Former University of the Aftermarket Foundation Chairman Tim Lee Dies

The University of the Aftermarket Foundation board of trustees reports its former Chairman Tim Lee died June 3 at the age of 68.

Donations made in his memory will be used to advance industry education, notes the association.

“Tim Lee had a tremendous impact on our industry. He was a terrific leader and was actively involved in every facet of the auto care industry,” said Bob Egan, MAAP, chairman, University of the Aftermarket Foundation. “Tim’s passion for the aftermarket was evident and he was generous with his time. One his many leadership roles was serving as chairman of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. Under his guidance, the foundation greatly expanded its ability to provide more scholarships to deserving students pursuing a career in the industry he loved.

“We have received numerous inquiries from those who want to make a memorial contribution to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation in Tim’s name. We are honored to accept those donations and know that Tim would be proud to have them used to help educate the next generation of industry leaders. The aftermarket has lost a leader, colleague and friend in Tim Lee. He will be sorely missed.”

The association notes Lee began his career in the aftermarket in 1971 at United Delco, then a division of General Motors, which later became ACDelco, where he worked as a jobber sales representative and then district sales manager in the Chicago area. In 1975, he joined Lang Distributing in Kankakee, Ill. After serving as marketing manager, sales manager and general manager, he bought the company in 1985, and most recently served as its chairman. Lee was a member of the Bumper to Bumper board of directors and the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance executive board, where he served as chairman for two years.

An active industry participant, Lee held the roles of treasurer and chairman of the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (now Auto Care Association) and as a governor, treasurer and chairman of the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA). He received many honors during his distinguished career including the Leader of the Year Award, the Martin Fromm Lifetime Achievement Award, Pursuit of Excellence Award and the Art Fisher Memorial Scholarship Award. He also received the Industry Service Award from Northwood University.

In addition to serving as trustee and chairman of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, Lee was active in the AWDA University and University of the Aftermarket, where he served as vice chancellor. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University and a Master Automotive Aftermarket Professional (MAAP) designation from the University of the Aftermarket.

To make a donation to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation in memory of Tim Lee, visit to donate online or send a check made payable to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation to 7101 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 1300, Bethesda, MD 20814 and indicate that the donation is in Lee’s memory.

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