SPARK2016 Luminaries Named

Aftermarket Icons Invest in Industry’s Next Generation

Multi Parts today announced the SPARK2016 (“SPARK”) Luminaries. In this, the SPARK Initiative’s third year, eight of the automotive aftermarket’s biggest names share their expertise and insights with fourteen SPARK student-participants from across the U.S. SPARK2016 again takes place at the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (“AAPEX”), being held in Las Vegas, November 1-3, 2016.




On Tuesday, November 1st, Mort Schwartz, Founding Partner of Schwartz Advisors LLC and former Chairman and CEO of Strauss Discount Auto, Import Parts of America and Chanslor & Lyon, and Bret Jordan, Managing Director, Jefferies, LLC kick off SPARK at a breakfast meet and greet designed to formally introduce student-participants to the aftermarket and all its opportunity.

“The investment these aftermarket icons make in our SPARK participants is very special,” commented Multi Parts President Brian Cohn. “These are busy people at arguably the busiest time of their year. That they make time for these student-participants says far more than we ever could about how much our industry recognizes the importance of this next generation.”

On Wednesday afternoon, SPARK participants hear from four panelists about aftermarket career opportunities. The four will provide perspective from their decades of experience in the industry, having played numerous roles—both domestically and internationally—in sales and marketing, supply chain management, and manufacturing.


Jason Best – Sr. Vice President, Aftermarket at Spectra Premium Industries

Brian Cohn – President, Multi Parts

Kathy Jorge – Vice President North America, Delphi Product & Service Solutions

Jens Schueler – President, Automotive Aftermarket – Americas at Schaeffler Group USA

Following the Luminary panel discussion, Howard Kesten from APA Search will draw on nearly three decades as a highly regarded global recruiter to numerous aftermarket companies in their search for great talent. His topic: “How to Differentiate Yourself from Your Peers.”

Wednesday ends with a special session hosted by Brent Windom, President and Chief Executive Officer of Auto Plus and Pep Boys. His topic: “The Changing Landscape of the Aftermarket – What the Industry Needs from You.”