GAAS, University Of The Aftermarket Foundation Unite

GAAS, University Of The Aftermarket Foundation Unite

GAAS will dissolve as a non-for-profit organization and donate its net assets to the foundation. An official confirmation vote was held during a recent University of the Aftermarket Foundation annual board of trustees meeting.

university-of-the-aftermarket-foundation-logoRepresentatives from the Global Automotive Symposium Inc. (GAAS) and the University of the Aftermarket Foundation have announced that the two organizations will merge. GAAS will dissolve as a non-for-profit organization and donate its net assets to the foundation. An official confirmation vote was held during a recent University of the Aftermarket Foundation annual board of trustees meeting.

Established with the support of Mort Schwartz, MAAP and the late Jack Creamer, GAAS was formed to raise funds for aftermarket scholarships and educational initiatives and thrived under the leadership of Schwartz, David Caracci, MAAP and Dennis Welvaert, MAAP. Due to an ever more crowded industry events calendar, leadership of the long-standing organization officially decided in 2015 to stop holding its annual symposium and focused its attention on Automotive Scholarships Central, its well-regarded scholarship program led by industry veteran Pete Kornafel, MAAP. Kornafel will continue to administer the scholarship program as chairman of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation education and scholarship committee.

“Because GAAS and the University of the Aftermarket Foundation share a similar mission, and the foundation has been the largest source of funds for aftermarket scholarships, it only made sense to join forces to achieve a common goal,” said Tim Lee, MAAP, chairman of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. “By donating its net assets to the University of Aftermarket Foundation, the proud legacy of GAAS will continue on. We thank Mort, Dave and Denny for 20 successful years of leadership and applaud Jack and Mort for their vision. Together, we begin the next chapter of their mission.”

For more information or to make a donation to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, visit UofAFoundation.com or call Barbara Cunningham at 816-584-0511. The University of the Aftermarket Foundation is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization and all contributions are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

You May Also Like

ASE Education Foundation Partners on 10 Training Scholarships

Instructors got scholarships to attend training at Navistar’s OEM training center.

training opportunity for 10 outstanding instructors from ASE-accredited post-secondary medium/heavy truck training programs.

The following instructors were chosen to attend a five-day, hands-on training session at the Navistar OEM state-of-the-art training center in Woodridge, Illinois, and received a $1,000 scholarship to underwrite travel expenses.

Nathan Berry, University of Alaska Anchorage

Shop Owner Coach Adds Randy Anderson To Conroe, TX Team

Coach brings entrepreneurial expertise and a passion for mentoring small business owners.

ASE Education Foundation Seeking Outstanding Instructor

Nominations are being accepted for the 2024 Byrl Shoemaker/ASE Education Foundation Instructor of the Year award.

MEMA Launches At-Home REPAIR Campaign

The next step in the campaign to get the REPAIR Act passed is to get aftermarket suppliers involved.

Advance Foundation Gives $1.75M to Aid Military Veterans

More than 100 supplier partners of Advance Auto Parts contributed to the funding for the donation.

Other Posts

Auto Care Association Testifies Against Idaho Bill SB 1233

The Human Resources Committee heard testimony from individuals both supporting and opposing the bill.

AACF Launches 65th Anniversary Fundraising Initiative

The campaign aims to raise $65,000 through 1,000 donations of $65 each.

ASE Practice Tests Available Online

You can get a good idea of what to expect by adding the official ASE practice tests to your study plans.

BendPak Founder Don Henthorn Passes Away

Grew company from small machine shop to global leader in car lifts and garage equipment