Newsmaker

  • With global demand for disabled-friendly vehicles experiencing unprecedented growth, the need for obtaining expert education for both business owners and technicians is critical when venturing into this segment, according to Dave Hubbard, executive director and CEO of the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA).
    Dave Hubbard
  • Quest Resource Management Group manages environmental and recycling programs for auto dealerships, fleet operators and quick lube locations. Brian Dick, Quest CEO, spoke to Aftermarket Business World about the challenges of recycling waste materials at auto dealerships.
    Brian Dick
  • Powertrain Integration specializes in engineering alternative fueling systems for numerous types of propulsion technologies ranging from hybrid sports cars to propane-powered trucks and uparmored military battlewagons.
    Brad Shantry
  • Upon returning home to Huntsville, Ala., Jeff Hammock – the founder and CEO of MechOptix – set about to invent Stoptix, an add-on LED brake lamp that signals a vehicle’s deceleration without having to hit the brakes.
    Jeff Hammock
  • Under the direction of Chairman and President Fred P. Hochberg, the Export-Import Bank of the United States is described as “an independent federal agency that supports and maintains U.S. jobs by filling gaps in private export financing at no cost to American taxpayers.”
    Fred P. Hochberg, Export-Import Bank of the United States
  • Brian Drews, parts manager at DeNooyer Chevrolet in Kalamazoo, Mich., spoke to Aftermarket Business World about the challenges presented by the high number of recalls announced by GM this year.
    Brian Drews, DeNooyer Chevrolet
  • Under the’ direction of U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health David Michaels, the agency has prepared a series of questions and answers regarding OSHA policies likely to have an impact on aftermarket operations.
    David Michaels, OSHA
  • Northwood University Professor Timothy G. Nash recently answered a series of questions from Aftermarket Business World about the prospects for alternative fueling systems.
    Timothy G. Nash
  • Among passenger vehicle registrations, diesels currently account for more than 7 million vehicles in the U.S. while hybrids amount to 2.8 million. Diesels represent 10.6 percent of all pickup truck registrations.
    Allen Schaeffer
  • Gentilini Motors, a Woodbine, N.J.-based family of dealerships, has recently launched a number of "green" initiatives, including a 238 KW solar array that provides 60 percent of the energy at its Ford dealership.
    Paul Gentilini
  • In October, GCommerce announced that industry veteran Scott Luckett had joined the company as vice president of industry strategy. Luckett spent 17 years at the Auto Care Association, heading up industry data standards efforts and serving as the organization’s CIO.
    Scott Luckett
  • Mike Maris, senior director of transportation and logistics at at Zebra Technologies, which completed its acquisition of Motorola Solutions' Enterprise business in October 2014, spoke with Aftermarket Business World about the role of bar code scanning and other automatic identification technology in warehouse and distribution operations.
    Mike Maris
  • David Zuby, executive vice president and chief research officer at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, spoke to Aftermarket Business World about smart cars and safety improvements being implemented by OEMs.
    David Zuby
  • Joe Swaim, senior business application consultant at International Business Systems, spoke to Aftermarket Business World about the supply chain technology needs of small and mid-sized distributors.
    Joe Swaim
  • Leaving Major League baseball behind and armed with a mathematics degree from Texas A&M University, Camilli scored in the aftermarket by inventing the Pulstar spark plug and establishing Enerpulse Inc.
    Lou Camilli, Enerpulse
  • The FFF is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that aims “to remove barriers to competition so that natural gas, methanol, ethanol and electricity can compete on equal footing with gasoline at the pump and at the dealership.
    Eyal Aronoff
  • K&N Engineering recently won gold for its mobile catalog application in the National Catalog Managers Association President's Award for Catalog Excellence.
    Tim Martin, K&N Engineering
  • Last year, the Austin-based Mac Haik Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep dealership launched an e-commerce site in a bid to become a national OEM parts distributor. Now, it seeks nationwide wholesale partnerships to help expand its parts distribution efforts.
    Ben Stapleton
  • Fleetio is a software tool for fleet operators that allows them to log and track vehicle maintenance schedules using their mobile phones and OBDII devices.
    Matt Chapman
  • PROS Holdings is a software provider that uses big data to help clients improve their sales effectiveness. TRW Aftermarket is using its solution to make tailored offerings and improve pricing strategies.
    Sean Duclaux, PROS Holdings