By Camille Sheehan, of the Auto Care Association
The Auto Care Association announced the opening of its 2022 industry awards season. Dozens of industry leaders are recognized each year through the association’s awards, which are given to individuals and companies demonstrating excellence in the auto care industry through professional development, outstanding communication efforts and educational initiatives for the advancement of the next generation. Recipients of the 2022 awards will have demonstrated their ability to rise to the occasion in a dynamic industry landscape and position themselves and their companies for future success. All Auto Care Association member companies and employees are eligible to participate.
Learn more about each of the awards below.
Impact Award: Four for the Future
The Impact Award recognizes four aftermarket professionals under the age of 40 who have made outstanding contributions to the auto care industry. The award provides businesses within the auto care industry the opportunity to highlight the success of individuals in their roles who demonstrate hard work, dedication, professionalism and exceptional abilities. The awards are presented and managed by the association’s Marketing and Communications committee and the Young Auto Care Network Group (YANG).
Auto Care Career and Education (ACE) Award
The ACE Award recognizes companies (small, medium and large) dedicated to excellence in education, investing in the growth of knowledge and skills within their organization and/or throughout the industry. This may include employee training, customer education programs, programs for instructor and/or students, and other education programs for the industry at-large. Award winners will be selected by the Auto Care Association Education Committee.
Mort Schwartz Excellence in Education Award
The Mort Schwartz Award recognizes an individual who best advances the concepts and programs for education or continuing education in the North American auto care industry. Nominations should be submitted for the individual’s innovation, advancement or outstanding efforts in education and training programs, or scholarship fundraising efforts. Award winners will be selected by the Auto Care Association Education Committee.
Women of the Year Awards
Women in Auto Care annually honors deserving women throughout the industry with the awards of: Woman of the Year, Woman of Excellence and Female Shop Owner of the Year.
New this year, the “Auto Care Female Shop Team Member of the Year” has been added to the Women of the Year awards lineup. The Auto Care Female Shop Team Member of the Year award is presented annually to a woman who has excelled in her role, demonstrating exceptional knowledge and skill and model behavior as a part of the shop team. This can include technicians, service writers, customer service, managers and any other roles within the shop.
Automotive Communications Awards
Women in Auto Care recognizes companies and agencies that provide automotive information through outstanding advertising, marketing and public relations efforts. Award entries are reviewed and winners selected by volunteers from the Automotive Communications Council and the Auto Care Association Marketing and Communications Committee.
“Anytime you get an award for taking care of your team it is a special moment,” said 2021 ACE Award winner Dwayne Myers, co-owner and managing partner, Dynamic Automotive. “I cannot think of one that we will cherish more. Our team is our future and what has caused our success. Being recognized for putting forth the effort by investing in their future means the world to us.”
The deadline to submit applications for the Impact, ACE, Mort Schwartz and Women of the Year awards is June 30, 2022. The deadline to submit applications for the Automotive Communications Awards is Sept. 2, 2022.
Visit autocare.org/awards for more information, including award criteria and applications.
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