Collin Francis, Spectra Premium’s vice president of sales and marketing for the U.S., has earned a 2019 Automotive Aftermarket Management Education Award (AAMEA) for his support and promotion of the goals of Northwood University.
In addition to a member of the Northwood University’s Aftermarket Advisory Board, he served as a mentor to Northwood University students working on a BMW Project Car. The project was designed to give real-world automotive experience to members of the Northwood University Aftermarket Club (NUAC).
“I am grateful to be in a position to give back to my alma mater, and I enjoyed working with the students,” Francis said. “It was a privilege to help guide them as they achieved their goal from the beginning when they first presented to Project 100 all the way to bringing a fully-functioning car here at AAPEX. Initiatives like this one foster and develop talent from Northwood University in order to improve the industry.”
Over the course of nine months, NUAC students revamped a 1989 BMW with aftermarket parts. They started by approaching companies for support, then proceeded to bring the car back to life themselves. The BMW E30 was displayed at the Sands Expo during the Automotive Aftermarket Parts Exhibition.
Collin graduated from Northwood University in Marketing, Business Management (2007) and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from DeVos Graduate School at Northwood University (2010).
Spectra Premium Industries Inc. is a privately held company headquartered in Boucherville, Quebec, with more than 1,300 employees at five manufacturing plants and 17 warehouses in North America. It specializes in the design, manufacturing, and distribution of cooling systems, fuel delivery, ignition and engine management, climate control, and undercar components for automotive vehicles as well as light and heavy trucks.
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