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The Import Vehicle Community is the leader in recognizing excellence in people and products.

The Import Vehicle Community Luncheon and Awards Program at AAPEX features the presentation of Import Vehicle Community's People Awards to men and women who have made significant contributions to the import automotive aftermarket.

The Import Product and Marketing Awards recognizes innovative products and marketing programs designed to serve the import aftermarket.


+ Import Vehicle Community People Awards

Each year the Import Vehicle Community Luncheon and Awards Program at AAPEX features the presentation of the Import Vehicle Community People Awards to men and women who have made significant contributions to the import auto care industry.

We welcome your nominations if you are know of a deserving candidate for the 2019 Import Vehicle Community People Awards.

Nominations are being accepted through July 26, 2019.

Submit a Nomination



The 2018 People Award Winners are:

Hall of Fame Award

    W. Michael “Mike” Brown, president emeritus, Olympus Imported Auto Parts, retired

Lifetime Industry Achievement Award

    Wm. “Mac” McGovern AAM, AAP, director, marketing and training, KYB Americas Corporation, retired (accepted by Mike Fiorito and Aaron Shafer)

    Rosemary Perry, segment management specialist, Auto Care Association, retired (accepted by Larry Northup)

Young Executive of the Year Award

    Matthias Kopecky, vice president, purchasing, product management, marketing, SSF Imported Auto Parts LLC
More information about our people awards and historical award winners can be found below.

Hall of Fame

The Import Vehicle Community Hall of Fame award is intended to honor outstanding individuals in the import automotive industry whose creativity, dignity, integrity, industriousness and accomplishments have enhanced the stature of, and significantly contributed to, the import industry segment and its overall growth and progress. More information and a list of winners can be found here.

Lifetime Achievement

The Import Vehicle Community Lifetime Industry Achievement award honors individuals whose outstanding performance, integrity, dignity and conscientious approach to business affairs are demonstrated as a matter of routine. Not intended to honor principals of high visibility or popularity, the Lifetime Industry Achievement award has been referenced as a means by which the “worker bees” or “people in the trenches” are credited and properly recognized. More information and a list of winners can be found here.

Person of the Year

The Person of the Year award honors an individual for his or her outstanding contributions to the industry and to the Import Vehicle Community during the past 12-month period preceding the selection of the current year’s award recipient. There shall be no more than one individual per year honored as the Person of the Year. More information and a list of winners can be found here.

Young Executive of the Year

The Import Vehicle Community honors this outstanding young executive in the import automotive industry for his/her dedication, enthusiasm and accomplishments. This award recognizes leadership and integrity for those executives under 40 years of age. More information and a list of winners can be found here.

+ Import Product & Marketing Awards

The Import Product and Marketing Awards Program is open to all AAPEX exhibitors and provides awards in ten categories. All entries are displayed in our showcases at AAPEX.

Submit an Entry

AAPEX-2018-Product-Winners

Our 2018 award winners are:

  • Best Overall Import Aftermarket Product or Product Line
    KYB Americas Corp., KYB Strut-Plus

  • Best New Product or Product Line for Import Cars or Trucks
    BATTSCAN was Developed by QTS, brought to market by FutureTech Auto, and distributed by DC Battery Hub, BATTSCAN

  • Best Performance Product or Accessory for Import Cars or Trucks
    CRP Automotive, REIN Aluminum Water Pump Pulley & Belt Kit

  • Best New Tool for Repairs on Import Cars or Trucks
    Nissens North America, Compressor Oil Visual Diagnostic Tool

  • Best Problem-Solver for Import Cars or Trucks
    Lumileds, Philips X-treme Ultinon LED Headlights

  • Best Packaging of a Product for Import Cars or Trucks
    Sensen Shocks & Struts by DMA Sales, LLC, ATLAS LIFT by DMA Offers Modern Sleek "Retail Ready" Packaging

  • Best Merchandising/Advertising of a Product for Import Cars or Trucks
    Akebono Brake Corporation, People of Akebono Advertising Campaign

  • Best Print or Electronic Catalog of a Product Line for Import Cars or Trucks
    Centric Parts, 2019 Brake Systems Import and Domestic Catalog

  • Best Electronic Media for Import Cars or Trucks
    PartsTech Inc., www.PartsTech.com

  • Best Functional Fluid for Import Cars or Trucks
    AISIN World Corp. of AmericaAISIN ATF-NS3


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