Aftermarket pros hone skills at University of the Aftermarket Leadership 2.0 program

Leadership2.0 2014-2015 ClassRetired Worldpac CEO Tom O’Hare shared industry insights and leadership and career management advice, drawing on his vast experience, to 36 automotive aftermarket professionals hailing from throughout the industry. The group gathered at Northwood University in Midland for the kickoff of the University of the Aftermarket’s latest Leadership 2.0, the industry’s formal leadership-development program.

Leadership 2.0, a two-week, residential aftermarket-focused education program, is designed to develop the leadership and business skills of the next generation of visionary industry professionals. Session I, which concluded on Aug. 29, met at the Sloan Family Building for Aftermarket Studies at the university’s Michigan campus. Participants will reconvene in March, 2015 for Session II, which will take place on Northwood’s campus in West Palm Beach, Florida.

During each session, instructors blend decades of senior aftermarket experience with MBA-level instruction from Northwood University’s DeVos Graduate School of Management faculty. The program includes discussion on industry trends and market analysis, debate of new challenges and competitive strategies, skills training in team and individual leadership, insight into supply-chain solutions and other critical issues facing the industry. Participants in this year’s program represent the widest-range of aftermarket companies and market segments in the program’s history.

Members of the 2014-2015 class include:

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/CARQUEST

Mike Englert, Uni-Select USA

Dave Erb, Dave’s Ultimate Automotive

Elizabeth Estes, Parts Warehouse Inc

Brent Fletcher, Federal-Mogul Motorparts

Kelly Garrison, Maxi Automotive

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, National Pronto Association

David Moilanen, Continental Corporation

Eric Muir, Brighton Auto Service

Geoff Nesburg, Service Auto Parts

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

Participants receive 7.0 credits toward completion of their Automotive Aftermarket Professional (AAP) or Master Automotive Aftermarket Professional (MAAP) designations.

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