The Automotive Industries Association is pleased to announce the winner of this year's Young Leader of the Year Award is Jeff VandeSande, President of Bestbuy Distributors. The award was presented during the Young Executive Society Conference...
The Automotive Industries Association is pleased to announce the winner of this year’s Young Leader of the Year Award is Jeff VandeSande, President of Bestbuy Distributors. The award was presented during the Young Executive Society Conference held in
Ottawa on April 19th, 2011. Jeff was also recognized at the Aftermarket
Conference of Executives the following day.
This is the fourth year that YES has awarded an outstanding employee
for their dedication to the industry, their leadership and innovation. The Young Executive of the Year Award was created in 2007 by the Young Executive Society Committee (YES) to provide member organizations with an opportunity to recognize an employee who has made an impact on their company, the community and the industry.
“Jeff VandeSande demonstrates his incredible leadership skills, his work ethic and his management abilities on a day to day basis. He was very involved when the YES Committee was founded. He is an incredible Young Leader, but also an active participant in the Aftermarket community on a national and regional level.” stated Eric Boutin, 2010 Young Leader of the Year Award winner.
Jeff acknowledged his appreciation to the Bestbuy Board of Directors for allowing him for the time to spend as a volunteer with the association. He recommended involvement with AIA for all young
executives as a way of learning more about the industry, networking with colleagues and the enduring friendships that are formed. In addition, Jeff acknowledged the constant support he has received from his family that have allowed him to realize his goals and achievements.
With his current position as President of Bestbuy Distributors, and his previous professional experience with Grant Brothers Sales and NAPA, Jeff has gained a great deal of appreciation of the industry in
His involvement through volunteering in the industry clearly demonstrates his passion in the automotive aftermarket industry. On top of being a member of the AIA YES Committee, Mr. VandeSande was on the Board of Directors for the Association, as well as Chairman of the AIA Central Ontario Division.
What’s more, Jeff’s involvement extends beyond the automotive industry: he is also involved and active in the Canadian Cancer Society in Kitchener and in his local Optimist organization. AIA and the YES
Committee are very proud to make Mr. VandeSande their 2011 Young Leader of the Year Award recipient.
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