Woody Knopf, chairman of Knopf Automotive, was awarded the Michael Cardone Leadership Award, which recognises an individual who demonstrates exceptional leadership in remanufacturing and sustainability. The award is named in honour of Michael Cardone Jr., co-founder and chief strategy officer of Cardone Industries. “The Michael Cardone Leadership Award exemplifies key traits of Michael Cardone Jr.: vision, passion, teamwork and excellence,” said John Chalifoux, president and COO of MERA.
Knopf joined Knopf Automotive, which was started in 1945, in the 1970s and was involved in the company throughout its sale to LKQ only recently retiring “for the third time,” joked David Overbeeke, president and CEO of Brake Parts, Inc., in presenting the award. Overbeeke described Knopf as “having a passion for giving back” and has been involved in various community and educational activities. Chalifoux said that Knopf helped grow the business by nurturing relationships with other companies including Cardone, Delco Remy, Motorcar Parts of America, Saginaw Steering and LKQ.
“The legacy of Knopf Automotive remains the standard for value, excellence and integrity in the automotive industry,” Chalifoux said. “With this award, we recognize and thank Woody Knopf for his dedication to our industry, and for his love and support of the people in the communities in which he lives and works.”