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Monday, 09 March 2020 20:14

CAWA’s First Leadership Days of 2020 a Well-Attended Success

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Ken Dowler of Idemitsu, left, poses with CAWA Chair Tom Seboldt. Ken Dowler of Idemitsu, left, poses with CAWA Chair Tom Seboldt. CAWA

The California Automotive Wholesalers' Association (CAWA), representing the automotive parts industry, hosted its first Leadership Days of 2020, Feb. 20 and Feb. 21 at the Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, CA. 

Rodney Pierini, president and CEO of CAWA, said CAWA members and friends turned out in large numbers to attend Leadership Days. 
"Beyond meetings and social events, the attendees heard presentations from several well-known industry representatives," Pierini said. "Attendees highly rated the meeting and its guest speakers, as well as the venue.”
The meeting kicked off with Pierini and Chairman of the Board Tom Seboldt discussing association business. 
John Washbish, president and CEO of the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, Inc., presented “Oh This Industry We Call the Aftermarket---What Now,” followed by “Collaboration on a Full Channel Level," discussed by Rod Bayless, senior director of industry data analytics for Epicor
Attendees also learned about “Digital Disruption and the Future of the Aftermarket,” from Paul McCarthy, president of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association
CAWA and Idemitsu Lubricants America Corp. also hosted a regional meet-up for the Young Auto Care Network Group (YANG.)
“CAWA continues to support YANG and welcomes their members, free of registration fees, to its Leadership Days,” Pierini said.
Sponsors included the Automotive Parts Services Group, Federated Auto Parts, Pronto, APA Engineering, Automotive Distribution Network, Dorman, DFC, GSP, Idemitsu, Old World Industries, Parts Authority, AASA, Epicor and the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance. 
“CAWA thanks the many companies that sponsored our Leadership Days,” Pierini said. 
CAWA’s next Leadership Days and Industry Summit will be held in conjunction with other aftermarket associations June 24 through June 26 in San Diego. 
CAWA will also host another YANG Regional Meet-Up during its June Leadership Days. 
For more information on CAWA and its future events, visit or contact
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