Heavy-duty aftermarket professionals have completed the week-long Heavy Duty Leadership (HDL) education conference, held at Northwood University. The annual program, annually offered by the University of the Aftermarket, was created to develop the business, management and leadership skills of mid-career professionals working in the North American commercial vehicle aftermarket.
Participants in this year’s HDL class – now in its seventh year – represented a wide range of heavy-duty aftermarket job functions, geographies and experiences. This year’s class included:
Colter Adkins TruckPro
Dave Baker Dorman Products
Michael Crews Tri-States Automotive Warehouse
Christopher Crippen Sanel NAPA
Brett Delp Dorman Products
Tina Geraghty Velvac Inc
Mengshi Guo Panasia CVS USA Inc
Don Jordan Denso
Travis Kokenes Mackay & Company
Michael Lieske TruckPro
John Lurz HDA Truck Pride
Jason Marath 6State/TruckPro
John Mays Accuride Corporation
Jim McManus Accuride Corporation
Michelle Montgomery TruckPro
Dan Neil Commercial Vehicle Group
Clayton Nesvick TruckPro
Dan Piccoli Fras-Le North America Inc
Chris Robinson AXN Heavy Duty
Sherri Short Dana Incorporated
John Strem Standard Motor Products
Ed Turnquist Standard Motor Products
Paul Vollmer Advance Auto Parts
Keith Woods Horton Inc
Crystal Yao Panasia CVS USA Inc
The program opened on the evening of Sunday, July 8 at the Sloan Family Building for Aftermarket Studies with a keynote presentation from Meritor Aftermarket Vice President Brett Penzkofer. The week also included leadership and industry-focused sessions from faculty drawn from Northwood University’s DeVos Graduate School of Management and leaders in the commercial truck aftermarket.
The next Heavy Duty Leadership program will be held again in mid-July, 2019.
Heavy Duty Leadership graduates earned 3.5 continuing education units that can be applied toward their Automotive Aftermarket Professional (AAP) or Master Automotive Aftermarket Professional (MAAP) designations. To learn more about Heavy Duty Leadership and other University of the Aftermarket programs, call 1-800-551-2882 or visit www.universityoftheaftermarket.com.