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MAPA Announces 2019-2020 Leadership 2.0 Program Scholarship Recipient

Leadership 2.0, now in its 25th year, is the industry’s premier leadership development program.


Michigan Automotive Parts Association (MAPA) announced that the 2019-2020 Leadership 2.0 program scholarship through the University of the Aftermarket Foundation at Northwood University has been awarded to Daniel Hartman of Ross Automotive Supply of Lapeer, Michigan.

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Hartman admits he didn’t have a well-defined plan for his future until “a major medical event” occurred in his life.

“I have always had a strong mechanical and automotive background,” Hartman explains. “My father retired as an ASE-certified diesel and automotive technician after being in the industry for over 35 years. I myself had a background in many different retail settings. It wasn’t until I got a job at a big automotive retail chain that I truly enjoyed the parts sales Industry. Being young and naïve, I squandered the opportunity.

“Recently I have returned to work within the automotive aftermarket industry again. I find myself wanting more knowledge and more information. I now have long-term goals with my current employer. I really enjoy the work, the people and the atmosphere of the job. I hope to move up through the company and advance my skills and retail parts knowledge. I feel an opportunity such as this Leadership 2.0 program scholarship is a great way to enhance my knowledge and skill set. Thank you for the opportunity!”


Leadership 2.0, now in its 25th year, is the industry’s premier leadership development program. It is designed for light-vehicle aftermarket professionals in all market segments and job functions. Brian Cruickshank, director of the University of the Aftermarket at Northwood University, provided ASAAA members with an opportunity to apply for one full $6,350 scholarship from the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, which includes tuition, materials and meals for the highly acclaimed 2019-2020 two-week Leadership 2.0 program.

Leadership 2.0 is conducted in two one-week sessions at Northwood University: Fall 2019 (Aug. 11-16) in Midland, Michigan; and Spring 2020 (March 15-20) in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The scholarship is an exclusive offer to members of the Michigan Automotive Parts Association (MAPA) through its affiliation with the Alliance of State Automotive Aftermarket Associations (ASAAA). Scholarship recipients are selected by ASAAA’s scholarship committee from applications submitted by member state associations.



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