Commercial Vehicle Aftermarket Professionals Graduate from University of the Aftermarket's "Heavy Duty Leadership" Program

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The 2013 Heavy Duty Leadership class was held at the Sloan Family Building for Aftermarket Studies.

Midland, MI -- The University of the Aftermarket's Heavy Duty Leadership program concluded Friday on Northwood University's campus in Midland, MI. The class graduated on Friday, July 26 after an intensive week of interactive, heavy-duty aftermarket focused classes.

Heavy Duty Leadership is designed to foster the development of the next generation of commercial vehicle aftermarket professionals. This year's class represented heavy-duty distribution, programmed distribution, OES, manufacturing, association management and marketing organizations.

"It was a great week of interactive programs designed to engage and challenge the aftermarket leaders of tomorrow," said University of the Aftermarket Director Brian Cruickshank. "This was our second Heavy Duty Leadership class, and we look forward to making this an annual event. There is clearly a need and the industry is supporting it."

Participants received 3.5 credits toward completion of their Automotive Aftermarket Professional (AAP) or Master Automotive Aftermarket Professional (MAAP) certifications.


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) 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, 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 day, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas and Florida. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China (Changchun and Wuxi), Malaysia and Sri Lanka.