AASA has established a fund through the University of the Aftermarket Foundation in honor of MEMA President and CEO Steve Handschuh, who is retiring at the end of this year.
“It is fitting to recognize Steve’s passion, dedication and service to the aftermarket by establishing this fund to help support and attract new people to our industry,” said Bill Long, AASA president and chief operating officer and MEMA executive vice president, government affairs. “Steve’s career is marked by his devotion to the most important element of our industry’s success – its people. This fund will serve as a lasting tribute to him and as an investment in the future of the aftermarket.”
Bob Egan, chairman of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, commended AASA for establishing the fund. “AASA’s contribution will help attract and educate talented individuals and future leaders to the industry,” he said. “We applaud AASA for choosing this way to honor Steve for his long, successful aftermarket career.”
AASA received a University of the Aftermarket Foundation Lifetime Trustee Award recognizing its contribution to the scholarship fund during the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA) Luncheon on Oct. 29 in Las Vegas, prior to the opening of AAPEX 2018. The Lifetime Trustee designation is reserved for those donating $100,000 to $249,999 to support the foundation’s mission of providing scholarships and educational opportunities to the next generation of industry leaders.
Chris Gardner, AASA vice president, accepted the award on behalf of the association. He was recently named AASA’s representative for the Lifetime Trustee position with the University of the Aftermarket Foundation.
Shown at the AWDA Luncheon Awards Presentation are (left to right) University of the Aftermarket Chairman Bob Egan, AASA Vice President Chris Gardner and MEMA President and CEO Steve Handschuh.