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Heavy Duty Aftermarket Professionals Finish University of the Aftermarket’s “Heavy Duty Leadership” Program

July 19, 2018

MIDLAND, MI –  Heavy-duty aftermarket professionals have 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, was created 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 seventh year – represented a wide range of heavy-duty aftermarket job functions, geographies and experiences. This year’s class included:

Colter Adkins              TruckPro

Dave Baker                 Dorman Products

Michael Crews            Tri-States Automotive Warehouse

Christopher Crippen   Sanel NAPA

Brett Delp                    Dorman Products

Tina Geraghty             Velvac Inc

Mengshi Guo              Panasia CVS USA Inc

Don Jordan                 Denso

Travis Kokenes           Mackay & Company

Michael Lieske            TruckPro

John Lurz                    HDA Truck Pride

Jason Marath              6State/TruckPro

John Mays                  Accuride Corporation

Jim McManus             Accuride Corporation

Michelle Montgomery TruckPro

Dan Neil                      Commercial Vehicle Group

Clayton Nesvick         TruckPro

Dan Piccoli                  Fras-Le North America Inc

Chris Robinson           AXN Heavy Duty

Sherri Short                 Dana Incorporated

John Strem                 Standard Motor Products

Ed Turnquist                Standard Motor Products

Paul Vollmer               Advance Auto Parts

Keith Woods                Horton Inc

Crystal Yao                 Panasia CVS USA Inc

The program opened on the evening of Sunday, July 8 at the Sloan Family Building for Aftermarket Studies with a keynote presentation from Meritor Aftermarket Vice President Brett Penzkofer. 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 will be held again in mid-July, 2019.

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

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