AASA announces new additions to Council Executive Committees 

The industry leaders bring deep industry experience and valuable insights to AASA council executive committees, the organization said.

The Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) announces additions to council leadership positions. Council executive committee members work together to provide leadership, direction, and expertise for their specific council and strive to create an enriching and important networking group.  

The Brake Manufacturers Council (BMC) is pleased to announce John Bennett, managing director of Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Detroit, Inc., was appointed incoming chairperson for the BMC for the coming year. The council thanked and honored Mark Phipps, director of engineering for Bosch Brake Components, LLC, for his service as chairperson over the past three years.   

The China Aftermarket Forum (CAF) is pleased to announce that Ricky Wang, general manager, APAC, Wegman Automotive China, has been nominated the chair of the CAF executive committee. Lily Wang, deputy general manager, FORVIA, has been named to the executive committee of the council.  

The Marketing Executives Council (MEC) is pleased to announce that Aaron Shaffer, associate director of marketing, Standard Motor Products; Anna Heinendirk, director of marketing, strategy and business development, Automotive Aftermarket for Schaeffler Group USA, Inc.; and Mario Garza, vice president of marketing, Motorcar Parts of America have joined the executive committee for the coming year. 

Modern Industry eXpertise (MiX) is pleased to announce that Ryan Devine, director, global product management, engineering and program management, Dana Inc., as incoming chairman for the ensuing year and Angela Golden, senior marketing manager, repair and cross brands, First Brands Group, LLC, as member of the MiX executive committee. At the Spring meeting, the council honored and thanked Brian Lesiewicz, general manager, sales and marketing, NGK Park Plugs (USA) Inc., for his years of service as the chair of the executive committee.  

The Mobility Technology Council (MTC) is pleased to announce Brian Daugherty, Chief Technology Officer, Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association, as a member of the council’s executive committee. 

Supply Chain and Operations Forum (SCO) has named Dave Haley, senior vice president, operations, Cloyes; Joe Wright, director, Americas operations, DENSO Products and Services Americas, Inc.; and Colin Tisch, Vice President, Corporate Supply Chain, Standard Motor Products to the council’s inaugural executive committee.  

The AASA AAPEX Events Committee added two vice chairs, Lisa Chamness, event manager, BG Products and Jackie Donahue, marketing manager, experiential, NGK Park Plugs (USA) Inc. Three new members have been named to the AASA AAPEX Events Committee Advisory group,Erica Chekaway, sales operations manager, automotive, hardware and textile, GOJO; Joe Kahle, U.S. marketing manager, Spectra Premium; and April Fristachi, marketing coordinator, Standard Motor Products.  

The Intellectual Property Committee (IPC) has nominated Max Faistenhammer, brand protection and security manager, DRiV, as the chair of the executive leadership team. New to the executive leadership team is vice chair Antun Peakovic, director and chief IP, Americas, Schaeffler. Three new members have been named to the IPC Advisory Group, Diane MacDonald, corporate counsel, NTN Bearing; Todd Pleiness, senior IP counsel (CRP), MAHLE; and Eliza Crowther Boenigk, associate counsel, Standard Motor Products.  

Learn more about AASA Councils and Committees here

About AASA
AASA exclusively serves manufacturers of aftermarket components, tools and equipment, and related products, an important part of the automotive parts manufacturing industry which supports 871,000 American jobs. AASA is a recognized industry change agent – promoting a collaborative industry environment, providing a forum to address issues and serving as a valued resource for members. AASA is the light vehicle aftermarket division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA). “AASA, The Voice for the Automotive Aftermarket Supplier Industry” 

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