Aftermarket industry veteran Anthony Battista dies

Longtime aftermarket professional Anthony “Dick” Battista has died. He was 78.

Battista passed away Sunday, April 29, 2018. He was a well-known industry executive with more than 50 years of experience in the automotive aftermarket.

Battista began his career as a stock clerk at Regional Automotive Warehouse of Newark, N.J., in 1958 and retired as its president in 2001. During his career, he served as chairman of the New Jersey Automotive Wholesale Association (NJAWA) and was a recipient of its Man of The Year award.

He served on numerous automotive manufacturers’ distributor advisory councils throughout his career because of his vast knowledge of the industry. Additionally, he was a founder of the Independent Warehouse Distributors’ (Auto Pride/Truck Pride) program distribution group in 1985 and served as chairman of the its board of directors until his retirement in 2009.

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