Bill Long, MEMA CEO and AASA COO, Named to Board of Automotive Hall of Fame
The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) President and Chief Executive Officer Bill Long has been selected to serve on the board of the Automotive Hall of Fame. Long also serves as president and chief operating officer of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), the light vehicle aftermarket division of MEMA.
During his three-year board term, Long will help oversee the Hall of Fame’s financial direction and help preserve the mission of this prestigious organization. As part of his role as board member, he will help with the selection of those inducted into the Hall of Fame.
The Automotive Hall of Fame, which traces its early origins back to 1939, attracts visitors from around the world. Located next door to The Henry Ford Museum, in Dearborn, Michigan, the Hall of Fame is within the MotorCities National Heritage Area, an affiliate of the National Park Service dedicated to preserving and promoting the automotive and labor heritage of Michigan. It opened its current 25,000 square foot building in 1997.
The Automotive Hall of Fame aims to serve as a tribute to the men and women who have contributed to the motor vehicle industry through awards and educational programs. Additionally, it works to increase the public’s understanding of the contribution that the international motor vehicle industry has had on our freedom of personal mobility and on our high standard of living. “Induction into the Automotive Hall of Fame is the greatest single honor bestowed on individuals who have dedicated their lives and careers to the automotive industry. Induction is reserved for individuals who have made a dramatic impact on the development of the automobile or the automotive industry,” according to the Automotive Hall of Fame website.
“It is an honor to serve on the board of an organization with such a lofty mission and worthwhile purpose for the automotive industry,” Long stated. “I look forward to representing parts manufacturers on this distinguished board and bringing our unique perspective as we work to advance these goals.”
Those selected for induction into the Hall of Fame are individuals who have dedicated their lives and careers to the automotive industry. Induction is reserved for individuals who have made a dramatic impact on the development of the automobile or the automotive industry. Candidates are reviewed by the Awards Advisory Panel, which consists of representatives of the automotive press and automotive historical organizations. The Advisory Panel’s recommendations accompany the list of all candidates to the Awards Committee for its final vote and recommendations to the Board of Directors. The Board has the final decision on who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
For more information about the Automotive Hall of Fame, visit www.automotivehalloffame.org.
The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) and its four specialized divisions comprise a leading international trade association in the fast-changing mobility industry. Representing vehicle suppliers that manufacture and remanufacture components, technologies, and systems for use in passenger cars and heavy trucks, MEMA serves as a critical bridge between high-tech capabilities in new vehicles –such as autonomous vehicles and vehicle connectivity—and the “nuts and bolts” of vehicle manufacturing. MEMA works at state, federal, and international levels to ensure that the marketplace and public policy support the development of advanced, transformative technologies that enable safer, smarter, and more efficient vehicles. MEMA’s members are represented through four divisions: Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA), Motor & Equipment Remanufacturers Association (MERA), and Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA). For more information on how MEMA is leading transformation in the mobility industry, visit www.mema.org.