Industry experts to weigh in on a number of key issues at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue

Dec. 11, 2015
The fourth annual Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue (HDAD) conference, to be held Jan. 25, 2016 at The Mirage in Las Vegas immediately preceding Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week 2016.

The Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association, the Heavy Duty division of the Motor Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), and MacKay & Company have announced that the following speakers will participate in a panel discussion during the fourth annual Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue (HDAD) conference, to be held Jan. 25, 2016 at The Mirage in Las Vegas immediately preceding Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week 2016.

Mike Eppes, Managing Vice President - Parts, Rush Enterprises, Inc.
Lee Long, Director of Fleet Services, Southeast Freigh Lines
John Minor, Vice President & COO, Midwest Wheel Companies
Javier Rodriquez, CEO, J&R Fleet Services
Bill Ryan, Chairman & CEO, Point Spring & Driveshaft Co.
Kyle Treadway, President & Dealer Principal, Kenworth Sales Company
Session Leader: Mike Delaney, President & CEO, WheelTime

Their panel, 360° View of the Heavy Duty Aftermarket, will discuss the most significant issues impacting shop and parts operations today, issues impacting business now and trends unfolding today. Panelists will discuss the following topics. 

1. Changing Technology: 
• The increase of interaction between components and how it leads to diagnostic challenge 
• The potential for upstream impacts on downstream components 
• How tool and information access and cost issues impacting some service providers harder than others

2. Increased Telematics: 
• The effect of multiple OE programs for telematics on fleets with a variety of equipment types 
• Programs that may be available and effective for second and third owners

3. New Emissions Challenges: 
• New emissions technologies impacting service operations and their costs
• Parts availability in the OE and aftermarket industries
• Technical skills and diagnostics needed

4. Hiring:
• Jobs areas with the highest shortage, and the impacts and implications 
• The change in skills required for the workforce
• The competition for people, and who has the advantage 

5. Training Challenges:
• What training is available to keep up with the technology challenges today
• Resources for fleets and service providers for training to meet today’s challenges

The Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association, the Heavy Duty division of the Motor Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), and MacKay & Company have also announced that the following speakers will participate in a globalization panel discussion during the fourth annual Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue (HDAD) conference. 

  • Tom Clevinger, Senior Vice President & General Manager - Global Truck & Bus of Navistar, Inc.

  • Bill Gordon, President - Aftermarket Division of Bergstrom Inc.

  • Jeev Khanduja, Vice President of Automann

  • Emily Poladian, Managing Director - Asia of Firestone Industrial Products


Their panel, Global Views of the Heavy Duty Aftermarket; We're Not Alone Out There!, will focus on global supply chains, concepts currently working for global distribution, mature vs. developing global aftermarkets, how to manage a global supply network, and the impact of non-North American aftermarket supply on the North American aftermarket. 

This segment will be moderated by Tim Walker, Executive Vice President - Sales of Truck-Lite Co., LLC.

As one of three in HDMA’s Heavy Duty Dialogue Series, Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue program will provide insight and a forward look at the heavy duty aftermarket, with an introduction by Tim Kraus of HDMA and Stu MacKay of MacKay & Company, an aftermarket industry forecast with MacKay & Company, and a market and economic outlook, with heavy duty industry expert Dr. Robert Dieli, of RDLB, Inc. and financial expert, Bill Strauss, of the Chicago Federal Reserve.

Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue features individual presenters and separate distribution executive panel-discussions with primary topics that include:

• Current Aftermarket Architecture

• Economic Update

• 360° View of the Heavy Duty Aftermarket

• The Aftermarket's Future - Discussion of Telematics, Disruptions in Distribution, E-Commerce, Forecast & Outlook, Service Access Issues

Conference registration will include: printed conference books containing available presentation materials; breakfast, breaks, a networking luncheon, and the HDAW’15 All-Industry Reception - all intended to facilitate networking with industry peers. Those planning to attend are encouraged to arrive on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016 to prepare for the conference’s start time of 8 AM on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016.

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