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.

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The Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA), a community of the Auto Care Association, presented the 2018 Art Fisher Memorial Scholarship Award to Standard Motor Products (SMP), Long Island City, N.Y.  The award was presented by Mauro Cifelli, president and CEO, Vast-Auto Distribution Ltd, on Oct. 28 at AWDA’s 2018 Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

The Art Fisher Memorial Scholarship Award is presented annually to an aftermarket company or individual that demonstrates outstanding commitment to education and training, either within an organization or throughout the industry. Given in memory of former AWDA Chairman Art Fisher, the award grants scholarships in the name of the award winner to two students enrolled in the automotive aftermarket management program at Northwood University.

Over the years, SMP has been widely recognized for its outstanding training and product support programs.

In 2017, the company received the “Exceptional Training Award” from the Automotive Distribution Network at the network’s annual convention in Orlando, Fla. Fittingly, SMP hosted six technical seminars throughout the event on how to diagnosis and fix common failures on modern vehicles.

Standard Motor Products was honored with the 2017 “Outstanding Training Support Award” from Automotive Parts Headquarters, St. Cloud, Minn. and the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance's “Outstanding Training Support Award” during the channel partners’ award banquet at the Alliance's 2017 Winter Shareholder's Meeting.

“Standard Motor Products has been a tremendous partner since the early eighties,” said William Maggs, president and CEO, National Pronto Association. “They have helped automotive professionals with tremendous training and information enabling them to diagnose and repair vehicles with today's technology. In addition, SMP is deeply involved in our industry, supporting great initiatives such as the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, which provides scholarships to young people who want to enter the auto parts business.”

“They're always on the road, they're always in the warehouse, always dealing with customers,” said Cliff Hovis, president, Hovis Auto & Truck Supply, Inc. “You can tell that there's a lot of care that goes into everything they do.”

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