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Northwood names new University of the Aftermarket director

October 27, 2022

An accomplished high-performing executive with over 30 years of leadership experience has been named Northwood University’s new executive director of the University of the Aftermarket.

“We are so pleased to welcome Dr. Thomas L. Litzinger as the new leader of the University of the Aftermarket, which is an integral part of the North American aftermarket,” stated Kristin Stehouwer, academic vice president and provost of Northwood University.

Through the support of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation and other industry stakeholders, the University of Aftermarket provides industry-specific professional development to those working in the industry.

Litzinger is no stranger to Northwood, as he earned his bachelor of science degree in business administration here, and his master of science degree in organizational leadership from the DeVos Graduate School of Management. He also participated in Leadership 2.0, an executive training program through the University of Aftermarket.

“I have an extreme passion for Northwood and the Aftermarket, and I am looking forward to promoting our University and all facets of our industry,” Litzinger stated. “I am honored to join the Northwood family and to renew and strengthen previous relationships, and to create new relationships on behalf of Northwood University and our amazing industry.”

University of the Aftermarket educational programs are offered on campus in the Sloan Family Building for Aftermarket Studies, a state-of-the-art classroom facility on Northwood University’s residential campus in Midland, Michigan. Classes also are offered online, and the University of Aftermarket collaborates with companies, associations, and groups throughout the motor vehicle aftermarket to create custom industry-specific educational programs.

Through a partnership with Northwood University, the University of the Aftermarket offers online university-level classes on a variety of business topics. These classes are the exact same classes offered to Northwood University undergraduate students and are taught by Northwood faculty. It is a convenient way for professionals to improve their skills while earning continuing education credits toward their Automotive Aftermarket Professional (AAP), Master Automotive Aftermarket Professional (MAAP), or Automotive Content Professional (ACP) professional designation.

Prior to this appointment, Litzinger has served as a fleet relationship manager for Belle Tire Distributors Inc., as well as an automotive and heavy duty aftermarket adjunct professor for the Adult Degree Program at Northwood University. Previously, he served as senior director of business development for MAS Industries; senior vice president of sales and operations at Advanced Innovative Technologies/Trakmotive; and executive director of Motown Automotive Distributing Inc. After he received his master’s degree, he went on to earn his doctorate in education from Liberty University. 

For more information, visit the University of Aftermarket webpage at

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