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CAWA appoints Steve Hughes of HCS International to board of directors

Hughes has more than 48 years of supply chain experience in the automotive aftermarket industry and has worked or consulted for some of its leading companies

Sacramento, Calif.—Steve Hughes of HCS International has been appointed to CAWA’s board of directors. During the appointment process, Michael Rukov, chair of the board of directors, said, “Steve has served CAWA over the years as a member of our Manufacturers Advisory Council and is currently chair of the Public Affairs Committee. We look forward now to his participation and contributions to our Board of Directors, members at large and the automotive aftermarket industry.”

Hughes has more than 48 years of supply chain experience in the automotive aftermarket industry. During that time, he has worked or consulted for some of the industry’s leading companies. Hughes is a consultant for both the automotive aftermarket, through its trade associations and to individual companies under the aegis of his company HCS International. In addition, HCS International is the representative for Gemini Shippers Association, a non-profit ocean freight buying group, to the automotive Industry.

Over the years, Hughes has been committed to the international automotive aftermarket community in their efforts to promote free and fair trade. He is currently chairman of the Import Vehicle Community and sits on the Government Affairs Committee for the Auto Care Association. And, he is the lead voice for the automotive aftermarket industry regarding ocean transportation issues.

Hughes served on the Automotive Industry Trade Advisory Committee (ITAC 2) advising on trade policy for the Department of Commerce and US Trade Representative, 2015-2017. He has led three industry coalitions at the International Trade Commission to overturn unfair Anti-Dumping Duty orders that were harming the industry and costing consumers. He is also a past participant of the Federal Maritime Commission Supply Chain Innovations Team and Demurrage/Detention Innovations Team. 

Hughes is a member of the Federal Maritime Commissions’ National Shipper Advisory Committee representing the interests of the Auto Care Association and Motor Equipment Manufacturers Association.

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