BETHESDA, Maryland – The Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA) announced the election of several new officers to the association’s executive committee.
The new officers began their terms on Nov. 3.
Mauro Cifelli, vice president of sales and marketing for Vast-Auto Distribution of Montreal, has been named AWDA’s vice chairman. Previously, Cifelli served as secretary of AWDA and as a member of the Council of Governors. Cifelli replaces outgoing vice chairman Don Bickle Jr., president of Warehouse Inc. in Hays, Kansas.
Moving into the position of secretary is William (“Henry”) Slack, CEO of Gainesville, Georgia-based Slack Auto Parts Co. Slack served a three-year term on AWDA’s Council of Governors and is active on the Auto Care Association’s Emerging Technology Committee.
Tim Trudnowski, president of Spokane, Washington-based Automotive Jobbers Supply, has been named AWDA’s in-coming treasurer. Trudnowski, a former AWDA chairman, follows in the footsteps of long-time treasurer Richard Beirne of Automotive Parts Headquarters. Beirne will remain on the AWDA Executive Committee as treasurer emeritus.
AWDA Chairman Bobby Segal, CEO of Concord, New Hampshire-based Automotive Supply Associates, will continue in this position and complete his two-year term in November 2018, at which point Cifelli will step into the chairman’s position. In order to provide long-term consistency within AWDA’s leadership, both the secretary and treasurer positions are appointed by the board to open-ended terms.
“All these individuals have a deep commitment to AWDA and the Auto Care Association, having served in many diverse capacities,” said Larry Northrup, AWDA’s executive director, community engagement and liaison. “The vast institutional and industry knowledge they bring to the table will be invaluable as AWDA deploys its many resources for the benefit of traditional distribution and the auto care industry at large.”