MIDLAND, MI – With fall fast approaching, excitement is steadily growing for the 49th Annual Northwood University International Auto Show (NUIAS). The NUIAS is held annually on the Midland, Michigan, campus located at 4000 Whiting Drive. The executive board for the Annual NUIAS has been in the planning and creation process since December. The show will be held on October 5, 6 and 7. The theme of this year’s show is “Driving the Dream.”
Show hours are Friday, October 5, from 12 p.m. (noon)-6 p.m.; Saturday, October 6, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, October 7, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
There will be exhibits ranging from luxury cars to recreational vehicles and almost everything in between on display at Northwood’s campus as well as a variety of food, information and entertainment. The event is free of charge, offers free parking and is open to the public. For more information call the Auto Show office at: 989.837.4823.
Three local high school students are members of the NUIAS junior executive board. The junior executive board is a program that gives high school students an opportunity to work with college students as well as gain professional experience in implementing a multifaceted event involving many vendors. These Herbert Henry Dow High School students are Jacob Lauer, Fellipe Haddad and Ashley Edwards.
NUIAS General Chair Patrick Faber states: “This year’s theme, ‘Driving the Dream,’ focuses on the idea that with each vehicle sold the buyer has a dream for that particular vehicle’s use. The theme focuses on each vehicle’s ability to provide an individual experience unique to that particular product and fulfills the needs and wants of its buyer. By displaying such a wide range of vehicles across several categories, it is possible to showcase everyone’s dreams, whether it is to drive an exotic sports car, obtain basic transportation or enjoy the use of recreational vehicles.”
Faber and his 12-member executive board will work with over 600 students to create a show which attracts approximately 50,000 visitors each year. It is held during the peak of the fall season on Northwood’s heavily wooded campus and this year will feature about 500 new domestic and imported cars, trucks, recreational vehicles, vans, experimental and specialty vehicles. The show also offers an extensive aftermarket exhibit. Not only will you see vehicles of the present and future but also on Sunday, October 7, you can take a step into the past during the Classic Car Show.
The 49th NUIAS Executive Board members are:
Patrick Faber, General Chairperson
Patrick Faber brings three years of experience to the general chair position through different roles within the Auto Show. Since arriving at Northwood, Patrick has been a member of team Lexus in the 2009 show as well as captain of team Saab in 2010 and team Infiniti in 2011. He is the son of Joe and Nancy Faber of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Patrick graduated from South Christian High School where he was a member of the golf, track and cross country team, as well as the Strategic Leadership Institute. He is currently a senior at Northwood University studying Automotive Marketing and has been a member of the golf team and Emerging Leaders while at Northwood. Upon graduation, Patrick plans to work for an automobile manufacturer as a dealership representative.
Dave Miller, Vice Chairperson
Dave Miller is the son of James and Beverly Miller of Orland Park, Illinois. He is a graduate of Carl Sandburg High School where he was a member of the swim team and water polo. Dave is currently a senior at Northwood University pursuing a career in Automotive Marketing. At Northwood he is involved in Phi Delta Theta fraternity and brings three impressive years of Auto Show experience to the vice chair position. He was captain of team Western Star for the 2009 Auto Show and captain of Freightliner/Mack and Volvo/Isuzu for the 2010 and 2011 shows. Dave won the Best Heavy Truck award for his displays all three years and was also nominated for Most Creative in the 2011 show. Following graduation, Dave hopes to one day own a dealership.
Chelsea Shartle, VIP Panel Chairperson and Chief Financial Officer
Chelsea Shartle is the daughter of Wes and Kathy Shartle of Adrian, Michigan. She graduated from Tecumseh High School where she was involved in swimming and several clubs/organizations and still found time to accumulate 638 volunteer hours. Chelsea is a junior at Northwood University working on a dual major in business management and marketing with a minor in Operations & Supply Chain Management. She was president of Emerging Leaders her freshman year and currently is treasurer for the Business Professionals of America (BPA), president of Student Government Association (SGA) and a student coordinator on campus. Chelsea is also a member of the Student Honors Association, Student Alumni Network, National Society of Leadership and Success and Blue Crew. Over the years, Chelsea has received the title of Freshman of the Year, Sophomore of the Year, Outstanding Resident Assistant Programmer and Student Leadership. She was a member of team Mitsubishi during the 2010 Auto Show, chief financial officer for the 2011 Auto Show and the only returner to the 2012 Auto Show executive board. Chelsea works on campus as a student assistant and student ambassador. Following graduation, she plans to pursue an occupation where she is passionate about what she is doing and who she works for.
Cody Colella, Public Relations and Multimedia Chairperson
Cody Colella is the son of Gary and Patty Colella of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Helena High School where he was involved in tennis and captain for two years of the speech and debate team, earning the top rank of Superior Distinction from the National Forensic League. Cody is currently a junior at Northwood University pursuing a major in Automotive Marketing. At Northwood, Cody is a member of Circle K International, The Automotive Group (TAG) and co-captain of the Competitive Speech Team. He was a previous member of Emerging Leaders, the Student Alumni Network and received the Most Promising Freshmen Leader Award. Cody has contributed to the Auto Show the past two years as a member of team GMC/Cadillac and captain of team Buick, which earned the Best Domestic Award. Upon graduation, Cody plans on pursuing a career with an automotive manufacturer or dealership group.
