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Senior Vice President, Operations
Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA)
Gardner is part of AASA’s senior leadership, manages staff operations and directs technology initiatives for members.
He provides executive leadership for the AASA Technology Council, Mobility Technology Council, Intellectual Property Council and the AASA Technology Conference, which is the leading technology event in the North American Automotive Aftermarket industry.
He also provides executive oversight over AAPEX for AASA.
Gardner has more than 30 years of experience in the automotive industry, has received two automotive component patents, and has written dozens of articles and white papers on various automotive materials and processes.
He has been with the MEMA/AASA organization for 20 years.
Gardner has a B.S. degree from North Carolina State University and the Master Automotive Aftermarket Professional designation from Northwood University’s University of the Aftermarket. He received the Northwood University Automotive Aftermarket Management Education Award. He is a Lifetime Trustee with and serves on the board of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation.