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September 25, 2018 Week In Connections

Motorcar Parts of America is Once Again, the Exclusive Sponsor of CAWA's Annual Dinner Gala
CAWA has announced that Motorcar Parts of America, Inc. will once again be the exclusive sponsor of their 2018 Gala Dinner in conjunction with the annual AAPEX and SEMA trade shows being held in Las Vegas, Nevada. The annual gala event is the highlight of the year for the Association, and is dedicated to raising funds for the Association's scholarship programs.

The event also recognizes the outgoing chairman's service and commitment to CAWA and industry with its "Red Vest" award ceremony. Mr. Bob Cushing, President and CEO, WORLDPAC and Executive Vice President, Advance Professional will give this year's keynote address at the event. The gala will be held at Caesar's Palace on Sunday evening October 28, 2018. 

To register for the event, click here. Additional information about the event is available by contacting Another member benefit.

CAWA Chair of the Board, Jack Gosnell of Next Level Parts, Has Appointed Three Industry Veterans to the Association's Manufacturers' Advisory Council
When Chair Gosnell announced these appointments he commented: "It's great to see our members step forward and participate in CAWA's leadership". "We know and appreciate the contributions these auto care industry veterans will make to the future successes of the Association and the industry we serve". The appointees are:  
  • Greg DelGozzo, Spectra Premium Industries 
  • Jim Screnci, Purolator Brands - MANN+HUMMEL Filtration 
  • Rich Zeichner, Peak and Eiko Lighting - Old World Industries 
See the complete press release here.

Proposition 65 Will Not Go Away - Pay Attention to the Following Issues
Prop 65 With anxiety running high and time to comply here, there are five things that California businesses should be considering other than the new labeling requirements. For more details click here.

Contact CAWA's attorney Steve Marmaduke at 916.441.2430 or with questions using your ½ hour free legal consultation each month as a member benefit. Source of article: Our friends at the California Chamber of Commerce

CAWA Educates Legislators on the Value and Importance of Aftermarket Replacement Parts
CAWA's legislative advocate in California, Gary Conover, made contact with all the legislative offices where members serve on the California Assembly and Senate Insurance Committees. Sometimes, Gary met with Committee Consultants and most times with key staff members (click here to see the enclosed list of offices visited). He also left behind a packet of information that demonstrates the value, quality and economic impact of aftermarket replacement parts. This is an ongoing effort by CAWA to educate legislators and their staffs regarding the need for unrestricted access by consumers of aftermarket parts. For more information, contact Gary Conover at or 916.233.9655.

CAWA Will Replenish its Scholarship Fund for 2019
Scholarship See the enclosed letter (here) and contribution form (here) from Board member and Past Chair, Ron Aparicio, who is serving as this year's Scholarship Fundraising Chair. The event, where CAWA raises money for its scholarship program, is next month in Las Vegas (October 28th). Please contact Ron should you or your company have prizes for the auction or a straight cash donation which will go directly to the Association's scholarship fund. He can be reached at or 714.585.6359.

Automotive Related E-commerce and Technology Companies are of Interest to CAWA
In pursuing a major and critical goal of the Association, a CAWA Task Force has recommended and the Board of Directors has adopted the following: "That the Association pursue automotive related e-commerce and technology companies to CAWA membership". If you know of potential member candidates from these type companies, email with contact information. Thank you.

USTR Finalizes Third Tariff List on Imports from China
On Sept. 17, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) released a list of approximately $200 billion worth of imports from China that would be subject to additional tariffs. 

The additional tariffs will be effective starting Sept. 24, 2018, and initially will be in the amount of 10 percent. Starting Jan. 1, 2019, the level of the additional tariffs will increase to 25 percent. 

Source: Our partners at the Auto Care Association

When Disasters Strike Like Hurricanes and Flooding the Industry has the Aftermarket Foundation to Rely On
Since 1959, the Aftermarket Foundation has assisted individuals and families of the automotive aftermarket who have fallen on hard times due to death, catastrophic illness or accident, creating financial hardship. It is the only charity dedicated solely to helping members of the automotive aftermarket and their families. For further information, contact Joel Ayres, the Foundation's Executive Director at 916.628.0271 or

Workers Comp Insurance Renewal for Many Members is Now - Not Too Late for Options!
The renewal process for many CAWA members is coming upon us quickly. For competitive rates and quality customer service, call our insurance partners at Armstrong & Associates. See the enclosure ( here) for details on this year's renewal and call Glen Dailey at 800.575.6891 or Another member benefit.

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