Heavy Duty Business Forum Announces Board of Governors, Officers and Board Member Election

Research Triangle Park, NC – November 20, 2017-The Heavy Duty Business Forum (HDBF) announced the results of their annual election, following their 80th bi-annual meeting, last week in Dearborn, MI.

A by-invitation-only, top-executive discussion forum, HDBF has met semi-annually since 1977 and is a primary leadership group within the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA), the commercial vehicle supplier division of MEMA. The HDBF board of governors and all members are nominated and voted upon by the 55 elected members.

HDBF serves as a senior executive discussion group for commercial vehicle supplier leadership, focusing on trends and developments in the market. Meetings are conducted under HDBF bylaws, which are enforced by the board of governors, under the guidance of retained anti-trust and advisory counsel.

Rick Dauch, president and CEO of Accuride Corporation, was elected as the 38th chairman of HDBF for 2018. He succeeds Stephen Mance, president and CEO of Defiance Metal Products.

Kent Jones, vice president, Global Business Development and Sales for ZF Friedrichshafen AG, was named 2018 Vice Chairman.

The Heavy Duty Business Forum membership also elected the following to its 2018 Board of Governors:

  • David Arndt, president and CEO, Pentaflex
  • John Fox, corporate vice president of Global Channel Strategies, Parker Hannifin Corporation
  • Timothy Guzman, senior sales director – Power Sector, Freudenberg North America
  • Merrick Murphy, president, Arconic, Commercial Wheels and Transportation
  • Jeff Porter, president and CEO, Velvac, Inc.
  • Eddie Wilkinson, president, Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake, LLC


Dauch has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Accuride Corporation since joining the Company in February 2011. He also is an Officer of the Company and member of its Board of Directors.

Prior to joining Accuride, Dauch served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Acument Global Technologies, and in varied senior executive roles with American Axle and Manufacturing, Inc. (AAM), a $3.6 billion leading global automotive supplier of driveline, drivetrain and chassis systems and related components based in Detroit, Mich.

A graduate of the Unites States Military Academy at West Point, Dauch’s corporate career was preceded by his service as an officer in the U.S. Army, as a Light Infantry Company Commander with the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, NY. Dauch was also qualified as an Airborne-Ranger and expert infantryman. He also serves on the board of directors and is a past president of the Army Football Club.
Dauch is a member of the board of directors of Spartan Motors, Inc., Koch Enterprises, Inc., and the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA). He serves as Chairman of the HDMA Heavy Duty Business Forum.


Based in North Carolina, HDMA is the Commercial Vehicle Division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), a major industry association with a forward looking strategy and a 111 year legacy of advocacy for the motor vehicle supplier industry.
A member driven organization, HDMA provides industry leadership for NAFTA based original equipment and aftermarket suppliers in the on and off-highway commercial vehicle equipment industry. This is accomplished through a range of services to its more than 200 member companies, which represent direct employment of nearly 200,000 in their US facilities.For more information, visit www.hdma.org or www.mema.org.


The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) and its four specialized divisions comprise a leading international trade association in the fast-changing mobility industry. Representing vehicle suppliers that manufacture and remanufacture components, technologies, and systems for use in passenger cars and heavy trucks, MEMA serves as a critical bridge between high-tech capabilities in new vehicles -such as autonomous vehicles and vehicle connectivity-and the “nuts and bolts” of vehicle manufacturing. MEMA works at state, federal, and international levels to ensure that the marketplace and public policy support the development of advanced, transformative technologies that enable safer, smarter, and more efficient vehicles. By directly employing more than 871,000 Americans and generating a total employment impact of 4.26 million jobs, MEMA’s member companies are the largest sector of manufacturing jobs in the U.S. MEMA’s members are represented through four divisions: Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA), Motor & Equipment Remanufacturers Association (MERA), and Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA). For more information on how MEMA is leading transformation in the mobility industry, visit www.mema.org.visit www.mema.org.
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