The Ohio Valley Automotive Aftermarket Association (OVAAA) is a non-profit trade association representing aftermarket businesses in Ohio and West Virginia. Members include automotive parts stores, warehouses, paint and body shop suppliers, manufacturers, manufacturers agents, repair service facilities, body shops, full-service stations, tire dealers, used parts suppliers, glass shops, and other related industries. The Ohio Valley Automotive Aftermarket Association was originally known as the Ohio Automotive Wholesalers Association (OAWA), which was founded in Ohio in 1957.

The Ohio Automotive Wholesalers Association was conceived on February 17, 1957 at the first joint Ohio Automotive Booster Clubs "Suitcase Show" held at the Southern Hotel in Columbus, Ohio.

Two of the "motivators" of an open meeting of attending wholesalers were Pete DeGreen, President of Cleveland Automotive Booster Club No. 16, and Maury Mayer, Executive Secretary of the Michigan Automotive Wholesalers Association.

As a result of the meeting, a Steering Committee of John Bakan, Doug Dowdney, Bill Hedges, John Metzger, and Tom Reynolds was chosen to draft a constitution and by-laws for the new organization.

Several meetings later, on April 7, 1957, a formal organizational meeting was held at the Neil House in Columbus at which a constitution and by-laws was adopted and the following members elected to the first Board of Directors:

The first officers of OAWA were:

 President - Cecil J. Barber

 Vice President - John M. Metzger

 Treasurer - Thomas H. Reynolds

 Secretary - Douglas F. Dowdney

The dinner speaker at this first official meeting of the Ohio Automotive Wholesalers Association was Woody Hayes, head football coach at the Ohio State University.

During its first year, OAWA investigated the possibility of adopting a group insurance program but its activities were limited because there were no staff members.  However, on June 21, 1958, two candidates for the position of Executive Secretary were interviewed and Wm. L. Wodicka was hired to direct the activities of the association.

The first member service inaugurated by OAWA was a monthly Merchandise & Equipment Exchange Bulletin followed quickly by a Freight Bill Audit Service, Collection Service, Business Insurance coverage, and a Group Insurance Plan.

OAWA issued its first annual Yearbook in conjunction with the 2nd Annual OAWA Convention on April 18-19, 1959.  There were 48 pages in our first Yearbook but over the years it has increased in size and importance to 104 pages in 1981 and 112 pages in 1996.

From the start, OAWA cooperated with the Boosters on an annual booth show, held in conjunction with the annual OAWA Convention.  From a total of 50 booths at the first event, the show was expanded and improved each year to become the biggest and best attended state automotive wholesalers show in the country.  The last show was held in 1990. 

For the first few years, the OAWA office was in the basement of the Executive Director's home and there was only one full-time staff member.  At present, the OVAAAA office is located in an attractive,member-owned,office building with  over 3000 sq. ft. of space.

In 1992 over 700 automotive jobbers in Ohio and West Virginia came together to form the Ohio Valley Automotive Aftermarket Association, based on the idea that the automotive aftermarket in the states of Ohio and West Virginia can better serve their own interests together than separately.

OVAAA is governed by a Board of Directors composed of members elected from 12 districts within the two state regions. Four standing committees report to the Board of Directors. Coordinating the work of the Association is a staff headquartered in Hilliard, Ohio (a suburb of Columbus).

OVAAA has over 50 years of success in representing its members. OVAAA has as its objectives a cooperative relationship between the various wholesalers, repair facilities, and manufacturers; and encourages it's members to adopt and practice high ethical business standards. OVAAA also helps develop and establish practical methods for the growth of the independent automotive businesses in both Ohio and West Virginia.

Board of Directors



Board Member

Mike Washington
Washington Auto Parts & Paint
718 W Coshocton St.
Johnstown, OH 43031
Bryan Menke
R & R Engine & Machine
1004 Swartz Road
Akron, OH 44319
Keith Blankenship
Auto Value of Matewan
Main Street
Matewan, WV 25678
Tom Olak
Parts Distributors,Inc.
10 Williams St.
Norwalk, OH 44857
Chip Childress - Treasurer
1611 Troy St.
Dayton, OH 45404
John Hill
Willard C. Starcher, Inc.
124 Vandale Ave.
P.O. Bx 280
Spencer, WV 25276
Craig Speckman
Speckman Automotive
415 S. Wayne Ave.
St. Marys, OH 45885
Mike Krebs
Laub Auto Parts, Inc.
1404 South Defiance St.
Archbold, OH 43502
Chuck Murray
Murray's Auto Parts, Inc.
518 E. Main St.
Lancaster, OH 43130-3808
Jim Smith - Chairman
JSC Group, LLC
6180 Clover Valley Rd.
Johnstown, OH 43031
Mark Lewis - 1st Vice Chairman
Mansfield Auto Parts
1092 W. 4th Street
Mansfield, OH 44906
Robert Washington - Immediate Past Chairman
Washington Auto Parts & Paint
718 W. Coshocton St.
Johnstown, OH 43031


