When Chair Livingston announced the appointment, he said, “Mr. Wallerich and ZF Services have been long time supporters of CAWA and have had representatives that contributed to the Association’s successes. We are pleased [that] he will join our leadership team and get further involved in the Association.”
Presently, Mr. Wallerich serves as the National Sales Manager for ZF Services and has held many sales and business manager positions within the automotive aftermarket, including time with Wells Vehicles Electronics, United Components and the BWD Automotive Corporation. He started his career in the industry as a Napa Auto Parts counterman in 1978 and also opened his own business as a manufacturer representative called CAN-AM Automotive Marketing Company. Mr. Wallerich graduated from Northwood University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Livingston has also appointed Michael Rukov of the Continental Corporation - VDO to the Council. When Chair Livingston announced the appointment, he commented, “We are pleased to welcome Mr. Rukov to our leadership team not only representing a good member in Continental, but also as the co-founder of the Young Auto Care Network Group (YANG). His commitment to get further involved in the Association is well-received and we look forward to his participation and contributions to CAWA and the auto care industry out west.”
Currently, Mr. Rukov serves as the Western Regional Sales Manager for Continental Corporation and previously held key management positions with One Stop Parts Source in southern California. He is an active participant with the Auto Care Association and the YANG Group. Mr. Rukov has received recognition for his commitment to the industry by receiving the Impact Award: Four for the Future and is currently pursuing his Executive MBA through the DeVos School of Business after having received his bachelor’s degree in Economics and Organizational Studies from the Claremont Pitzer College.
CAWA is an automotive aftermarket trade association, which represents auto parts jobbers, retailers, warehouse distributors, manufacturers, manufacturer representatives and program groups. The Association provides educational, legislative and business support to the industry and its membership.