University of the Aftermarket begins second session

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Updated Apr 18, 2012

Tim Lee, president of Lang distributing, kicked off the second session of Northwood University’s Leadership 2.0 class with a keynote address this week at Northwood’s West Palm Beach campus. Session I was held at Northwood’s Midland, Mich., campus in Sept. 2011.

According to Northwood, Leadership 2.0 serves as a cornerstone in the industry’s efforts to foster the development of a new generation of visionary aftermarket executives. The program includes a blend of industry research and market analysis, discussion and debate of new challenges and competitive strategies, individual skills training in communication, negotiation and conflict management, and insight to supply-chain solutions and issues.

Northwood says participants in this year’s program represent a wide array of aftermarket companies at all levels of the industry. Significant financial support comes from the independent University of the Aftermarket Foundation.

“The aftermarket is constantly debating how to find and retain the next generation of industry leaders. This program is a perfect example of how the industry is addressing that issue,” says Brian Cruickshank, University of the Aftermarket director. “Leadership 2.0 helps aftermarket leaders of tomorrow gain valuable skills that are necessary to move their organizations forward within a highly competitive and ever-changing business environment. And because we have participants from every level of the aftermarket–shop owners, distributors and manufacturers — Leadership 2.0 truly becomes a collaborative, top-to-bottom environment for debate and discussion about a variety of critical aftermarket issues.”

Participants receive 6.0 credits toward completion of their Automotive Aftermarket Professional (AAP) or Master Automotive Aftermarket Professional (MAAP) designations.

Members of the 2011-2012 class are:

  • Nikki Ayers                             Ayers Automotive Repairs
  • Christopher Battershell           Federal-Mogul Corp.
  • Courtney Carbone                  Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association
  • Steve Chetwood                     NGK Spark Plugs (U.S.A.)
  • Ben Devlin                              Halton Automotive
  • Dean Dibley                            Uni-Select
  • Rudy Epp                                Rudy’s Auto Service
  • William Flaherty                      Stant USA Corp.
  • Jennifer Gilbertson                 Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association
  • Chris Hillestad                         NGK Spark Plugs (U.S.A.)
  • Tracie Howerter                      Gates Corp.
  • Dan Humphrey                       The Timken Company
  • Rob Jones                               Epicor Software Corp. (formerly Activant)
  • Jeffrey Koviak                        Tenneco
  • Brent Kulcsar                          Auto Electric Service
  • Adam Lee                               Lang Distributing
  • Jon McSweeney                     GPI/CARQUEST
  • Michelle Menendez                 MacKenzie Warehouse
  • Dwayne Myers                       Dynamic Automotive
  • Doug Rockefeller                    Tenneco
  • Corey Roppel                          Roppel Industries
  • Greg Sharrar                           The Tire Mart
  • Patricia Spierling                     R.L. Polk & Company
  • Adam Stranik                          Midas
  • Sean Tucker                           Accessories Marketing/Slime
  • Kent Van Oort                         Gates Corp.
  • Jeffrey Walter                         Zimmerman’s Auto Service
  • Blake Ward                             Southeast Automotive Warehouse
  • Wesley Ward                          Wes Ward Auto Repair
  • Mike Whiteis                           Automotive Parts Headquarters
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