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Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue To Feature Four Panels On Global Aftermarket Trends

The four panels will explore the topics of the global aftermarket, technology, evolving distribution models and a fleet perspective.


A stellar program featuring key heavy-duty industry senior executives will weigh in on the state of the global aftermarket, exchange views on the realities of current and future industry technology, debate the changing aftermarket distribution model and a fleet panel considering the effect of these industry changes on their businesses will provide observation and insight to attendees during Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue (HDAD) 2019.

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Presenting a global economic perspective for the industry will be Bill Strauss, senior economist and economic advisor of the Chicago Federal Reserve. In addition, John Blodgett, vice president, sales and marketing, MacKay & Co., and Dr. Bob Dieli, president and Founder, RDLB Inc., will share their heavy-duty aftermarket economic outlook to the audience.

HDAD will be held on Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, at The Mirage in Las Vegas, immediately preceding Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week ’19. HDAD is co-presented by the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA) the heavy-duty division of the Motor Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) and MacKay & Co.

The day-long conference features the topics and industry executives below:

The Real-World View – A Global Perspective

Ken Davis, board of directors, Eaton Cummins Joint Venture

Dean Engelage, CEO, Great Dane

Roger Nielson, president and CEO, Daimler Trucks North America

Moderator:  Chris Patterson, independent director


The Ever-changing and Evolving Aftermarket

John Blodgett, vice president, sales & marketing, MacKay & Co.

Tim Kraus, president and COO, Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association


The Global Economic Overview

Bill Strauss, senior economist and economic advisor, Chicago Federal Reserve


Aftermarket Industry Economy & Outlook

John Blodgett, vice president, sales & marketing, MacKay & Co.

Dr. Bob Dieli, president and founder, RDLB, Inc.


Realities of Current and Future Technology on the Aftermarket

Mike Foster, chief technology officer, Allison Transmission

Kent Jones, vice president, Global Business Development and Sales, ZF Group

Sandeep Kar, chief strategy officer, Fleet Complete

Jon Morrison, president Americas, WABCO

Moderator: Brian Daugherty, chief technology officer, MEMA


Changing Distribution Model – The Growing and Emerging Players

Stefan Kurschner, senior vice president of Aftermarket, Daimler Truck North America

Carl Mesker, vice president of sales Americas, SAF Holland

Robert Sammons, chief merchandising officer, Fleet Pride

Walt Sherbourne, vice president, marketing, Dayton Parts

Moderator: Lucas Deal, editor, Truck Parts & Service


Parts and Service: The Fleet Perspective 

Mike Palmer, vice president of Fleet Services, Estes Express Lines

Gloria Pliler, director of purchasing, Daseke

Brett Wacker, vice president of maintenance, Dart Transit Co.

Moderator: Stu MacKay, MacKay & Co.


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