Aurora Parts & Accessories, LLC, a leading aftermarket semi-trailer parts distribution company headquartered in Lebanon, IN, today announced that David Clarke, President and Chief Executive Officer, will transition from his position to become the company’s Chairman of the Board at the end of 2019. Brad Fulkerson, currently Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, will become President and CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2020, as part of the planned succession. Clarke will continue having an active role in the company, serving as Executive Advisor through the end of the year and beyond in his position as Chairman of the Board.
With over 30 years experience in the heavy-duty aftermarket industry, Clarke has used his extensive knowledge to refocus the company’s business towards developing technology that would help catapult the Aurora network to record growth. With a motto of “A part isn’t sold until the dealer sells it,” David Clarke took strategic steps to bring that about – from developing strong relationships with Fleets through Aurora’s FleetPerform program, to implementing a supplier scorecard that graded suppliers on things like distribution strategy, to developing national and local market tools to drive dealer growth, and to reinvesting money into programs and technology tools that would further benefit the network as a whole.
“Brad has done a great job of supporting our fleets and dealers as our COO for the past seven years, but what I am most excited to see is what Brad can bring to Aurora in terms of technology. Brad really has a skill at understanding how to bring technology to bear in a way that truly enhances the way people conduct business,” stated Clarke. “I am confident that under Brad’s leadership Aurora will take our industry leading technology platform to the next level.”
Brad Fulkerson first joined Aurora in 2012. He previously held a variety of executive positions in the construction industry including CFO and then CEO of one of the largest commercial tile and marble contracting businesses in the U.S. Fulkerson was instrumental in the successful opening of Aurora’s additional parts distribution centers in Atlanta, GA and Dallas, TX. Under his leadership, the Aurora warehouses have streamlined their operations, implementing a smart warehouse configuration system, expanded and improved their delivery service options, and Fulkerson played an integral part in extending the exclusive parts distribution agreement with Wabash National.
“Aurora Parts has helped to position Wabash and the Wabash dealer network as the premier aftermarket in the industry,” said Brent Yeagy, President & CEO of Wabash National. “I have worked closely with Brad Fulkerson over the past several years and am confident that Aurora will continue to build upon their success under his leadership.”
“It’s great to have an ownership group that believes in what we, as a team, are doing at Aurora,” said Fulkerson. “I think our leadership transition plan will provide great continuity of our vision and our strategy of growing Aurora by driving business through our Dealers.”
Aurora Parts & Accessories, LLC (www.AuroraParts.com), the largest original equipment supplier of aftermarket semi-trailer parts in North America, is located in Lebanon, IN and operates a network of state-of-the-art distribution facilities. With over 20,000 SKUs available from all major trailer parts manufacturers, Aurora provides a complete suite of aftermarket parts to its customer network. Aurora also provides regularly scheduled delivery services to their distributors throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
Aurora Parts is the exclusive distributor of aftermarket semi-trailer parts for Wabash National, Transcraft, Fruehauf and Lufkin. Aurora Parts also represents many preferred brands including DuraPlate® and the exclusive Pro-Par® brand. Pro-Par® has a long-standing reputation for OEM quality products in the trailer industry.