Voika Loukanov, president and CEO of D & V Electronics in Woodbridge, Ont., and Eugene Neugebohr of International Automotive Trading of New York and Michigan have been awarded the Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association’s Distinguished Service Award.
Loukanov was hired as a consultant by Dixie Electric in 1994 to create an automated alternator tester to deal with the complexity of the new alternators. After he developed the alternator tester, he developed testers for starters, regulators and solenoids that could be easily used by production remanufacturers. Loukanov has been a strong supporter of APRA and has provided training at clinics and conventions and has opened his plant for tours by APRA members.
Neugebohr began his aftermarket career with Lucas Israel in 1965. Shortly after he came to the U.S. where he started its Reman Division at a time when Lucas was a dominant force in imported parts. In 1979 he started his own rebuilding operation in Southfield, Mich. and co-founded International Automotive Trading in New York.