The Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA), a community of the Auto Care Association, announced the winners of its 2018 Industry Awards during the opening general session of its 71st Annual Business and Education Conference in Las Vegas.
AWDA’s annual awards are given to four honorees who have demonstrated excellence in and made significant contributions to the automotive aftermarket industry.
Jack Creamer Leader of the Year Award
The Jack Creamer Leader of the Year Award went to Larry Pavey, CEO of the Automotive Parts Services Group and president of Federated Auto Parts.
The award goes to to an individual who has contributed in a unique and monumental way while employed in the auto care industry. Bill Maggs, AWDA’s 2017 Leader of the Year, presented the award. Maggs is president and CEO of National Pronto Association and co-CEO of the Automotive Parts Services Group and 1 Parts Global Aftermarket Services.
Martin Fromm Lifetime Achievement Award
The Martin Fromm Lifetime Achievement Award went to Greg Henslee, executive vice chairman of the board for O’Reilly Automotive.
The award goes to individuals who have distinguished themselves through their unselfish commitment to and high level of performance within the auto care industry throughout their career. Bobby Segal of Sanel NAPA, AWDA’s current chairman of the board of governors, presented the award.
Art Fisher Memorial Scholarship Award
The Art Fisher Memorial Scholarship Award went to Standard Motor Products (SMP).
The award goes to a company or individual in recognition of their leadership and commitment to education and training, either within their own organization or throughout the auto care industry. Mauro Cifelli, president and CEO of Vast Auto Distribution, presented the award.
Pursuit of Excellence Award
The Pursuit of Excellence Award went to Tom Seboldt, vice president, merchandise, at O’Reilly Auto Parts.
The award is given exclusively to AWDA member companies, or employees of those member companies, in the auto care industry, in recognition of excellence in business performance and the setting of high standards as an example for others to follow. Henry Slack, president of Slack Auto Parts, presented the award.