When Chair Gosnell announced these appointments, he commented, “It’s great to see our members step forward and participate in CAWA’s leadership. We know and appreciate the contributions these auto care industry veterans will make to the future successes of the association and the industry we serve.”
The appointees are:
• Christian Eichstaedt of Thyssenkrupp Bilstein of America
• Shawn Sheehan of Dorman Products
Eichstaedt is currently with Thyssenkrupp Bilstein of America as head of aftermarket sales and is responsible for aftermarket sales for OE replacement, tuning and light truck performance programs. Previously, he was director of product management – European Carlines for Interamerican Motor Corporation (IMC) and responsible for leading the team of product managers for the European programs, including responsibility for the in-house web catalog content targeting independent European specialist installer shops in the United States. His other experience in automotive includes his role as carline manager for Mercedes-Benz and BMW programs at Import Specialist IMC. He also built the U.S. subsidiary for German Exporter for Heavy Duty OEM and aftermarket parts servicing German engines (Daimler, MTU, KHD, Liebherr, MAN) in the U.S. market after leaving a sales support position based in Germany for OEM Kolbenschmidt for EMEA markets . Eichstaedt has a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Hamburg, Germany. His spare time is spent with family, traveling, enjoying canyon roads in his MINI Cooper and attending dirt track races. He is married, has one son and is based in San Diego, CA.
Sheehan has been involved in the automotive aftermarket in sales and management positions since 1988. He has worked for several manufactures, including: Dayco, R&B Inc., KYB America, Tenneco Automotive and Dorman Products. Sheehan has worked in various roles in his career, including territory manager and area sales manager and is currently the Western Zone sales manager of traditional business for Dorman Products. As the Western Zone sales manager, he is responsible for 11 western states. Earlier in his career, he also worked at One Stop Parts Source as its sales manager. Sheehan believes that with his wide range of experience at the manufacturing segment of the industry , as well as warehouse distribution, he will make a great addition to the CAWA’s leadership and future of the association.