HDAW ’09 organizing leadership named

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Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week’s (HDAW) 12 sponsoring distributor and supplier organizations recently met in Chicago to select its leadership team and kick off the strategic planning for HDAW ’09, scheduled for Feb. 16-19 in Orlando, Fla., at the Orange County Convention Center.

HDAW ’08 Chairman Jerry Weis of Ott’s Friction, along with Vice Chairman Joe Mejaly of ArvinMeritor, reviewed the results of the 2008 event held in January in Las Vegas, Nev. More than 75 volunteers and association staff planned and executed the 2008 program, and a similar organizing process is planned for HDAW ’09.

HDAW ’09 leadership was named to the following conference executive positions:

HDAW ’09 co-chairmen:
* Marc Karon, Commercial Vehicle Solutions Network – president, Total Truck Parts
* Joe McAleese, Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association – president and chief executive officer, Bendix CVS

HDAW ’09 vice chairman:
* Dave Scheer, Heavy Duty Distribution Association – president and CEO, Inland Truck Parts Co.

HDAW ’09 education program co-chairmen:
* Dave Gerdes, vice president and chief operating officer, CATCO
* Todd Kindem, director of sales and marketing, ArvinMeritor

The leadership team will form the overall HDAW ’09 conference program using a combination of sponsoring organization input and results of various distributor surveys.