Industry Update

A note from our president

Ian Johnston, Harman Heavy Vehicle Specialists

Hello everyone. I want to take a moment to give a quick recap and Q3 update on GenNext, the board and the activities GenNext has in the works in the coming months.

Let’s start with the Distributor Training Expo, held in conjunction with the Commercial Vehicle Solutions Network (CVSN) from April 29 to May 1 in Atlanta. This event was an incredible success. We received kind regards from distributor and supplier attendees alike, and are thrilled with the overall perception of the event. Also regards to the Distributor Training Expo I want to say a thank you to Steve Hansen, Nick Seidel, Carlos Solis and Angelo Volpe for the tremendous amount of work they have put in to help pull off the event. The Distributor Training Expo was huge undertaking and it would not have come together without these folks taking the lead on this project. Great work team!

Looking at the rest of 2016, GenNext held receptions at the HDA Truck Pride and HDAC annual meetings earlier in the year and will have another reception at the VIPAR Heavy Duty annual meeting in October.

We also are in the infancy planning stage of trying to add in a GenNext mentoring ‘reception,’ for lack of a better term. Still in the development phase, this idea would be to have a form of speed meetings for mentors and mentees, with mentees moving from mentor to mentor asking questions, to create a more structured feedback between both groups. To this point much of the mentorship program has been self-administered by the paired mentors and mentees. We’re still discussing this as a possibility.

In addition, several of our first committee chairs have passed the baton to new leaders, each of which is actively working to enhance their committees and strengthen the overall GenNext program. Just this week, new Education Committee Chair Jay Urban of Meritor announced we have confirmed an upcoming merchandising webinar with Butch Hill.

And that’s just the beginning. More good news is on the way.

In closing, I want to say thank you to every one of you for your time, effort and dedication to GenNext. It is amazing to see such a great group of business professionals getting together, putting in their own time and effort to build something better for their industry and ultimately for the future of our businesses.

I am very excited to be involved with GenNext and think we have very big year ahead of us, so again thank you to all of you for your considerable efforts up to this point and moving forward.