University of the Aftermarket’s leadership development program, Leadership 2.0, began its first week of courses Sept. 9, 2012 at Northwood University’s Midland, Mich. campus.
Northwood says Leadership 2.0 is a two-week, residential education program designed to develop the leadership and business skills of the next generation of visionary aftermarket professionals. Former Genuine Parts Co executive Larry Samuelson served as the opening keynote speaker for this year’s class.
Session I concluded on Friday, Sept. 14 and was held at the Sloan Family Building for Aftermarket Studies on Northwood’s Michigan campus. Session II will take place in April 2013 at Northwood’s campus in West Palm Beach, Fla.
“Participants represent the entire supply chain, from service dealers to distribution to manufacturing. As a result, everyone’s unique perspective will allow the class to gain deeper insight into the opportunities and challenges that exist in the motor vehicle aftermarket,” says Brian Cruickshank, University of the Aftermarket director.
Northwood says instructors come from the highest ranks of the aftermarket, blending their industry experience with instruction from Northwood University’s DeVos Graduate School of Management faculty. The program is said to include 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, insight to supply-chain solutions and issues.