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Washbish Named Northwood Outstanding Business Leader

Conceived by Dr. Arthur E. Turner, co-founder of Northwood University, and established by the Northwood University Board of Trustees in 1981, the annual Outstanding Business Leader Awards program recognizes leaders in the American free enterprise system. 

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John R. Washbish has been named a 2019 Outstanding Business Leader honoree by the Northwood University Board of Trustees. Washbish, president and CEO of the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance Inc., is 50-year automotive aftermarket industry veteran.

Conceived by Dr. Arthur E. Turner, co-founder of Northwood University, and established by the Northwood University Board of Trustees in 1981, the annual Outstanding Business Leader Awards program recognizes leaders in the American free enterprise system.

The Northwood University Board of Trustees presents the Outstanding Business Leader Awards. Selected based on personal achievement, each awardee typifies the unique philosophy of Northwood University. Criteria used in the selection of awardees includes contribution to the philosophy of private enterprise, support of the integration of business and the arts, contribution to education, economic innovation, creative marketing ideas, community involvement, religious leadership, philanthropic contributions and business success.

“We couldn’t be more excited and proud of John,” said Dean Pretty, Northwood University. “John is a Northwood man. He has dedicated his life and career to the automotive aftermarket. His roots are here at Northwood. We’d like to think that some of his wild success comes from his foundation he received here.”

Washbish’s service to the industry includes stints as president of the Automotive Sales Council and National Engine Parts Manufacturer’s Association. He has served as chairman of the Young Executive Society and the Manufacturer’s Advisory Council of AWDA. He has held seats on the board of directors for the Motor Equipment Manufacturer’s Association, the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Associations and the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association. He currently serves on the AWDA Council of Governors and is the senior vice chairman of University of the Aftermarket Foundation. He is a current Young Auto Care Networking Group mentor.

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Washbish has been the recipient of numerous leadership awards, including the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association Leader of the Year in 2004. He also was the recipient of Northwood’s Automotive Aftermarket Management Education Award, and twice has been recognized as the University’s Alumni of the Year.

Washbish will receive his Outstanding Business Leader award at the 39th annual award ceremony hosted by Northwood on March 15-16, 2019, at The Breakers Hotel in West Palm Beach, Florida. In attendance will be more than 200 people, including the 2019 incoming honoree class, past honorees, board members, Northwood students as well friends and family of Northwood.

Visit northwood.edu/obl for a complete listing of past honorees.

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