jack creamer automotive leader of the year

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.


The Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA), a community of the Auto Care Association, presented its 2018 Jack Creamer Leader of the Year Award to Larry Pavey, CEO of Automotive Parts Services Group and president of Federated Auto Parts, on Oct. 28 at its 2018 annual conference in Las Vegas. Each year, AWDA bestows this prestigious honor on an aftermarket professional who has contributed to the industry in a unique and significant way.

Presenting the award was AWDA’s 2017 Leader of the Year, Bill Maggs, president and CEO, National Pronto Association, co-CEO of the Automotive Parts Services Group and 1 Parts Global Aftermarket Services.

Pavey has spent his entire career in the automotive aftermarket, working first for a jobber a warehouse distributor while attending high school and college. In 1976, Pavey joined Walker Manufacturing and held a variety of sales management positions in several markets, rapidly advancing within the organization.

After six years with Walker, Pavey joined Echlin’s newly-formed BWD division as Midwest regional sales manager, later being promoted to vice president of marketing for the Borg Warner, Niehoff and Whitaker brands. After Echlin acquired the assets of Raybestos Brakes in 1985, Pavey moved to Echlin’s Brake Parts Inc. (BPI) division. He served in a variety of roles, including vice president of sales and marketing and general manager of aftermarket distribution and remanufacturing.

Pavey was named president of BPI in 1990. While at the helm, he guided BPI through more than 20 acquisitions, growing the division to the largest brake supplier in the aftermarket. In 1997, Pavey was named president of Echlin’s North American operations and was responsible for all of the company’s aftermarket business. The following year, Echlin was acquired by Dana Corporation and Pavey was named president of Dana’s Under Vehicle Group where he led the global under vehicle business for the next six years.

After retiring from Dana Corporation, Pavey worked for a venture capital firm before joining a former client, Federated Auto Parts, as senior vice president and ultimately president. In 2016, Pavey was also named CEO of the Automotive Parts Services Group, a joint venture of Federated Auto Parts and the National Pronto Association.
“I consider him one of my mentors in this industry; an incredible person,” said Ashlee Arnold, vice president, Arnold Oil Company. “I was told from a very young age that when Larry Pavey speaks, it’s best to shut up and listen!”

Throughout the years, Pavey has been active in many industry associations, including serving as a board member of Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), Automotive Parts & Accessories Association (APAA), Automotive Service Industries Association (ASIA), Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) and Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA). Pavey currently serves on the AWDA Board of Governors and the University of the Aftermarket Foundation Executive Committee.

“Larry is one of the pillars of the automotive aftermarket,” said Richard Beirne, vice president, corporate development, Automotive Parts Headquarters, Inc. “When I think of my career and the number of great people I’ve met and have been associated with, Larry would be at the top of that list.” 

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