1958-1959 *Cecil J. Barber; J.A. Barber & Sons; Youngstown
1959-1960 *John M. Metzger; Jobbers Supply; Columbus
1960-1961 *Bill Hedges; Hedges Auto Parts; Portsmouth
1961-1962 *Charles J. Boland; Boland Ignition Co.; Cleveland
1962-1963 *Chet H. Newman; Lewis Motor Mart; Dayton
1963-1964 Tom C. Igo Jr.; Miles Auto Stores; Cleveland (Retired)
1964-1965 *Nick Buchman; Dillon Auto Parts; Fostoria
1965-1966 *Robert E. Thomas; Sanborn Motor Equipment; Painesville
1966-1967 * Tom M. Toolin; Automotive Parts; Columbus (Retired)
1967-1968 *E.C. (Bud) Snider; Johnston Auto Supply; Springfield (Retired)
1968-1969 *Richard A. Franz; F & N Motor Co.; Cincinnati
1969-1970 *Leonard G. Duncan; Defiance Auto Supply; Defiance
1970-1971 *Melvin L. Erb; Reliable Auto Parts; Dover
1971-1972 Robert Goldman; Goldman Car Pts., Bowling Green (Retired)
1972-1974 *Robert C. Gehring; Wayne Auto Parts; Wooster
1974-1975 Ed L. Asher; The Asher Bros. Co.; Sandusky (Retired)
1975-1977 Charles E. Lawrence; B & L Auto Supply; Newark (Retired)
1977-1978 Tom L. Krupp; Buckeye Auto Parts; Fostoria (Retired)
1978-1980 Joe H. Wesel; Marietta Ignition; Marietta (Retired)
1980-1981 Jack N. Thayer; Steego Parts Corp.; Columbus (Retired)
1981-1982 Ken C. Kopfmann; Toledo Auto Electric; Toledo (Retired)
1982-1983 *Leonard E. Morse; Medina Auto Parts; Medina
1983-1984 Rich A. Campbell; Toledo Auto & Truck Supply; Toledo (Retired)
1984-1985 Dan Dunson; Dunson Supply Co.; Sidney (Retired)
1985-1986 Charles W. (Bill) Wesel; Marietta Ignition; Marietta (Retired)
1986-1987 Ralph Coon; Semco Auto Parts; Copley (Retired)
1987-1988 Ed Occhionero; Crest Motor Parts; Lyndhurst (Retired)
1988-1989 Paul Brecht, Jr.; Paul's Automotive; Toledo (Retired)
1989-1990 John Detrick; Springfield Tire & Battery; Springfield (Retired)
1990-1991 Tom Eden; Lant Auto Parts; Ashtabula
1991-1992 Ken Washington; Ken Washington Auto Parts; Johnstown (Retired)
1992-1993 Dan Herrold; Met's Auto Supply; Mansfield (Retired)
1993-1994 Jim Pullins; Springfield Auto Supply, Inc.; Springfield
1994-1995 Jim Roe; Midwest Fender; Columbus
1995-1996 Jeff Erb; Reliable Auto Parts; Dover (Retired)
1996-1997 John Lawrence; CarQuest of Newark; Newark (Retired)
1997-1998 Jim Amstutz; Central Ohio Power Tool; Columbus
1998-1999 H.M. "Chip" Childress; UCI Midwest; Dayton
1999-2000 Lynn Sinclair: Orlo Auto Parts; Orrville
2000-2001 John Hill; Willard C. Starcher, Inc.; Spencer, WV
2002-2003 Lee Menke; R&R Engine & Machine; Akron, OH
2004-2005 Dan Mader; Mader Motor Mart; Troy, OH
2006-2007 Keith Blankenship; AutoValue of Matewan; Matewan, WV
2008-2009 Robert Washington, Washington Auto Parts & Paint, Johnstown, OH
2010-2011 Jim Smith; JSC Group, LLC; Johnstown, OH


Gary Murdock


Rick Campbell
Director of Member Services


Patty Hughes
Office Manager



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Diane Gains, Engine Machine Service
Niles, Ohio

The Automotive Aftermarket in both Ohio and West Virginia have been strengthened by joining forces into one regional association. I encourage my fellow West Virginia jobbers to support our new regional association, the Ohio Valley Automotive Aftermarket Association. There is definitely strength in numbers!

John Hill, Willard C. Starcher, Inc.
Spencer, West Virginia

We are pleased with our membership in OVAAA because of the many services they offer. Our business participates in the Workers' Comp. Savings Plan and a variety of other OVAAA programs.

Gary Pedersen, Bellefontaine Auto Supply
Bellefontaine, Ohio

The benefits of OVAAA are great, the people you meet are great, but most important is being kept informed about current legislation. OVAAA has been instrumental in blocking legislation both at the state and federal level that would have proven disastrous to the automotive aftermarket.

Ken Washington, Washington Auto Parts & Paint
Johnstown, Ohio