The Aftermarket Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA), a community of the Auto Care Association, has announced the addition of its newest officers and governors immediately following the conclusion of AAPEX 2022 in Las Vegas. Effective Nov. 4, the new AWDA chair is Ashlee Arnold, vice president, Arnold Oil Company of Austin, Texas. Arnold succeeds Ryan Samuels, Samuels, Inc., of Vauxhall, N.J., who successfully led the association the previous two years and remains on the board as immediate past chair.
Including Arnold, AWDA’s new officers are:
- Chair: Ashlee Arnold, Arnold Oil Company of Austin
- Vice Chair: Dan Hanson, Jr., Hanson Distributing Company
- Secretary: Chase Baxley, The Parts House (Florida)
“In its 75 years, AWDA has had the benefit of strong leadership to guide this proud organization through good and not so good times,” said Ted Hughes, executive director, AWDA. “These leaders represent the next generation of leadership for this great organization, and I am proud to work with them.”
AWDA’s new Governors-at-Large are:
- Ryan Bickle, Warehouse, Inc. / S&W Supply
- Joshua Futerman, Hahn Automotive Warehouse, Inc.
- Mike Harris, FleetPride
- Lanny Martindale, 4M Parts Warehouse
- Shawn Senior, Eastern Warehouse Distributors, Inc.
“AWDA’s nominating committee insists that, if asked, any incoming governor must be qualified to serve as chairman,” said Hughes. “The result of this long-standing tradition is a consistent supply of high-quality board members who are interested, engaged and committed to traditional distribution, the aftermarket and their association.”
In the coming year, the AWDA board will support and represent traditional distribution within the Auto Care Association and the aftermarket industry at large. AWDA also will continue its long tradition of supporting industry education through significant donations to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation.
AWDA represents the top distributors and manufacturers of motor vehicle parts nationwide. The 75-year-old organization is a key segment of the Auto Care Association.
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