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Industry Vet Brian Cruickshank to Join Schwartz Advisors

Cruickshank brings nearly three decades of motor vehicle aftermarket experience to Schwartz Advisors.

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Brian Cruickshank, MAAP, will join the Schwartz Advisors’ team of aftermarket as a partner on Sept. 1.

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Cruickshank brings nearly three decades of motor vehicle aftermarket experience to Schwartz Advisors. His unique professional background includes serving as executive director of the University of the Aftermarket at Northwood University and various leadership positions at Babcox Media.

Throughout his career, Cruickshank has been very involved in the industry, serving on numerous committees and work groups within the Auto Care Association, the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association and the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. His industry leadership has been recognized with many honors, including the AWDA Pursuit of Excellence award, the Mort Schwartz Excellence in Education Award, AIA Young Executive of the Year and the Northwood University Automotive Aftermarket Management Education Award.

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“We are excited that Brian will be joining the Schwartz Advisors team,” said Rick Schwartz, CEO and managing partner. “With his vast experience in the industry, he will be an integral part of our business development team and will also play an active role in all aspects of the SA business.”

Brian earned undergraduate degrees from The Ohio State University and an Automotive Aftermarket Executive MBA from Northwood University’s DeVos Graduate School of Management. He completed his Automotive Aftermarket Professional (AAP) and Master Automotive Aftermarket Professional (MAAP) designations in 2002 and 2007 respectively. Prior to his aftermarket career, Cruickshank served in the United States Marine Corps.

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Brian will be involved in all three practice areas: advising investors on their aftermarket acquisitions, representing sellers in sell-side projects and assisting businesses with their strategic growth initatives.

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