Twenty-three Industry Professionals to Receive AAP, MAAP Certificates in Las Vegas

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Twenty-three Industry Professionals to Receive AAP, MAAP Certificates in Las Vegas

MIDLAND, MI – The University of the Aftermarket awarded Automotive Aftermarket Professional (AAP) and Master Automotive Aftermarket Professional (MAAP) certificates to 23 industry veterans at the 2012 Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) in Las Vegas, NV.

The University of the Aftermarket's AAP and MAAP designation programs recognize long-term commitment to the aftermarket and professional development through programs and courses offered by the University and its association partners. Developed in partnership with AAIA, AASA, AWDA, MEMA and Northwood University, these programs highlight both the educational and professional achievements of each recipient and, by extension, demonstrate the resulting competitive advantage for their employers and the aftermarket industry.

AAP and MAAP certificates were presented by University of the Aftermarket Director Brian Cruickshank, MAAP, and Northwood University President and CEO Dr. Keith Pretty at Northwood University's annual graduation and awards luncheon on Tuesday, Oct 30, at the Venetian.

The 2012 graduates of the program are:

AAP Recipients:

• Ron Aparicio, Walker Products
• JR Bishop, Federated Auto Parts
• David Boer, UCI-FRAM Group
• Susan Bonino, ITW Permatex
• Todd Campau, Gates Corp.
• Joseph Felicelli, BBB Industries
• William Humber, General Parts International
• Jeffrey Koviak, Tenneco, Inc.
• Joey Miceli, Vast-Auto Distribution
• John Passante, Brenton Productions
• Mark Phillips, Babcox Media/Counterman Magazine
• Jack Ramsey, Gates Corp.
• Patricia Spierling, RL Polk
• Jeffrey Stankard, Babcox Media

MAAP Recipients:

• Jeff Brekke, Gates Corp.
• Bryan Funke, RL Polk
• Todd Hack, Gates Corp.
• Don McEntee, SKF USA
• Michael McGrath, SKF USA
• Ron Rossi, Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association
• Susan Ulrey, Tenneco Inc.
• John Washbish, Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance
• Richard White, Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association


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, 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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