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Press Release: Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association Announces Staff Promotions and New Team Members

Date: January 22, 2019

The Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA), the commercial vehicle division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), is pleased to announce several recent staff changes, including two employee promotions and two employee hires.
HDMA announces the promotion of Beth Barkovich as executive director, membership development, and of Katelyn Litalien to director of marketing and member services effective January 1, 2019.
Beth Barkovich has been with HDMA since July 2012 and has handled various roles, mainly related to new member recruiting and new member council establishment. In her new position, Beth will continue to be primarily in charge of member development, onboarding, and engagement, as well as sales of sponsorships and affiliate member support programs. In addition, Beth currently has responsibility of the Off-Highway Business Forum, the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Representative Council, and the newest forum – Heavy Duty Business Forum India. Beth has 25 years of experience in the automotive and heavy duty sectors including former positions as marketing director with two global component manufacturers and another industry trade association. She holds a BSBA in finance/corporate stockbrokerage from West Virginia University, has her Series 6 securities license, and is currently in progress of achieving her LSS Black Belt certification from Purdue University.
Katelyn Litalien joined HDMA in December 2013. Since her first days at HDMA, Katelyn has shown great organizational and event management skills, as well as a strong understanding of marketing strategy. Katelyn has eleven years of experience in marketing management and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and marketing from UNC Wilmington. Katelyn and her team, which includes Erin Spring and Daniqua Burgin, will support HDMA events, forums, and councils with marketing, communications, and administration of HDMA’s member engagement activities.         
HDMA welcomes Erin Spring as manager, marketing communications and Daniqua Burgin as manager, meetings and member services. 
Erin Spring joined HDMA in November 2018 and brought aboard over nine years of relevant experience in marketing and communications. Her previous roles included both association and manufacturing industry work. In Erin’s new role at HDMA, she is responsible for developing and executing internal and external communications tools and strategies for events and member communications to increase awareness for HDMA member engagement activities. Erin has a Bachelor of Science degree in communications from East Carolina University.
Daniqua (Dani) Burgin joined HDMA in October 2018 after working as a temporary employee for a few months.  Dani has several years of experience as a legal secretary in trusts and estate law and has volunteered as a director/chair on various non-profit executive boards both in her home state of New York and in California. At HDMA, Dani is responsible for assisting with HDMA events and council/forum meeting planning, as well as council management processes and execution. Dani has an undergraduate degree in criminal justice and has several semesters in law school towards her juris doctor.
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 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