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Young Executive Society (YES) Committee

2018 YES Committee Members

Norman Cheng,  Mitchell International
Derek Chinn, Mevotech Inc.
Brad Cochrane, NAPA Auto Parts
Scott Gibson, Canadian Tire Corporation
Charlie Grant, Grant Brothers Sales
Tara Hammer, Lordco Parts Ltd.
Kari Hann, Specialty Sales & Marketing
Kathryn Jones, Tenneco
Chris Kinghorn, NAPA Auto Parts
Zakari Kirieger, Barton Auto Parts Ltd.
Matt Koval, Modern Sales Co-op
Steve LaBrasseur, Mister Transmission
Georgia Ludwing, Prestone
Marsha McLaughlin, Wakefield Canada
Tawny Myers, AIA Canada
Mark Potts, Tenneco
Michael Raven, NAPA Auto Parts
Rory Sones, Matthew Scott Data Marketing
Patrick Verriet, Mann + Hummel Filtration Technology ULC

Mission and Mandate

The mission of the Young Executive Society (YES) is to act as the Voice and the Resource for young professionals in the automotive aftermarket industry. The mandate is to provide members with a forum to express their views and recommendations on the current industry issues and to ensure its future growth and prosperity. YES also provides a networking and mentoring environment for employees in the automotive aftermarket industry to enhance and develop their executive skills so that they may grow into stronger leaders of the industry.

Tag line

Leadership for the aftermarket of the future!

Working Parameters

The YES Executive Committee is composed of 15 to 20 representatives from AIA member companies plus a Chairman and Vice Chairman. Representation must include members from the supplier, warehouse distributor, wholesaler/jobber, and mass merchandiser categories of memberships.

The position of chair shall be for a two-year term, at which time the vice chair will become the chair. As with other AIA Councils and Committees, the YES chair will be appointed (based on the recommendations and structure of the society) by the AIA Chair of the Board, and will become effective at the Annual General Meeting of the Association.

The YES Committee will meet a minimum of two times a year in person, with additional meetings via conference call.

Sub-committees will be formed to address the variety of YES initiatives and move them forward on a timely basis. YES Committee members will endeavour to continuously recruit new members to ensure its youthful composition and that of the YES Committee. AIA will designate a staff member as a liaison to YES to assist with meeting organization, minutes, etc.

YES activities must be self-funded.


YES will ensure that members reflect the diversity of the aftermarket workforce, and will include both genders and representatives from all walks of life and cultural diversity. Membership in YES will be opened to young executives (executives or managers) from AIA member companies, including those being on-track for senior positions within their companies. For the purposes of YES, young executives will be people 45 years of age or younger. YES participants will be asked to complete a profile sheet to provide background on their current career path and possible future goals.

The Young Leader of the Year Award

Recognition is a fantastic retention tool. Taking time to show a young executive within your organization that their contribution is both recognized and appreciated is an easy and effective way to demonstrate your commitment to them as an employer. How? By completing and sending in a nomination form for the AIA Young Leader of the Year Award. This award is presented at the prestigious AIA Aftermarket Conference for Executives along with the renowned Distinguished Service Award.

Who can you nominate? Any young executive or manager in your organization who has excelled in one or more of the following areas:

  • leadership;
  • innovation;
  • industry contribution;
  • volunteer work with AIA;
  • volunteer/community work outside of the Association.


The Young Leader of the Year Award, presented by AIA’s YES Committee, recognizes the efforts of such outstanding individuals.  Show one of your employees they are valued. Send in their name today.

The YES Council Alumni sub-committee evaluates all applications and submits their choice for approval to the AIA YES Committee. A final decision is rendered no later than April 2nd of each year. The winning recipient and the nominator will be notified by the YES Chairperson by phone. The recipient will be invited to attend the AIA Annual General Meeting as the guest and the award will be given during the event. Candidates that are not selected will be put forward for consideration in the following years.

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