AASA Overseas Automotive Council Advances Global Aftermarket's Future

OAC Sponsors University of the Aftermarket Leadership 2.0 Scholarship

Date: February 3, 2016

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Global markets represent an increasing portion of the automotive aftermarket industry’s growth – and the Overseas Automotive Council (OAC) of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) is helping prepare the industry’s future leaders for this growth with a scholarship for the 2016 University of the Aftermarket Leadership 2.0 program.

“The aftermarket today is truly a global marketplace and AASA is committed to advancing the international business interests of the industry and our North American aftermarket supplier members,” said Bill Long, AASA president and COO. “AASA and OAC are pleased to provide Leadership 2.0 tuition for up-and-coming professionals who want to develop their leadership skills and enhance their global aftermarket careers.”

“As one of the oldest and most unique organizations in the global aftermarket, OAC strives to be the premier international community for all North American manufacturers and exporters,” said Mick Jordan, OAC chairman and vice president of marketing, Cloyes Gear & Products Inc. “This scholarship is our investment in the future leaders of the global aftermarket, and we thank Carol Perrotta, manager, operations, Intraco Corp., for her efforts in spearheading our scholarship program.”

The scholarship will be available to OAC members or employees of member companies for the 2016 University of the Aftermarket Leadership 2.0 program. The intense, two-week executive development program provides theoretical and practical application of automotive aftermarket leadership principles.

“Leadership 2.0 is recognized by the industry as the cornerstone educational program that develops the next generation of aftermarket leaders,” said Brian Cruickshank, director of the University of the Aftermarket. “The AASA OAC scholarship will aid us in the continued growth, diversity and relevancy of this valuable program.”

For more information about the AASA OAC Leadership 2.0 scholarship or any of the Council’s programs and initiatives, contact Ben Brucato, OAC director: bbrucato@aasa.mema.org. Details about the University of the Aftermarket Leadership 2.0 program are available here.

About AASA

AASA (www.aftermarketsuppliers.org) exclusively serves manufacturers of aftermarket components, tools and equipment, and related products which support 710,000 employees in the United States. AASA is a recognized industry change agent – promoting a collaborative industry environment, providing a forum to address issues and serving as a valued resource for members. AASA is the light vehicle aftermarket division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA). “AASA, The Voice for the Automotive Aftermarket Supplier Industry”

About the AASA Overseas Automotive Council

The AASA Overseas Automotive Council (OAC) promotes the sale in foreign markets of automotive and heavy duty products manufactured in North America. Those products include components, accessories, chemicals, hand and power tools, service maintenance and repair equipment, and paint and body supplies for both cars and trucks. OAC has more than 350 members in more than 40 countries. More information is available through its Web site, www.oac-intl.org.

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