AWDA names new officers, governors at AAPEX

Nov. 13, 2015
AWDA’s new chairman is Cliff Hovis, president, Hovis Auto and Truck Supply. Hovis succeeds Corey Bartlett, Automotive Parts Headquarters, who remains on the council as immediate past chairman.

The Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA) introduced the group’s newest officers and governors during its 2015 Annual Business and Education Conference in Las Vegas, Nev.

Taking office on Nov. 3 were AWDA’s new chairman, Cliff Hovis, president, Hovis Auto and Truck Supply, Inc., Mercer, Pa. Hovis succeeds Corey Bartlett, Automotive Parts Headquarters, St. Cloud, Minn., who led the association through the previous 12 months and remains on the council as immediate past chairman.

Joining Hovis as AWDA’s new 2015-2016 officers is vice chairman, Bobby Segal, Automotive Supply Associates, Concord, N.H.; and entering the chairs as secretary will be Don Bickle, Warehouse Inc., Hays, Kan. Richard Beirne, Automotive Parts Headquarters, LaCrosse, Wis., retains his position as AWDA treasurer.

“These new officers join a long and distinguished line of great leaders that have come through the AWDA chairs. Their commitment to the industry is inspiring and it’s truly an honor to work with them,” said Larry Northup, executive director, AWDA.

Also joining the AWDA Council of Governors are:

•   Fletcher Lord, III, Replacement Parts, Inc./Parts Warehouse, Little Rock, Ark.

•   Russell Mastroff, Cold Air Distributors Warehouse, Fort Pierce, Fla.

•   Ryan Samuel, Samuels Inc./Buy Wise Auto Parts, Vauxhall, N.J.

•   Brent Windom, Auto Plus, Kennesaw, Ga.

AWDA’s nominating committee insists that, if asked, any incoming governor must be qualified to serve as chairman. The result of this long-standing policy is a consistent supply of high-quality council members who are interested, engaged and committed to traditional distribution, the auto care industry and the association.

In the coming year, AWDA will work with the Auto Care Association to support multiple projects designed to enhance the position of traditional distribution in the aftermarket. These will include: support for the Auto Care Association’s telematics-related actions, promotion of jobs and careers – along with training and education – within the traditional distribution sector, and the continued expansion and refinement of technology standards that impact all supply chain partners. 

For more information, visit, or contact Larry Northup at [email protected] or 301-654-6664.

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