The Commercial Vehicle Solutions Network (CVSN) board of directors and board president Sean Ryan have announced an agreement with HDA Truck Pride and the VIPAR Heavy Duty Family of Companies.
The agreement allows the members of HDA Truck Pride, VIPAR Heavy Duty and Power Heavy Duty to become associate members of CVSN. The three groups represent more than 400 member companies, with more than 1,700 parts and service locations and close to $4 billion in parts and service at the final point of sale.
CVSN says this is a critical step to supporting the independent heavy-duty aftermarket by strengthening training and recruitment initiatives and building critical mass to continue fights in Washington, D.C., for legislation that benefits the independent aftermarket on technology (data standards, EDI) and heavy-duty access to information and right to repair issues such as Magnusson Moss and vehicle telematics.
As CVSN works to become the industry voice, the independent aftermarket community will become stronger than ever.
“I am beyond excited about this expanded partnership between our three organizations,” says Ryan, who also serves as president at Point Spring & Driveshaft. “The increased membership base gives CVSN the ability to continue to advocate fiercely on behalf of the commercial vehicle aftermarket distribution network in North America.”
The membership strategy allows both Tina Hubbard, president and CEO, HDA Truck Pride, and Chris Baer, president and CEO, VIPAR Heavy Duty, to have seats on CVSN’s board of directors.
“By partnering with CVSN on this membership initiative, we’re reinforcing the advocacy for the independent aftermarket,” says Hubbard. “Our members have much to gain from each other, and other CVSN members. CVSN’s focus on training, recruitment and legislation aligns with HDA Truck Pride’s strategic plan and long-term goals. It’s a critical step as we work together as one commercial vehicle industry.”
“The VIPAR Heavy Duty Family of Companies and our distributors within their local markets are leaders in our industry, and we need to continually step forward to serve and ensure progressive change,” adds Baer. “This partnership demonstrates our commitment to that belief in support of a strong independent aftermarket which is essential to the success of all stakeholders.”
Adds Ryan, “With Tina and Chris joining our board, they will have direct access into shaping the future of our organization and can provide us tremendous insight and experience. I am humbled and honored to have been able to help play a small part in this.”