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Young Professionals in the Aftermarket (YPA)

Mission and Mandate

The mission of the Young Professionals in the Aftermarket (YPA) 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. YPA 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.

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Leadership for the aftermarket of the future!

Working Parameters

The YPA Committee is composed of 15 to 20 representatives from AIA member companies plus a 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 YPA 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 YPA 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 YPAS initiatives and move them forward on a timely basis. YPA to ensure its youthful composition and that of the YPA Committee. AIA will designate a staff member as a liaison to YPA to assist with meeting organization, minutes, etc.

YPA activities must be self-funded.


YPA 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 YPA 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 YPA, young executives will be people 45 years of age or younger. YPA participants will be asked to complete a profile sheet to provide background on their current career path and possible future goals.

Click here for the committee application form

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 YPA Committee, recognizes the efforts of such outstanding individuals.  Show one of your employees they are valued. Send in their name today.

The YPA Council Alumni sub-committee evaluates all applications and submits their choice for approval to the AIA YPA 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 YPA 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.

Click here for nomination form


Young Professionals in the Aftermarket (YPA) Committee

Chair: Brad Cochrane (NAPA Auto Parts (Corporate Office))
Chris Kinghorn (NAPA Ontario)
Derek Suen (Dorman Products, Inc.)
Georgia LudwigKari Hann (Specialty Sales & Marketing)
Kathryn Jones (DRiV (formerly Federal-Mogul Motorparts))
Kristi Dubeau (Fountain Tire)
Mark Potts (DRiV (formerly Federal-Mogul Motorparts))
Marsha McLaughlin (Wakefield Canada Inc.)
Michael Koval (Contitech Canada, Inc.)
Nathaniel Willsie (Grote Industries Co.)
Norman Cheng (Mitchell International)
Patrick Verriet (MANN + HUMMEL Filtration Technology Canada ULC)
Paul Carrobourg (PPG Canada Inc.)
Rory Sones (Matthew Scott Data Marketing Solutions)
Ryan Weary (Wakefield Canada Inc.)
Scott Gibson (Canadian Tire Corporation)
Tara Hammer (Lordco Parts Ltd. (Corporate))
Zakari Krieger (Barton Auto Parts Ltd.)

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