Every so often, our editorial staff selects one aftermarket industry professional to get to know a little better. In this new feature, participants are asked to respond to a series of questions that can be answered in about the same amount of time you might spend chatting at the office coffee pot or waiting for an elevator. This week, we hear from Mike Harvey, WIX brand manager.
With more than 20 years of experience in aftermarket sales, Mike Harvey moved into the brand manager role at WIX Filters earlier this year. Harvey began his career at WIX/Affinia 20 years ago as a territory manager in Texas. In 1994, he joined the CARQUEST Filters team as a district sales manager with responsibilities for the Chicago market. Harvey was then promoted in 2003 to western division regional manager for the CARQUEST Filters brand. Harvey is a graduate of Miami University and holds the Automotive Aftermarket Professional (AAP) designation from Northwood University.
What was your first job in the industry?
My first job in the automotive aftermarket was at Big A Filters, a division of WIX Filtration, as a district manager out of Dallas in 1991.
What do you like best about your current position?
The most rewarding part about being the brand manager for WIX Filters is protecting, growing and representing such a storied brand – a brand with a 70-year plus history of leadership and innovation. That comes with a lot of responsibility, but also the opportunity to do great things.
Did you initially intend to pursue a career in the aftermarket? If not, what drew you to the industry and what keeps you here?
When I was in school I always wanted to be in “international business.” Oddly, by way of selling filters in the small towns of Texas, Illinois and the western United States, I now find myself representing a global company and supporting the WIX brand on five continents.
What do you do when not at work?
Cook. My wife says I missed my calling and I should have gone to culinary school.
What one word best sums up your personality?
What was your first car?
A vinyl-topped 1971 Ford LTD that was totaled by a fender bender.
What are you currently reading?
“Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition” by Daniel Okrent
Favorite quote or motto?
“It’s good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling.” – Mark Twain
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