young auto care network group

young auto care network group

Who We Are
The Young Auto Care Network Group (YANG) is the home for the auto care industry’s dynamic and vibrant community of under-40 professionals.

What We Do
YANG provides its members with the opportunity to network with industry peers, develop new skillsets and improve leadership capabilities. YANG events include panel discussions with industry leaders, professional development sessions and networking events throughout the country. YANG awards a number of scholarships to rising stars in the industry as well.

Benefits
Upon joining, YANG members immediately become part of a 1,500-strong network of young industry professionals around the world. Members are invited to attend and host events at trade shows, leadership conferences and Regional Meet-Ups throughout the country. Members receive recognition as well as opportunities for mentorship offered by seasoned industry leaders. For your organization, membership in YANG helps foster employee retention through networking, mentorship and exposure to the broader industry.
  • Committee Liaison

    David Pinkham
    Manager, Government Affairs



    2018-19 Council Roster

    Chair 
    JC Washbish, Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, Inc., San Antonio, TX

    Vice Chair 
    Dave Shapiro, SRS Marketing Company, Inc., Willow Grove, PA 

    Past Chair
    JR Bishop, Federated Auto Parts Distributors, Staunton, VA,

    At-large

    • Sean Ayala, WM Automotive Warehouse, Inc., Fort Worth, TX
    • Jon Clements, Experian Automotive, Farmington Hill, MI 
    • Jennifer Harrison, AutoZone, Inc., Memphis, TN
    • Eric Hatty, Lumileds, Howell, MI
    • Brett Lucht, Dayco Products, LLC, Tucson, AZ
    • Joe Thomas, Syndigo, Nashville, TN 

    Member Emeritus
    Michael Rukov, RepWorks, Racho Santa Margarita, CA


  • YANG hosts dozens of events per year, both for an international audience as well as local. The two main events hosted by YANG are its YANG Leadership Conference, a two-day event taking place in conjunction with Auto Care Association Spring Leadership Days in May, and YANG@AAPEX, which includes a Town Hall and Networking Happy Hour open to YANG members only. YANG and its corporate supporters host multiple Regional Meet-Ups throughout the country as well.

    Upcoming Events

    Regional Meet-Up in Sandestin, Fla.
    6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. | Friday, June 7, 2019
    The Grand Sandestin, 9300 Emerald Coast Parkway, Miramar Beach, FL 32550
    Host: AAAS
    Stay tuned for more details.

    Regional Meet-Up in Philadelphia
    5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. | Thursday, June 13, 2019
    Xfinity Live, 110 Pattison Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148
    Host: Pep Boys
    Stay tuned for more details.

    Regional Meet-Up in Santa Barbara
    5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. | Thursday, June 20, 2019
    The Kimpton Goodland Hotel, 5650 Calle Real, Goleta, CA 93117
    Host: CAWA
    Stay tuned for more details.

    Regional Meet-Up in Detroit
    Wednesday, August 7, 2019
    In conjunction with Women in Auto Care
    Stay tuned for more details.

    Regional Meet-Up in New York City
    Stay tuned for more details.

    YANG @ AAPEX19
    Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019
    Sands Expo, Las Vegas, Nev.

    Interested in hosting a YANG Meet-Up in your area, contact  Joe Thomas and Jon Clements for more information.

    Host a Regional Meet-Up

    + About the Regional Meet-Up Program
    + Who can Host a Regional Meet-Up?
    + Where Should a Venue be for a Meet-Up?
    + Will YANG Support Me?
    + How to Apply?

  • The Next Step Program

    The Next Step Program offers young industry professionals the unique opportunity to develop lasting involvement in the auto care industry by experiencing and participating in Auto Care Association’s Spring Leadership Days. Next Steppers have the opportunity to participate in up to 25 meetings and network for over 450 veteran industry leaders during the course of this three-day event. Next Steppers will experience up-close how the association and various aspects of the industry work.

    Each Next Stepper will receive a scholarship of up to $1,100 to offset most expenses for travel and accommodations to, from and during the event. Most meals are also included.

    Learn more

    YANG Leadership 2.0 Scholarship

    The Young Auto Care Network Group is accepting applications to award ONE deserving YANG member a scholarship to attend the highly-acclaimed University of the Aftermarket’s Leadership 2.0 Program.

    Leadership 2.0 is a post-graduate style leadership and business skills education program designed to promote the development of the next generation of auto care leaders. It is the industry's cornerstone educational program that fosters the development of a new generation of visionary auto care executives. The program is an intense and intellectually-challenging two-week executive development and learning experience deeply rooted in the theoretical and practical application of auto care leadership principles.

    Graduates of the program receive 7.0 CEUs towards their  Automotive Aftermarket Profession (AAP) designations. The scholarship is valued at $6,250 and covers the price of tuition, class materials and meals.

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  • YANG Mentor Pin

    The YANG Mentor Pin is an initiative to recruit individuals within the auto care industry who are willing to engage with and mentor with YANG members. These mentors support the core values of YANG and believe that mentorship is a tried and true method for people to better themselves in their careers.

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