Leadership 2.0, now in its 27th year, began at Northwood University on Aug 22 with a reception and dinner at the Sloan Family Building for Aftermarket Studies. The opening speaker was NGK Spark Plugs USA CEO Michael Schwab.
Leadership 2.0 is a leadership development program for professionals working in the light vehicle aftermarket. It seeks to expand the business, management and leadership skills of the industry’s future leaders. Instructors blend decades of senior aftermarket experience with MBA-level instruction from Northwood University’s DeVos Graduate School of Management faculty. They guide the class in discussion and debate on critical issues that impact the industry today and in the future.
Participants represent all levels of the aftermarket, creating a dynamic in-class experience – one that is truly unique in the industry. The University of the Aftermarket Foundation provides significant financial support through the granting of scholarships to the program.
Participants in this year’s Leadership 2.0 class represented a wide range of light vehicle aftermarket job functions, geographies and experiences. This year’s class included:
Javier Alcantar Frontera Radiator
Jake Aschendorf Epicor
Josh Bisanz Auto Wares Group
Chad Brown Borg Warner
Daniel Burns Parts Authority
Mike Burchi NGK Spark Plugs
Chris Caputo Continental Automotive
Michael Davidson Advance Auto Parts
Alex DeYoung RepWorks
Susan Dickson Closs Tire & Auto
Shao Dyi Parts Warehouse Dist.
Mac Eash Schaeffler
Jeremy Fisher XL Parts
Colin Foster Gates
Megan Gardner Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association JacquieHower Zimmerman’s Auto
Andy Jados Motorad
Lauren Lambrix Gates
Brittani McClain Auto Wares Group
Francisco Moreno ZF
Katie Neegaard Pronto Network
Maria Nunez Pro Stock Auto Parts
David Ray O’Reilly Auto Parts
Channing Reames Genuine Parts Co.
Jacqueline Rodriguez Parts Authority
Dave Sorrentino Eastern Warehouse Dist.
Logan Smyth Smyth Automotive
Kent Talley AIT Trakmotive
Kenzie Taylor Tri-States Enterprises
Jacob Tucker Gates
Joe Thomas Sensata
Julie Schilling Schaeffler
Patrick Shaughnessy Motorad
Zach Swearingen Fisher Auto Parts
Arnoldo Ventura Frontera Radiator
Patrick Verriet Mann & Hummel
Kristen Whitsett Motorad
Pepper Wilson The Parts House
Aaron Wisniewski Auto Wares Group
Jeremy Van Voorst The Merrill Co.
Session I was held at Northwood University, while the second session will be held in Raleigh, North Carolina, in March, 2022. Program participants work on team projects between sessions one and two. Participants receive 7.0 credits toward completion of their Automotive Aftermarket Professional (AAP) or Master Automotive Aftermarket Professional (MAAP) designations.