Dan Hanson, Jr. Chair of the CAWA Board of Directors, appoints Tom Ogaz of the Parts Authority to the Board of Directors
CAWA Chair of the Board, Dan Hanson, Jr. of Hanson Distributing Company, has appointed Tom Ogaz of the Parts Authority to the Board of Directors. When Chair Hanson announced the appointment he commented: “ We look forward to Tom’s participation and contributions that will assist the Association in achieving its goals as a viable automotive aftermarket industry organization”. “We appreciate Tom and the Parts Authority continuing their position in leadership for the Association to assure the future successes of CAWA and the industry we serve”, he continued.
Mr. Ogaz is currently the General Manager for the California 'Inland Empire' Parts Authority Automotive Stores. He came to Parts Authority from the 2016 acquisition of Metro / Star Auto Parts in California. He has been in the automotive parts industry since 1987, where he started as a Counter Person at Kragen Auto Parts. In 1993 he went onto American Brake Supply, an undercar wholesaler. While there, he was promoted to District Manager and was responsible for 6 warehouses in Southern California. In 1999, he was hired at Metro / Star as the IT Manager. In 2004, he took the position of General Manager of the Star Auto Parts stores and was promoted to Vice President of the company owned "Star" Stores in 2009.
CAWA is an automotive aftermarket trade association, which represents auto parts jobbers, retailers, warehouse distributors, manufacturers, manufacturer representatives and program groups. The Association provides educational, legislative and business support to the industry and its membership. It is one of the largest trade associations of its kind in the United States and recognized as a leader in the automotive aftermarket industry.