young auto care network group

young auto care network group

Your health and safety during this time of crisis are our first priority. Due to the concerns around the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we have worked with the Hyatt Regency Denver to cancel the 2020 YANG Leadership Conference. The conference will be hosted at a later late and updates will appear on this page when available.

Any fees will be fully refunded. A member of the meetings and events team will be in contact with you shortly and your patience is appreciated.

For questions, please contact our director, meetings and events, Leah Jones at

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

    Past Chair
    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


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

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  • 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 @ Atlanta 
    Thursday, August 6, 2020, 6 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Marietta, Georgia  
    Stay tuned for more information 

    Interested in hosting a YANG Meet-Up in your area, contact 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.

    Learn more

  • 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.

    Learn more

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