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CAWA appoints industry veterans to Manufacturers’ Advisory Council

“We are pleased to have these two individuals join our leadership team and contribute to our discussions of the current and future industry issues,” says CAWA’s chairman

Sacramento, Calif.—Industry veterans Terry McCauley of DENSO Products and Services and Conor Hegarty of Old World Industries have been appointed to CAWA’s Manufacturers’ Advisory Council (MAC).

“As the MAC continues to grow, we are pleased to have these two individuals join our leadership team and contribute to our discussions of the current and future industry issues,” said Chair of the Board of Directors Tom Ogaz. “We look forward to their participation and contributions which will assist the association in achieving its goals as an effective and valuable automotive aftermarket organization.”

Terry McCauley

McCauley has been in the Southern California automotive business for over 39 years. He has held several positions in the automotive industry such as an apprentice technician, parts professional, service advisor, and a manufacture representative.

In 1995, he graduated from Cal State University, Long Beach with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice; however, he decided to continue his path in the automotive industry. In 1998, McCauley joined Niterra North America (formerly known as NGK Spark Plugs), where he held several positions in his 25-year tenure, including district manager, senior district manager, which also included a training role and key account specialist. 

He was instrumental in launching the B2B customer portal. McCauley recently joined DENSO Products and Services in December 2023, as a territory sales manager in the Southern California region. “I am proud to once again join the Manufacturers’ Advisory Council representing DENSO,” said McCauley during the appointment process.

Conor Hegarty

Hegarty has been in the aftermarket for the last 8 years with Old World Industries (OWI). Starting off as a sales analyst, supporting out lighting business, then moving on to field support with AutoZone and NAPA. He ended up supporting Rich Zeichner, a current MAC member, and the WD channel for a few years.

From there, Hegarty started to cover the NAPA account full time in the field to support their sales efforts from independent store owners to installers and fleets. He is now the sales manager for the NAPA account with OWI. He supports them on Automotive Lighting, Wipers, DEF, Antifreeze & Windshield Wash. Before automotive, he was a chef for 10 years and a saxophone player for 10 years before that.

He also spent a few years in the circus doing tumbling and fire breathing. “I am looking forward to being a contributing member to the MAC of CAWA, Hegarty said upon his appointment. 

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