Southern California People & Places - August 2017
Chevron’s Sean Scott presented an overview of current oil industry trends and the future of the marketplace at a recent ASCCA Chapter 48 meeting in Brea. As a Chevron automotive installed technical business consultant, based in Los Angeles, Scott discussed how consumers research service locations and what draws them to those locations, motor oil type awareness and current driving habits, new car sales versus average age of vehicles on the road, and what those mean for an operator, viscosity trends, new Dexos licensing, LSPI, and GF-6. It was organized by Alexis Oil, a Chevron First Source Elite Distributor serving Southern California.
Six high school seniors from two local schools vied for $1,000 in scholarship money and donated prizes at ASCCA Chapter 26’s annual High School Scholarship Competition at Frank’s Automotive, in Tulare, owned by Chapter 26 President Andy Daniels. The competition consisted of four sections: parts identification, multiple-choice exam, tech worksheet, and a mock interview. Winners received $500 for first place, $300 for second, and $200 for third. The first place winner also took home a tool cart donated by NAPA Auto Parts, a tool set from Snap-on, a Bosch scan tool, and miscellaneous items from BG Products, O’Reilly Auto Parts, and Smith Auto Parts.
ASCCA Foothill Chapter 5 held an Automotive Tech Student Conference for the automotive department at Pasadena City College, June 7, in Pasadena, where students learned about new products and tools from several aftermarket parts vendors, and talked with local shop owners and foremen about careers in automotive repair and current job openings for graduating students.
Five young men and women were named as recipients of the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association’s (NIADA) 2017 scholarship awards during the 71st Annual NIADA Convention and Expo, including Juan Carrillo of Oxnard as Region IV winner of a $3,500 scholarship. Carrillo, an accomplished student and athlete, plans to major in mechanical engineering and pursue a Masters degree in automotive technology.
Centric Parts, in Industry, has promoted Don Bales to the newly created position of Corporate Logistics manager, reporting to Sal Bora, vice president of Operations, and will be responsible for negotiating, developing, managing, and communicating the corporate logistics requirements as well as LTL and FTL traffic requirements for Centric Parts, Qualis and StopTech. “During his nine years of service with Qualis and Centric, Don has been instrumental in helping our company excel in our service to our customers,” Bora said.
Federal-Mogul Motorparts awarded 12 $2,500 tuition scholarships on behalf of its Garage Gurus for the 2017-2018 academic year to students enrolled in accredited post-secondary automotive technology schools, including Roy Padron of North Hollywood, student at Los Angeles Trade Technical College, in L.A., and Lorenzo Vilches, of Borrego Springs, a student at Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego. “Automotive service is ideal for anyone who likes to solve problems and work with their hands,” said Brent Berman, director, training and consumer experience, Federal-Mogul Motorparts. “Our Garage Gurus scholarships are opening doors to young men and women who want to become skilled technicians and perhaps even operate their own automotive businesses in the years ahead.”
Matthew Greco was awarded the Big O Tires Standing “O” Award at the recent Big O Tires Convention in San Diego. Greco is co-owner of more than 20 Big stores in California and Colorado. The award recognizes franchisees and corporate associates who go “above and beyond” to support Big O. Attendees also raised $83,500 for the Big O Tires Scholarship fund.
Steve Saleen, CEO of Saleen Automotive, in Corona, has named Amy Boylan as president and COO. “We are very excited to have Amy Boylan as the president and COO, Saleen said. “Her unique experience in the automotive world will help grow the Saleen brand and bring more focus to our Mustang business.”
Boylan joins Saleen following successful tenures as president and COO of West Coast Customs and Shelby Automobiles, where she grew each companies’ reach through key partnerships, licensing, parts, mainstreaming production, and restructuring the brands.