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Automotive Aftermarket Leader Al Gaspar Has Died

Posted on November 27, 2017
The late Al Gaspar held many leadership roles during his 40-year career in the automotive aftermarket. Key achievements include raising funds to build the Aftermarket Education Center at Northwood University.
The late Al Gaspar held many leadership roles during his 40-year career in the automotive aftermarket. Key achievements include raising funds to build the Aftermarket Education Center at Northwood University.

Al Gaspar, former president and CEO of the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA), died Nov. 25, 2017, at his home in Cave Creek, Ariz.

“Al was one of the most respected and revered individuals in the business," said Bill Hanvey, president and CEO, Auto Care Association. "When Al walked into a meeting room you knew it - he had a presence that commanded attention."

Prior to becoming president and CEO of AAIA (now the Auto Care Association) in 2000, he was president of the Automotive Parts and Accessories Association (APAA) for five years following an unprecedented three terms as Chairman of the Board of APAA.

Among a number of milestone successes during Gaspar's more than 40-year career in the industry, two key achievements during his term as AAIA president were widely applauded. He spearheaded a fundraising campaign to build the $5 million state-of-the-art Aftermarket Education Center building at Northwood University in Midland, Mich.; and he led several member companies in raising funds to research the viability of consumer education as a solution to capture a share of the $70 billion in unperformed vehicle maintenance, which validated the need for and creation of the Be Car Care Aware consumer education campaign.

Gaspar was a recipient of numerous recognitions, including the Distinguished Service Citation from the Automotive Hall of Fame and AAIA Aftermarket Executive of the Year. He served on a number of committees and boards, including the board of trustees of the Automotive Foundation for the Aftermarket and vice president of the board for the Coalition for Auto Repair Equality (CARE).

Donations in Gaspar’s name can be made to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation.

Related Topics: Al Gaspar, Auto Care Association, Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association, Bill Hanvey, obituary

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