James Tucci is now vice president of operations for Centric Parts’ Centric, Qualis, and StopTech divisions.The Thermal Club is the 2017 Motorsport Facility of the Year. American Tire Depot has added five new Southern California locations.The Aria Group will produce 400 of its new American-made mid-engine FXE sports cars.Michael Rukov is now a senior executive account manager with RepWorks and a CAWA board member representing his company and YANG.Jim Barlogio, of The Auto Shop, in Visalia, is ASCCA Member of the Month for October.Maria Carrillo, of Carrillo & Sons Collision Center, in San Diego, is ASCCA Member of the Month for November.

Southern California People & Places - January 2018

Forty-seven automotive professionals were recognized last month at the annual ASE Fall Board of Governors awards banquet held at the Marriott Mission Valley in San Diego. Collision Repair & Refinish Technician of the Year award went to Raymond Patterson, of Toyota Carlsbad, in Vista. Thirty-six OEM and aftermarket companies sponsored the individual technician recognition awards in the auto, truck, collision, and parts and Service categories, along with awards for automotive instructors.

Centric Parts announced that James Tucci has joined the company as its vice president of operations for the Centric, Qualis, and StopTech divisions. Tucci will be responsible for the company’s warehouse, manufacturing, and remanufacturing operations and will lead its Global Quality and Logistics teams. “We are extremely pleased to have James Tucci as a part of our team,” President Greg Woo said. “His experience and focus on continuous improvement strengthens our ‘Right Part, Right Place, Right Time, Right Price’ mission objective.”

The Thermal Club, in Thermal near Indio, was recently honored with the 2017 Motorsport Facility of the Year award in a special presentation by members of international motorsport community at the Professional Motorsport World Expo in Cologne, Germany. Facilities include custom-designed luxury Villas, exceptional dining, an on-site tuning shop, private garages, a clubhouse, an athletic center, spa, kids club, and the only BMW Performance Center on the West Coast.

ATV, in La Mirada, has added five Southern California stores to its American Tire Depot network, for a total store count of 102 outlets, all in California, including Hesperia, Mission Viejo, Santee, Tustin, and Walnut. The company anticipates hiring at least 26 tire and auto care professionals to staff the new locations. “Our commitment to provide the lowest price and exceptional tire and auto care services has led to this milestone achievement that businesses rarely accomplish,” said Avo Kamberian, director of marketing.

Design, engineering, and manufacturing firm Aria Group, in Irvine, debuted its FXE advanced sports car at the 2017 LA Auto Show. The American-made mid-engine super car is the evolution of a concept introduced earlier this year, and Aria will produce up to 400 units. Key performance figures include a carbon composite chassis, a 6.2L V-8 small block producing 1,150 HP and 1,316 ft-lbs of torque and an estimated zero-to-60 time of 3.1 seconds. Clive Hawkins, founder and CEO of Aria Group, said, “We believe enthusiasts, not only in America, but around the world are looking for a car that delivers this level of performance, built by a small manufacture with the proven level of quality and exclusivity that Aria can deliver.”

Michael Rukov recently accepted a new position with RepWorks Marketing as a senior executive account manager responsible for its traditional warehouse distributing business in Southern California as well as a part of its executive team. CAWA Chair of the Board Michael Antonelli, of Vantage Marketing Global, also appointed Rukov to the association’s board of directors and the Young Auto Care Network Group (YANG) representative to the board.

Dan Hanson Jr., executive vice president, Hanson Distributing Company, in Azusa, was announced as one of the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA) newest governors at its 2017 Annual Business and Education Conference at AAPEX. “These new governors join a long and distinguished line of great leaders that have come through the AWDA Chairs,” Larry Northup, executive director, community engagement, Auto Care Association, and AWDA liaison, said. “Their commitment to the industry is inspiring and it’s truly an honor to work with them.”

The ASCCA Membership Committee has selected Jim Barlogio of The Auto Shop, in Visalia, as ASCCA Member of the Month for October. “ASCCA has helped my business in many ways, including meeting with other shop owners and learning from them, and sharing stories and making good friends throughout this organization, like John Camara, who makes me laugh when he tells me stories about his encounters with customers,” Barlogio said. “I also love TeamTalk when I need answers to important questions. But most of all, I love the commodore I experience with my fellow ASCCA members.”

Maria Carrillo of Carrillo & Sons Collision Center, in San Diego, has been selected by the ASCCA Membership Committee as the ASCCA Member of the Month for November. Carrillo joined ASCCA in 2012 and will be the president of Chapter 24 in 2018. “Chapter 24 has many awesome people who are committed to the industry. The knowledge I have acquired about the mechanical side of the automotive repair industry has been vital in keeping up with the changing times,” she said. “Not only that, the friendships I have made through this association will last a lifetime.”

The Collision Industry Foundation (CIF) will hold its 8th Annual Fundraiser Gala on Thursday, Jan. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. at LuLu’s California Bistro in Palm Springs. Funds raised from the event will be used to provide emergency living and/or tool replacement expenses for collision repair professionals impacted by recent natural disasters or other catastrophic events. “We ask that you remember those whose lives have been tremendously disrupted by the many natural disasters which occurred this year,” said William Shaw, CIF chair and PPG director of business development. To donate to the Disaster Relief Fund or apply for assistance, visit www.collisionindustryfoundation.org, email collisionindustryfoundation@gmail.com, or call 855-424-3243.

CARSTAR Kraemer Collision Center has moved to a new facility located at 2841 E La Palma Ave., Anaheim. Owned by Joel J. Cuevas, Jorge Cuevas and Joanne Cuevas, it was founded by their father Jorge Cuevas in 1979 and have long been involved in community events, youth sports team sponsorships and local charities.

Service King’s Santee location volunteered time and weekends to restore a 2016 Chevy Colorado pickup for U.S. Military veteran Michael Spencer in December. The presentation took place at Service King’s Southern California Charity Golf Tournament as part of the organization’s ongoing Service King Cares initiative and the company’s longtime participation in the National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides program.

Parts & People

Parts & People is published monthly by Automotive Counseling and Publishing Company, Inc., a Colorado corporation, P.O. Box 18731 Denver, CO 80203, 303-765-4664. President-Lance Buchner. Founded by Lance Buchner and Dave Lucia.