University of the Aftermarket Establishes Alumni Association

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The U of A alumni association will serve the professional and philanthropic interests of aftermarket participants.

Midland, MI - The University of the Aftermarket, the motor vehicle replacement parts industry's primary business education provider, has established an alumni association to serve the professional and philanthropic interests of aftermarket participants.

The University of the Aftermarket Alumni Association will support a wide range of activities designed to serve industry professionals who have participated in one or more University courses as well as those who have achieved their Automotive Aftermarket Professional (AAP) or Master Automotive Aftermarket Professional (MAAP) certifications. Alumni Association events are also open to any aftermarket professional with an interest in pursuing continuing education through the University of the Aftermarket.

Robert Gracey, MAAP, senior vice president of sales for the Affinia Under Vehicle Group, has been selected as founding president of the Alumni Association, and Chuck Udell, MAAP, senior partner at Essential Action Design Group, was chosen as vice president. Both are working with University of the Aftermarket Director Brian Cruickshank, AAP, to develop Association-sponsored programming and outreach initiatives. One tool immediately available to University of the Aftermarket alumni and friends is a news and networking page located on the popular social networking site. To access this page, simply establish a free account and then enter the search term "University of the Aftermarket."

"This is the right time for a University of the Aftermarket Alumni Association," Cruickshank said. "Interest in our programs is stronger than ever and there has been a groundswell of support for a collegiate-level networking platform like those available through the nation's leading business schools. That's what we will deliver through this new organization."

For the latest information regarding the University of the Aftermarket Alumni Association, please visit the Association's page on (free Facebook membership required). For more information about the University of the Aftermarket, please visit or call 1-800-551-2882.


The University of the Aftermarket is an educational alliance of the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association, the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association and the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association and is an operating unit of Northwood University. The University of the Aftermarket provides business, management and leadership education to professionals in the motor vehicle aftermarket through online, custom, conference, and partnership educational opportunities. Through these programs, the University awards CEU credit that can be applied toward completion of the aftermarket's Automotive Aftermarket Professional (AAP) or Master Automotive Aftermarket Professional (MAAP) certifications.


Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills and personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in Southern Florida, mid-Michigan and Northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in eight states with many course delivery options including online. The DeVos Graduate School offers full-time, evening and industry specific master's degree programs for entrepreneurs and executives in Michigan, Texas and Switzerland. The Alden B. Dow Creativity Center on the Midland, Michigan, campus specializes in creative thinking and innovation development. International education is offered through terms abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Bahrain. Northwood University also operates the Margaret Chase Smith Library in Maine.