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The Upside of a Down Economy: Auto Parts

Eli Futerman, CEO and copresident, Hahn Automotive Warehouse

2009–2010 Alan Meltzer CEO Leadership Speaker Series: The Upside of a Down Economy

4 p.m., Wednesday, November 11

University Club Rooms 4-6
American University’s Mary Graydon Center
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20016

Believe it or not, some businesses are thriving in today’s economy. Among them is the auto parts industry as more people try to save money by fixing or maintaining their old cars rather than buying a new one.

At 4 p.m. on Wednesday, November 11, Eli Futerman, CEO and copresident of Hahn Automotive Warehouse, will share his secrets to successfully managing his company amid the recession during the kick-off of the 2009–2010 Alan Meltzer CEO Leadership Speaker Series.  The theme for the 2009–2010 series is “the upside of a down economy.”

American University’s Kogod School of Business sponsors the series. Like AU’s five other schools and colleges, Kogod is renowned for bringing leaders to campus to share their experiences with students. Kogod’s part-time MBA program was recently ranked second in the nation for student satisfaction in BusinessWeek.   

Hahn Automotive Warehouse is a distributor of “aftermarket” auto parts (for repairs and maintenance after a car has been purchased) to the East Coast and the Midwest. The company buys the parts from manufacturers and sells them to wholesale and retail establishments, such as car dealerships, repair shops, retail auto parts outlets, and government agencies. Hahn’s products include replacement and repair parts and maintenance items and accessories, including oil, antifreeze, and transmission and brake fluid. Hahn owns Advantage Auto Stores, a chain of consumer auto parts outlets.   

Futerman is a 1980 graduate of American University’s School of Public Affairs.

American University is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the United States and nearly 140 countries. Located in Washington, D.C., the university provides opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.