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News   July 20, 2016   by Steve Pawlett

Harvest Partners Honors Mort Schwartz and David Caracci with Donation to University of the Aftermarket Foundation



Two auto care industry leaders, David Caracci, MAAP, and Mort Schwartz, MAAP, were recently honored with a donation made in their names to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. The donation was made by Harvest Partners, a private equity firm based in New York.


“On behalf of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, I want to thank Harvest Partners for their generous contribution in honor of Mort and Dave,” said Kornafel. “As strong supporters of industry education throughout their careers, these two industry advocates have worked tirelessly to help raise scholarship funds for deserving students seeking a career in the aftermarket. It is very rewarding to see Harvest Partners recognize them for their efforts. I know they are both grateful that more scholarships will be funded in 2017.”


With a 35-year history of investing in middle-market companies, Harvest Partners is an established private equity firm that backs high quality management teams to acquire and build growing businesses. Harvest Partners has made investments in automotive-related companies including Driven Brands, Inc., and TruckPro, Inc.  Michael Klein, chairman of the Auto Care Association, serves as an advisor to Harvest Partners, supporting the firm in identifying and evaluating investment opportunities in the automotive aftermarket parts, distribution, services and retail sectors.


The University of the Aftermarket Foundation accepts donations of any size to support its mission of funding scholarships and educational programs that help develop a strong auto care industry work force. Contributions may be made to honor, memorialize or recognize individuals, organizations or special events. The foundation is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization and all contributions are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.


To make a donation to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, contact Barbara Cunningham at (816) 584-0511 or To learn more about the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, visit


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