outstanding leadership award in honor of jack creamer

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 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.


  Bill Hanvey/Outstanding Leadership Award

Paul McCarthy / Outstanding Leadership Award


The Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA), a community of the Auto Care Association, presented its 2020 Outstanding Leadership Award to Bill Hanvey, President and CEO, the Auto Care Association, and Paul McCarthy, President and COO, the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA). The award was announced on November 16 at the Opening General Session of AWDA's 2020 Virtual Annual Conference. Presenting this year's award was AWDA's 2015 Leader of the Year, Larry Sills, Chairman, Standard Motor Products.

Each year, AWDA bestows this prestigious award, formerly known as the “Leader of the Year,” on an aftermarket professional who has contributed to the industry in a unique and significant way. The award is named in honor of former AWDA President, Jack Creamer. This is the first time in 26 years that two individuals have been jointly honored with AWDA's highest award.

The past year has witnessed unprecedented challenges for the motor vehicle aftermarket and its two major trade associations. Hanvey and McCarthy were forced to deal with multiple threats to the viability of their industry and respective associations. The impacts of the successful battle for the Right-to-Repair in Massachusetts, the devastation of COVID-19, the cancellation of AAPEX and conversion of most other events to un-tested virtual formats were far-reaching and unprecedented.

As members struggled to maintain financial viability, they looked to their associations for guidance, support, encouragement and collaborative leadership as personified by Bill Hanvey and Paul McCarthy.

Bill Hanvey was named President and CEO of the Auto Care Association in 2015 and has spent his entire 36+ year career in the aftermarket, including stints at Tenneco, FleetPride, Dorman Products, Schaeffler Group USA, and AASA. Hanvey served as chairman of the Auto Care Association's Marketing and Communications Committee from 2009 - 2012, when the "Be Car Care Aware" consumer education campaign was being developed and served on the Board of Directors of the Automotive Communications Council in 2008. In 2014, he earned the Northwood University Educator of the Year Award.

After a quarter century of experience in the automotive industry, Paul McCarthy assumed the position of President and Chief Operating Officer of Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association in July 2019. As leader of the Automotive and Industrial Products Strategy Practice at PricewaterHouse (PwC), McCarthy consulted at dozens of automotive suppliers, eight of the top ten global automakers, private equity firms and financial institutions.

Said Larry Pavey, CEO, Automotive Parts and Services Group, "This is a great year to recognize the leadership provided by our associations in tackling industry challenges together and working together for the benefit of all. It seems like a year that really signifies the collaboration between the presidents and associations, as WDs and suppliers."

Added Marc Blackman, Gold Eagles, "Bill and Paul both bring different and valuable industry experience that complement one another. With the challenges and opportunities facing the aftermarket for the first time in the history of both associations, they have realized that collaboration and speaking with one coordinated voice regarding critical issues facing the aftermarket is essential to the future and well-being of our industry."

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