The Next Step Program

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Applications for 2018 are now being accepted!

The Next Step Program offers young industry professionals the unique opportunity to develop lasting involvement in the auto care industry and trade association by experiencing and participating in Auto Care Association’s Spring Leadership Days.

Next Steppers experience first-hand volunteer meetings and networking events with veteran industry leaders at the Auto Care Association’s Spring Leadership Days, May 9-11, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. More than 450 volunteer industry leaders will participate in 25 committee meetings during the course of the three-day event. Next Steppers will experience up-close how the association and various aspects of the industry work.

Each Next Stepper will receive a scholarship of up to $1,100 to offset most expenses for travel and accommodations to, from and during the event. Most meals are also included. 

Following Spring Leadership Days, YANG will be hosting the 2018 YANG Leadership Conference. Next Step scholarship recipients are encouraged to stay and attend this (2) half-day education conference. Attendees will receive .7 CEU credits towards their AAP/MAAP professional designations. 

Dates: May 9-11, 2018

Location: Auto Care Association Spring Leadership Days, Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, Georgia

Eligibility and Application Process:

  1. Must be a current member of YANG
  2. Applicant's employer must be a member in good standing with Auto Care Association
  3. Online application must be submitted by March 2, 2018

2017 Recipients:

  • Erin Anderson, BBB Industries
  • Hunter Brack, Hirsig-Frazier Company Inc.
  • Isabel Burton, The NPD Group
  • Kyle Ryan Byrne, Arnold Motor Supply
  • Chris Castillo, Tasco Sales Rep
  • Jonny Dykstra, Auto-Wares Group of Companies
  • Mario Garza, XL Parts
  • Angela Golden, NGK Spark Plugs
  • Charlotte Grimmett, Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, Inc.
  • Sam Pennington, Valvoline
  • Nolan Sponseller, Best One Tire of Upland

For more information, contact Courtney Hammer.

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