Organizational Update

GenNext holds third-quarter webinar


GenNext also held its third quarter webinar with MacKay & Company on the “The Future of the Aftermarket in 30 Minutes” last week.

The webinar was led by MacKay & Company Vice President of Sales and Marketing John Blodgett. During the call, Blodgett spoke optimistically about the immediate future of the United States economy and aftermarket at large.

“The economy plays a big part in the aftermarket, so we think it’s important to look at what’s going on. We are 111 months into economic expansion. The expansion started in June 2009 and it has been a long expansion [period],” Blodgett says.

Blodgett also adds truckable economic activity (TEA) will be strong for the balance of the year and could continue at least until the first quarter of next year. Strong TEA is being driven, in large part, by consumers continuing to buy goods and companies continuing to invest in their businesses. The one caveat is the United States’ fluid position regarding tariffs and imports and exports, which “will have a big impact on trucking,” he says.

Blodgett says the aftermarket this year will come in at about $31.4 billion for Class 6-8 trucks, trailers and container chassis, which is up about 6 percent over last year.

GenNext seeks volunteers for committees

GenNext is seeking volunteers who would be interested in participating on one its four committees: DTE, education, marketing, mentoring and recruiting. GenNext says video capturing and editing experience is a plus though all are welcome to participate. Anyone interested in signing up should contact Edward Kuo at

Big changes in GenNext membership coming

Since the merge of CVSN and GenNext, our membership policy has changed. Membership into GenNext will be FREE to all individuals who are employed by CVSN member companies(distributor) and associate member companies (manufacturers/service/others).  This new policy goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2019.

We are excited to potentially bring a significant increase in GenNext membership. Each CVSN member and associate company can have their employees (no age restriction) sign up online at, or can send a list of individuals (with e-mail addresses) directly to and they will be added to the membership roster.

For individuals who have been paid members of GenNext in the past, you should strongly consider a corporate membership in CVSN.  Participation in a strong industry association is crucial to the success of both the aftermarket and your company’s involvement in the aftermarket. Please contact CVSN or GenNext for more information.