automotive warehouse distributors association

automotive warehouse distributors association

Who We Are
The Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA) was founded in 1947 and is the oldest organized group of warehouse distributors and their respective suppliers of parts, accessories and other supplies for the motor vehicle aftermarket. AWDA’s 600+ members represent thousands of locations.

What We Do
AWDA represents the interests of traditional distribution within the Auto Care Association. Through networking, leadership opportunities and cross-channel communication, AWDA members provide policy advice and input to the Auto Care Association and the aftermarket industry at-large.

AWDA helps members improve their business prospects by connecting them with peers, suppliers, and other stakeholders at conferences and other venues. Through AWDA, members also have the ability to directly influence the policies and priorities of the Auto Care Association and the motor vehicle aftermarket.

  • Committee Liaisons

    Larry Northup, AAP
    AWDA Executive Director
    Senior Director, Community Engagement

    Freda Jones
    Assistant Staff Liaison
    Manager, Community Engagement

    Executive Committee

    Mauro Cifelli, Vast-Auto Distribution Ltd, Montreal, Quebec

    Vice Chairman 
    Henry Slack, Slack Auto Parts Company, Gainesville, GA

    Ryan Samuels, Samuels, Inc., Vauxhall, NJ

    Immediate Past Chairman
    Bobby Segal, MAAP, Sanel NAPA, Concord, NH

    Tim Trudnowski, AAP, Automotive Jobbers Supply, Spokane, WA

    Treasurer Emeritus
    Richard Beirne, MAAP, Automotive Parts Headquarters, Inc., LaCrosse, WI

    MAC Chairman 
    Doug Arnold, Bosch Automotive Aftermarket, Broadview, IL

    MAC Vice Chairman 
    A.J. Alvarez, Dorman Products Inc., Colmar, PA

    MAC Immediate Past Chairman 
    Jeff Blocher, Mann+Hummel Filtration Technology Group, Gastonia, NC

    Governors at Large

    • Ashlee Arnold, Arnold Oil Company, Austin, TX
    • Mark Bond, Quality Automotive Warehouse, Inc. Baltimore, MD
    • Michael Buzzard, Icahn Automotive Group LLC, Kennesaw, GA
    • Garry Castles, W M Automotive Warehouse, Inc., Fort Worth, TX
    • Charles Crouse, TBA & Oil Warehouse, Indianapolis, IN
    • Frank Garcia, XL Parts, Inc., Houston, TX
    • Dan Hanson, Jr., Hanson Distributing Company, Azusa, CA
    • Jesse Kaplan, Neptune Warehouse Distributors, Chelsea, MA
    • Scott Richmond, AAP, SAE Warehouse, Inc., Sioux Falls, SD
    • Kelly Spence Connolly, Tri-States Automotive Warehouse, Marianna, FL
    • Trevor Tennant, MAAP, Piston Ring Service Supply, Winnipeg, Manitoba
    • Arnoldo Ventura, Frontera Radiators & Parts Inc., El Paso, TX

    Governors—Group Headquarters

    • David Prater, Automotive Distribution Network, Germantown, TN
    • Scott LeProhon, NAPA Headquarters, Atlanta, GA
    • Bill Maggs, AAP, National Pronto Association, Grapevine, TX
    • David McCartney, CARQUEST U.S., Raleigh, NC
    • Larry Pavey, Federated Auto Parts Distributors, Staunton, VA
    • John Washbish, MAAP, Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, Inc., San Antonio, TX

    Manufacturers' Advisory Council

    MAC Chairman
    Doug Arnold, Bosch Automotive Aftermarket, Broadview, IL

    MAC Vice Chairman
    A.J. Alvarez, Dorman Products Inc., Colmar, PA

    MAC Immediate Past Chairman
    Jeff Blocher, Mann+Hummel Filtration Technology Group, Gastonia, NC

    MAC At-large Members

    • Ron Aparicio, MAAP, Mevotech, Huntington Beach, CA
    • Glenn Barco, BBB Industries, Lexington, OK
    • David Castillo, Warren Distribution Inc., Coppell, TX
    • Bill Collins, Standard Motor Products, Inc., Chesaning, MI
    • Greg Delgozzo, Spectra Premium Industries, Boucherville, Quebec
    • Larry Easterlin, Technical Chemical Co., Cleburne, TX
    • Jayme Farina, AP Emissions Technologies LLC, Goldsboro, NC
    • Bruce Herman, East Penn Manufacturing, Lyon Station, PA
    • Don Keeling, Sunsong North America Inc., Brentwood, MO
    • Paul Kratzer, KYB Americas Corp., Greenwood, IN
    • Steve Marks, Continental ContiTech, San Antonio, TX
    • Rick Mochulsky, Motorcar Parts of America, Torrance, CA
    • Mark I. Pritt, Power Stop LLC, Bedford Park, IL  


    Manufacturers' Representative Advisor
    Gary Perman, RPS Marketing, Phoenix, AZ

    Liaison - University of the Aftermarket
    Brian Cruickshank, MAAP, University of the Aftermarket, La Canada Flintridge, CA

    Young Auto Care Network Group (YANG) Advisor
    JC Washbish, Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, Inc., San Antonio, TX

    Investment Advisor
    Ken Marker, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, Overland Park, KS

  • The annual AWDA Business & Education Conference hosts more than 2,000 individual one-on-one meetings scheduled during two days, and represents the auto care industry’s single, most efficient venue for warehouse distributors and their suppliers to conduct real business. Combined with the scope and variety of companies represented at AAPEX, AWDA’s annual Business & Education Conference is the can’t-miss event of the year for traditional distribution.

    Upcoming Event

    2019 Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA) Conference
    Nov. 2-4 | Venetian Resort & Casino | Las Vegas, NV

    Learn more

  • AWDA Art Fisher Memorial Scholarship Award

    This annual award, presented in memory of former AWDA Chairman Art Fisher, recognizes a company or individual for their leadership and commitment to education and training, either within their own organization or throughout the auto care industry. Recipients are drawn from traditional industry participants including jobbers, distributors, manufacturers or manufacturer’s representatives. Funds from the Art Fisher scholarship program are presented in the name of the award winner(s) to two undergraduate students enrolled in the automotive aftermarket management program at Northwood University.
    More info and winners

    AWDA Pursuit of Excellence Award

    Established in 1983, this annual award is presented exclusively to AWDA member companies or employees of those member companies in the auto care industry, in recognition of excellence in business performance and the setting of high standards as an example for others to follow.
    More info and winners

    AWDA Martin Fromm Lifetime Achievement Award

    This very selective award, presented as earned, recognizes individuals who have, over the course of many years, distinguished themselves through their unselfish commitment to, and high level of performance within, the auto care industry. Recipients are considered to be “backbones” of the industry, will have led great organizations of all sizes and/or industry causes, will have created jobs and/or opportunities and will have shown exemplary service to customers and the motoring public in general. Martin Fromm, in whose name the award is presented, founded AWDA with several prominent warehouse distributors in 1947 and was its executive until his death in 1997.
    More info and winners

    AWDA Jack Creamer Automotive Leader of the Year Award

    Award Criteria: This annual award, given in memory of former AWDA President Jack Creamer, is perceived as the industry's highest honor. It recognizes a very significant individual who contributed in a unique and monumental way while employed in the auto care industry. Award winners need not be AWDA members. Selection Committee: Composed of the previous five award winners who are willing and available to serve. The immediate past award winner serves as Committee Chairman.
    More info and winners

  • Members are eligible for discounts on a number of products and programs through the Association.

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