Pete Kornafel Honored with UAF Educational Advocacy Award

The University of the Aftermarket Foundation (UAF) has presented Pete Kornafel with the UAF Educational Advocacy Award. This prestigious award recognizes an aftermarket leader for their dedication to the pursuit of excellence in education.

“Not only has Pete had an impressive professional career in our industry, but he has been devoted to providing scholarship opportunities that pave the way for students to pursue careers in our industry,” said Bob Egan, MAAP, chairman of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. “Pete has worked tirelessly to ensure that more students each year can benefit from the scholarship program, and we thank him for his generous support. The UAF Educational Advocacy Award is rarely presented and there is no one more deserving to receive this award than Pete Kornafel.”

For the past 25 years, Kornafel has led the industry’s scholarship program, first through the Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS) and then as chairman of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation’s scholarship committee. His dedication throughout the years has led to more than 5,700 scholarships being awarded to students pursuing aftermarket careers. In 2018, Kornafel partnered with Danielle Sonnefeld as co-chairs of the committee, overseeing the foundation’s ever-growing scholarship program. Recently, he transitioned to the role of past chairman of the scholarship committee and will continue to serve on the UAF board of trustees.

“The entire auto care industry is indebted to Pete for his incredible service in supporting the next generation of leaders entering our industry,” said Sonnefeld, AAP, chair of the UAF scholarship committee. “Thank you, Pete, for being an amazing leader, role model, mentor and friend to so many of us. We will continue to carry the banner in your honor!”

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