Bruce Ronning, Senior Vice President, Global Sales and Commercial Operations at DRiV, was awarded the 2021 AASA Member Advocacy Award on November 3 at the AAPEX show in Las Vegas.
“This award is to recognize one of our members who has gone above and beyond and who has been a proud representative of our industry,” said Paul McCarthy, President and CEO of AASA. “Bruce has made the needs and values of the aftermarket heard and understood by key external audiences and has stood up for the future of the aftermarket.”
Ronning has contributed in several important ways over the past twenty months to justify this honor. He has acted as a vocal representative for aftermarket manufacturers in discussions with the US Secretary of Commerce about supply chain and workforce challenges. He has provided valuable feedback on trade issues, dating back to the USMCA agreement and its favorable terms for the aftermarket, and then used his platform on the AASA Board to encourage the concept of ports open 24/7. Most importantly, he and his company were not afraid to speak up on the importance of Right to Repair and maintaining a competitive market for consumer choice on where, and with what parts, vehicles are serviced.
“I am humbled and grateful to be recognized by AASA with this award, as we at DRiV are always glad to work with Paul and the AASA/MEMA teams to do what we can to promote and ensure the future of our industry,” said Ronning. “I look forward to continuing our relationship and plan to do my part to ensure that the needs and issues affecting the aftermarket are taken seriously.”
Catherine Boland, MEMA’s Vice President of Government Affairs, Leigh Merino, MEMA’s Vice President of Legislative Affairs, and Paul McCarthy, President and CEO of AASA, took the stage to officially name Ronning as the first ever AASA Advocacy Champion.
Also honored during the award presentation were Daniel Tristan who was awarded the AASA DEI Leadership Award (Individual) and Delphi Technologies, a Borg Warner brand, who was awarded the AASA DEI Leadership Award (Corporation).
AASA (www.aftermarketsuppliers.org) 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, Connecting Members to What Matters.”
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