Derek Kaufman

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For 40 years, Derek Kaufman has worked in the Transportation Industry with positions ranging from VP Marketing and Product Planning for Freightliner Trucks, SR VP of Sales, Marketing and Customer Support for Hino Trucks, President of Diesel Technology Co, a subsidiary of Penske Corporation, VP of Fixed Operations for Smart USA and CEO of Mission Motors Company. Derek is also an entrepreneur. He founded C3 Network, LLC in 1997 to help clients launch new products in the transportation industry.

Today, Derek is a Managing Partner at Schwartz Advisors, LLC doing M&A support and company growth work in the auto and heavy duty aftermarket and continues his role as President of C3 Network.

Derek serves on the boards of Vermeer Manufacturing, a producer of industrial and agricultural equipment in Pella, Iowa, Cascade Engineering, a manufacturer and marketer supporting multiple brands focused primarily on large part injection molding in Grand Rapids, MI, Pridgeon and Clay, an auto and truck parts manufacturing firm also in Grand Rapids, National Truck Protection, an extended service contract provider based in Cranford, NJ, QLS, a Nashville, TN based quality liaison company working in truck plants in North America and Bergstrom Inc., a Rockford, Illinois producer of air conditioning systems for the trucking industry.