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.
- 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.
Nominations for the 2018 award have closed. Information on how to enter the 2019 awards will be provided here when the applications open.
2018 Mort Schwartz Excellence in Education Award Recipient
Brent Berman, Federal-Mogul Motorparts
Brent Berman is the director of training and consumer experience at Federal-Mogul Motorparts. He has been involved in the automotive industry for over 25 years, primarily in the technical field evolving from mechanical to digital. In his 18 years at Federal-Mogul, Brent has held roles of increasing responsibility in technical training, marketing and now manages the Garage Gurus training group in addition to the catalog and research team, overseeing critical activities from training, tech support, cataloging, e-data and digital media. Brent also oversees the company’s “Tech First” initiative that seeks to simplify and improve the many touch points it has with all levels of customers. Brent has a degree in business enterprise from Cleary University and holds his Automotive Service Technician License in the province of Ontario. He currently serves on the board of the AASA ATC board of governors and on the Auto Care Association Education Committee. He has also served on the Auto Care Association Technology Standards Committee.
Past Mort Schwartz Excellence in Education Award Recipients
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