Describe yourself in your own words. My name is Nicholas Gramelspacher, and I am vice president, sales and marketing, at Meyer Distributing, and a member of the SEMA Board of Directors. I have a wife, April, and son, Ajay.
What type of education do you have? I have a degree in business management.
Did you choose the aftermarket or did the aftermarket choose you? I chose the aftermarket-I was tinkering on and fixing up trucks in early high school and fell in love with it. We have a family business in the furniture industry, but I wanted to plow my own path to do what I love and love what I do: cars, trucks and Jeeps. That, along with working for a great company like Meyer, which has had tremendous growth, and having a hardworking team made it a great decision 16 years ago.
What has your career path looked like? I started with Meyer in the shipping department and worked there for about six months before moving into sales. We were a single location, 25,000-sq.-ft. company back then, selling about 40 lines.
There is no “next Facebook.” The current dominant platform is already waning with users under age 21 and what replaces it will not be a single, massive social network but clusters of smaller ones that cater to different niches – Instagram, Pinterest, Vine, LinkedIn, Yammer, Google+, VK and more.
There is no “next Facebook.” The current dominant platform is already waning with users under age 21 and what replaces it will not be a single, massive social network but clusters of smaller ones
Over the summer, 10 members of the Young Executives Network (YEN) embarked on the Hot Rod Power Tour to promote the network and highlight the variety of career choices available to young professionals in the automotive specialty-equipment market. The tour route began in Charlotte, North Carolina, and visited Tennessee, West Virginia, Ohio and Indiana before ending in Iowa. Amy Fitzgerald, Ian Lehn, Scott Lowe, Paul Makarucha, Brit Mansell, Jonathan Mill, Michelle “Missy” Perez, Dylan Sievers, Kirstin Stone and Jerid Suchy were chosen to participate through an application process.
Complimentary lunch will be provided to the first 125 attendees to arrive. This business competition offers innovators, inventors, and entrepreneurs under the age of 40 an industry platform to showcase their business for marketing a new automotive product or service.
Complimentary lunch will be provided to the first 125 attendees to arrive.