John W. Nerlinger

Distinguished Service Citation Award 1978

1920 - 2013

He devoted his entire 38-year business career to automotive trade association organization and leadership, his last fifteen with ASIA. In 1939 he was Business Manager for Retail Gasoline Dealers Association of Michigan; served in the U.S. Army in South and Central Pacific theatres for three years, returning to RGDA in 1945. Because of his efforts, he was instrumental in the formation of the National Congress of Petroleum Retailers in 1947.

In 1951, was appointed Executive Secretary of RGDA of Michigan and also was Executive Secretary of the National Congress of Petroleum Retailers. Both positions required his presence for action in legislative movements in Michigan and Washington, D.C., and he was a spokesman for petroleum retailers at hundreds of meetings nationwide and in Canada.

He joined ASIA as Assistant Executive Vice President in 1963, a position he held until he was appointed Executive Vice President. In following this “called” executive leader, you learn he is talented in communications and development of training clinics in cities and states around the world.

He was voted “Petroleum Man of The Year” in 1968 for “high standards of service and outstanding achievement in association management” by being awarded the designation of Certified Association Executive by the American Society of Association Executives and other awards and citations are his. His leadership in ASIA was recognized around the country.

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