As 2010 co-chairmen, the conference committee selected Dave Bell, president of Erie Drivetrain of Erie, Pa., and Gary Smalley, president and CEO of Dayton Parts of Harrisburg, Pa. Dave Willis, president of CRW Parts of Baltimore, Md., was selected as vice chairman. The three HDAW chairs are responsible for the overall leadership of the event and of the volunteer and staff program planning teams.
The conference committee also selected Education Program co-chairs: Todd Kindem, director of sales for ArvinMeritor in Florence, Ky., Lee Greer, region manager of Page Brake of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Gordon Botts, president of Botts Welding of Woodstock, Ill. Kindem and Greer will lead the education program planning groups for the HDAW Business and Technical Theaters, with Botts leading the HDAW '10 workshop planning team.
The HDAW leadership team will drive the program content of the 2010 conference. The planning process will again focus on the strategic conference elements that have made the event such a success:
· The highly acclaimed distributor education and information program,
· The pre-scheduled, supplier/distributor one on one meeting program,
· The HDAW product expo, and
· The numerous networking opportunities.
Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week is the largest North American gathering of the independent heavy-duty industry. More than 1,400 managers and executives from 17 countries - including distributors, manufacturers, service providers, educators and media - attended the 2009 conference in Orlando. An even larger group is expected for the 2010 event.
HDAW is presented by a joint operating committee composed of industry leaders from American Council of Frame and Alignment Specialists (ACOFAS), Commercial Vehicle Solutions Network (CVSN), Heavy Duty America (HDA), Heavy Duty Distribution Association (HDDA), Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA), APRA's Heavy Duty Remanufacturing Group (HDRG), International Truck Parts Association (ITPA), Overseas Automotive Council (OAC), Power Heavy Duty, Service Specialists Association (SSA), Truck Pride, Truck Frame and Axle Repair Association (TARA) and Vipar Heavy Duty.