"He has contributed immensely to his employers’ growth in the North American Automotive Aftermarket. Arnie demonstrates on a daily basis his industry breadth of knowledge. He is especially attuned to the end users (installers) where he contributed timely, target marketing literature and major marketing programs. Arnie provides knowledgeable, well thought out, full marketing services.”
Senior Account Manager - Dana Incorporated
“I worked with Arnie for several years at TPG and can confidently say that he has one of the strongest work ethics I have ever been exposed to. Arnie executed his duties with a combination of both applied experience and new "out of the box" thinking. Arnie’s education and professional experience gave him the unique background required to be able to chair meetings of multi-disciplined people including engineers, operations staff and marketing staff.”
President and CEO - CognitiveTPG
“Arnie is a professional, executive level, manager who offers the unique combination of having both a technical degree (BS, Engineering), and an advanced degree in business, (MBA, Marketing). Arnie is a very organized individual who understands the P&L issues related to the development, sales, and marketing of technical products. His attention to detail and strong people skills steer the product development process through to a successful completion.”
Vice President of Sales and Marketing - The Protectoseal Co.
"During our work together, Arnie was responsible for developing, introducing, and maintaining two new complex product lines. He supervised the engineering, contents, sourcing, training, and marketing – all aspects of these two lines. Arnie capably managed the support staff and the P & L - product introductions went smoothly and both lines prospered profitably.
In addition, Arnie consulted with all sales divisions of the company: industrial, OEM, and aftermarket, on training, advertising, marketing, and engineering issues. His marketplace surveys and financial analysis of competitors and prospective acquisitions were instrumental in assisting Fel-Pro’s strategic planning activities. His judgment was trusted and his insights were valuable, significantly contributing to the company’s success.”
Harold M. Heft
Former Member of Board of Directors - Fel-Pro Incorporated
"Steve, is a highly creative individual and brings forward ideas along with open minded approach to helping clients build their marketing concepts. Steve takes care to really question and understand what the client is seeking from honing identity, messaging, and how best to communicate/market those elements. He helped mold our our messaging content and transform our brand imaging which contributed to us becoming recognized for our advertising focus, and product spotlights within the industry."
VP Traditional Aftermarket Sales at Bosch North America
“Steve Durning has done a terrific job for us. His creative ideas for advertising have been terrific. He understands the automotive aftermarket and the elements of product distribution. While I get tied up in the daily grind, Steve uses his creative energy to come up with multiple ad concepts for us to select from. His efforts are the cornerstone of our trade magazine advertising.”
Director of Marketing, Engine & Performance Warehouse, Inc.
"I worked with Steve for many years while directing the marketing efforts at Fel-Pro. His work was part of the reason we increased sales and profit 33% over a 5 year period. I am now a Marketing professor at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. I have recommended him to student’s companies and have had him judge final projects, Steve could teach my class."
Former Director of Marketing, Fel-Pro
"I've had the pleasure of working with Steve at two different companies on differing projects over a number of years. I've been impressed with the fresh ideas he brings to projects and the ability to quickly develop those ideas into tangible media. I look forward to working with Steve again."
Former Marketing Director, Corteco
"Steve listens to what the customer asks for and brought many creative solutions and ideas to the table."
Director of National Sales at BBB Industries, LLC