The “Jack Creamer Leader of the Year” award recipient, Larry Sills, has been appointed to serve a one-year term on the University of the Aftermarket Foundation board of trustees, filling the lifetime trustee seat established in Creamer’s name.
In October, the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, Automotive Distribution Network, Federated Auto Parts and National Pronto Association came together to contribute $100,000 to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation in honor of Creamer, the former vice chairman of the foundation who died March 25 at the age of 84. Because the combined donation reached the Lifetime Trustee contribution level, it was decided that the reigning “Jack Creamer Leader of the Year” award recipient would be named to fill the seat established in Creamer’s memory.
Sills is the longtime chairman and CEO of Standard Motor Products (SMP). Effective March 31, 2016, he will assume a new role with SMP as executive chairman of the board of directors. He was presented the prestigious “Jack Creamer Leader of the Year” award by the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA) on Nov. 1 in Las Vegas.
“The University of the Aftermarket Foundation congratulates Larry on his well-deserved award and welcomes him to our board of trustees,” said Tim Lee, chairman of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. “Larry’s knowledge, passion and commitment to the auto care industry are well known and I’m sure Jack would be pleased to know that Larry will be part of an organization that meant so much to him.”
For more information about the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, email Barbara Cunningham at [email protected]. To make a donation, send a check, made payable to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, to 7101 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 1300, Bethesda, MD 20814. The foundation is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization and all contributions are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.
Since 1986, the University of the Aftermarket Foundation has funded millions of dollars of scholarships, grants, research and ongoing educational programs to help develop a strong, knowledgeable aftermarket work force. The foundation encourages industry support, including donations for the purpose of honoring or memorializing individuals or otherwise recognizing special events, to help ensure the continued availability of training and education that strengthen the industry.