RR 404. Rodney Pierini. A Grant That Supports Automotive Education – First Of Its Kind

Rodney Pierini is the President & CEO of CAWA – Representing the Automotive Parts Industry in California, Nevada and Arizona. He has held that position since 1996. Mr. Pierini has served on many auto care industry committees and groups including service as the Chair of the Alliance of State Automotive Aftermarket Associations, the Auto Care Association Board of Directors and Chair of the Auto Care Association Government Affairs Committee, to name a few. He is also a recipient of Northwood University’s Automotive Aftermarket Management Education Award.

Prior to his service to CAWA, Mr. Pierini served as Executive Directors of the Criminal Justice Council of San Mateo County, the California Peace Officers Association and the California Police Chiefs Association. His extensive career in association management included serving as Chair of the California Society of Association Executives and as a member of the Western Regional Advisory Committee for the American Society of Association Executives.

Mr. Pierini graduated from California State University – Sacramento with a Master of Arts degree in criminal justice. He was trained as a facilitator by the University Associates of San Diego and holds a California community college lifetime teaching credential. He enjoys family, cooking, golf, and travel. He is married and has two children and two grandchildren.

Key Talking Points:

  • CAWA- California Automotive Wholesalers Association
    • www.Cawa.org
    • 800-332-2292 ext 1201
    • admin@cawa.org
  • Preserving high school programs
    • Received $25,000 grant from University of Aftermarket Foundation to begin the process
    • Creating a draft application form for grant
    • Supply high school programs with products, tools, and resources to the classroom
    • Provide instructors with access to industry training
    • Goal to have everything in place by June 2019 for the fall semester  
    • Need industry support and involvement for programs- advisory group members, speakers for classroom
  • Raising funds to continue the program for future- Annual dinner fundraiser before AAPEX Sema
  • Future for industry
    • Consolidation of all levels- distribution/manufacturing
    • Evolving with technology/e-commerce companies
    • Unifying scholarships/receiving grants for secondary level under the same umbrella


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