I was honored to talk to 55 young
people, mostly new to our aftermarket industry, who gathered at the
headquarters of Federal-Mogul in Southfield, Mich. for "Aftermarket
101" a total immersion day-and-half session. Just to remind
everyone that they were in Michigan, it actually snowed.
attendees, the quantity of information was like drinking from a fire hose.
Presenters covered the history, structure, size, shape, scope of the
aftermarket and its challenges and opportunities. Throw in a macro view of
the economy and world affairs and a pep talk about the power of
entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship and you have a pretty intense program.
throughout, the attendees -- our future leaders -- were genuinely interested,
listened intently and asked intelligent questions. They put away their
Blackberrys and didn't skip out early. How impressive and refreshing!
one-half of the attendees were women. I imagine that number would have been two
or three several years ago. So good to see this trend.
in the future of the automotive aftermarket industry has once again been