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Press Release: Four Panels Featuring the Global Aftermarket, Technology, Evolving Distribution Models and a Fleet Perspective to Highlight Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue in January 2019

Date: November 14, 2018

A stellar program featuring key HD industry senior executives will weigh in on the state of the global aftermarket, exchange views on the realities of current and future industry technology, debate the changing aftermarket distribution model and a fleet panel considering the effect of these industry changes on their businesses will provide observation and insight to attendees during Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue (HDAD) 2019.

Presenting a global economic perspective for the industry will be Bill Strauss, Senior Economist and Economic Advisor of the Chicago Federal Reserve, and John Blodgett, Vice President, Sales and Marketing and Dr. Bob Dieli will share their heavy duty aftermarket economic outlook to the audience.

HDAD will be held on Monday, January 28, 2019 at The Mirage in Las Vegas, NV, immediately preceding Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week ’19. HDAD is co-presented by the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA) the heavy duty division of the Motor Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) and MacKay & Company.

The day-long conference features the topics and industry executives below:

The Real-World View – A Global Perspective

Ken Davis, Board of Directors, Eaton Cummins Joint Venture

Dean Engelage, CEO, Great Dane

Roger Nielson, President and CEO, Daimler Trucks North America 

Moderator:  Chris Patterson, Independent Director

The Everchanging and Evolving Aftermarket

John Blodgett, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, MacKay & Company

Tim Kraus, President & COO, Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association

The Global Economic Overview

Bill Strauss, Senior Economist & Economic Advisor, Chicago Federal Reserve

Aftermarket Industry Economy & Outlook

John Blodgett, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, MacKay & Company

Dr. Bob Dieli, President & Founder, RDLB, Inc.

Realities of Current and Future Technology on the Aftermarket

Mike Foster, Chief Technology Officer, Allison Transmission

Kent Jones, Vice President, Global Business Development and Sales, ZF Group

Sandeep Kar, Chief Strategy Office, Fleet Complete 

Jon Morrison, President Americas, WABCO 

Moderator: Brian Daugherty, Chief Technology Officer, MEMA

Changing Distribution Model – The Growing and Emerging Players

Stefan Kurschner, Senior Vice President of Aftermarket, Daimler Truck North America

Carl Mesker, Vice President of Sales Americas, SAF Holland 

Robert Sammons, Chief Merchandising Officer, Fleet Pride

Walt Sherbourne, Vice President, Marketing, Dayton Parts

Moderator: Lucas Deal, Editor, Truck Parts & Service

Parts and Service - The Fleet Perspective

Mike Palmer, Vice President of Fleet Services, Estes Express Lines

Gloria Pliler, Director of Purchasing, Daseke

Brett Wacker, Vice President of Maintenance,  Dart Transit Company

Moderator: Stu MacKay, MacKay & Company


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, related components and all elements of heavy duty distribution. 

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

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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 114-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