Professionals Volunteering Time, Experience, Insight

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Multi Parts announced the SPARK2015 Guiding Lights. The group of 19 professionals is volunteering its time during arguably the busiest days of the year. They are partnering with Multi Parts as part of this year’s SPARK Initiative. The Guiding Lights are providing students with access and insight into the aftermarket industry’s largest gathering, the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX). The students will shadow Guiding Lights throughout their time at SPARK2015 and within the AAPEX show. SPARK2015 wouldn’t be possible without them.

Developed and completely underwritten by Multi Parts, the SPARK Initiative is now in its second year. This year, SPARK2015 plays host to ten students, each of whom receive an all expense paid trip to the AAPEX show being held at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, November 3-5, 2015. Essentially, SPARK2015 is a three-day industry immersion symposium, taking place within the AAPEX show.  The SPARK Initiative was developed to introduce the next generation of aftermarket professionals to the industry at its largest, single event.


Brian Altenberger

Global Product Line Director – Fuel Handling, Delphi Product & Service Solutions

Brian Cruickshank

Director, University of the Aftermarket Northwood University

Tom Fritsche

Director of Product Management, Beck/Arnley

Martin Gold

President, Gold n’ Brown Consulting

Julian Hentze

Sales and Marketing Director, Global Parts Distributors, llc

Scott Howat

Director of Product and Marketing, Gates North American Aftermarket

Ted Hughes

Manager- Marketing, MAHLE Aftermarket Inc.

Rich Jolivet

Vice President Global Sourcing & Product Management, Autopart International

Mike Kim

Manager, Product Management, GMB North America

Kevin McCloskey

Vice President of Merchandising and Costumer Satisfaction, Interamerican Motor Corporation

Jon Owens, MAAP

Vice President of Market Development,

Luke Perkowski

Director, Marketing & Product Management, ATP Automotive

Jim Phillips

Vice President of Global Sourcing and Product Program Management, WORLDPAC

Lisa N. Rodriguez

Marketing Manager, CTA Acoustics, Inc.

Ryan Smith

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

Vic Tarasik

Owner, Vic’s Precision Automotive

Nikos Theologou

Regional Marketing Director, Valeo North America, Inc.

Brian L. Wheeler

Corporate Communications Manager, Dayco Products

Jason Winchester

Director of Innovation and New Product Development, CARDONE Industries