Alicia Laeder, Special Projects Chairperson
Alicia Laeder is the granddaughter of Leroy and Better Laeder of Midland, Michigan. She is a graduate of Herbert Henry Dow High School where she was involved in Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA). Alicia is currently a sophomore at Northwood pursuing a degree in Automotive Aftermarket Management. At Northwood, Alicia is involved in DECA as well as being part of the community involvement team and completing an internship with Experience Marketing. She brings three years of Auto Show experience to the board by serving on the junior executive board for two years while in high school plus being captain of Alternative Fuel, which won the Most Improved Award. Following graduation, Alicia hopes to work for a company in which she is able to better the industry as a whole.
Devon Corby, Fundraising Chairperson
Devon Corby is the daughter of Daniel and Patty Corby of Plymouth Township, Michigan. She is a graduate of Ladywood High School where she was involved in varsity skiing and lacrosse as well as holding the title of Scholar Athlete. Devon is currently a sophomore at Northwood University pursuing majors in Entertainment, Sport & Promotion Management and advertising and marketing. At Northwood, she is a member of Delta Zeta sorority and was a member of Emerging Leaders. Devon enjoys spending weekends skiing and golfing. She brings a year of Auto Show experience to the board as a member of team Street & Racing Technology (SRT) last year.
Adam LaFurgey, Logistics Chairperson
Adam LaFurgey is the son of Joe and Renee LaFurgey of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and a graduate of Forest Hills Central High School. He is currently a junior at Northwood studying Automotive Marketing and finance. At Northwood, Adam is involved with The Automotive Group (TAG), the Finance Association of Northwood University (FANU) and Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA). Adam brings two years of experience to the board as a member of team Lincoln/Mercury and captain of team Lincoln. Following graduation, Adam hopes to work in some aspect of the automotive industry as well as become an entrepreneur.
Devon Allen, Domestic Chairperson
Devon Allen is the daughter of Richard and Michelle Allen of Macomb, Michigan. She is a graduate of Dakota High School where she was involved in the drama club and participated in the plays Oklahoma and Charlotte’s Web. Devon is currently a senior at Northwood pursuing a degree in Automotive Aftermarket Management. At Northwood, she has been a model in the Northwood Style Show as well as a member, alumna and risk management coordinator for Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. Devon has also volunteered at YWCA Camp Cavell in Lexington. She brings one year of Auto Show experience to the board as co-captain of team Mini which was nominated for Best European. Following graduation, she hopes to pursue a career for a well-known aftermarket company or original equipment manufacturer.
Vince Davis, Asian Chairperson
Vince Davis is the son of Gary and Genevieve Taylor of Detroit, Michigan. He is a graduate of Southfield High School where he was involved with the football team and Business Professionals of America (BPA). Vince is currently a senior at Northwood University pursuing a major in Automotive Marketing. His three years of previous Auto Show experience include being a member of team Dodge, co-captain of team Honda and captain of team Hyundai. Upon graduation, he hopes to one day own a Honda dealership.
Justin Edgar, European Chairperson
Justin Edgar is the son of Jeff and Julie Edgar of Rochester, Michigan, and a graduate of Notre Dame Preparatory High School. He is currently a junior at Northwood pursuing a degree in Automotive Marketing. At Northwood, Justin is involved in Kappa Sigma fraternity as well as The Automotive Group (TAG). When not at Northwood, Justin works in his family’s Chevrolet dealership. He brings two years of Auto Show experience to the board as a member and captain of team Chevrolet. Following graduation, Justin plans to continue his work in the automotive industry.
Lauren Deneweth, Specialty Chairperson
Lauren Deneweth is the daughter of Tom and Teresa Deneweth of Romeo, Michigan. She is a graduate of Almont High School where she was involved in the National Honor Society as well as being a member of the varsity track and cross country teams. Lauren is currently a junior at Northwood pursuing a degree in Entertainment, Sport & Promotion Management. At Northwood, Lauren is vice president of the Entertainment, Sport & Promotion Management Association (ESPMA), executive assistant for the Student Alumni Network and a tutor in the Timberwolf Learning Resource Center (TLRC). She also holds a job on campus as a student assistant in the registrar’s office and was a former runner for the track and cross country team. Lauren brings two years of Auto Show experience to the board as a member and captain of team Power Sports which won Best Specialty Division Team as well as Best in Show. After graduation, Lauren hopes to obtain a position with an event-planning or major sports company.
Laura Cutler, Heavy Truck Chairperson
Laura Cutler is the daughter of Susan Cutler and granddaughter of Robert and Rosemary Cutler of Croswell, Michigan. She is a graduate of Croswell-Lexington High School where she was involved in basketball, volleyball, the marching band and student council. Laura is also a member of the Croswell Wesleyan Church in which she has been involved in various activities. She is currently a junior at Northwood pursuing a degree in marketing. At Northwood, she is a student assistant in the admissions department as well as a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. Laura brings two years of Auto Show experience to the board as a member of team GMC/Cadillac and captain of team Ford Commercial, which was nominated for both Most Improved and Best Heavy Truck awards. Following graduation, Laura hopes to work as an event planner or in the marketing industry.
Alex DeYoung, Aftermarket Chairperson
Alex DeYoung is the son of Gary and Vickey DeYoung of Columbiaville, Michigan. He is a graduate of LakeVille Memorial High School where he was involved in Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA), student council, football, hockey and soccer. Alex is currently a junior at Northwood University pursuing a major in Automotive Aftermarket Management. At Northwood, he is involved in club hockey, Kappa Sigma fraternity and The Automotive Group (TAG). His previous Auto Show experience includes being captain of team Quality Truck Accessories for two years in a row. Following graduation, Alex plans on attending graduate school.