Thursday, 30 November 2017 18:40

AWDA Announces New Leadership With Three Officer Appointments

On Nov. 27, the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA), a community of the Auto Care Association, announced the election of several new officers to the association’s executive committee, who began their terms on Nov. 3.


Mauro Cifelli, vice president, sales & marketing, Vast-Auto Distribution Ltd., Montreal Quebec, has been named AWDA’s vice chairman. Previously, Cifelli served as secretary of AWDA and as a member of the Council of Governors. Cifelli replaces out-going vice chairman, Don Bickle, Jr., president, Warehouse Inc., Hays, Kan. 


Moving into the position of secretary is William (“Henry”) Slack, CEO, Slack Auto Parts Co., Gainesville, GA. Slack served a three-year term on AWDA’s Council of Governors and is active on the Auto Care Association’s Emerging Technology Committee. 


Tim Trudnowski, president, Automotive Jobbers Supply, Spokane, WA, has been named AWDA’s incoming treasurer. Trudnowski, a former AWDA Chairman, follows in the footsteps of long-time treasurer Richard Beirne, Automotive Parts Headquarters. Beirne will remain on the AWDA Executive Committee as treasurer emeritus. 


AWDA Chairman Bobby Segal, CEO, Automotive Supply Associates, Concord, NH, will continue in this position and complete his two-year term in November 2018, whereupon Cifelli will step into the chairman’s position. In order to provide long-term consistency within AWDA’s leadership, both the secretary and treasurer positions are appointed by the board to open-ended terms.  


Commenting on the new appointments, Larry Northup, executive director, community engagement, Auto Care Association, and liaison, AWDA, said, “All these individuals have a deep commitment to AWDA and the Auto Care Association, having served in many diverse capacities. The vast institutional and industry knowledge they bring to the table will be invaluable as AWDA deploys its many resources for the benefit of traditional distribution and the auto care industry at large.”