New generation of aftermarket pros complete Leadership 2.0

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Updated Mar 19, 2015

Northwood University Leadership 2Leadership 2.0, the University of the Aftermarket’s light vehicle Leadership Development Program, concluded at Northwood University Florida on Friday, March 13, 2015, with a graduation ceremony for its 36 participants.

The program’s second session began the previous Sunday with an opening presentation from former BWP President Neil Stockel.

Northwood University says Leadership 2.0 is a two-week educational program focused on the development of the next generation of auto care industry leaders.

Like previous Leadership 2.0 classes, this year’s program represented a wide-array of aftermarket companies at all levels of the industry. The class included participants who represented manufacturing, traditional distribution, retail distribution, auto parts stores, service and repair, marketing and industry associations.

Participants began the program with Session I in August, 2014. Between Sessions I and II, participants worked on team projects that addressed a wide variety of industry challenges.

Many of the attendees participated in Leadership 2.0 through the generous support of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. The Foundation provides funding for aftermarket educational programs and research. Through its grant program, the Foundation and its donors ensure that education has a positive, stabilizing influence on the future of the auto care industry.

“Each year I look forward to meeting and working with the Leadership 2.0 class,” says University of the Aftermarket Director Brian Cruickshank, who leads the program. “I have been able to forge relationships with the next generation of auto care industry leaders and based on that, I am confident that the industry’s future is very bright.”

Session I of the next Leadership 2.0 program will be held Aug. 23-28, 2015, with the second session scheduled to take place April 24-29, 2016.

Interested aftermarket professionals should visit and click “Course Calendar” to sign up for the next Leadership 2.0 class. The program is open to any auto care industry professional in any industry segment. Participants received 7.0 credits toward completion of their Automotive Aftermarket Professional (AAP) or Master Automotive Aftermarket Professional (MAAP) designations.

Northwood University says this year’s graduating class of Leadership 2.0 participants included:

Kelly Anderson, A-Plus Automotive Inc.

Sue Bonino, Permatex Inc

Brian Bowersock, West Automotive Group

Jerry Creamer, Midas Auto Service & Tires

Rick Denton, Orleans Auto Supply Inc.

Mike DiGregorio, Dorman Products

Andrea Divis, Advance Auto Parts

Mike Englert, Uni-Select USA

Dave Erb, Dave’s Ultimate Automotive

Elizabeth Estes, Parts Warehouse Inc.

Brent Fletcher, Federal-Mogul Motorparts

Kelly Garrison, Auto Wares

Dawn Gonzalez, Trico Products Corp

Victor Gonzalez, Uni-Select USA

Chuck Hartogh, C&M Auto Service Inc.

Carri Irby, Tenneco Inc

Melissa Jablonski, Delphi Product & Service Solutions

Eric Johnson, The Merrill Company

Ryan Kooiman, Standard Motor Products

Scott Kraus, O’Reilly Auto Parts

Emily Lawler, Standard Motor Products

Mike Mohler, Automotive Parts Services Group

David Moilanen, Continental Corporation

Eric Mui, Brighton Auto Repair

Geoff Nesburg, Service Auto Parts/NAPA

Shane Norman, Eastern Warehouse Distributors

Dave Pinkham, Auto Care Association

Ashley Portal, Standard Motor Products

Aaron Rycroft, Tenneco Inc

Steffanie Savine, The Marx Group

Jon Sechrist, Motown Auto Distributing Inc.

Tim Tallent, NGK Spark Plugs (USA)

Tom Trojan, Gates Corporation

Rich Violette, Standard Motor Products

Dan Winslade, Eastern Warehouse Distributors

Jerry Zielinski, Motown Auto Distributing Inc.

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