CAWA annual dinner raises funds for aftermarket scholarships
Las Vegas—The CAWA annual dinner meeting, held in conjunction with Industry Week in Las Vegas, raised more than $26,000 for CAWA’S Memorial Scholarship Fund, generated from the event’s live auction and raffle.
“The auto care industry is in the public interest and the public good,” CAWA President & CEO Rodney Pierini told attendees. “We’re dedicated to raising money for our scholarship program so the next generation can follow in our footsteps.”
CAWA Chair-elect Michael Antonelli noted the aging demographic of the auto industry. “In aftermarket years, we have at least a millennia of experience in this room, and we need to usher in the new talent, which is why these scholarships are so important,” he said, adding that he looks forward to moving CAWA’s interests and agenda forward in the coming year.
The 2016 CAWA chair, Greg Livingston, reflected on CAWA’s legislative accomplishments during the past year, including the introduction of a bill that would require all new car dealers to disclose to all customers that using aftermarket parts and service would not void warranties. “This is especially important with the emergence of telematics, which is the new check-engine light on steroids,” he said. “Going to battle, if necessary, with the OEMs in terms of putting together the necessary steps and resources in place is a challenge CAWA recognizes. We need to support aftermarket service facilities, suppliers and manufacturers.”
The keynote speaker was Malcom Sissmore, of Delphi Products & Service Solutions, who gave a presentation regarding emerging automotive technologies and telematics capabilities, and their effect on the aftermarket service and repair industry.
Selwyn Joffe, who is president, chairman and CEO of Motorcar Parts of America (MPA), which was the exclusive sponsor of the event, said the company was honored to support and contribute to the industry and CAWA’s efforts.
More than 115 people attended.