The aftermarket lost two luminaries recently -- John Nerlinger
and Gordon Ulsh. Both of their accomplishments and outlook cast huge
silhouettes on the industry, though their styles were different and
Nerlinger ran one of AAIA's predecessors, ASIA (Automotive
Service Industry Association), with compassionate focus. He cared deeply about
his adopted industry and the success of his members. While he honored tradition,
he also looked down the road and previewed the events and circumstances that
were quickly changing the business.
Gordon Ulsh ran some of the aftermarket's most notable
companies, had a deep industry background and energetically and enthusiastically
addressed every challenge with his famous expertise and booming style. I am
certain that Gordon had no idea how many people he mentored by being the very
best example of success in this business.
Sharing such news on our captains of the aftermarket is sad
business and all too frequent of late. This is a better industry because of
both of these men.