University of the Aftermarket Convenes Fall Leadership 2.0 Class -- Former GPC Exec Larry Samuelson Serves as Keynote Speaker

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University of the Aftermarket Convenes Fall Leadership 2.0 Class -- Former GPC Exec Larry Samuelson Serves as Keynote Speaker

Midland, MI – The industry's most prestigious leadership development program, Leadership 2.0, began its first week at Northwood University on Sunday, September 9. Former Genuine Parts Co executive Larry Samuelson served as the opening keynote speaker.

Leadership 2.0 is a two-week, residential education program designed to develop the leadership and business skills of the next generation of visionary aftermarket professionals. Session I, which will conclude on Friday, is held at the Sloan Family Building for Aftermarket Studies on Northwood University's Midland, MI campus. Session II will take place in April, 2013 on Northwood's campus in West Palm Beach, FL.

Instructors come from the highest ranks of the aftermarket, blending their industry experience with instruction from Northwood University's DeVos Graduate School of Management faculty. The program includes a blend of industry research and market analysis, discussion and debate of new challenges and competitive strategies, individual skills training in communication, negotiation and conflict management, insight to supply-chain solutions and issues. Participants in this year's program represent a wide-array of aftermarket companies at all levels of the industry.

"Participants represent the entire supply chain, from service dealers to distribution to manufacturing. As a result, everyone's unique perspective will allow the class to gain deeper insight into the opportunities and challenges that exist in the motor vehicle aftermarket," said University of the Aftermarket Director Brian Cruickshank.

Members of the 2012-2013 class are:
Martin Afelbil, AAIA
Jamie Ardis, AGS Company
Todd Bolon, GPI Technologies
Laurie Bundschu, CARQUEST
Mike Buzzard, Uni-Select
Pat Cadam, Pat's Garage
John Capela, CARQUEST
Jerry Carpenter, Liskey's Auto & Truck Service
Jerry Crump, Sanel Auto Parts
Lindsey Ehlert, NGK Spark Plugs
Tim Folks, GPI Technologies
Kevin Gall, DeVilbiss Automotive Refinishing
Dan Gatins, Tenneco Inc.
Dave Haun, Gates Corporation
Jean Hernandez, Coyote Auto Repair
Ben Jorgensen, GPI Technologies
Eric Lacoste, Federal-Mogul Corporation
Diane Larson, Larson's Service Inc.
Pedro Leyton, Parts Authority Southern
Tom Litzinger, Motown Automotive Distributors
Matt Noir, Flynn's Tire & Auto Service
Ken Pulaski, Hovis Auto & Truck Supply
Crystal Simison, Accessories Marketing Inc.
Daniel Smyth, Smyth Automotive
John Tully, Norwood Motor Parts Company
Rick Urso, Meineke Car Care Center
Ray Weidmann, Tenneco Inc.
Mike Westrom, Continental Automotive Systems
Jessica Wynn, Federal-Mogul Corporation

Many professionals from distribution and automotive service companies are participating in this year's class thanks to the generosity of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation and the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association.

Participants receive 6.0 credits toward completion of their Automotive Aftermarket Professional (AAP) or Master Automotive Aftermarket Professional (MAAP) designations.

For more information or to reserve a spot in the 2013-14 Leadership 2.0 class, please visit or call 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 and 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 on-line, 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, evening and weekend 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.

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