After graduating from Claremont Pitzer College with dual bachelor’s degrees in economics and organizational studies, Rukov started his professional career in marketing. He worked in a variety of industries, including wholesale distribution and information technology. In 2011, he became the marketing coordinator at One Stop Parts Source. He was later promoted to products and marketing coordinator and then became the products and marketing manager. In 2015, Rukov became the western regional sales manager for the Continental Corporation, where he was responsible for 26 western states. He recently accepted a new position with RepWorks Marketing as a senior executive account manager. In his new role, he will be responsible for the traditional warehouse distributing business in Southern California as well as being a part of the company’s executive team.
Rukov co-founded YANG and is the current chairman emeritus of the YANG Advisory Council and chair of the Auto Care Association’s Education Committee. He also had been selected as one of the four Impact Award winners: “Four for the Future.” He is a recent graduate with an Executive MBA degree from Northwood University DeVos School of Business. Rukov graduated from Leadership 2.0 in 2014 and Leadership 3.0 in 2017. He was a recipient of a 2015 CAWA scholarship award to continue his education. He is married and has two children ages 8 and 5. He also enjoys watching NASCAR and loves traveling the world with his family and friends.
“We are pleased to have someone who at a relative early stage in his auto care career stepped up to an officers’ position within the association, and we look forward to his many years of service and contributions to CAWA,” commented Jack Gosnell, chair of the Board of Directors upon Rukov’s election.
“I am humbled and extremely excited to be elected to this important role within the CAWA. I look forward to increasing my involvement in the association and hope to help bring more young members to our meetings and events. Furthermore, I am thrilled that CAWA stands behind the future generation of the automotive Industry,” commented Rukov upon his election.
The CAWA is a non-profit trade association representing automotive aftermarket parts manufacturers, jobbers, warehouse distributors and retailers in California, Nevada, and Arizona.