Jimmy Lea is the new KuKui Regional Sales Director.Greg Woo, president of Centric Parts (left), and Charlie Kirkland, vice president of Sales at Centric Parts, pose with 2017 Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance Outstanding Shipping Performance Award.ARA has launched a new logo.Discount Tire founder and company chairman Bruce Halle, 87, died.

National People & Places - February 2018


The Automotive Training Managers Council (ATMC) has changed its name to the ASE Training Managers Council. The name change reflects the affiliation the council has with ASE as well as an The name change was made by unanimous vote of the ATMC Board of Directors to take advantage of the high brand awareness of ASE among consumer, industry and education audiences.

SEMA is now accepting applications for the 2018 SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund for students preparing for careers in the industry at www.sema.org/scholarships. New this year, high school and part-time students can apply for a scholarship. The SEMA Memorial Scholarship program offers financial assistance of up to $5,000 to help foster the next generation of automotive aftermarket industry leaders and innovators. The deadline for the program is March 1.

Kukui Corporation has announced the appointment of Jimmy Lea as regional sales director. Lea will focus on promoting the benefits of leveraging Kukui’s integrated platform. He has more than 10 years experience in sales, business development and financial services. Prior to joining the Kukui family, Lea served as national sales manager for AutoVitals.

Centric Parts has received the “Outstanding Shipping Performance Award” from the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance. This is the second consecutive year that Centric Parts has received the honor, which was given in recognition of the 95 percent or greater fill rate that Centric Parts was able to deliver throughout the calendar year for all product lines including drums and rotors, friction and hydraulics.

Jasper Engines & Transmissions has announced the acquisition of Jasper Engines & Transmissions of Greensboro, N.C. The branch opened in 1986 as an independent distributorship, selling Jasper remanufactured products to customers in North Carolina and southern Virginia. Jasper Engines & Transmissions currently has 45 branch offices and distribution centers in 28 states.

The Collision Repair Education Foundation will be partnering with the TechForce Foundation and S/P2 on high school and college transportation career fair events taking place in 2018. Through the partnerships, the events will bring together collision, auto service, heavy duty, and diesel students, but will also help ensure attending students have resumes ready for distribution to the participating employers. The foundation will also play a more active role in facilitating on-site interviews, employment related presentations, and ensuring the students are well prepared for meeting company representatives.

Cardone Industries has named Michael Cardone, III as the executive chairman of its board of directors. He has also served in executive leadership roles with Cardone including president, since 1998. As executive chairman, he will focus on the company’s longterm growth strategies, including acquisition activity and the company’s footprint and real estate holdings. He will also be responsible for managing the board of directors and its processes.

Auto Care Careers is now accepting applications for the 2018 Auto Care Careers Internship Grant program. The annual program provides financial support for students pursuing internships across the country to gain education in a variety of careers throughout the auto care industry. Scholarships are awarded in the amount of $2,500 to contribute to the costs of round-trip travel from the student’s permanent address to the internship location, lodging, utilities and food. The grant is offering 22 scholarships for 2018. The deadline for priority consideration is April 30. Email katy.mcquiston@autocare.org. for more information.

The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) has launched a new association logo. Using an updated four-color version of the association’s historic vehicle and globe mark, a blue vehicle color and two hues of green, the logo better signifies the association’s brand today as it embarks on its 75th anniversary in 2018. ARA President David Gold said, “We’ve retained visual elements that reflect our history, but we provide greater focus on our important role in environmental sustainability and the circular economy.”

Nick Saban and Joe Theismann are among the speakers slated for NADA Show 2018 in Las Vegas, March 22-25. Saban, the head football coach at The University of Alabama, is one of five keynote speakers. He is scheduled to speak at the general session on Friday, March 23. Theismann, a former NFL quarterback and broadcaster is one of four speakers slated for the new Distinguished Speaker Series. His session, “Game Plan for Success,” which draws parallels between winning in football and business, will be held on Saturday, March 24.

The Collision Repair Education Foundation announced that the application for its Ultimate Collision Education Makeover school grant is now available online for high school and post-secondary collision school programs. The application deadline is Friday, June 1. Instructors are advised to begin the application early and industry professionals are encouraged to get involved with the Makeover grant by working with their local school’s collision instructors to help them apply. Awards of up to $50,000 will be given. Visit CollisionEducationFoundation.org for more information.

Assured Performance announced the appointment of Jennifer Jarzembowski as national director of Certification Integration and OEM account manager. She will work with key OEM accounts, as well as their field certification auditor network using the Assured Performance Network Management infrastructure. Jarzembowski held a 24-year career with Axalta Coatings Systems and was most recently the OEM aftermarket national account manager for its USA OEMs, aftermarket collision programs and regulatory and product management support.

David Overbeeke, president and CEO of Brake Parts Inc, was elected as the new MERA chairman. As a former vice chairman of MERA, Overbeeke assumes responsibilities from Peter Butterfield, chairman and CEO of Omega Environmental Technologies. Butterfield served as MERA chairman for two years, from 2016 through 2017, and will remain on the MERA Board and as a member of its executive committee.

The Auto Care Association has announced the promotion of Joe Register to vice president, Emerging Technologies. Register joined the Auto Care Association’s technology department in 2016, serving as director, technology solutions, and brings more than two decades of experience in data and information technologies to the association. Register was instrumental in the development of Auto Care standards such as iShop and Internet Parts Ordering (IPO) and has long been a supporter of all the Auto Care standards, including the Aftermarket Catalog Exchange Standard (ACES) and Product Information Exchange Standard (PIES), part of the Vehicle Information Portal (VIP).

Service King Collision Repair Centers has announced 25 technicians have graduated from its Apprentice Development Program. In total, Service King has recruited, trained and graduated 125 apprentice technicians into the workforce since the program originally launched in 2015. The most recent class completed programs in Texas, Illinois, Washington, California, Nevada and Arkansas. As part of the apprenticeship, technicians enroll in a 52-week program instructed by certified and experienced apprentice supervisors.

PPG is enhancing its long-standing support of Team Penske for the 2018 racing season. The company is assuming primary sponsorship of the team’s No. 12 Ford Fusion driven by Ryan Blaney for six of this year’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) races. The announcement was made by John Outcalt, PPG vice president, global automotive refinish.



Discount Tire founder and company chairman Bruce Halle, 87, died, Jan. 4. Halle opened the first Discount Tire store in Ann Arbor, Mich., in 1960 with six tires and no business plan. Halle established a simple business ethos: treat others how you want to be treated, always give the customer a good deal; surprise the customer with unexpected benefits like clean bathrooms, free snow tire changes or free flat repairs; build your customer base through word of mouth; and have fun. Discount Tire, the world’s largest tire and wheel retailer, will surpass 1,000 stores in 34 states this year. Halle amassed an unprecedented art collection of more than 400 tire-related lithographs, which are curated and on display at company headquarters. He was inducted into the Modern Tire Dealer Hall of Fame in 2014. Halle also created programs to benefit Discount Tire employees such as the Bruce T. Halle Assistance Fund, which provides financial assistance to employees in need, as well as the Bruce T. Halle Scholarship Program, which has awarded more than 2,700 scholarships for employees’ children to attend college.

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