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Heavy Duty Aftermarket Professionals Complete “Heavy Duty Leadership” Program

July 24, 2017

MIDLAND, MI –  On July 14, 36 heavy-duty aftermarket professionals completed the week-long Heavy Duty Leadership (HDL) education conference, held at Northwood University. The annual program, annually offered by the University of the Aftermarket, is designed to develop the business, management and leadership skills of mid-career professionals working in the North American commercial vehicle aftermarket.Participants in this year’s HDL class – now in its sixth year – represented a wide range of heavy-duty aftermarket job functions, geographies and experiences. This year’s class, which was the largest in the program’s history, included:

  • Blake Barson              OptiCat
  • Craig Biehl                  Dorman Products Inc
  • Chris Boesel                Dana Incorporated
  • Richard Bowen           ExxonMobil
  • Christy Brasell             TruckPro
  • Luke Britton                 Horton Inc
  • Michael Brunetti          Commercial Vehicle Group
  • Brian Burkett               AutoWares Inc
  • Ralph Cartellone         Standard Motor Products
  • Jon Catron                  BBB Industries
  • Bryan Dodds               McNeilus Truck
  • Bruce Engleman         MAHLE Aftermarket Inc
  • William Griffin             TruckPro
  • Lee Fuhr                      Perfection Truck Parts
  • Jason Hall                   Gold Eagle Company
  • Donald Harrison          Standard Motor Products
  • Susan Hitchon            Schrader Performance Sensors
  • Peter Hough                Dana Incorporated
  • Cassie Imbery             Dana Incorporated
  • Holly Kinney                HDA Truck Pride
  • Zach Lambert             TruckPro
  • John LaSalle               Multi Parts
  • Jack Lyons                 Jack Lyons Truck Parts Inc
  • Corey Mayfield           Standard Motor Products
  • Jenna McGrath           VIPAR Heavy Duty
  • Walter Michl                Continental Contitech
  • Chris Molnar               Dorman HD Solutions
  • Marc Pappas  AAP     Federated Auto Parts
  • Stephen Potter            TruckPro
  • Bernie Powers            Dana Incorporated
  • Zach Raines                TruckPro
  • Gilbert Ramirez           Denso Products & Services
  • Jared Ridenour           Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake
  • Vishwesh Shauche     Meritor Inc
  • Jeff Tyler                    Federal-Mogul Motorparts
  • John Wolff                  TruckPro

The program opened on the evening of Sunday, July 9 at the Sloan Family Building for Aftermarket Studies with a keynote presentation from Eaton Corp’s Tim Bauer. The week also included leadership and industry-focused sessions from faculty drawn from Northwood University’s DeVos Graduate School of Management and leaders in the commercial truck aftermarket.

The next Heavy Duty Leadership program is scheduled for July 8-13, 2018.

Heavy Duty Leadership graduates earned 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 or visit


ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF THE AFTERMARKETThe University of the Aftermarket provides business, management and leadership education to professionals in the motor vehicle aftermarket through on-line, custom, seminar, 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. The University of the Aftermarket is an educational alliance of the Auto Care Association, the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association and the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association and is an operating unit of Northwood University.

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