SPARK Initiative ‘Ignites Passion Among Aftermarket’s Next Generation

Jupiter, Fla.—Multi Parts’ SPARK2015 plays host to 10 students, each of whom receive an all expense paid trip to the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) being held at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, Nov. 3-5. SPARK2015 is a three-day industry immersion symposium, developed to introduce the next generation of aftermarket professionals to the industry at its largest, single event.

Developed and underwritten by Multi Parts, the SPARK Initiative is now in its second year. SPARK Initiative participants are chosen from Global Automotive Aftermarket Scholarship (GAAS) scholarship winners from across the U.S. In addition to Multi Parts, this year’s participants received GAAS scholarship awards from The Larry W. McCurdy Memorial Scholarship Fund, established by Affinia Group Inc., Bosch Automotive Aftermarket, The Breslow Foundation, The Car Care Council’s Women’s Board, Dayco Corporation, Standard Motor Products, The University of the Aftermarket Foundation (UAF) and The Udell Family Foundation.

SPARK2015 gives participants a front row seat to see the aftermarket industry at its dynamic best. Among the various activities planned for student participants, the Luminary Breakfast and Lunch are highly anticipated. The gathering includes some of the biggest names from the biggest companies in the aftermarket industry.

New for SPARK2015 is the addition of the Veterans’ Category. The brainchild of Multi Parts’ Chairman Barry Cohn, the Veterans’ Category “makes certain that men and women from our armed forces are introduced to our industry and all that it offers in a variety of career paths,” he said.

All SPARK2015 participants will wear Multi Parts’ shirts adorned with the U.S. flag. SPARK2015 veterans and members of the U.S. Armed Forces will have their branch of service embroidered on the sleeve.



• Leann Andrews

Eastern Maine Community College,

Bangor, Maine

GAAS Scholarship            

Standard Motor Products


• Benjamin Chad

Delta College, University Center, Michigan

United States Marine Corps

GAAS Scholarship            



• Raymond Davis

UTI NASCAR Tech, Mooresville, North Carolina

GAAS Scholarship            

Bosch Automotive Aftermarket, Multi Parts


• Dailyn Finnicum

Montana State University, Havre, Montana

Army National Guard

GAAS Scholarship            

The Udell Family Foundation, Multi Parts


• Paul Hyde

Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan

United States Army

GAAS Scholarship



• Tommy Montgomery

Boise State University, Boise, Idaho

United States Army

GAAS Scholarship             



• Elizabeth Niemi

Northwood, Midland, Michigan

GAAS Scholarship            



• Katherine Ramage

Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania

GAAS Scholarship            

The Car Care Council’s Women’s Board, The Breslow Foundation


• Tyler Washington

Capital University, Bexley, Ohio

GAAS Scholarship            

The Larry W. McCurdy Memorial Scholarship Fund, established by Affinia Group Inc., Multi Parts             


• Jared Winkles

Columbus Tech, Columbus, Georgia

GAAS Scholarship             

Dayco Corporation

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