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November 28, 2017 Week In Connections

Young Suhr, Jr, of Knox-Seeman Warehouse is Appointed to CAWA's Board of Directors
CAWA Chair of the Board, Michael Antonelli of Vantage Marketing Global, has appointed Young Suhr, Jr. of the Knox - Seeman Warehouse to the Association's Board of Directors. When Chair Antonelli announced the appointment he commented that "Mr. Suhr and Knox-Seeman Warehouse have been a member and major supporter of CAWA for some time. Thus, we are pleased to welcome Mr. Suhr as a representative to our Association's leadership".

Young Suhr currently serves APW Knox-Seeman (APW) as its Executive Vice President. He began his career with the company 9 years ago prior to which he spent 17 years in securitization finance. At APW, Young is responsible for working with management in the areas of warehouse operations, purchasing, sales, finance, and human resources. Outside of APW, Young is currently serving his seventh year on the National Pronto Association's board of directors for which he served as chairman in 2013. He also served one three-year term on the AWDA Council of Governors from 2015 to 2017. Young is a two-time graduate of UCLA where he earned his BA in Economics and MBA. He and his wife, Sophia, are parents to daughters, Danielle (18) and Erin (14). The family of APW is his mission, but he also enjoys tennis, skiing, watching baseball, and moderate exercising.

CAWA Plays a Critical Role in Educating the Public Regarding Their Warranty Rights - A National Model is Brewing!
Warranty Rights In an effort to educate California motorists about their warranty rights under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, CAWA has formed a partnership the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) and Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

Working together, CAWA, BAR and DMV will educate consumers using social media, motorist education alerts and newsletters and events throughout the state about their rights including 1) the right to have their vehicle repaired at the repair shop of their choice, and 2) their right to use an aftermarket or recycled part without fear of voiding their warranty. 

CAWA encourages its members to help spread the word by engaging on social media using #WarrantyRights including retweeting and sharing content. Attached ( here) is an overview with additional details about the partnership.

For more information, contact CAWA's Director of Government Affairs, Jennifer Zins at or 916.871.0603. Another member benefit.

Solving the Amazon Puzzle... 8 Simple Questions for Suppliers and Distributors
At the recent AAPEX/SEMA Show in Las Vegas, I heard endless versions of a popular Wall Street game... ask every CEO of every company threatened by Amazon: "What's your Amazon strategy?" And, the typical 'this great industry of ours', get me out of here corporate-speak answers aren't helpful. Mostly a dodge to let field people take care of this annoyance. See details and thoughts here. Source: Bill Wade

The Lead Battery Industry's Commitment to the Environment
The America Recycles Day, BCI released their new National Recycling Rate Study which shows that lead batteries have a recycling rate of 99.3 percent. The near perfect rate of recycling is attributed to industry investment in a state-of-the-art closed-loop collection and recycling system that keeps 1.7 million tons of batteries out of landfills annually. The new study also confirms lead batteries as the most recycled consumer product in the country and speaks to the commitment of the lead battery industry to provide safe, sustainable energy storage. See the complete article here.

CAWA 2018 Scholarships - Apply Now Through March 31
Scholarship Interested in receiving a scholarship from the Association for your employees, children, family members and others who would be welcomed into the auto care industry? Applying is easy! The online application process allows students interested in aftermarket careers to submit one application each year online at and receive consideration for several scholarships. Funds for scholarships come from generous CAWA members and the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. For more information, see or contact CAWA Member Services at Another member benefit.

California's Nonfatal Worker Injuries, Illnesses Level in 2016
The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) has posted California's 2016 occupational injury and illness data on employer-reported injuries. According to the estimates provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII), California's overall incidence rate of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses remains steady at 3.7 cases per 100 workers for full time employees, the lowest rate in over a decade. The data posted includes detailed case and demographic tables, as well as a summary of findings by DIR's research team. For more information click here.

Update on NAFTA Negotiations
Click on the image below to hear results of a webinar (on November 8th) regarding an update on NAFTA negotiations.

CAWA to Host a YANG Regional Meet -Up
Pursuing its commitment to YANG, CAWA will again host a regional meet up in Napa, California on Friday, February 16, 2018. Watch for further information and contact with immediate questions.

2017 Dues Non Deductibility Statement
For federal income tax purposes, CAWA dues may be deductible as a business expense but not as a charitable contribution. CAWA estimates that 48% of your dues for 2017 are not deductible as a business expense because they are attributable to lobbying as is in accordance with Internal Revenue Code Section 6033. Contributions to the Political Action Fund are not deductible as a charitable contribution or as a business expense for federal income tax purposes. For more information, consult with your accountant or tax attorney.

Did You Know CAWA is on Social Media? Like Us on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter to get Real Time Updates on all Things Industry Related
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