by: Pete Kornafel

Bethesda, MD – February 1, 2017

Northwood University and the University of the Aftermarket Foundation have established a new Northwood University Education Leaders Memorial Scholarship in memory of Jim John and Bob Sundwick.

Northwood University Education Leaders Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to students attending the automotive aftermarket program at Northwood University.

The University of the Aftermarket Foundation is accepting contributions to the scholarship fund that honors the two former Northwood automotive program professors.
“We are very fortunate to have had esteemed leaders like Bob and Jim as part of the Northwood University faculty. They are both greatly missed,” said Keith Pretty, president and CEO of Northwood University. “We are proud to establish the Northwood University Education Leaders Memorial Scholarship in their memory. It is a fitting tribute to two dedicated professors who well-prepared their students to join the industry workforce.”

About Jim John:
John, an avid Air Force veteran, passed away in 2015 after a 40-plus year career in the automotive aftermarket. He held positions at Champion Spark Plug Co., Genuine Parts Co. (NAPA) and Triad Systems Corp. During his 22 years at Northwood University, John served as chair of the Aftermarket Management Program and as director of automotive program development and recruiting. In 2009, he received the Mort Schwartz Excellence in Education Award for his outstanding work.

About Bob Sundwick:
A native of Flint, Michigan, Sundwick passed away last month after a lengthy career in the automotive aftermarket. He devoted 18 years after his retirement to give back to the industry, serving as both professor and chairman of the Automotive Aftermarket Management department at the Florida campus of Northwood University.

“It is an honor to have known Jim and Bob,” said Pete Kornafel, MAAP, a trustee of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. “Both men made significant contributions to the aftermarket throughout their careers and during their time at Northwood University, helping many young people enter the aftermarket knowledgeably and successfully.”

To make a donation in memory of Bob Sundwick and/or Jim John, visit or send a check, made payable to:
University of the Aftermarket Foundation/Northwood
7101 Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 1300
Bethesda, MD 20814
Or, call (816) 584-0511.

About Northwood University:
Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility. Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at a full-service, residential campus located in mid-Michigan. Adult Degree Programs are available in multiple states and online. The DeVos Graduate School offers day, evening, weekend programming in Michigan and Texas, and online. The Michigan-based Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China (Changchun and Wuxi), Malaysia and Sri Lanka. For additional information regarding Northwood University, go to

About the University of the Aftermarket Foundation:
The University of the Aftermarket Foundation is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization and all contributions are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.  Since 1986, the University of the Aftermarket Foundation has funded millions of dollars of scholarships, grants, research and ongoing educational programs to help develop a strong, knowledgeable aftermarket work force. The foundation encourages industry support, including donations for the purpose of honoring or memorializing individuals or otherwise recognizing special events, to help ensure the continued availability of training and education that strengthen the industry. To learn more about the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, visit or contact Barbara Cunningham at 816-584-0511 or # # #