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AWDA Initiates New Council Members

The Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association welcomes new board members Dan Hanson Jr., Arnoldo Ventura, Ashlee Arnold and Garry Castles.


From left to right, Dan Hanson Jr., Arnoldo Ventura, Ashlee Arnold, Garry Castles.

The Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA), a community of the Auto Care Association, announced its newest governors following the group’s 2017 Annual Business and Education Conference at the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) in Las Vegas.

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The newest members of the AWDA’s Council of Governors include:

  • Ashlee Arnold, vice president, Arnold Oil Company, Austin, Texas;
  • Arnoldo Ventura, commercial manager, Frontera Radiators & Parts Inc., El Paso, Texas;
  • Garry Castles, president, W M Automotive Warehouse, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, and
  • Dan Hanson Jr., executive vice president, Hanson Distributing Company, Azusa, Calif.

AWDA’s nominating committee requires that all incoming governors be able to meet the qualifications to serve as chairman in addition to serving as a member governor on the council. This policy results in high-quality council members who are interested, engaged and committed to the auto care industry and the association.


“These new governors join a long and distinguished line of great leaders that have come through the AWDA Chairs. Their commitment to the industry is inspiring and it’s truly an honor to work with them,” said Larry Northup, executive director of community engagement, Auto Care Association, and liaison to AWDA. “Without a doubt, AWDA’s tradition of excellence in leadership continues with this new group of governors. I look forward to the coming year.”

AWDA will also continue its long tradition of supporting industry education through sizeable donations to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation.

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