Lou Merz was Chairman of the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) in 2002-2003, having served on the association's executive committee since 1999. He also served on the executive committee of the Automotive Service Industry Association (ASIA) prior to its consolidation with the Automotive Parts & Accessories Association (APAA).
Merz began his career in the aftermarket in the early sixties with Precision Automotive Components Company (PACCO). When Borg Warner acquired PACCO in 1965, Lou became Vice President and General Manager of Borg Warner's aftermarket division. After serving in this capacity for 8 years, he was instrumental in the sale of Borg Warner's aftermarket to Echlin, Inc., then served as President of BWD, Inc.
In 1983 Merz was named Senior Vice President of Moog Automotive in St. Louis until MascoTech, Inc. recruited him in 1988 to head its aftermarket portfolio. He successfully grew the business until 1998 when MascoTech exited its aftermarket holdings and eventually sold the entire company.
Lou then consulted with Delphi, which led to a position as Global Director of Sales and Marketing for the company¡¯s newly created aftermarket division. Lou left Delphi in 2001 and returned to his consulting company, Aftermarket Growth Concepts Co. In June of 2003, one of his clients, StreetGlow, Inc., asked him to serve as their first president, a position he holds today. He also continues his consulting practice.
In addition to his volunteer leadership roles with ASIA and AAIA, Lou is the immediate past president of the Automotive Sales Council. He has served as Executive in Residence of Krannert Graduate Business at Purdue University and serves on the Detroit regional counsel of his alma mater, Washington University, St. Louis. Lou has a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Engineering and a Master's in Business Administration.