Southern California People & Places - June 2018
The California New Car Dealers Association announced that its members have donated more than $5 million dollars to a number of charities, including more than $4.5 million to California chapters of the American Red Cross. The distribution of funds comes from what was once the California Motor Car Dealers Employee Benefits Trust, which was terminated in 2012. The funds accumulated and allocable portions of the surplus reserves have been distributed throughout the state to a variety of charities by an independent fiduciary, Newport Trust Co., after receiving input from former dealer trust participants.
Envision Solar, in San Diego, is using its EV ARC to charge the Nikola NZT tactical electric vehicle with at the Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base in Oceanside. Providing an off-grid source of power in a remote area for the exercise allows tactical EVs and other equipment to operate away from a utility grid infrastructure over an extended period of time, thus simulating a typical forward operating environment.
The ASCCA Revenue and Benefits Committee has announced that Mackenzie Merz, of corporate partner Castrol, has been selected March ASCCA 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. When asked how her partnership with ASCCA has benefited Castrol, Mackenzie replied, “Partnering with the ASCCA has been a huge differentiator for Castrol. It has benefited our business by opening the doors to many independent workshops that in the past we couldn’t get into. Being a corporate partner in ASCCA creates mutual gains for all parties involved.” While Castrol is a statewide sponsor, Merz is active in Chapters 5, 12, and 1940.
Mark Mongelli, of BG PetroSpecs, has been selected by the ASCCA Revenue and Benefits Committee as April ASCCA Partner of the Month for his unceasing support of ASCCA, its members, and the automotive repair industry. “We have gained many business relationships and new customers since joining ASCCA,” Mongelli said. “I personally have learned the nuts and bolts of the independent repair industry from the best in the business. Where else could you meet 20-25 repair shop owners at one time on a bi-monthly basis? Only by joining ASCCA.”
Shelby Legendary Cars has moved to a new facility in Irvine that features a bigger showroom filled with a variety of Shelby vehicles and a large customer service area. The new location reflects the national expansion efforts to meet growing demand for Shelby heritage cars, according to the company. “This is an exciting new chapter in Shelby history,” said Lance Stander, CEO of Shelby Legendary Cars. “Our team takes immense pride in being entrusted with Carroll Shelby’s legacy and our new location validates that the cars we’re building are aligned with the Shelby brand and its rich heritage.”
Crower Cams, in San Diego, manufacturer of automotive drivetrain components for the high-performance and racing industries, has appointed automotive publishing industry veteran Doug Evans as president and CEO. “Doug brings serious leadership credentials to Crower that include his experience as former SEMA chairman of the board and a recent SEMA Hall of Fame inductee, said Bruce Crower, president of Crower Cams. “Doug’s extensive management experience and heavy-duty sales and marketing credentials will help us take Crower to the next level and the next generation of enthusiasts.”
Editor’s Note: Lysa McCarroll of Autowriters.com shared the following information about the passing of her father, Glenn Campbell, who owned Autowriters.com: I am very sorry to say that my Dad passed away on April 30. He was 89 years old. A philosopher and writer by education and training, he cared about civil rights, journalism, and the future of communications. He led a church congregation to march with Cesar Chavez, organized events and activities that brought together different communities, and his “Road Ahead” column in the Autowriters.com newsletter allowed him to explore and think about the rapidly changing world of information. A celebration of life will be held in Pasadena in August.