The largest class in the history of the University of the Aftermarket Leadership 2.0 program assembled Sunday on the Midland, Mich., campus of Northwood University for nearly a full week of intensive learning, problem-solving and networking activities. Leadership 2.0 is the aftermarket’s cornerstone educational program for next-generation industry leaders. With a record 30 participants representing every level of the aftermarket value chain, the incoming class began its work with a Sunday evening convocation ceremony in the rotunda of the University’s Sloan Family Building for Aftermarket Studies. Featured speaker was Roger McCollum, president and CEO of N.A. Williams Company, who discussed the importance of relationships in the evolving aftermarket. “Roger’s address was an excellent kickoff to what will be an intellectually challenging and very rewarding week for our participants,” said Brian Cruickshank, AAP, director of the University of the Aftermarket. “Our new class is clearly eager to begin their exploration of industry challenges and opportunities and the principles of effective leadership.” The class will participate in nearly 12 hours of daily classes and other industry-specific activities. Cruickshank will begin each day with a discussion of important industry news and related business trends. Members of the 2010-2011 class are: Chase Baxley, The Parts House Dan Bouchey, Qualis Automotive Dean Cameron, Tenneco Inc. Tim Clark, Automotive Parts Headquarters Peter Daley, NGK Spark Plugs Aaron DiBucci, Bearing Technologies LLC Todd Friedt, Affinia Global Brake & Chassis Julie Hallauer, Federal-Mogul Corporation Frank Hampshire, Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association Brian Harper, Carquest Corporation Glenn Heller, GM Customer Care & Aftersales Ray Howell, Meineke Car Care Centers Jason King, Affinia Group-Wix Filtration Bai Li, M&M Rotors, Inc. Lisa McGunagle, Federal-Mogul Corporation Jennifer Ortiz, Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association Charles Osgood, Tenneco Inc. Mark Pollard, Activant Solutions Inc. Brian Raymond, McLaughlin Automotive Stores Glenn Schaefer, Carquest Canada Ltd. Brad Sechrist, Motown Automotive Distributing Co., Inc. Alan Segal, Automotive Supply Associates Young Suhr Jr., APW Knox-Seeman Warehouse Matthew Taylor, Remy Power Products Greg Tellish, Gates Corporation Amy Thomas, Chemplex Automotive Group, Inc. Michael Tucker, Federal-Mogul Corporation Amanda Waller, The Timken Company Jacob Ward, Gates Corporation Shane Williams, Auto Supply Company
Leadership 2.0 is designed for any mid-level professional working in any segment of the aftermarket, including manufacturing, retail operations, wholesale distributing, program group management, association management, and vehicle service operations. The program comprises two intensive five-day sessions conducted on Northwood University’s campuses in Midland, Mich., and West Palm Beach, Fla. For additional information regarding Leadership 2.0 and other University of the Aftermarket programs, please visit www.universityoftheaftermarket.com or call 1-800-551-2882.