Organizational Update

GenNext names winners of second-annual 4 Under 40 Awards


Last month’s Commercial Vehicle Solutions Network (CVSN) Aftermarket Distribution Summit in Banff, Alberta, was the site of the second-annual presentation of the GenNext 4 Under 40 Awards.

Sponsored by Trucks, Parts, Service, the 4 Under 40 Awards were created to honor young aftermarket professionals for their enthusiasm, personal growth, corporate achievements and contributions to the independent heavy-duty aftermarket prior to age 40.


This year’s winners were Kate Diecks, eastern regional sales manager, Kit Masters; Sean Ryan, president and treasurer, Point Spring & Driveshaft; Megan Vincent, marketing manager, Phillips Industries; and Jerry Conroy, North American regional vice president, aftermarket sales, Bendix CVS.

The awards were presented by GenNext President Nick Seidel of Action Trucks and TPS Editor Lucas Deal.

Trucks, Parts, Service is thrilled to recognize these four professionals for their enthusiasm and commitment to the independent aftermarket industry,” says Deal. “All are incredibly deserving and serve as wonderful examples to motivate other GenNext members to get involved in our industry.”

For a complete conversation with each 2019 winner and their career in the independent aftermarket, please see


GenNext holds another quarterly webinar, prepares for upcoming events

GenNext also held its third-quarter webinar last month with Meritor’s Jay Urban and Justin McCoy presenting an informative update on air disc brakes and their rising acceptance in the commercial vehicle industry. The one-hour webinar focused on the history of the components, their slow at first but now advancing adoption in the OEM community due to their performance and safety benefits, and how those adoption rates will force changes within the aftermarket.

GenNext also recently announced its plan to hold an educational panel discussion for members at the upcoming VIPAR Heavy Duty Annual Business Conference and released the dates for its 2020 Distributor Training Expo.

GenNext says this month’s VIPAR Heavy Duty panel discussion will follow the formula introduced at last year’s annual business conference and used again successfully at HDA Truck Pride’s Annual Meeting earlier this year. GenNext says the event is scheduled for 5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 21 with panelists to be announced in the days leading up to the event.

The extremely popular and consistently growing Distributor Training Expo has been moved to from its prior April date on the schedule to Aug. 21-23, 2020. GenNext chose to move the date from its prior spring setting to reduce weather-related travel issues for distributors and, hopefully, expand the event’s overall size. GenNext had 200 distributor attendees and 25 supplier at the fourth annual event in April and earned a 94 percent approval rating among all attendees.

GenNext says next year’s event will again be held at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta and registration information is scheduled to be released later this year.

Finally, GenNext and CVSN are excited to announce their new heavy-duty job board will soon be introduced to the independent aftermarket. The organizations developed the board to create a single repository in which all open positions within the independent aftermarket can be cataloged and searched.

Once live, CVSN and GenNext job board will enable suppliers, distributors, service providers and industry partners to post any open position they have within their businesses. Listings will be searchable by state, job title, job title and industry category. More information regarding the heavy-duty job board will be announced by CVSN and GenNext in the immediate future.