Southern California November People & Places

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
The Crawford High Educational Complex in San Diego has a revamped automotive program designed to prepare students for careers as technicians and engineers.  More than $100,000, much of it in the form of equipment donations from businesses and manufacturers, went into creating a state-of-the-art program at Crawford's Invention and Design Educational Academy.

Big O Tires LLC, together with the Big O Tires Scholarship Fund, has announced that 11 college students were recently awarded scholarships.  Rolland Hartwick from Needles, Calif. received a $1,000 scholarship and is attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Ariz. 

 
BMW has announced that former California Environmental Protection Agency Secretary Terry Tamminen has become the latest person to receive keys to a BMW Hydrogen 7-the first hydrogen-powered luxury sedan.  An accomplished author and leading environmental strategist who has been widely recognized for his many contributions and achievements in the field, Tamminen also served as chief policy adviser to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on energy and environmental issues.

Am-Pac Tire Distributors has signed a lease to bring a warehouse and distribution center to the International Trade and Transportation Center in Shafter.  Am-Pac is one of the nation's largest tire distributors, with eight distribution centers in California.  The new center will service its customers from Kern to south of Fresno, allowing better service to customers in the Bakersfield market.

Vogue Tyre & Rubber Co. has opened its 26th Custom Center in Lou Ellers Cadillac in Los Angeles.  Vogue has Custom Centers in 12 states.  All Vogue Tyre Custom Centers carry wheels, tires, and vehicle accessories.  Some of the centers also install electronics, sunroofs, and simulated convertible tops.

 
Sheila Martin, owner of Gilroy Chevrolet Cadillac in Gilroy has decided to retire from the automotive business after 8 1/2 years. Martin said she plans to travel to the Middle East.  General Motors had not named a new owner at press time.

Barber Ford in Ventura has won the President's Award, which it has won from 1999 through 2002 and again from 2004 through 2007.  Various criteria for winning the trophy includes high scores for customer satisfaction, sales satisfaction, recommending the dealership for service, and in the \fixed it right the first time\ category.

Magnaflow Performance Exhaust of Rancho Santa Margarita has added Geoffrey Wilsey as its director of domestic sales.  Wilsey brings more than 20 years of sales, marketing, and management experience to the position.  Magnaflow also has brought three of its outside sales reps in-house.  Ellis Lloyd, Justin Francek, and Chris Thompson now serve as field sales managers for the company, managing key accounts in the performance and undercar divisions in the United States and Canada. They also will work with prospects on new business development.

Adrian Smith has been named general manager of Brembo's North American operations. Smith is in charge of the aftermarket and high-performance groups based in Costa Mesa, the original equipment business unit in Detroit, and the racing business in Charlotte, N.C.

Steve Salustri has been appointed to the California/Nevada Automotive Wholesalers Association's manufacturers advisory council, representing RPS Marketing, a rep firm, where he has worked for 19 years.  Salustri was appointed by CAWA Chairman Bart Scott of CARQUEST.