Steve Handschuh will retire at the end of this year.
The board of directors of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association announced that its president and chief executive officer will call it career on Dec. 31. Their announcement cited health concerns and a desire to ensure the association is properly managed as it moves forward.
“Steve has led the association through many challenging years, coming out of the economic crisis and into the major tax overhaul, the technology evolutions, and global trade battles,” said Daniel E. Sceli, chairman of MEMA’s board and CEO of Peterson American Corporation. “We are genuinely happy that Steve can move forward and fully appreciate his wonderful family, but MEMA will miss the leadership and dedication that he brought to MEMA.”
Handschuh joined the group in 2006 as president and chief operating officer of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) division before being appointed CEO of MEMA in 2013. The associations other three divisions are the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA), the Motor & Equipment Remanufacturers Association (MERA) and the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA).
Over his 40 years in the aftermarket, Handschuh worked for NAPA Auto Parts, serving as NAPA president from 1998-2004, and spent time with Auto Zone, serving as senior vice president, commercial.
“I truly loved my entire career, including especially my time with AASA and MEMA,” Handschuh said in the announcement. “This is an incredible trade association, which will continue to lead the industry in responding to the many industry changes underway.”
Sceli also announced that the search for a new CEO will being immediately.