by: Pete Kornafel

For Immediate Release June 6, 2016 GAAS PR 02-16

Media contact: Margaret Beck, AASA 919-406-8828

2016 Recipients Announced of Annual Scholarships Honoring the Late Jeremy Denton, AASA OAC Executive Director

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – The Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), the light vehicle aftermarket division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), and the AASA Overseas Automotive Council (OAC) announced the 2016 recipients of its scholarships in memory of the late Jeremy Denton, AASA vice president and OAC executive director:

• Joshua Canuto of Waterflow, N.M., who is attending the automotive program at San Juan College, Farmington, N.M. • Shekinah Davies of Arco, Idaho, who is participating in the AAS-automotive program at the College of Southern Idaho

The OAC Board of Directors initiated the memorial fund through the University of the Aftermarket Foundation in November 2014. Each year, $1,000 annual scholarships are presented to one male and one female student pursuing careers in the automotive aftermarket industry.

“AASA and OAC are committed to supporting outstanding students such as Joshua and Shekinah as they pursue their education and their aftermarket careers,” said Bill Long, AASA president and chief operating officer. “Our scholarships are not only an important investment in our great industry, but an enduring tribute to Jeremy’s passion for the aftermarket and its future.”

Denton was a member of the AASA team from 2005 through 2011. In addition to his positions at AASA and OAC, he also served as staff executive for the Filter Manufacturers Council (FMC), the Brake Manufacturers Council (BMC) and the AASA China Aftermarket Forum (CAF). He died in 2013 at age 36 after a valiant, two-year battle with cancer.

Donations can be made to by sending checks payable to The Jeremy Denton Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Julie Brehm, Auto Care Association, 7101 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 1300, Bethesda, MD 20814, 240-333-1046.

About AASA

AASA ( exclusively serves manufacturers of aftermarket components, tools and equipment, and related products which support 710,000 employees in the United States. AASA is a recognized industry change agent – promoting a collaborative industry environment, providing a forum to address issues and serving as a valued resource for members. AASA is the light vehicle aftermarket division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA). “AASA, The Voice for the Automotive Aftermarket Supplier Industry”

About OAC

Overseas Automotive Council (OAC) is the international aftermarket council of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), which is the light vehicle aftermarket division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association. The Council promotes the sale in foreign markets of automotive and heavy duty products manufactured in North America. Those products include components, accessories, chemicals, hand and power tools, service maintenance and repair equipment, and paint and body supplies for both cars and trucks. OAC has more than 350 members in more than 40 countries. More information is available through its Web site,