Press Release: Expert Panel to Provide Insight into Key Areas Currently Facing Fleets

Date: December 2, 2016

Research Triangle Park, NC- December 2, 2016 -The Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association, the Commercial Vehicle division of the Motor Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), and MacKay & Company have announced that Brian Antonellis of PepsiCo, Steve Graham of Schneider National, Lee Long of Southeast Freight Lines, Scott Perry of Ryder Systems Inc., Gloria Plilar of Swift, Dan Samford of Herzog Contracting Corporation and Roy Svehla of Republic Services will participate as part of the 5th Annual Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue (HDAD) conference, to be held January 23, 2017 at The Mirage in Las Vegas, Nevada immediately preceding Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week 2017.

Their panel, Meeting the Parts and Service Needs of Today's Fleet, will provide insights into key areas currently facing fleets. Topics to be address include: trade cycles, parts purchasing, maintenance practices, inventory practices and supplier expectations. This segment will be moderated by Stu MacKay, President of MacKay & Company, and split into two parts with a networking lunch in between, giving HDAD attendees the opportunity to join our fleet panelists for lunch roundtable discussions on these topics and more. Due to limited seating, attendees will be selected randomly to join the panelist for lunch. 

As one of three in HDMA's Heavy Duty Dialogue Series, the 2017 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:

·         The Economics of the HD Aftermarket

·         Structure and Trends of the Current Heavy Duty Aftermarket

·         The Current Architecture of the Private Label

·         The Battle of the Channels 

Conference registration will include: digital copies of available presentations; breakfast, breaks, a networking luncheon, and the HDAW'17 All-Industry Reception - all intended to facilitate networking with industry peers. Those planning to attend are encouraged to arrive on Sunday, January 22, 2017 to prepare for the conference's start time of 8:00 am on Monday, January 23, 2017.

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MacKay & Company is a specialized management consulting and market research firm. With headquarters in suburban Chicago, the company’s focus since 1968 has been, and continues to be, commercial on-highway vehicles, construction equipment, farm field machinery and related components such as engines and transmissions.

The scope of the practice includes analyses of original equipment and aftermarket potential, strategic options, distribution policies, product introductions, quality management, acquisitions and a range of related subjects.

The company has 16 full-time employees and maintains joint venture relationships in England, France, Germany, Brazil and Mexico. Our company’s senior management has over 150 years’ experience in the heavy duty aftermarket.

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Based in North Carolina, HDMA is the Commercial Vehicle Division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), a major industry association with a forward looking strategy and a 111 year legacy of advocacy for the motor vehicle supplier industry.

A member driven organization, HDMA provides industry leadership for NAFTA based original equipment and aftermarket suppliers in the on and off-highway commercial vehicle equipment industry. This is accomplished through a range of services to its more than 220 member companies, which represent direct employment of nearly 200,000 in their US facilities.

HDMA is the Heavy Duty Division of the Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), For more information, visit or

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