The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas was the venue for the 2012 Northwood Automotive Aftermarket Management Education Award. The awards were presented at the annual Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX/SEMA) Show. Nine outstanding automotive aftermarket leaders deemed worthy of the award were honored, among those esteemed nine individuals stood K&N's Steve Gibson.
Steven D. Gibson is awarded the 2012 Northwood University AAME award for his contribution in the field Automotive Aftermarket education
Gibson has been with K&N since 2004. "My current position is Program Coordinator. My areas of responsibility include education, dealership programs, and warranty. I create, implement, and help manage programs in each of these areas of the company," Gibson remarked. "Education has been my primary focus for the past three years. The programs I have created are meant to develop a relationship between K&N and schools, students, and instructors across North America."
His impact and success in those areas were recognized by Northwood University. In a letter of acknowledgement to Gibson, Northwood President and CEO, Keith A. Pretty J.D. wrote. "The recipients are people of stature and the award is recognition of substantial dedication over a number of years to the educational process and the field of automotive aftermarket."
Founded in 1959 in Alma, Michigan by two young educators with a vision, and a pragmatic philosophy to encompass it all, Dr. Arthur E. Turner and Dr. R. Gary Stauffer broke away from their careers in a traditional college structure to create a new concept in education. Over the past 53 years Northwood University and educational leaders, like Gibson, continue to develop perceptive insights concerning the educational needs of the industry.
Time has validated the accomplishments of what Dr. Turner and Dr. Stauffer called "The Northwood Idea" – which incorporates the lessons of American free-enterprise into the college classroom. Northwood University was in essence created as a realistic solution to a persistently changing world, where flexibility and unending evolution in education is the only comprehensive answer.
The distinction of being selected for the Northwood Automotive Aftermarket Management Education Award, which is given to those individuals in the Automotive Aftermarket field who have made noteworthy contributions to the progression of education, on any level, inside or outside of the industry, is therefore a highly praised tribute.
"Receiving the Northwood University AAME award was a great honor, as well as a complete surprise," Gibson commented. "In looking through some of the materials I was sent, I discovered the impressive history behind the Northwood award. The AAME has been awarded for more than 30 years, and to some of the most celebrated names in the industry. CEO's, Presidents, VP's, it feels strange to be honored among such a prestigious group of people."
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