University of the Aftermarket's Heavy Duty Leadership Conference Begins

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University of the Aftermarket's Heavy Duty Leadership Conference Begins

MIDLAND, MI -- Twenty-four heavy-duty aftermarket professionals gathered on July 8 at Northwood University for the start of the inaugural Heavy Duty Leadership conference. Heavy Duty Leadership is a week-long leadership development program specifically designed for professionals working in the North American heavy-duty aftermarket.

Participants in the year's class represent a wide range of heavy-duty aftermarket job functions and geographies. Organizations include manufacturing, warehouse distribution, logistics, association, OES and program groups. Specifically, this year's class includes:

Cory Beeler, BBB Industries
Philip Brown, Veyance Technologies Inc.
Michael Copeland, The Timken Company
John Devany, Betts Truck Parts and Service
Brad Drake, Wix Filtration
Matt Durham, Meritor
Anthony Emmi, FleetPride
Yolanda Flores Montes, Friccion Y Tecnologia Sa de Cv
Mike Harris, Navistar Parts
Jennifer Hjalmquist, HDMA
Ted Hughes, MAHLE Clevite Inc.
William Humber, General Parts International
Jason King, Wix Filtration
Dino Marutsos, K&N Engineering Inc.
Jack Mitchell, Commercial Vehicle Components
Jeffrey Paul, VIPAR Heavy Duty Inc.
Steve Peeples, FleetPride
Marcelo Pereira, ThyssenKrupp Crankshaft Co.
Thomas Ruddy, Sanel Auto Parts
Rich Rychetsky, BDP International
Scott Saxton, Gabriel Ride Control LLC
Shawn Shumaker, HDA Truck Pride
Ignacio Vega, SKF
Vicki Webster-Calcagno, Potter Webster Company

"We're so pleased that the industry has supported this valuable program by sending their best and brightest employees. Participants will gain a lot, not only from our faculty, but also from the perspective their fellow classmates bring to class discussions," said University of the Aftermarket Director Brian Cruickshank, MAAP.

The program opened on Sunday night with a keynote presentation from Meritor's Aftermarket & Trailer Group President Joe Mejaly who spoke to the class about his view of career management and leadership in the heavy-duty market. The week will include other leadership and industry-focused sessions from faculty from Northwood University's DeVos Graduate School of Management and heavy-duty leaders. Presenters include:

  • Dr. Frank Morgan, Northwood University's DeVos Graduate School of Management
  • Bill Wade, President, Wade & Partners
  • Don Reimondo, President, HDA Truck Pride
  • Steve Crowley, President, VIPAR
  • Dr. Tim Nash, Vice President Strategic and Corporate Alliances, Northwood University
  • Tim Kraus, President, Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association
  • Dr. Todd Thomas, Northwood University's DeVos Graduate School of Management
  • Tom Marx, President, Marx Advisors
  • Dr. John Passante, Northwood University

Graduates earn 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, visit

The University of the Aftermarket is an educational alliance of the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association, the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association and the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers 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) designations.

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, 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 an online option. The DeVos Graduate School offers day and evening programming in Michigan, Texas, Florida and Switzerland. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise in Midland, Michigan, specializes in creative thinking and innovation development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.