by: Pete Kornafel

For Immediate Release

May 19, 2015

GAAS PR 02-15


Media contact:

Margaret Beck, AASA




GAAS Scholarship Fund Announces
Dayco Scholarship Recipients


RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – The Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium Scholarship (GAAS) Fund announced today the two recipients of $1,000 scholarships provided by funding from Dayco.


Dayco established its scholarships through the GAAS Scholarships in memory of its late president Don Bethune and Gerald Bugenhagen, its former North Eastern regional sales manager, both of whom died in 2012.


Wesley Wilson of Loveland, Colo., who plans to attend Front Range Community College’s automotive technology program, is the recipient of the 2015 Don Bethune Memorial Scholarship. James Winkles of Pine Mountain, Ga., who plans to attend Southern Polytechnic State University’s mechanical engineering technology program, is the 2015 Gerald Bugenhagen Memorial Scholarship recipient.


“These scholarships are a fitting tribute to Don and Gerald and a memorial to their contributions to the automotive aftermarket,” said Ed Rammel, president, Dayco North American and Australian Aftermarket. “We are pleased to help these two deserving candidate pursue their education and their aftermarket careers.”


For more information on the GAAS scholarship program, please visit


About Dayco

Dayco is a global leader in the research, design, manufacturing and distribution of a broad range of belts, tensioners, dampers, pulleys, hose and hydraulics equipment for the automotive, industrial and aftermarket end-markets.

Recognized by both original equipment manufacturers and the automotive aftermarket as an innovative, technology-driven organization, Dayco operates a fully integrated global network of manufacturing facilities, distribution centers, technical centers and sales offices employing a workforce of more than 4,300 employees. Dayco continues to be guided by the 110-year-old primary business strategy to anticipate and satisfy the needs of our customers by providing timely, quality products and services. Dayco. The Original Power in Motion.


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