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Press Release: Firestone Industrial Products Executive Joins HDMA Board of Directors

Date: May 16, 2022

The Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA), the commercial vehicle division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), announced Emily Poladian, president, Firestone Industrial Products, as the newest member of the HDMA Board of Directors.

“I’m excited to join the HDMA Board of Directors and contribute to the association’s mission to advance the commercial vehicle supplier industry,” says Poladian. “I’m looking forward to this new role and working with the board during this transitional period in the industry.”

“The addition of Emily to the HDMA Board of Directors is a major win for the entire commercial vehicle supplier industry,” says Collin Shaw, president and COO of HDMA. “Her extensive industry and leadership experience are positive additions to the overall experience of the board.”

Other executives serving on the HDMA Board of Directors:

  • Dominic Grote – President & CEO, Grote Industries

  • Matt Joy – President & CEO, Hendrickson International

  • Bill Long – President & CEO, MEMA

  • Collin Shaw – President & COO, HDMA

  • Tim Musgrave – President & CEO, Pressure Systems International

  • Jon Coll – Senior Vice President, Global Marketing, Sales & Services, Allison Transmission

  • Walt Frankiewicz – President, Haldex NA

  • Jason Gerding – Group President – Heavy Duty Transportation, Marmon Highway Technologies

  • Mike Hawthorne – President & CEO, Bendix Commercial Vehicles

  • Rob Phillips – CEO, Phillips Industries

  • Chris Villavarayan – CEO & President, Meritor, Inc.

The HDMA board of directors is responsible for the strategic direction, performance, and satisfaction of the members of HDMA, whose strategic mission is to advance the commercial vehicle supplier industry and the business interests of its members. 

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 115-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 200 member companies, which represent direct employment of nearly 200,000 in their US facilities.
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The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) and its four specialized divisions comprise the leading international trade association in the fast-changing mobility industry. Representing vehicle suppliers that manufacture and remanufacture components, technologies, and systems for use in passenger cars and heavy trucks, MEMA serves as a critical bridge between high-tech capabilities in new vehicles –such as autonomous vehicles and vehicle connectivity—and the “nuts and bolts” of vehicle manufacturing. MEMA works at state, Federal, and international levels to ensure that the marketplace and public policy support the development of advanced, transformative technologies that enable safer, smarter, and more efficient vehicles. By directly employing more than 734,000 Americans and generating a total employment impact of 3.6 million jobs, MEMA’s member companies are the largest sector of manufacturing jobs in the U.S. MEMA’s members are represented through four divisions: Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA), Motor & Equipment Remanufacturers Association (MERA) and Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA). For more information on how MEMA is leading transformation in the mobility industry, visit