AAIA gives out industry awards
LAS VEGAS—The Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) honored two men for their service to the organization during Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week.
Larry McCurdy, retired president of Dana Corp.'s Automotive Aftermarket Group, received the 2000 Aftermarket Executive of the Year Award. He was instrumental in the consolidation of the APAA and ASIA into AAIA.
Harinder Panaser was honored as the 2000 AAIA Advocate of the Year for his support of the association's membership development campaign. He serves as vice president of marketing for the remanufactured auto parts division of J.I.N. in Roselle Park, N.J.
Bethesda, Md.-based AAIA is comprised of manufacturers, distributors, jobbers, wholesalers, retailers, manufacturers' representatives and other companies that do business in the automotive aftermarket.
MEMA changes public affairs team
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.—The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association has a new team addressing state and federal government relations and public affairs in Washington, D.C.
The group added Claire Heffernan as vice president of government relations and promoted Ana Lopes to director of public affairs.
Prior to joining MEMA, Ms. Heffernan was a senior legislative assistant to Sen. Christopher Bond (R-Mo.) handling motor vehicle safety and other issues at the former American Automobile Manufacturers Association.
Ms. Lopes formerly served as manager of public affairs and international programs at MEMA.