Lang Distributing President Tim Lee To Deliver Convocation Address At April’s Leadership 2.0 Session

Lang Distributing President Tim Lee To Deliver Convocation Address At April’s Leadership 2.0 Session

MIDLAND, Mich. — Timothy P. Lee, MAAP, president of Lang Distributing Inc., a member of the executive committee of the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association and board of directors of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, will deliver the convocation address during Session II of the 2011-2012 University of the Aftermarket Leadership 2.0 experience in West Palm Beach, Fla., in April.

Lee in the early 1990s joined a group of distribution executives in proposing the development of an aftermarket-specific leadership education program that would foster improved communication between supply chain partners. Their idea became AWDA University’s Leadership 2010 program, which debuted in 1995. The program was renamed Leadership 2.0 by the University of the Aftermarket in 2006.

“We envisioned a program that would bring together professionals from manufacturing and distribution organizations in a non-adversarial environment where they could learn what’s best for all parties in addressing industry challenges and opportunities,” Lee said. “That networking element is as important today as it was 17 years ago. Instead of taking a confrontational approach, the program encourages us to sit down, sell one another on specific ideas and cooperate in finding solutions.”

Lee, who completed the Leadership 2010 experience in 1996, will tell this year’s Leadership 2.0 class how important it is to find the right career opportunity in today’s aftermarket. “There are a lot of surprising opportunities that can arise in this industry, things that cross your path that can literally change the course of your life,” he said. “I’m going to talk about how to approach those opportunities.”

Session II of the 2011-12 Leadership 2.0 experience will take place April 15-20 on Northwood University’s campus in West Palm Beach. The Session II curriculum will include a blend of industry research and market analysis, discussion and debate of aftermarket challenges and competitive strategies, and a variety of leadership education activities. Participants also will present the findings of team research projects conducted since the end of Session I in September.

Members of the 2011-2012 class are:

Nikki Ayers                               Ayers Automotive Repairs

Christopher Battershell            Federal-Mogul Corp.

Courtney Carbone                   Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association

Steve Chetwood                      NGK Spark Plugs (U.S.A.)

Ben Devlin                               Halton Automotive

Dean Dibley                             Uni-Select

Rudy Epp                                 Rudy’s Auto Service

William Flaherty                       Stant USA Corp.

Jennifer Gilbertson                  Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association

Chris Hillestad                         NGK Spark Plugs (U.S.A.)

Tracie Howerter                      Gates Corp.

Dan Humphrey                        The Timken Co.

Rob Jones                               Epicor Software Corp. (formerly Activant)

Jeffrey Koviak                          Tenneco

Brent Kulcsar                           Auto Electric Service

Adam Lee                                Lang Distributing

Jon McSweeney                      GPI/CARQUEST

Michelle Menendez                 MacKenzie Warehouse

Dwayne Myers                       Dynamic Automotive

Doug Rockefeller                     Tenneco

Corey Roppel                          Roppel Industries

Larry Sandlin                           Auto Electric & Carburetor Co.

Greg Sharrar                           The Tire Mart

Geoffrey Shifflett                     Fisher Auto Parts

Patricia Spierling                      R.L. Polk & Co.

Adam Stranik                           Midas

Sean Tucker                            Accessories Marketing/Slime

Kent Van Oort                         Gates Corp.

Jeffrey Walter                         Zimmerman’s Auto Service

Blake Ward                              Southeast Automotive Warehouse

Wesley Ward                          Wes Ward Auto Repair

Mike Whiteis                            Automotive Parts Headquarters

Leadership 2.0 and other University of the Aftermarket programs are presented through significant financial support from the independent University of the Aftermarket Foundation and Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association. Program graduates earn 7.0 continuing education units that can be applied toward their Automotive Aftermarket Professional (AAP) or Master Automotive Aftermarket Professional (MAAP) designations.

For additional information regarding Leadership 2.0 and other University of the Aftermarket programs, visit or call 1-800-551-2882.

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