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Press Release: Industry Execs to Share Pandemic Tech Adoption and Best Practices at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue

Date: November 18, 2020

The Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA), the commercial vehicle division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), will present a panel discussion on Technology & Distribution with aftermarket executives moderated by Tim Kraus, President & COO of HDMA, at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue (HDAD) on Monday, January 25, 2021 at 12:40 pm EST.
The panel will feature Al Dragone, CEO, FleetPride; Kent Jones, President, Americas, SAF-HOLLAND Inc.; Wayne McKitrick, Vice President, Sales, N.A. Williams Company; and Tyler Robertson, Founder & CEO, Diesel Laptops. Kraus will lead the group in giving a comprehensive view of aftermarket technology through the lens of distribution, as well as changes to the sales approach in a socially distanced world and best practices on how to stay connected. The panel will share what technologies their organizations and partners adopted during the pandemic and e-commerce’s impact to distribution given the pandemic environment.
HDAD ‘21 is co-presented by HDMA and MacKay & Company and will immediately precede the fully virtual Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW) 2021. HDAD is traditionally held as a conference, networking, and kick-off for suppliers attending HDAW. This year, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, HDAD will be held virtually and feature presentations and panel discussions with industry experts on topics including:

  • A real-world view of pandemic strategies, successes and failures, and looking towards what’s next

  • What to expect of the 2021 DC administration

  • Macro-economic trends that will impact the industry

  • MacKay & Company’s Truckable Economic Activity report

  • The fleet perspective on changes in the aftermarket and lasting lessons from the pandemic

Other speakers currently scheduled will include:

  • Gerry Mead – Executive Vice President, Maintenance & Equipment, Hub Group

  • Chris Patterson – Independent Director

  • Mari Roberts – Senior Director, Transportation, Frito-Lay

  • Jeffrey Rosensweig – Director, John Robson Program in Business, Public Policy, and Government, Goizueta Business School of Emory University

  • Amanda Schuier – Senior Vice President, Quality Transport Co.

  • Ann Wilson – Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, MEMA

Additional speakers and panelists will be announced soon.
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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, 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 16 full-time employees and maintains joint venture relationships in England, France, Germany, Brazil, and Mexico. The company’s senior management has over 150 years of 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 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