LAS VEGAS — The newly named Art Fisher Memorial Scholarship Award was established to honor the memory of past presidents and chairmen of AWDA. The scholarships have traditionally been given to two students who are enrolled in Northwood University’s automotive aftermarket management program in the name of the award winner. Thanks to the generosity of Art Fisher, the Fisher family and others, the scholarship program will be expanded to include more recipients next year.
This year, AWDA continues the tradition of presenting the award to two individuals who have shown extraordinary devotion to duty in support of AWDA by selecting Ron Levene, AAP, of Tier Parts Warehouse, and Richard Beirne, AAP, of United Auto Supply. Beirne and Levene were recognized at the AWDA annual meeting held Sunday in Las Vegas.
“Ron’s commitment to AWDA as chairman, while serving in the same capacity at Parts Plus and managing his own business during difficult economic times, has earned him this award,” said Tom Frey of Tier Parts Warehouse.
Levene is president and CEO of Tier Parts Warehouse in Binghamton, NY. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Skidmore College. After working in the insurance industry, he joined his family’s business in 1988, eventually becoming president in 1995. Levene earned his Automotive Aftermarket Professional (AAP) designation in 1996. His volunteer contributions to the industry include a stint as director of the New York State Automotive Wholesalers Association and three years each on the marketing and executive committees at Parts Plus.
Beirne is president and CEO of United Auto Supply, Inc. in LaCrosse, Wis. His more than 33-year career in the aftermarket started with United Auto Supply as a delivery driver in 1968, and took Beirne through every aspect of the jobber and warehouse business. Beirne was elected president in 1989. He serves on the executive committee of Federated Auto Parts Distributors, and as co-chairman of the Federated National Advertising Committee.
“Richard Beirne has now become my partner in the evolution of AWDA, as well as a wise and trusted advisor. His patience, commitment and clear thinking are assets I’ve tapped frequently,” said AWDA’s Larry Northup.
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