The 13th annual Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week will be held Jan. 22-25 at the Mirage in Las Vegas. The event is a four-day conference for the North American independent heavy-duty aftermarket industry.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Josh Linkner who is giving a presentation titled, “Everyday Innovation: Fueling People, Partners and Profits".

Linkner is the author of four books, two New York Times Bestsellers: Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity, and The Road to Reinvention: How to Drive Disruption and Accelerate Transformation, as well as his latest book, Hacking Innovation. He is also the Founding Partner of Detroit Venture Partners, investing in and mentoring over 100 startups.

Linkner has twice been named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and is a President Barack Obama Champion of Change award recipient. He is a regular columnist for Forbes, The Detroit Free Press, and Inc. Magazine. His work on innovation has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, CNN, and The New York Times

HDAW is a business-to-business, executive conference presented by a joint operating committee of industry leaders from 14 distinguished industry associations: American Council of Frame and Alignment Specialists, Association of Diesel Specialists, Auto Care Association/ HDDA, Automotive Electric Association, Commercial Vehicle Solutions Network, HDA-Truck Pride, Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association, Heavy Duty Aftermarket Canada, APRA's Heavy Duty Remanufacturing Group, International Truck Parts Association, Overseas Automotive Council, Power Heavy Duty, Service Specialists Association, and Vipar Heavy Duty.

Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue

During HDAW, The Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association, the Heavy Duty division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association, will host the 6th annual Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue. The HDAD conference will be held on Jan. 22, 2018 at The Mirage, immediately preceding HDAW.

HDAD is co-presented by HDMA and MacKay & Company. The day-long conference is scheduled to be held in the Terry Fator Theater from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

As one of three in HDMA's Heavy Duty Dialogue Series, Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue program will provide insight and a forward look at the heavy duty aftermarket, with an introduction by Tim Kraus of HDMA and Stu MacKay of MacKay & Company, an aftermarket industry forecast by MacKay & Company, and a market and economic update, with financial expert, Bill Strauss, of the Chicago Federal Reserve.

In a presentation titled, "The Global Economy - The Growing Interdependence", Strauss will provide a focus on the growing interdependence of individual global economies, providing a historical, present and anticipated future outlook in key geographic regions.  He will also discuss what is driving - or hindering - the interrelationship between countries, including the hot-button current topics of NAFTA Renegotiation, Brexit and the EU impact, if any, as well as the impact of the Korean turmoil on China and what to potentially expect all of these factors to impact the trucking industry as we know it today.

Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue features individual presenters and separate distribution executive panel-discussions with primary topics that include:

  • Globalization of the Truck/Transportation Industry & Impact on & Disruption of OEM/Aftermarket Supplier
  • Global Truck OEM Keynote
  • Aftermarket Overview & Outlook
  • Meeting the Parts & Service Needs of Today's Fleets
  • Aftermarket Disruptor - How changes in the OE markets and distributive environments are/will impact heavy duty distributors

Panelists and speakers to be announced soon.

Conference registration will include: digital presentation materials; breakfast, breaks, a networking luncheon, and the HDAW'18 All-Industry Reception - all intended to facilitate networking with industry peers. Those planning to attend are encouraged to arrive on Jan. 21, 2018 to prepare for the conference's start time of 8:00 a.m. on Jan. 22, 2018.

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