Southern California People & Places - March 2018
The ASCCA Revenue and Benefits Committee has selected John Hartman of NAPA AutoCare San Diego as ASCCA’s February Partner of the Month. Each month, an ASCCA partner is recognized for its steadfast support of ASCCA, its members, the automotive repair industry, and commitment to ASCCA. “The success of ASCCA members is our success. Seeing their businesses succeed and knowing you helped them get there makes my job worth it. And, sponsoring and supporting the Automotive Skills Day competition at Cuyamaca College in partnership with ASCCA Chapter 24 in San Diego is something I look forward to every year.”
The PPG show truck and tractor-trailer rig will make an appearance at the Goodguys 18th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, April 6-8. PPG representatives will be on hand to present the truck’s large pop-up display, welcome the public, and answer any questions visitors have about PPG’s brands. “We’re very proud of our show truck,” said Cristina Murray, PPG director, customer engagement and communications. “It features cool items painted with PPG, including motorcycle half tanks, helmets and baseball bats, plus a coloring contest for the kids and a collectible coloring book illustrated by artist Tony Squindo.”
Elite Worldwide in Rancho Santa Fe announced that Chris Monroe has joined the company as a business development coach who will usee his 30 years of experience as a successful shop owner to provide one-on-one business building guidance to current shop owners throughout the U.S.
The National Auto Body Council (NABC) gave Sonya Palacio, a Palm Springs single mother of six, a 2017 Toyota Camry as a highlight of the NABC’s Annual Golf Fundraiser in Palm Springs. This past year had been challenging for Palacio and her family when they were forced to leave their rental home, exhausted their modest savings living in motels, and their car broke down. The vehicle was donated by Hertz and repaired by Ben Clymers The Body Shop in Palm Desert, with contributions of parts, materials, and, services from LKQ Corporation, PPG Automotive Refinish, and I-10 Toyota in Indio.
A 1931 Ford Roadster, owned by Dave Martin and built by Signal Hill, California-based Hot Rods & Hobbies, earned the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster (AMBR) award at the 69th annual Grand National Roadster Show (GNRS) held at the Fairplex in Pomona. “Dave Martin’s car is an amazing hot rod that began as a bare metal race car and ultimately earned the highest honor in the rodding world,” said John Buck, owner of Rod Shows and producer of the Grand National Roadster Show.
The California Tire Dealers Association’s annual CTDA/1-800EveryRim New Year Luncheon, was held Jan. 17, at the Dal Rae Restaurant in Pico Rivera. It had 50 companies and 79 guests total and featured SEMA WTC Chairman Greg Parker of Wegmann Automotive and Tire Industry Association (TIA) Immediate Past President Tom Formanek of Stellar Industries. Chris Barry, CTDA president and president of the Independent Tire Dealer group (ITDG) was Master of Ceremonies and presented CTDA board member Jay Goldberg with a plaque in appreciation for his 50 plus years of service to the association.
Charging network operator EVgo, in L.A., has opened four new locations with a total of 20 new chargers in Newport Beach. The
City of Newport Beach, which participated in the project, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new stations, which are available for public use at four city facilities. EVgo and the South Coast Air Quality Management District provided funding.
The Long Beach campus of Universal Technical Institute (UTI) hosted a professional development seminar for high school instructors from Southern California and across the U.S., titled “21st Century Education and Career Pathways.” The one-day intensive training program provided 10 professional development hours for the 20 instructors who attended to keep their credentials up to date and renew their I-CAR certification. “My role as an instructor is to help my students with the stepping stones to a postsecondary education and an eventual job, and the seminar was very helpful in being able to articulate the opportunities in a STEM career pathway,” said Fernando Castro, career education instructor at Arvin High School in Arvin.