University of the Aftermarket “Leadership 2.0” Education Program Focuses on the Industry’s Next Generation

Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance President John Washbish served as the program’s opening speaker at Aug. 23 kickoff event

The future of the motor vehicle aftermarket kicked off the 2015 class of Leadership 2.0, the industry’s formal leadership-development program on Aug. 23. Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance President John Washbish served as the opening speaker at the event held at Northwood University in Midland, Michigan.

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. 28, met at the Sloan Family Building for Aftermarket Studies at Northwood University. Participants will reconvene in April 2016 for the second week-long session.

During each session, instructors blend decades of senior aftermarket experience with MBA-level instruction from Northwood University’s DeVos Graduate School of Management faculty. Participants in this year’s program represent a wide-range of aftermarket companies and market segments.

Members of the 2015-2016 Leadership 2.0 class include:

  • Philip Austin – Standard Motor Products
  • Bruce  Bardon – NGK Spark Plugs Inc.
  • Bill Baxter – Pro-Tech Auto Care
  • David   Berge  – Dayco Products
  • Joseph Borges – B & L Sales
  • Scott Brown – Cardinal Plaza Shell
  • Jose Bueso – Dynamic Automotive
  • Steve Clayton – Tenneco
  • Michael Creedon – Autopart International
  • Lauren Dabney – The Parts House
  • Michael Dugan – Advance Auto Parts
  • Jay Frazier – Platinum Auto Service
  • Jennifer Gibson – Wix Filtration
  • Kevin   Gorman – Standard Motor Products
  • Attila Hardy – Auto-Wares Group
  • Megan Hastings – Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance
  • Jillian Horton – Dorman Products
  • Mick Jordan – Cloyes Gear & Products
  • Tunc Kip – Temel Gaskets USA
  • George LeCours – Automotive Supply Associates
  • Randall Lucyk – Midas
  • Eric McNair – TASCO
  • Gary McNease – Advance Auto Parts
  • Benjamin Meyers – Delphi
  • Gargi Mirle – Delphi
  • Jessica Monroe – Standard Motor Products
  • Marc Pappas – Federated Auto Parts
  • Troy Sawada – Tenneco
  • Katie Schaech – Eastern Warehouse Distributors
  • Paul Sechrist – Motown Automotive
  • Johnny Thao – Dayco Products
  • Joe Timmer – Eastern Warehouse Distributors
  • Chris Tinkler – Piston Ring Service
  • Kelly Tisler – Federal-Mogul Motorparts
  • Alena Vancleave – A & Jay Automotive Warehouse
  • Lee Walker – Walker Auto Parts
  • Adam Willson  – Attica Auto Supply
  • Mark Zuanich – Advance Auto Parts

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


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.