hall of fame award

Import Vehicle Community - Small

Election to the Hall of Fame represents the highest honor bestowed by the Import Vehicle Community. It is recognition of an exceptional lifetime of achievement and service to the automotive aftermarket and its people.

The Import Vehicle Community presented the 2019 Hall of Fame Award to:

Bob Clark, senior aftermarket advisor, Aisin World Corp. of America

Bob Clark is senior aftermarket advisor at Aisin World Corp. of America, the sixth largest Tier One automotive supplier in the world. Clark has been with Aisin for 28 years and has held several positions including vice president of aftermarket sales and operations. In June, 2019, Clark retired from Aisin; however, the company delayed his golden years celebration by naming him Senior Aftermarket Advisor.

For most of his 52-year career, Clark has been in one industry: the automotive aftermarket. In 1967 he began working at his father’s NAPA store. In the seventies and eighties he worked for the Genuine Parts Company, then moved to the Champion Spark Plug Company.

Then, for reasons unknown, Clark left the aftermarket business in 1986, and for five years was self-employed; not as a parts distributor or salesman… but owner of a fitness salon, a sign store and a laundromat.

In 1991 Clark returned to the automotive aftermarket and joined Aisin as aftermarket sales manager. He was promoted numerous times, and in 2018, was named vice president responsible for all Aisin Aftermarket Sales and Operations in North and South America. He also led the strategic planning and opening of new Aisin Aftermarket facilities in Dallas, Nashville and Panama.

Clark has been involved in a number of industry groups including the Automotive Sales Council; Northwood University; AASA; and the Autocare Association/Auto International Association and Import Vehicle Community.

Clark and his wife of 45-years, Zee, have three children and four grandchildren, and reside in Chatsworth, Calif.

Previous award recipients

  • Irving Beck (1985)
  • Peter Morris (1985)
  • George Neuwirth (1985)
  • Bjarne Qvale (1985)
  • Earl Nisonger (1986)
  • Albert Wepper (1986)
  • William Arnowitz (1987)
  • Harold Schrier (1987)
  • Stephen Herrick (1988)
  • Len Meyers (1988)
  • William Owen (1988)
  • Dave Williams (1988)
  • Chuck Schwartz (1989)
  • Randy St. John (1989)
  • Al Moss (1990)
  • Ruben Tarno (1990)
  • Louis Berg (1991)
  • Peter Neuwirth (1991)
  • Fred Olefson (1992)
  • George Doefler (1993)
  • Leroy Zeigner (1993)
  • Steve Patkin (1994)
  • Marty Holtz (1994)
  • Ken Miller (1994)
  • Michael Pace (1995)
  • Eli Garfien (1995)
  • Steve Kirby (1996)
  • Mel Marks (1996)
  • Karl Schwartz (1997)
  • Bob Romanow (1997)
  • Knut “Ben” Bendixen (1998)
  • Barry Breslow (1999)
  • ** (2000)
  • ** (2001)
  • Barry Cohn (2002)
  • Hanns Hederer (2003)
  • Karl H. Flicker (2004)
  • James A. Law (2005)
  • Henry P. Allessio (2006)
  • Tom B. Babcox (1919-1995) (2007)
  • Bill Babcox (2007)
  • Tom O’Hare (2007)
  • E.P. (Ed) Lynch (2008)
  • Dino Crescentini (2009)
  • Hans Bierdümpfel (2010)
  • Lee Kadrich (2011)
  • Anthony “Tony” Perticari (2012)
  • Hans Joachim Kopecky (2013)
  • Mort Schwartz (2014)
  • Kathleen Schmatz (2015)
  • Bob Cushing (2016)
  • Ira D. Davis (2017)
  • Martin “Marty” Gold (2017)
  • W. Michael Brown (2018)

**Award not presented.

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