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The Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance Named Two Winners Of Leadership 2.0 Scholarships

Each year, the Alliance is allocated two scholarships by the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA) and the University of the Aftermarket Foundation to send deserving individuals to this intensive leadership course.

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John Tennant and Trevor Tennant of Piston Ring Service congratulate employee Chris Tinkler (center) winner of Alliance Leadership 2.0 Scholarship.

John Tennant (left) and Trevor Tennant (right) of Piston Ring Service congratulate employee Chris Tinkler (center) winner of Alliance Leadership 2.0 Scholarship

Leadership 2.0 is an intense and intellectually challenging two-week executive development and learning experience deeply rooted in the application of automotive aftermarket leadership principles. Each year, the Alliance is allocated two scholarships by the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA) and the University of the Aftermarket Foundation to send deserving individuals to this intensive leadership course. The Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance is pleased to announce that two members of its family were awarded full scholarships to the University of the Aftermarket’s Leadership 2.0, valued at more than $6,000 per scholarship. Randy Lucyk, owner of Midas of Kalkaska, an Auto Value Certified Service Center located in the Northern region of Michigan, is the recipient of the Leadership 2.0 Scholarship in the Service Dealer category. Midas of Kalkaska is a customer of Alliance member, Auto-Wares Group of Companies. The other was awarded to Chris Tinkler, manager – inventory management, for Alliance’s Auto Value affiliate, Piston Ring Service of Canada.

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The two recipients were ideal candidates for the program. Lucyk, based in Kalkaska, Michigan has been in the automotive service industry almost 34 years. He is a graduate of the Automotive Management Institute (AMI) and a former board member of the Automotive Service Association (ASA) and the International Midas Dealers Association (IMDA). He is also a current board member of Kalkaska Area Interfaith Resources Food Pantry (KAIR). Lucyk also serves on the advisory board of the Traverse Bay Area Career Tech Center (TBA) automotive program and is a former advisory board member of the Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) automotive program.

Tinkler, from Winnipeg, Manitoba, has been in the industry for more than eight years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, an honors degree in the faculty of commerce, and has completed various programs within the Automotive Management Institute. Tinkler believes that the Leadership 2.0 program will aid in his progression and development of career goals, and that those goals will ultimately be brought back to his organization, strengthening the company’s position as a whole.

As part of their participation in Leadership 2.0, both scholarship winners will attend two intensive one-week sessions. The first session will be in August at the Northwood University campus in Midland, Michigan. It will focus on industry trends, research and market analysis, competitive strategies and supply chain solutions, including numerous lectures from industry leaders. Each attendee will be assigned to a team that will collaborate on an aftermarket specific project over the ensuing six months.

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The second session will be in April of 2016. At that session, they will again be exposed to industry experts on a variety of subjects including business ethics, risk management and a variety of other subjects, all while reviewing and completing assigned team projects.

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