automotive warehouse distributors association

automotive warehouse distributors association

The Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA) is accepting nominations for its four Industry Awards. Learn more about the different options by clicking on "Awards" below.

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.

Benefits
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

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

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

    Secretary  
    Ryan Samuels, Samuels, Inc., Vauxhall, NJ

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

    Treasurer
    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  

    Advisors

    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

    Financial Advisor
    Ken Marker, Wells Fargo Advisors, 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


  • The Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA) is currently accepting nominations for its four Industry Awards honoring individuals and companies who have shown an exceptional ability to educate, innovate, manage and lead. Over the years, the list of AWDA award recipients has evolved into a who’s-who of aftermarket luminaries. AWDA’s are among the most widely recognized and highly respected awards the aftermarket has to offer.

    Nominate today!

    Watch this informative CarmCast on the benefits of getting involved

    CarmCast Auto Care Association Awards Highlights

    Nominations are being accepted through July 26, 2019.

    The recipients of all these awards will be honored on Sunday, November 3, at the 2019 AWDA Business and Education Conference in Las Vegas.

    AWDA Industry Awards

    Art Fisher Award for Excellence in Education

    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 industry. Winners will be drawn from traditional industry participants including jobbers, distributors, repair shops or manufacturers. Funds from the Art Fisher Scholarship program shall be presented in the name of the award winner(s) to two undergraduate students enrolled in the automotive aftermarket management program at Northwood University, Midland, MI. Award winners need not be AWDA members.                                                                                                                                                       
    More info and winners


    Pursuit of Excellence Award: Recognizing Special Achievement

    This annual award is presented in recognition of excellence in business performance and the setting of high standards as an example for others to follow. Such performance may be related to innovative and successful methods of management, marketing, manufacturing or service. In addition, this award may be presented for exemplary volunteer or advocacy efforts made on behalf of the winner's company and/or industry. Award winners must be an AWDA member or employed by an AWDA member company.                                                                                                                                                   
    More info and winners


    Lifetime Achievement Award in Honor of Martin Fromm

    This very selective award recognizes individuals who have, over the course of a career spanning many years, distinguished themselves through their integrity, unselfish commitment to, and high level of performance within the motor vehicle aftermarket industry. Nominees will be considered "backbones" of the industry, individuals who have led great organizations of all sizes and/or industry causes, created jobs and/or opportunities and demonstrated exemplary service to customers, suppliers, peers and the motoring public. Award winners need not be AWDA members.                      
    More info and winners


    Outstanding Leadership Award in Honor of Jack Creamer (formerly the Jack Creamer Automotive Leader of the Year Award)

    This annual award recognizes an individual, employed in the aftermarket, who over the past several years, has made a unique and monumental contribution to the industry and/or the association. The accomplishment that warrants this award must go well above and beyond any routine or day-to-day activity and shall be reflective of a commitment to the industry that few individuals can match. This award is to be perceived as the industry's highest honor/recognition. Award winners need not be AWDA members.                                                                                                                                                 
    More info and winners

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