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Jens Schueler a s s o c i at i o n n e w s Making an Impact “I am very honored to be a recipient of this award,” said 2012 AAIA Impact Award winner Jens Schueler, Schaeffler Group USA, Inc. “The global aftermarket is a rewarding career that offers many opportunities to meet people from all walks of life, and develop long-term friendships.” The AAIA Impact Award annually recognizes four aftermarket professionals, age 40 or younger, who have made remarkable contributions within the aftermarket industry. An almost 10-year veteran of the industry, Jens Schueler studied economics at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz in Germany, specializing in macro economics and finance. Schueler started his career in the industry as an assistant to the global president, automotive aftermarket, for Schaeffler, where he “got an excellent overview of the global markets and aftermarket operations.” Now president, Automotive Aftermarket North America, Schaeffler Group USA, Inc., Schueler has responsibility for the company’s automotive aftermarket operations in North America, including Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket (former LuK Aftermarket Service) has been a member of AAIA for more than 20 years. “AAIA offers its membership the opportunity to collectively address the concerns of its constituents and the aftermarket as a whole,” said Schueler. “AAIA has been rewarding for me personally in the amount of research that they make available in order to evaluate trends and opportunities within the marketplace. I personally am involved in the Auto International Association (AIA) segment, which allows me to bring my global aftermarket perspective to the U.S. aftermarket.” When asked about the industry’s biggest issues, Schueler said, “I think there are two main complexities we all have to face within the aftermarket today. First is that we have to manage a huge variety of products in our product portfolios due to the increasing variety of the car parc. In addition, we have to manage the delivery of the repair solution to the garage within their time expectations. The other challenge that I see is that we have to secure the ability of the independent garage to do the repair job in the future. Technology of products and systems is getting more complex, and electronics will have a significant influence on completing a repair job. “I do spend all my spare time with my family – that is my passion.” Jens Schueler POSITION : President, Automotive Aftermarket North America, Schaeffler Group USA, Inc. YEARS IN THE AFTERMARKET: 10 WORDS TO LIVE BY: “A ‘No’ is impossible.” PHONE : 803-547-7933 E-MAIL : Location : Fort Mill, S.C. AFTERMARKET INSIDER | VOLUME 81| 15

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Aftermarket Insider Issue 81

Aftermarket Insider Issue 81
President’s Message
If It Matters… It’s at eForum
Campaign Update
Government Affairs
Member Profile
Toolbox: The Workplace Then and Now
Impact Award
Head of the Class
Market Intelligence: Globally and Locally

Aftermarket Insider Issue 81