Multi Parts Announces SPARK2015 Participants

Year Two Bigger, Better with Veterans & Military Category

SPARK Initiative “Ignites Passion Among Aftermarket’s Next Generation”

Multi Parts announces SPARK2015 student participants. This year, Multi Parts’ SPARK2015 plays host to ten students, each of whom receive an all expense paid trip to the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (“AAPEX”) being held at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, November 3-5, 2015. Essentially, SPARK2015 is a three-day industry immersion symposium, taking place within the AAPEX show.  The SPARK Initiative was developed to introduce the next generation of aftermarket professionals to the industry at its largest, single event.

Developed and completely underwritten by Multi Parts, the SPARK Initiative is now in its second year. SPARK Initiative participants are chosen from Global Automotive Aftermarket Scholarship (“GAAS”) scholarship winners from across the U.S. In addition to Multi Parts, this year’s participants received GAAS scholarship awards from: The Larry W. McCurdy Memorial Scholarship Fund, established by Affinia Group Inc., Bosch Automotive Aftermarket, The Breslow Foundation, The Car Care Council’s Women’s Board, Dayco Corporation, Standard Motor Products, The University of the Aftermarket Foundation (UAF) and The Udell Family Foundation.

SPARK2015 gives participants a front row seat to see the aftermarket industry at its dynamic best. Among the various activities planned for student participants, the Luminary Breakfast and Lunch are highly anticipated. The gathering includes some of the biggest names from the biggest companies in the aftermarket industry.

New for SPARK2015 is the addition of the Veterans’ Category. The brainchild of Multi Parts’ Chairman Barry Cohn, the Veterans’ Category “makes certain that men and women from our Armed Forces are introduced to our industry and all that it offers in a variety of career paths,” comments Cohn.

All SPARK2015 participants will wear Multi Parts’ shirts adorned with the U.S. flag. SPARK2015 veterans and members of the U.S. Armed Forces will have their branch of service embroidered on the sleeve.



Leann Andrews

  • Eastern Maine Community College,
  • Bangor, Maine
  • GAAS Scholarship
  • Standard Motor Products

Benjamin Chad

  • Delta College, University Center, Michigan
  • United States Marine Corps
  • GAAS Scholarship
  • UAF

Raymond Davis

  • UTI NASCAR Tech, Mooresville, North Carolina
  • GAAS Scholarship
  • Bosch Automotive Aftermarket, Multi Parts

Dailyn Finnicum

  • Montana State University, Havre, Montana
  • Army National Guard
  • GAAS Scholarship
  • The Udell Family Foundation, Multi Parts

Paul Hyde

  • Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan
  • United States Army
  • GAAS Scholarship
  • UAF

Tommy Montgomery

  • Boise State University, Boise, Idaho
  • United States Army
  • GAAS Scholarship
  • UAF

Elizabeth Niemi

  • Northwood, Midland, Michigan
  • GAAS Scholarship
  • UAF

Katherine Ramage

  • Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire
  • GAAS Scholarship
  • The Car Care Council’s Women’s Board, The Breslow Foundation

Tyler Washington

  • Capital University, Bexley, Ohio
  • GAAS Scholarship
  • The Larry W. McCurdy Memorial Scholarship Fund, established by Affinia Group Inc., Multi Parts

Jared Winkles

  • Columbus Tech, Columbus, Georgia
  • GAAS Scholarship
  • Dayco Corporation