Northwood University student Morgen Panning, left, introduced John R. Washbish to be presented with the school’s Outstanding Business Leader award at the ceremoney in Florida.
John R. Washbish picked up his Outstanding Business Leader award from Northwood University.
The ceremony was held in West Palm Beach, Fla., on March 16. Washbish is president and CEO of the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance.
“We couldn’t be more excited and proud of John,” said university president and CEO Keith Pretty. “John is a Northwood man. He has dedicated his life and career to the automotive market. His roots are here at Northwood. We’d like to think that some of his wild success comes from his foundation he received here.”
The award recognizes leaders in American business and winners are chosen by Northwood University’s board of trustees based on each contribution to the philosophy of private enterprise, support of the integration of business and the arts, contribution to education, economic innovation, creative marketing ideas, community involvement, religious leadership, and philanthropic contributions, as well as business success.
Washbish has ticked those boxes over his 50-year career, starting as a young boy at his father’s automotive and heavy duty warehouse in Louisville, Ky., and getting his start at AEC Universal Joints following graduation from Northwood. He has spent time with Michigan Engine bearings, Clevite Engine Parts, Dana Corporation and Affinia Group Inc. over his career. Washbish has been with the Alliance since 2010.
He has also served as president of the Automotive Sales Council and National Engine Parts Manufacturers Association, as chairman of the Young Executive Society and the Manufacturers’ Advisory Council of AWDA, and as a board member for the Motor and Equipment Manufacturers, Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers and Automotive Aftermarket Industry Associations. He currently serves on the AWDA council of governors, is senior vice chairman of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, and is a mentor for the Young Auto Care Networking Group.