Distributors Increase Support of AWDA Challenge

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Distributors Increase Support of AWDA Challenge

Distributors participating in the upcoming 2017 Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA) Business and Education Conference have increased their support of the AWDA Challenge, raising their donation by 250% for each one-on-one meeting held.

AWDA Challenge donations made by distributors and vendors will no longer be limited to one-on-one meetings, but will also include booth meetings between member distributors and their vendor partners during the 2017 Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX).

“Last year, the AWDA Challenge raised more than $83,000, an increase of $25,000 over the previous year,” says John Washbish, MAAP, senior vice chairman, University of the Aftermarket Foundation. “With the additional amount donated by each distributor, plus the addition of booth meetings during AAPEX, the 2017 AWDA Challenge promises to be another record year.”

The Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, Auto Plus, Automotive Distribution Network, Federated Auto Parts and National Pronto Association have each pledged to raise their donation for every one-on-one and booth meeting held between their member distributors and vendor partners during the Las Vegas conference.

“We are very grateful to all who participate in the AWDA Challenge,” continues Washbish. “Their active involvement helps support the foundation’s mission of providing educational scholarships to worthy students interested in pursuing careers in the auto care industry.”

To learn more about scholarships funded by the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, visit

AWDA represents more than 600 top distributors and manufacturers of motor vehicle parts and suppliers nationwide. The 70-year old organization is a key segment of the Auto Care Association. For more information, visit

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.

For more information about the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, visit  

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