Cruickshank will advise investors on their aftermarket acquisitions, represent sellers in sell-side projects and assist businesses with their strategic growth initiatives
La Jolla, Calif.—Brian Cruickshank, MAAP, will join the Schwartz Advisors’ team of aftermarket as a partner on Sept. 1.
Cruickshank brings nearly three decades of motor vehicle aftermarket experience to Schwartz Advisors. His professional background includes serving as executive director of the University of the Aftermarket at Northwood University and various leadership positions at Babcox Media.
Throughout his career, Cruickshank has been involved in the industry, serving on numerous committees and work groups within the Auto Care Association, the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association and the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. His industry leadership has been recognized with numerous honors, including the AWDA Pursuit of Excellence award, the Mort Schwartz Excellence in Education Award, AIA Young Executive of the Year and the Northwood University Automotive Aftermarket Management Education Award.
“We are excited that Brian will be joining the Schwartz Advisors team,” said Rick Schwartz, CEO and Managing Partner. “With his vast experience in the industry, he will be an integral part of our business development team and will also play an active role in all aspects of the SA business.”
Cruickshank earned undergraduate degrees from The Ohio State University and an Automotive Aftermarket Executive MBA from Northwood University’s DeVos Graduate School of Management. He completed his Automotive Aftermarket Professional (AAP) and Master Automotive Aftermarket Professional (MAAP) designations in 2002 and 2007 respectively. Prior to his aftermarket career, Cruickshank served in the United States Marine Corps.
He will be involved in all three practice areas: advising investors on their aftermarket acquisitions, representing sellers in sell-side projects and assisting businesses with their strategic growth initiatives.
About Schwartz Advisors
With industry expertise and experience, the Schwartz Advisors team of automotive and transportation industry executives and industry leaders provides leading-edge and comprehensive M&A advisory services, growth planning and strategic analysis to middle-market light-vehicle and commercial truck aftermarket companies and investors.
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