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Press Release: Three Industry Views and Four Panel Discussions on Schedule at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue Conference

Date: December 19, 2019

The Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA), the commercial vehicle division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), announces a stellar program featuring key commercial vehicle industry senior executives. The speakers and panelists will weigh in on the state of the global aftermarket, exchange views on future industry technology, debate the blurring lines of aftermarket distribution, share their perspectives on parts and service as fleets, discuss economic issues, and review trade policy impacts on the industry.

The current day-long conference schedule features the topics and industry executives below. More speakers will be announced soon!

The Real-World View: A Global Perspective

Rick Dauch – CEO, Delphi Technologies
Jim Kamsickas – President & CEO, Dana Incorporated
Session Leader: Chris Patterson – Consultant; Former DTNA CEO and Volvo Executive

Trade Policy & Impact on the Industry

Ann Wilson – Senior VP, Government Affairs, MEMA
Session Leader: Chris Spear – President, ATA

The Global Economic Overview

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

Aftermarket Industry Economy & Outlook

John Blodgett – VP, Sales & Marketing, MacKay & Company
Dr. Bob Dieli – Economist, MacKay & Company

The Blurring Lines of Aftermarket Distribution

Chris Baer – President & CEO, VIPAR Heavy Duty
Ryan Hadley – VP of Parts, Premier Truck Group
Greg Klein – President & CEO, Inland Truck Parts
Tom Wiers – CEO & Owner, Wiers Fleet Partners
Session Leaders: John Blodgett – VP, Sales & Marketing, MacKay & Company and Tim Kraus – President & COO, HDMA

Future Aftermarket Technology

Joe Plomin – Senior VP, Aftermarket & Industrial and Trailer, Meritor, Inc.
Mike Roeth – Executive Director, NACFE
Gio Sordoni – Co-Founder & COO, XOS
Session Leader: Brian Daugherty – CTO, MEMA

Parts and Service: The Fleet Perspective

Tanya Morrow – President, Plogger Transportation, LLC
Scott Reed – Senior VP of Maintenance, Werner Enterprises
Keshav Sondhi – Director, Fleet Engineering and Sustainability, PepsiCo
Session Leader: Stu MacKay – President Emeritus, MacKay & Company

HDAD will be held on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020 from 7:00am – 5:00pm in the Texas Ballroom at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Conference Center in Grapevine, TX. The conference is co-presented by HDMA and MacKay & Company and will immediately precede Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW) 2020.

Early bird registration for HDAD will close at 11:59pm on Monday, Dec. 30, 2019.  Registration will facilitate networking with industry peers and will include digital presentation materials, breakfast, breaks, a networking luncheon, and the HDAW 2020 All-Industry Reception. Those planning to attend are encouraged to arrive on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020 to prepare for the conference’s start time of 7:00am on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020.  For more information about HDAD 2020 and to register, please visit


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