Multi Parts Announces SPARK 2017 Guiding Lights

18 Aftermarket Professionals Donate Time, Energy and Insight to Next Generation

Multi Parts today announced the SPARK 2017 Guiding Lights. The group of 18 aftermarket professionals is a vital component of the 2017 SPARK Initiative, serving as both personal guides and liaisons to students attending the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (“AAPEX”) being held in Las Vegas, October 31 – November 2, 2017.

“It’s not enough for the next generation to merely see our industry on display at AAPEX,” Multi Parts President Brian Cohn commented. “Every SPARK participant should leave Las Vegas having been included and engaged. Guiding Lights are a crucial factor in ensuring this is the case. Year after year, it’s the Guiding Lights who spend the lion’s share of time with our students. They help them connect the dots and see clearly their opportunities and appropriate next steps to enter and thrive within our industry.”

Ten students, selected by Multi Parts for their interest in pursuing careers in the core business areas of the automotive aftermarket, shadow Guiding Lights throughout their time at SPARK 2017 and during the AAPEX show. Guiding Lights offer students a personal introduction to the industry, designed to broaden the students’ understanding of what aftermarket professionals do and how they can pursue similar career paths.



Drew Conkling

Product Marketing Manager, Gates Corporation

Ira Davis

President, AutoFocus Consulting & Research, LLC

General Manager, Alliance of Independent Manufacturers

Kyle Freund

Marketing Manager, KYB Americas Corp.

Martin Gold

President, Gold n’ Brown Consulting

Julian Hentze

Sales and Marketing Director, Global Parts Distributors

Mike Hosch

Director of Sales, Redline Detection

Ted Hughes

Marketing Manager, MAHLE Aftermarket Inc.

Kevin Judge

Vice President, Sales & Marketing – Automotive Aftermarket

NTN Bearing Corporation of America

Brandon Kight

Vice President – Marketing, MotoRad

Judy Love

Regional Marketing Manager – North America, Schaeffler Group USA

Meagan Moody

Marketing Communications Manager, ZF Services

Jon Owens, MAAP

National Sales Manager, Epicor Software

Mike Palm

Vice President of Marketing & Sales, CRP Automotive

Zack Parker

CEO, Redline Detection

Beth Skove

Director of Marketing, Valeo Service USA & Canada

Ryan Smith

Sales and Marketing Manager, Cloyes Gear and Products, Inc.

Vic Tarasik

Major Accounts Director, RLO Training

John Zochert

General Manager of Product, NGK Spark Plugs (USA), Inc.