Organizational Update

Nomination period open for our 4 Under 40 Awards

GenNext would like to encourage all of its members to nominate a friend or colleague for our second annual 4 Under 40 Award, sponsored by TPS magazine.

We introduced our 4 Under 40 Award program last year to recognize younger individuals for their outstanding commitment to the heavy-duty aftermarket industry. All industry professionals are welcome to nominate someone for the 4 Under 40 award — young men and women who are demonstrating involvement, innovation and commitment within the aftermarket.

The criteria for the 4 Under 40 Award are as follows: nominees must be under the age of 40 as of Sept. 1, 2019; must be currently employed in the heavy-duty aftermarket industry, must demonstrate leadership qualities; and strive to propel the industry forward through involvement and innovation.

“In the heavy-duty industry we have some of the most inspirational, brightest and best leaders to have left their impressions before us. The next generation of leaders has some very big shoes to fill, to say the least,” says GenNext President Nick Seidel of Action Truck Parts. “The 4 Under 40 Award is way to recognize those individuals who are young and passionate about our industry. Those individuals already leaving an imprint and beginning to fill the shoes of our predecessors.”

The four young professionals chosen from the list of nominees will represent the best of the industry and will be honored at the 2019 Commercial Vehicle Solutions Network (CVSN) Aftermarket Distribution Summit in September in Banff, Alberta, Canada. Last year’s winners were Steve Hansen (Minimizer), Ian Johnston (Harman HVS), Nikki Paschall (HDA Truck Pride), and Nick Tosie (BorgWarner).

The awards are free to enter and self-nominations are encouraged as well. Distributor, supplier, marketing group, media and association management employees are eligible for the award. The nomination form is available at

Committee updates

In other news, GenNext’s Recruitment committee, in addition to its 4 Under 40 responsibilities, is developing an industry job board. The committee is working on a recruitment video for the industry with the HD Group that will be used to promote the job board and aftermarket industry when the former is released later in 2019.

The Recruitment committee also was instrumental in April’s industry panel discussion at the 2019 HDA Truck Pride Annual Meeting in Orlando. Featuring John Bzeta, president, Fleet Brake; Dominic Grote, president and CEO, Grote Industries; Paige Petroni, executive vice president, Fontaine Fifth Wheel; and Tina Hubbard, vice president of marketing and program management, HDA Truck Pride; the panel focused primarily on what led these successful professionals into the aftermarket and the reasons why they remain engaged.

For a complete recap of the panel discussion, please see

Work on a future GenNext podcast series has been started by the Education committee. Like the job board, the committee says the podcast is on track for a late 2019 introduction.

GenNext’s second-quarter webinar, “How to Kill a Turbo,” was led by Turbo Solutions’ Ty Hagy and John Ferry and addressed the causes of and how to prevent turbocharger failure.

During the webinar, the duo showcased how a failing turbocharger has a significant impact on a customer’s vehicle. It can cause a loss of power, increased noise, wheel rub on housings, damaged turbine or compressor blades, oil leaks and engine damage. May’s webinar also outlined several possible reasons for turbocharger failure, among them are poor quality oil or oil contamination, dirt or foreign object damage and improperly maintained aftertreatment systems.

For a complete recap of last month’s webinar, please see

Additionally, the Education committee is working to schedule a third-quarter webinar in July. The committee says the webinar will provide an overview of the GenNext HD organization for new members. Future webinars also are in development for September and December and will be announced when confirmed. The committee says it is open to any webinar suggestions, and requests members submit their webinar ideas at

Finally, GenNext is thrilled by the success of its fourth annual Distributor Training Expo (DTE), held with CVSN in April. The event was attended by 200 distributor sales associates and featured high-value product training from more than two dozen industry suppliers, as well as keynote presentation regarding distribution pricing by Dr. Al Bates.

A post-event survey revealed 94 percent of attendees approved of the experience (58 percent were very satisfied and 36 percent were somewhat satisfied).

More information regarding this year’s event can be found at