instructor & Chair, Automotive Aftermarket Management Program, Northwood University

2008: Steve Hoellein, President, Felt Auto Parts Co.

2007: Pete Kornafel, MAAP, Vice Chairman, CARQUEST

2005: Northwood University


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