Aftermarket Professionals Donate Time, Energy and Insight to Next Generation

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Multi Parts Announces SPARK 2018 Guiding Lights and Corporate Hosts

Aftermarket Professionals Donate Time, Energy and Insight to Next Generation

October 10, 2018

Multi Parts today announced the SPARK 2018 Guiding Lights and Corporate Hosts. The group of 13 aftermarket professionals and six corporate hosts are a vital component of the 2018 SPARK initiative, serving as both personal guides and liaisons to students attending the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (“AAPEX”) being held in Las Vegas, October 30 – November 1, 2018.


“SPARK doesn’t happen without these volunteers,” Multi Parts President Brian Cohn said. “Their very unique experiences and insights are the real fuel behind the power of SPARK. The SPARK students understand that these professionals have successfully made their way in our industry.” He continued, “Every SPARK participant should leave Las Vegas having been included and engaged. Guiding Lights and Corporate Hosts are a crucial factor in ensuring this is the case. They help them connect the dots and see clearly their opportunities and appropriate next steps to enter and thrive within our industry.”


Thirteen students, selected by Multi Parts for their interest in pursuing careers in the core business areas of the automotive aftermarket, shadow Guiding Lights throughout their time at the AAPEX show and tour the Corporate exhibits. From this experience, students receive a personal introduction to the industry, designed to broaden their understanding of what aftermarket professionals do and how they can pursue similar career paths.



David Boer

Vice President; Business Intelligence & Strategy, MotoRad of America


Ira Davis, AAP

President, AutoFocus Consulting & Research, LLC

General Manager, Alliance of Independent Manufacturers


Tom Fritsche

Director of Product and Purchasing, SLI – Supply Line International


Julian Hentze

Sales and Marketing Director, Global Parts Distributors


Judy Love, MAAP

Marketing Manager, Automotive Aftermarket – Americas, Schaeffler Group USA


Jeff McCurley

President, Rostra Powertrain Controls


Meagan Moody

Marketing Communications Manager, ZF Services


Jon Owens, MAAP

National Sales Manager, Epicor Software


Mike Palm

Vice President of Marketing & Sales, CRP Automotive


Alex Parker

CMO and Executive Vice President, Redline Detection


Beth Skove

General Manager – Aftermarket, NGK Spark Plugs


Ryan Smith

Sales and Marketing Manager, Cloyes Gear and Products, Inc.


Vic Tarasik

Director of Corporate Sales and Major Accounts, RLO Training




David Mestdagh and Josh Shuck


Bruce Tartaglione and Jonathan Triola



Adam Dawson and Juliana Sanchez



Mark Osterman and Matt Paulsen


Mahle Aftermarket

Ted Hughes



Marc Paulsen