AIA’s Young Executive Society presented the first Young Executive of the Year Award in Gatineau, Quebec. The award recognizes an outstanding young professional who has demonstrated leadership in the automotive aftermarket industry or their organization. David Vaughan of Eastern Automotive Warehousing received this honourable award for 2007-2008 at the Automotive Industries Association of Canada’s YES Conference. David works in sales & marketing for Eastern Automotive Warehousing in New Brunswick. He was instrumental in establishing 18 Auto Value Service Centres and 14 stores in the Atlantic Provinces. His internal focus has included introducing new computer systems and innovating to improve warehouse capacity along with stock handling. A strong community leader, David initiated the first Charity Cars Event in Canada in 2006. To date, 20 women and their children in Fredericton and surrounding areas have benefited from this program. David is Vice-President of Capital City Connections, a young professionals group, treasurer of the AIA Atlantic Division and serves on the Auto Value Service Centre Committee with the Aftermarket Parts Alliance. His numerous sports activities help keep this well rounded young professional fit and ready to take on new challenges. “The selection committee was extremely impressed by the strong determination that David shows. He is committed to progress for his business, himself and his community, “says John MacDonald of Ideal Supply Company Limited and Chair of the YES Council. The Young Executive of the Year Award recognizes a young executive or manager that excels in leadership, innovation and industry contribution. The recipient must demonstrate superior skills and a commitment to progress. It was developed this year by the YES Council to highlight the importance of the younger generation of people within the aftermarket that are helping to build a strong future for the industry.