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Press Release: Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association Announces 2020 Board of Governors

Date: December 10, 2019

The Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA), the commercial vehicle division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), is pleased to announce its 2020 board officers and directors.  The HDMA Board of Governors is responsible for the strategic direction, performance, and satisfaction of HDMA members.

In 2020, HDMA will welcome incoming chairman, Gary Gerstenslager, president & CEO of Hendrickson International.  Gerstenslager will succeed current chairman, Tim Musgrave, president & CEO of Pressure Systems International (PSI).

During his three-year tenure, HDMA Chairman Musgrave took advocacy and supplier leadership to a higher level in the global commercial vehicle industry.  He also focused his efforts on HDMA’s core globalization and advanced vehicle technology focus, and he progressed HDMA’s highly successful future leadership development initiatives, producing significant results during his term.

As incoming chairman, Gerstenslager will continue with strategies and initiatives to fulfill HDMA’s mission of advancing the commercial vehicle supplier industry and business interests of its members. He will continue focus on further development of HDMA’s mission and strategy and will continue to serve on the MEMA Board of Directors.

Gerstenslager has served on the HDMA Board of Governors since 2011 and has been on the executive committee since 2014.  He plays an active role on the HDMA Board’s strategic planning group and has been an active participant in HDMA and MEMA’s government affairs activities. 

Gerstenslager has been CEO and global leader for Hendrickson International since 2006. He joined the company in 1989 and transformed the trailer division into a world-class manufacturer of fabricated, machined, and assembled systems.  In 1996, he was named director of manufacturing engineering for the trailer division, and in 1998, he became director of operations. 

HDMA will also welcome incoming vice chairman, Dominic Grote, president & CEO of Grote Industries, in 2020.  Grote has led Grote Industries’ global operations since 2009.  He joined the fourth-generation, family-owned business in 1993 and previously served as vice president of sales and marketing.  Grote has served on the HDMA Board since 2016 and will also join the MEMA Board of Directors in 2020.

Industry and HDMA veteran Tim Kraus, president & COO of HDMA, rounds out the 2020 HDMA Board of Governors’ officers.

Additionally, the following directors have been appointed:

  • Jay Craig, CEO & president of Meritor

  • Richard Dauch, CEO of Delphi Technologies

  • Walt Frankiewicz, president – Americas and executive vice president of Haldex Brake Products Corporation

  • Mike Hawthorne, president & CEO of Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

  • Bill Long, president & CEO of MEMA

  • Merrick Murphy, president – wheel and transportation products of Arconic

  • Ron Parker, chairman, president, and CEO of Indian Head Industries/MGM Brakes

  • Rob Phillips, president & CEO of Phillips Industries

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