Southern California People & Places - December 2018
Three Southern California new-car dealerships have been chosen among dealerships across the U.S. to receive the TIME Dealer of the Year award for exceptional performance and their tireless efforts to improve their communities and the world around them. Members of the Automotive Trade Association Executives (ATAE) nominate dealers and the winners will be acknowledged during the opening business session of the 2019 NADA Show. SoCal winners include Ron Fornaca of Frank Subaru, in National City, Darryl Holter of Felix Chevrolet, in Los Angeles, and Todd Blue of indiGO Auto Group, in Rancho Mirage and Palm Springs.
Veloz, in Los Angeles, a public-private coalition of major electric car industry stakeholders, reported that California would sell its 500,000th electric car this month. The organization, which closely tracks advancements in the industry, launched the “Electric For All” awareness campaign to boost electric car awareness and purchase intent even more. “It is clear Californians are embracing the electric car,” said Josh Boone, executive director of Veloz. “Sales have skyrocketed in the past three months, but more needs to be done.”
Keystone Automotive Operations has moved from Corona to a larger and more efficient 450,000-square-foot, 80-dock distribution center in Eastvale, a 17-minute drive north of Corona without traffic. “We can take virtually any trailer that comes at any time,” John Grier, operational manager of LKQ, said. “We are receiving $750,000 of product per day inbound. That’s $18.5 million per month, which is about $1 million per day in run rate.”
Alan Cherko, an active member of ASCCA Chapter 12, has passed away at age 78. “Alan served in almost every leadership post and was extremely dedicated to ASCCA and to improving the independent repair industry,” Lee Chesnin, president of Chapter 12, said. “Along with his wife, Dee, he helped create the ASC Educational Foundation (ASCEF), and these milestones represent only a fraction of the commitment that Alan had to ASCCA.” Dennis Montalbano, past ASCCA state president, said, “Alan was very instrumental in making this association what it is today. He was truly an ASCCA rock star. When an older member of this industry dies, a library burns down.”