BETHESDA, Md. — The Auto Care Association has established a memorial fund in his honor of the group's former president and CEO, Al Gaspar, who died last November at age 79.
Mr. Gaspar was the top executive from 2000-04 of the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA), the precursor to the ACA.
Among key accomplishments that occurred during his tenure at the AAIA were overseeing a fundraising effort to build the Aftermarket Education Center at Northwood University and directing the effort to raise funds for the research that led to the creation of the Car Care Council.
"We couldn't imagine a better way to honor the legacy of a leader who meant so much not only to the history of our association, but also our industry," ACA President and CEO Bill Hanvey said. "Al's vision has progressed our industry in countless ways and we have all benefited from his passion and foresight of what our association and industry can be."
Mr. Gaspar spent more than 40 years in the auto care industry, including five years as president of the Automotive Parts & Accessories Association (APAA) prior to joining the AAIA.
He also held a variety of roles at aftermarket companies, including executive vice president at McKay Chemical Co.; vice president, consumer sales for Wynn Oil Co.; and vice president, sales and marketing worldwide operations for Bardahl Manufacturing.
He received numerous honors throughout his career and served on a number of boards and committees.
Donations made to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation in Mr. Gaspar's memory will be used to fund scholarships and industry educational initiatives, the ACA said.
"Al Gaspar was committed to industry education as evidenced by his time at AAIA, so it is fitting that donations made in his name will help educate the next generation of aftermarket leaders," Bob Egan, chairman, University of the Aftermarket Foundation, said.
"We thank the Auto Care Association for launching this effort and encourage others to follow their lead by making a donation in memory of Al Gaspar."
To make a donation, visit UofAFoundation.com, or send a check made payable to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation to 7101 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 1300, Bethesda, Md. 20814 and indicate that the donation is in Mr. Gaspar's memory.