TD Auto Finance CEO Andrew Stuart was honored with the 2017 American Financial Services Association (AFSA) Distinguished Service Award during AFSA’s 101st annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
The association’s highest honor, the award is given to individuals who have contributed significantly to industry and association growth on a national level, advanced its mission and objectives, and elevated its image.
Stuart joined AFSA in 2008 while executive vice president and chief financial officer of VW Credit. It was during this time that Stuart became actively involved in AFSA and went on to serve as Vehicle Finance Division Chairman 2012-2014.
He co-chaired the annual AFSA/NADA Executive Forum that brings NADA’s elected leaders together with top executives from AFSA’s vehicle finance members involved in indirect auto lending with franchise dealers. In 2014, he chaired a successful AFSA Vehicle Finance Division Conference in New Orleans.
When the Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPB) issued a bulletin taking aim at fair lending practices, Stuart’s leadership and recommendation to the AFSA Board led to the commission of a comprehensive study of automotive lending practices conducted by Charles River Associations.
He served as Chairman of AFSA 2014-2015 and continues to serve on AFSA’s Executive Committee, Board of Directors and Vehicle Finance Board.
The J.D. Power 2017 Seat Quality and Satisfaction Study provides automotive manufacturers and suppliers with quality and satisfaction information related to seating systems.
New-vehicle owners are asked to rate the quality of their vehicle’s seats and seat belts with respect to whether they have experienced defects/malfunctions or design problems during the first 90 days of ownership.
The study presents seven segment awards based on the J.D. Power vehicle segment designations: mass market compact car; mass market compact SUV/MPV; mass market midsize/large car; mass market midsize/large SUV; mass market truck/van; luxury car; and luxury SUV.
For each segment, the award for Highest Quality Seats is based exclusively on the total seat problems per 100 (PP100) score (seat quality within segment). Awards are presented to the seating system supplier.
The 2017 Seat Quality and Satisfaction Study is based on responses from more than 77,000 purchasers and lessees of new 2017 model-year cars and light trucks registered in November-December 2016 and January-February 2017. The study was fielded from February through May.
Magna earned the most honors, leading the categories with seats for the Audi A3, Ford Escape and Ford Edge.