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.

  • Community 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 
    Ryan Samuels, Samuels, Inc./Buy Wise Auto Parts, Vauxhall, NJ

    Ashlee Arnold, Arnold Oil Company of Austin, Austin, TX
    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, Highline Aftermarket/Service Champ, Memphis, TN

    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

    • Chase Baxley, The Parts House, Jacksonville, FL
    • Ryan Bickle, Warehouse, Inc., Hays, KS
    • Michael Buzzard, Icahn Automotive Group LLC, Kennesaw, GA
    • Kyle Byrne, The Merrill Company, Spencer, IA
    • Garry Castles, W M Automotive Warehouse, Inc., Fort Worth, TX
    • Charles Crouse, TBA & Oil Warehouse, Indianapolis, IN
    • Dan Hanson, Jr., Hanson Distributing Company, Azusa, CA
    • Jesse Kaplan, Neptune Warehouse Distributors, Chelsea, MA
    • Glenn Morreale, C&M Automotive Warehouse, Trenton, NJ
    • Arnoldo Ventura, Frontera Radiators & Parts Inc., El Paso, TX

    Governors—Group Headquarters

    • David Prater, Automotive Distribution Network, Germantown, TN
    • Kevin Herron, NAPA Headquarters, Atlanta, GA
    • Robert Roos, National Pronto Association, Grapevine, TX  
    • 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, Service Champ, Memphis, TN

    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
    • Colby Florea, Gates Corporation, Irvine, CA
    • Ted Hughes, MAHLE Aftermarket, Inc., Farmington Hills, MI
    • Paul Kratzer, KYB Americas Corp., Greenwood, IN
    • Rick Mochulsky, Motorcar Parts of America, Torrance, CA
    • Fernando Montano, The Timken Company, North Canton, OH
    • Joe Stephan, Trico Group, Rochester Hills, MI


    Manufacturers' Representative Advisor
    John Bender, NA Williams, Roswell, GA

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

    Young Auto Care Network Group (YANG) Advisor
    Dave Shapiro, SRS Marketing Company, Inc., Southampton, PA

    Financial Advisor
    Ken Marker, Wells Fargo Advisors, Overland Park, KS

  • AWDA will host a full complement of one-on-one meetings during its FIRST virtual event with pre-scheduled appointments being conducted via private video conferences. Also included will be AWDA's time-honored awards ceremony, member recognition and leadership updates.

    Upcoming Event

    2020 Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA) Conference
    November 16-19, 2020 | VIRTUAL | Bethesda, MD                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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  • The Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA) has closed nominations for its four 2020 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.

    Watch this informative CarmCast on the benefits of getting involved

    CarmCast Auto Care Association Awards Highlights

    The recipients of all these awards will be honored at the 2020 73rd AWDA Business and Education Conference.

    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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