Kadrich retires from AAIA

Jan. 28, 2011

Lee Kadrich, vice president, government affairs and trade for the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA), has retired after 29 years.

Kadrich served as staff liaison to the AAIA Government Affairs Committee and as executive director of two AAIA membership segments, the Auto International Association (AIA) and the Heavy Duty Distribution Association (HDDA).

Prior to joining AAIA, Kadrich served as vice president of government affairs and trade for the Automotive Parts & Accessories Association (APAA), which he joined in 1981. He also served as legislative assistant for Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner, (R-Wis.).

Kadrich is the former chairman of the U.S. Auto Parts Advisory Committee (APAC), where he worked on U.S.-Asian auto parts trade issue. He also served for many years on the industry trade advisory committee (ITAC 2) for automotive equipment and capital goods that advises the Commerce Department and the United States Trade Representative (USTR) on all trade policy matters affecting the industry.

Kadrich received the Auto International Association (AIA) Person of the Year Award in 2006. He also was the recipient of the 2006 Northwood University Automotive Aftermarket Management Education Award.

Kadrich completed the University of the Aftermarket Executive Development Program in April 1999. In November 1999, he earned his Automotive Aftermarket Professional (AAP) designation from the University of the Aftermarket.