RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia Automotive Association (VAA) is looking for an executive director to replace its longtime executive director, Steve Akridge.
Akridge, who led the organization for 32 years, will retire from his position on Sept. 1, 2023. He will remain with the VAA in a part-time consulting role after his retirement.
"I have been in the automotive and tire industry since 1970 when I started part time in high school," Akridge wrote in a letter announcing his retirement. "Over my 52 years in the industry, without question, the highlight of my career has been my time spent with the VAA."
Akridge wrote that he "will always cherish the many friendships and close relationships made over the years. I am also excited to be a part of the next chapter for VAA, its leadership and its members."
VAA President Bill Hoal said the organization and its members "have been fortunate to enjoy the steadfast leadership of Steve Akridge."
"His understanding of our industry and his ability to bring people together to support our cause has been invaluable. We look forward to having Steve remain with us in a limited role after Sept. 1."
Bill Hoal has been named to lead the search committee to find another executive director. Anyone interested can reach him at [email protected] or (540) 204-8520.
Akridge is the second leader of a state tire and automotive industry to announce his retirement. Reece Hester, director of the North Carolina Tire Dealers Association (NCTDA) and associate executive director of the Automotive Service & Tire Alliance (ASTA), also announced his retirement.