Southern California People & Places - February 2019
Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes has released its 2019 shop calendar, showcasing a full year of vehicle designs. “The talent of Sherwin-Williams customers really came through in the submissions for this year’s calendar,” said Rob Mowson, marketing vice president for Sherwin-Williams. “This calendar represents the state of our industry today.” The 2019 calendar features an 11x17-inch landscape format and is available through the nearly 200 Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes’ stores nationwide. Two winning vehicles from Southern California are featured including May: a 2018 Ford Mustang, painted by Erik Gonzalez, Airdesign USA Design, Morse High School Auto Body Program, Oceanside, and November: a 2018 Ford F-150, painted by Erik Gonzalez, Airdesign USA Design, Morse High School Auto Body Program – Oceanside.
Dave Crawford has rejoined The Hybrid Shop (THS) as its president and Martin Kruszelnicki, who took ownership of The Hybrid Shop in 2017, serves as CEO. Kruszelnicki said The Hybrid Shop program has been simplified and restructured to make it more affordable for participating dealers. “Dave Crawford was an integral part of the original franchise program and built strong relationships with the original dealers,” Kruszelnicki said. “As the new program started coming together, we knew that we needed Dave’s experience to manage the business and franchise efforts.”
The ASCCA Membership Committee has selected Grant Takikawa of Dick’s Automotive as ASCCA member of the month for December 2018 for going above and beyond in demonstrating ASCCA’s core values of integrity, compassion, professionalism, and unity. Takikawa took over Dick’s Automotive in 1993 and shortly after got involved in his local Chapter 25. Reflecting on those early days, Grant said, “Being a part of Chapter 25 in my early years allowed me to be in the room with the who’s-who of my local area, and the shop owners in my chapter accepted me with open arms and treated me with respect right out of the gate.”
The Petersen Automotive Museum has chosen Dr. Wolfgang Porsche, grandson of Ferdinand Porsche, is its first honorary board member, accepting the unanimous invitation of the Petersen Board of Directors to serve alongside founding Chairman Bruce Meyer, Chairman Peter Mullin, Vice Chairman David Sydorick and other industry dignitaries. “The relationship between Petersen and Dr. Porsche began two years ago when the Porsche Supervisory Board held a meeting at the museum and he met Bruce Meyer,” said Terry Karges, Petersen Automotive Museum executive director. “Together they envisioned the ‘The Porsche Effect,’70th anniversary Porsche tribute.”
The ASCCA Revenue and Benefits Committee selected Shannon Devery of Digital Financial Group (DFG) as ASCCA’s November Partner of the Month for her steadfast support of ASCCA, its members, the automotive repair industry, and her commitment to ASCCA’s Core Purpose: To elevate and unite automotive professionals and give them voice. An endorsed vendor with ASCCA since May 2013 as well as a corporate partner at the $7,500 level since October 2016, DFG is a leader in the payment processing industry, specifically in mobile payments and merchant services. “ASCCA has been a wonderful addition to our portfolio as we have received a lot of business throughout the years and it continues to remain stable with a potential for growth. We love collaborating with like-minded people and the philanthropy and integrity of ASCCA shops is what we look for in a partner.”
A recent dinner meeting of ASCCA Chapter 48, held at the Embassy Suites, in Brea, featured a presentation by Jim Silverman, director of national accounts for the Automotive Training Institute (ATI) on how to build and maintain a positive and rewarding shop culture, including essential tips on how to hire, manage, and maintain the key employees every shop needs to prosper. “Improving shop culture and implementing effective tech management are among the eight essential skills needed for shop success,” he said.