Brian Downard was recently elected to the Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) Select Committee. He has been working in the automotive industry since 1984. He got his start in his father’s shop, Downard’s Automotive Specialties. After graduating from Kent State University, he went to work with Summit Racing in the company’s tech department.
Life is full of mile markers. July 1, 2010, marked an important mile marker for the Manufacturers’ Rep Council (MRC), when we welcomed four new members to the Select Committee. As the road of business winds through years 2010 and 2011, the interests of manufacturers’ reps are attended to by the leadership body of the council.
As chairman of the Professional Restylers Organization (PRO), my job is more than just being a figurehead. Those who reach this position work hard to attain it and have a strong passion for the industry they represent. They need to have a good handle on the immediate needs of the council and industry but also have a vision of the future.
The 2011 Select Committee elections process was especially grueling for the Young Executives Network (YEN) this year, as we had a slate of top-notch individuals vying for only three vacant seats. These three individuals will play a key role in bringing new ideas to the YEN leadership and guiding the strategic direction of the group of young executives.
Founded in 1946, Hellwig Products Inc. has been a successful manufacturer of springs and suspension components for the automotive aftermarket for more than 60 years. One key to the Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) member company’s continued success is to always move forward and look to the future.