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Heavy duty aftermarket professionals finish University of the Aftermarket leadership program

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 07:00
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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

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