Performance & Hotrod Business - Mar. '15

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March 2015 n Performance & Hotrod Business n 47 PHB: How do you see the current state of the performance aftermarket? VW: Based on the mood at this year's SEMA Show I believe we are on the upswing. There will always be challenges as consumer shopping habits evolve and technology takes us in different directions. PHB: Where do you think the industry will be in 10 years? VW: There are so many variables that come into play in answering that question. The volatile world political situation and how it impacts our economy and that of our trading partners is difficult to predict. I am highly concerned at the loss of American manufacturing jobs, talent and technologies, and I believe that is or at least should be primary in all of our concerns. PHB: What professional accomplish- ment are you most proud of? VW: I was very proud to be the recipient of the SEMA Young Executives Network Vanguard Award in 2013, which recognizes support for young people in our industry. PHB: What's your next big goal to achieve? VW: I am really happy doing what I am doing—both Steve Matusek and Jack Hylton have provided me with some very positive challenges at Aeromotive and I am enjoying that role. PHB: What's your advice for speed shops seeking long-term success in the performance aftermarket? VW: Embrace challenges. Be prepared to move with the times and take advan- tage of all the modern communication and management technologies that are avail- able in this age.

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