According to Michael Rukov, chairman emeritus of the YANG Advisory Council, “We had a great turnout for this event. We always support events geared toward future generations that will eventually be leading our industry. Even though sponsorship is sometimes crucial to an event’s success, it is more the recognition that comes with the event itself. CAWA is a huge supporter of YANG, and thus they feel it is important to provide young members of the association with benefits to attend these meetings free of charge and hear from industry leaders.
“Tom Seboldt, former VP of Merchandise at O’Reilly and current vice chair of CAWA, spoke to the group, which was a tremendous bonus. His personality and humbleness are things we all hope to strive for. It was great listening to him talk about his career and offer advice to the group.”
The purpose of YANG’s Meet-Ups is to provide young industry professionals with an opportunity to network with one another and learn from some of the industry’s leaders.
Rukov stated, “Everyone was very eager to hear from Tom, but they were also excited to network with their industry peers. We had a good mix of young professionals and older sponsors of YANG. I was actually surprised to have such a large turnout given the location. Napa Valley is hard to get to, especially for younger people in our industry; however, given that this occurred in conjunction with CAWA’s Leadership and Educational Forum, we were able to draw in the younger attendees.
“CAWA is a front line of defense for our industry because of the states that it covers. That being said, I think people have to start realizing that CAWA is not only a warehouse distributors’ association, but rather representative of the entire automotive industry.”
For more information about YANG, visit autocare.org/what-we-do/professional-development/young-auto-care-network-group/.