Eric Steinbecher may have started his career at Porsche, but it was in the automotive aftermarket where he would feel at right at home.
Sure, you might think working at Porsche would be the pinnacle of any car lover’s career; however, Steinbecher, who now serves as president, Automotive Aftermarket – Americas for Schaeffler, says he wishes he found the automotive aftermarket sooner. “Everyone who works in the aftermarket knows that you get addicted – addicted to the industry and to the people,” Steinbecher said during his conversation with Bill Babcox for AMN Drivetime, a bi-weekly podcast from Tire Review sister publication AftermarketNews.com.
In this episode of AMN Drivetime, Eric and Bill talk about everything from the best and worst drivers around the globe, to the proudest career moments, as well as some of the most significant technological changes taking place in the aftermarket today, including in the EV space.
Steinbecher began his career in the automotive industry as an intern with Ford Motor Co. in Germany. From there, he moved on to internships with Porsche before joining Visteon in a full-time position. He’s now been with Schaeffler for 10 years, having spent the past three working in the U.S. heading up the company’s automotive aftermarket division for the Americas region, which includes the U.S., Canada and Central and South America.