Vehicle Care RockStars Logo Partnership AAPEX


Who We Are

Vehicle Care RockStars aims to recognize those industry professionals making a powerful impression in their market segments. Today’s Vehicle Care RockStars are high-energy, hard-working industry professionals who are making things happen. Vehicle Care RockStars are creators, influencers and leaders in any of the following markets: Automotive Aftermarket Distributors or Repair Shops, Tire Dealers & Distributors, Transmission, Collision Repair, Heavy Duty, New Car Dealers, Powersports, Performance, Car Wash, Tools & Equipment, and Education & Training.


For specific details on the criteria for nominations, check out the nomination form here.


Jay Burkhart

Selection Committee Executive Director

Jay is a well-known industry exec who has a record of success across a wide variety of brands and product categories in the automotive aftermarket. Over his career, Jay has had the benefit of engaging with people in all business functions, and working across virtually all channels and segments in the vehicle care industry.


After a stint in consumer packaged goods, Jay had a distinguished 30+ year career in the automotive aftermarket. Starting with Tenneco (Monroe and Walker brands), Jay was the SVP of Federal-Mogul’s global aftermarket (including Fel-Pro, Sealed Power, Moog, Wagner, and Champion among others). Most recently, Jay was president of Trico Group (Carter, TRICO, Strong Arm) and was an EVP at what is now First Brands Group (Fram, Autolite, ANCO, Airtex, Raybestos and Centric).


Jay will serve as executive director of the Vehicle Care RockStars Selection Committee. Nominations will be reviewed by a committee of Babcox content team professionals with the selection process led by industry veteran Jay Burkhart.


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Nomination Tips


Qualities that make today’s RockStars

Following are just a few tips to consider. A nominator may submit any content they choose, and content may be any length or format. Following are some topics a nominator may want to touch upon.

Terms and Conditions


Information and materials provided with nominations on behalf of a nominee will be used by Babcox Media, Inc. and the Vehicle Care RockStars Selection Committee in conjunction with the Vehicle Care RockStars award program for the purposes of evaluating the nomination and creating a press release and other promotional media for selected winners. The preparer of this nomination form consents to the use of such information for these purposes and hereby confirms and represents that all necessary authorizations and consents have been received for such uses.



The preparer of a nomination form understands, authorizes and agrees that, in connection with participation in the Vehicle Care RockStars award program, that Babcox Media, Inc. and the Selection Committee may seek information about the nominee to confirm or supplement information within a nomination form by researching publicly available sources (including, without limitation, information available on social media, or the internet generally), and by other available sources and means.



In consideration of participation in The Vehicle Care RockStars award program, all nominees and nominators hereby release and forever discharge Babcox Media, Inc. and its agents and partners involved with The Vehicle Care RockStars award program from any and all liabilities, claims, actions, damages, costs or expenses of any nature arising out of or in any way connected to nominees participation in The Vehicle Care RockStars award program including (without any limitation) any information or materials submitted in connection with nominee’s participation in the awards program; any information/background research conducted in connection with nominee’s participation in any related events, ceremonies or promotional activities related to the program and/or nominee’s participation therein; and the determinations of the Selection Committee with respect to this nomination and/or nominee’s recognition or participation in the program.