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 skill sets 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.

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.

  • Community Liaison

    Jess Fainberg 
    Community Liaison, Community Engagement

    2020-21 YANG Council Roster

    Ashlee Arnold, Arnold Oil Company of Austin, Austin, TX

    Vice Chair
    Jacki Lutz, Sensata Aftermarket, Troy, MI

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


    • Kyle Byrne, The Arnold Group of Companies, Spencer, IA
    • Jon Clements, Experian Automotive, Farmington Hill, MI
    • Cotter Collins, Standard Motor Products, Little Rock, AR
    • Megan Dineff, Ervine's Auto Repair & Grand Rapids Hybrid, Jenison, MI
    • Patrick O’Leary, DRIVE Sales and Marketing, Memphis, TN
    • Cindy Talamantes, Global Parts Distributors, Macon, GA


    Michael Rukov, RepWorks, Racho Santa Margarita, CA

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  • 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.

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    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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  • YANG 2020 Virtual Experience Agenda

    October 21, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EDT
    Please email Danielle King,, to register for the Virtual Experience.

    View registration fees

    Thank you to all of our 2020 YANG Corporate Sponsors
    Visit the sponsors tab to view sponsors

    1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Welcome & Opening Remarks
    1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Keynote: How to Say Anything to Anyone

    Speaking up is hard and, as a result, most of us don’t. But Shari Harley of Candid Culture believes you can say anything to anyone and have it be easy. You just need to lay the groundwork to do so, and most of us don’t. Join her for this engaging keynote and learn how!
    2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Career Conversations: If I Knew Then What I Know Now

    In this fireside-style chat, Chase Baxley, The Parts House, and Eric Lough, PartsTech, explore their career journeys and share actionable takeaways from what they learned along the way.
    2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Coffee Break
    2:45 p.m - 3:15 p.m. Top Takeaways of 2020: Auto Care Industry Edition

    2020 has been a year for the history books. Join Michael Chung, Director, Market Intelligence, Auto Care Association and Tom Tucker, Senior Director, State Affairs, Auto Care Association as they break down the last year and explore the top takeaways for our industry.
    3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 2021 Challenges & Opportunities

    What does 2021 hold for the aftermarket? Listen in on this exclusive panel discussion as key industry leaders recap the lessons of 2020 and talk about challenges and opportunities the new year will bring across the industry.
    4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Profiles in Leadership

    What does it mean to be a leader? Find out in this closing talk as we profile an aftermarket leader and learn their lessons for success.
    4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Networking


    Registration Fees

        Auto Care Member Non-Member
    YANG Member   $45 $45 
    YANG Non Member   $90  $90 
    YANG Mentor 
    Rate available to guests ages 40 and over.
      $70  $70 
  • Thank you to all of our 2020 YANG Corporate Sponsors

    2021 Corporate Sponsorship information will be available in the coming months. If you have any questions, please contact Jess Fainberg.

    HEAVY DUTY ($25,000)

    FULL SIZE ($10,000)

    MID-SIZE ($5,000)

    COMPACT ($2,000)



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