Uzzardo Appointed to CAWA’s Manufacturers' Advisory Council
Published May 2, 2023
Vinni Uzzardo of Standard Motor Products (SMP) has been appointed to CAWA’s Manufacturers' Advisory Council.
“We are pleased to have Vinni join our leadership team and contribute to our discussions of current and future industry issues," said Young Suhr Jr., chair of the Board of Directors. “We look forward to his participation and contributions which will assist the association in achieving its goals as an effective and valuable automotive aftermarket industry organization."
Uzzardo has 38 years of automotive aftermarket experience. He started his career working at his family’s jobber store in the south suburbs of Chicago. After graduating from Northern Illinois University in 1992, he went to work for All Products Automotive, an Auto Value Warehouse, in Chicago. He was the marketing manager for six years and served on the Auto Value Marketing Board for two years. In 1998, Uzzardo went back to the family business. They expanded to three stores while his main focus was on controlling inventories and managing store personnel.
In 2004, he had an opportunity to join the Standard Motor Products sales team. He spent the first 10 years of his SMP career as a territory manager covering Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. In 2014, he moved to Las Vegas and became a division manager responsible for Advance/CARQUEST. The team he managed covered Nashville to Hawaii. Since 2022, he has been the western regional sales manager responsible for traditional sales. The team he manages covers Colorado to Hawaii.