Northern California People & Places - December 2017
David Pajon, of G&C Autobody, accepted an “Award of Distinction” presented posthumously to his uncle, Gene Crozat, at an award ceremony in Las Vegas in early November. The award recognized Crozat, who died in late 2016, and his business for charitable work, including providing a day at Disneyland for local foster children, and giving away more than 175 cars to needy families in the last four years.
Daniel McMahon of Universal Technical Institute Sacramento is a winner of Standard Motor Products (SMP) inaugural Standard Blue Streak “Stronger Than Ever” Scholarship Competition. McMahon will receive a $5,000 scholarship to apply toward the pursuit or continuation of his education in automotive technology and repair at a technical school or college. McMahon was chosen from a pool of nearly 400 students who entered the competition. Students were asked to complete an online questionnaire and submit a current photo of themselves. Entries were evaluated based on relevance, creativity, and thoughtfulness in regards to the automotive industry.
Fix Auto USA continues its expansion with the addition of two California locations, bringing the total number of Fix Auto franchise locations to 119. Fix Auto Santa Maria, the first location in California’s Central Coast, is owned and operated by Hector Paz, who is recognized by insurance companies as being a consistently high performer in his market. Fix Auto Sunnyvale, the 17th franchise location in Northern California and the 66th in California, is owned and operated by Steve Springer and Mary Oliver, who also jointly operate Fix Auto Gilroy and Fix Auto San Jose.
NADA Foundation is supporting dealership employees after wildfires with a relief fund. According to the City of Santa Rosa Fire Department, more than 6,900 structures were destroyed in Sonoma County, including nearly 3,000 homes in Santa Rosa alone. To donate to the NADA Foundation's Emergency Relief Fund, personal or corporate checks can be made payable to Emergency Relief Fund, c/o NADA Foundation, 8400 Westpark Drive, Tysons, VA 22102. For more information, call 703-821-7102. Donations to the NADA Foundation are generally tax-deductible; contributors should consult their tax advisors for details.
ASCCA members have joined efforts to help victims of the California wild fires. As communities throughout Sonoma, Napa, and other Northern California counties begin the long process of rebuilding after the devastating wildfires, ASCCA has identified four of its members who have lost their homes. In response, ASCCA’s Executive Committee established the ASCCA California Wildfire Relief Fund. The fund has raised $17,000. ASCCA President David Kusa said, “I am honored and humbled to be part of an association and industry that has shown so much support, both time and treasure, for our fellow shop owners that need help.”
Fifty-three Sonoma County non-profit organizations will benefit from more than $405,000 in grants that were recently awarded by the Sonoma chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC), the charitable arm of Sonoma Raceway. In total, $405,537 was distributed to youth-serving organizations in Sonoma County, bringing the chapter’s total distribution of funds to just more $6 million since 2001. SCC’s success was due largely to the 13 SCC fundraising events in 2017, the majority of which are held during the raceway’s major-event weekends, including NASCAR, NHRA and IndyCar.