Organizational Update

Organizational Update

The fourth quarter has been another busy period for GenNext HD.

In October our marketing committee rolled out a new GenNext HD LinkedIn group — designed both to attract potential new members and connect existing members. The committee’s first effort to connect with the aftermarket through the page has been its Meet the Board Mondays! program, which features a brief Q&A with a GenNext board member and active industry professional.

October also marked the return of GenNext’s popular industry panel discussion at the VIPAR Heavy Duty IMPACT Conference in San Antonio.

Featuring two VIPAR Heavy Duty distributors (Robyn Spitzke, Fort Garry Industries; Allan Parrott, Tidewater Fleet Supply), two suppliers (Ed Powderly, BettsHD; Rob Myers, Phillips Industries) and VIPAR Heavy Duty’s Jim Pennig, the panel discussion touched on employee recruitment and retention tips, industry fluctuations and technology. A recap of the discussion can be found at

As for our recruitment committee, GenNext recently worked with HD Group to launch our industry job board during the 2019 Commercial Vehicle Solutions Network Summit (CVSN) in September. The job board is available to suppliers and distributors alike to post job opportunities throughout the industry and will hopefully raise awareness to young professionals of the spectrum of jobs available in the aftermarket. Interested parties can check out the current listings and submit a listing of their own at

Our educational committee also recently completed its fourth webinar of the year, an informative discussion regarding Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW) 2020 with event co-chairs Sean Ryan (Point Spring & Driveshaft) and Tim Bauer (Eaton). Moderated by TPS Editor Lucas Deal, the December 10 webinar touched on the many exciting changes coming to HDAW as its transitions to a new venue next month.

GenNext members who missed the webinar can download the audio at

As expected, GenNext HD will be incredibly busy at the aftermarket’s biggest event. Many of our member companies are sponsoring students from Northwood University to attend the event as part of the HDAW internship program. Our members also will be on hand during the convention’s many networking events, and the organization will have a booth (#2031) on the exhibition floor.

GenNext’s annual no-limit Hold ‘em poker tournament also is scheduled to take place at the Gaylord Texan during the week. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, and registration is open now at

In other news, GenNext HD has finalized the new dates and keynote speaker for our 2020 Distributor Training Expo. Regarding timing, GenNext has decided to move the DTE from its previous late-April position to Aug. 21-23, 2020, to better accommodate the supplier and distributor communities.

We also are excited to announce Stu Schlackman as our keynote speaker for next year’s event. Schlackman is known for his book and assessment, “Four People You Should Know.” He provides customized training and consulting based on its principles to sales teams by focusing on the skills and strategies that lead to the goal of superior sales results. With more than three decades of experience in corporate sales, Schlackman’s sales training initiatives during his career led his sales teams to exceed sales projections by an average of more than 30 percent annually. He holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master of Business Administration from Kennedy Western University.

Registration for the 2020 DTE is open now. Early-bird registration rates for aftermarket distributors are $549 per attendee and aftermarket businesses can send up to eight associates. Distributors can register at Suppliers will be able to sign up for Gold or Silver sponsorships on our website in early 2020.