Joel Ayres Retires as Executive Director of AACF

Joel Ayres Retires as Executive Director of AACF

Ayres' retirement comes after 9 years in the role of Executive Director.

After more than nine years of service as the first-ever appointed Executive Director of the Automotive Aftermarket Charitable Foundation (AACF), Joel Ayres recently announced his retirement, effective April 30.

Under Ayres’ leadership, new initiatives like the Awareness Partner Program experienced unprecedented growth, with partner companies doubling in number during his time, according to AACF.

Ayres spent the majority of his career in the automotive aftermarket. His background includes multiple sales and executive roles across various manufacturing companies. Ayres also served on the SEMA Board of Directors for many years and was the visionary behind SEMA Cares, overseeing that organization’s charitable initiatives.

Upon announcing his retirement, Ayres remarked, “I was honored to have been chosen as the first Executive Director of AACF. I was blessed with a fantastic Board of Trustees to work with these past 9 plus years.” He added, “I am proud of the work we were able to accomplish, and I love the mission of the Foundation. Outside of the limelight, we help many individuals and families through kindness and support. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to serve and help my brothers and sisters in the Automotive Aftermarket.


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