Our Future Leaders Rock

Posted by Kathleen Schmatz on April 20, 2011

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.

For the 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.

But 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!

Of note, 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.

My faith in the future of the automotive aftermarket industry has once again been reinforced.