University of the Aftermarket’s Heavy Duty Leadership Seminar Concludes at Northwood University

26 heavy-duty aftermarket professionals gathered at Northwood University for the fourth-annual Heavy Duty Leadership education conference. Heavy Duty Leadership is a week-long leadership development program offered by the University of the Aftermarket specifically for mid-career professionals working in the North American commercial vehicle aftermarket.

Participants in the year’s class represented a wide range of heavy-duty aftermarket job functions and geographies. Specifically, this year’s class included:

  • Raul Arredondo — Johnson Controls
  • Matthew Baker — The Parts House/Orlando Truck Parts
  • Eric Coffman — Meritor
  • Adam Diecks — Point Spring & Driveshaft Co
  • Salvador Dominguez — MAHLE Aftermarket Mexico
  • Ron Fleischhacker — HDA Truckpride
  • Thomas Flicek — Vipar Heavy Duty Inc
  • Wendi Frederick — Vipar Heavy Duty Inc
  • Grant Garrett — FleetPride
  • Dennis Griffin — Federal-Mogul Motorparts
  • Russ Gross — Horton Inc
  • Julie Hammond — Bridgestone Americas
  • Toby Harris — CVG
  • Michael Hooks — Horton Inc
  • Matthew Jones — Valvoline
  • Susan Kalish — Auto Care Association
  • Michael Karwowski — Automotive Supply Associates
  • Jennifer Kron — Vipar Heavy Duty Inc
  • Steve Machen — FleetPride Truck & Trailer
  • Jeffrey Malone — Timken Company
  • Kenneth Myers — PACCAR
  • Ricky Pate — WAI Global
  • Keith Peshke — Valvoline
  • David Roper — TruckPro Inc
  • Mike Van Lente — FleetPride
  • Michael Zakutny — TruckPro Inc

The program opened on the evening of Sunday, July 11 at the Sloan Family Building for Aftermarket Studies with a keynote presentation from Accuride CEO Rick Dauch. He spoke to the class about his views of leadership in a changing, competitive commercial vehicle aftermarket, which included anecdotes about real-world leadership challenges. The week included other leadership and industry-focused sessions from faculty drawn from Northwood University’s DeVos Graduate School of Management and leaders in the heavy-duty aftermarket industry.

“This program is truly a collaborative effort between the University and the commercial vehicle aftermarket,” said University of the Aftermarket Director Brian Cruickshank. “Participants gained leadership insight and perspective from not only our own faculty, but from experienced leaders in the commercial vehicle aftermarket as well. We are thrilled that the commercial vehicle aftermarket continues to support this annual program.”

The next Heavy Duty Leadership program is scheduled for July 10-15, 2016.

Graduates earned 3.5 continuing education units that can be applied toward their Automotive Aftermarket Professional (AAP) or Master Automotive Aftermarket Professional (MAAP) designations. To learn more about Heavy Duty Leadership and other University of the Aftermarket programs, call 1-800-551-2882 or visit

About The University Of The Aftermarket

The University of the Aftermarket provides business, management and leadership education to professionals in the motor vehicle aftermarket through on-line, custom, conference, and partnership educational opportunities. Through these programs, the University awards CEU credit that can be applied toward completion of the aftermarket’s Automotive Aftermarket Professional (AAP) or Master Automotive Aftermarket Professional (MAAP) designations.

The University of the Aftermarket is an educational alliance of the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association, the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association and the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association and is an operating unit of Northwood University.

About Northwood University

Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at a full-service, residential campus located in mid-Michigan. Adult Degree Programs are available in multiple states and online. The DeVos Graduate School offers accelerated, evening and weekend programming in Michigan and Texas. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in China (Changchun and Wuxi), Malaysia and Sri Lanka.