National People & Places - January 2019
The Automotive Distribution Network has continued its annual donation to the Automotive Aftermarket Charitable Foundation (AACF). The foundation helps put food on the table and provides shelter and other basic necessities for automotive aftermarket businesses and their families until they can get back on their feet. “You never know when disasters like the Camp and Woolsey Fires or Hurricane Harvey will hit, gravely affecting the families of the automotive aftermarket community,” said David Prater, president of The Network. “The Network makes it a point to donate every year, so the AACF can help immediately when tragedies like this strike.”
The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) 2019 grant and scholarship application period is now open to high school and post-secondary collision students who will be attending career and technical schools and colleges in the fall. The foundation and its industry supporters offer more than $200,000 in grants and scholarships annually. The deadline to apply is Feb. 14. Winners are chosen and notified by phone or mail in April and May. For more information, contact Melissa Marscin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 888-722-3787, ext. 282.
The AAPEX 2018 “It’s What’s Inside” print advertising campaign recently won an Art of the Show Competition award given by the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE). The AAPEX print campaign was selected for its creative use of several essential marketing elements needed to promote exhibitions and events. It was designed and executed for AAPEX by mdg, a marketing-driven agency with a 40-year track record of creating campaigns.
Amsoil Inc. is expanding its off-road racing program in 2019 to include open desert racing. Veteran off-road racer Brad Lovell will compete in both SCORE and Best in the Desert in a new Spec Trophy Truck adorned in AMSOIL livery. “Racing continues to be a key part of proving and testing AMSOIL synthetic lubricants,” said Kevin Kastner, AMSOIL racing and events manager. “Endurance racing in the desert provides a true test of man and machine.”
MAHLE Motorsport has announced that Joe Maylish has recently been hired to lead the company’s marketing department. MAHLE is the world’s largest piston manufacturer, and the leading piston liaison between upper level professional racing, OE and the specialty equipment automotive aftermarket. Maylish most recently worked as sales and production manager for SPEED SxS, a division of Robby Gordon Motorsports in Charlotte N.C. Prior, he worked as a sales associate and then regional sales manager for U.S. Legend Cars/Speedway Motorsports Inc. in Las Vegas.
The Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance has named Valvoline 2018 Channel Partner of the Year. Valvoline was welcomed to the stage as the winner during the recent Alliance’s annual Channel Partner supplier awards ceremony at Turnberry Isle in Aventura, Fla. “The Alliance plays an important role in our future and we are grateful for their partnership. Valvoline looks forward to launching new innovative products and programs with the Alliance in 2019 and the years ahead,” said Christa Bryant, director of Marketing at Valvoline.
Jasper Engines and Transmissions has announced Joe McDonald as vice president of sales. McDonald started his career as a Jasper outside sales representative more than 22 years ago, and has been a regional vice president of sales for 19 years. “Joe will have the responsibility of coordinating the outside sales team and our national accounts sales team,” said Zach Bawel, Jasper president. “Joe has lead our Customer Advisory Committee Groups the last several years, while developing many relationships within the automotive aftermarket. We know Joe will leverage these relationships to help grow our Sales Team and increase our market penetration.”
Infiniti reported its best November sales in the U.S. of 14,086 vehicles, up 8 percent. The all-new 2019 Infiniti QX50 luxury crossover had its fourth-straight record month with 3,009 deliveries, up 86 percent. With sales of 5,151 vehicles, an increase of 37 percent, the QX60 7-passenger premium SUV had its best month ever. The QX80 premium full-size SUV with 1,737 deliveries had an increase of 35 percent. In all crossovers and SUVs were up 37 percent for the month.
The Board of Directors of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) presented President and CEO Steve Handschuh with the association’s highest honor, the MEMA Triangle Award. Handschuh is retiring as MEMA’s top executive on Dec. 31, 2018. “Steve’s leadership, his vision and his passion for our association and the industry truly exemplify the MEMA Triangle Award’s mission of honoring selfless contributions to the motor vehicle supplier industry,” said Daniel E. Sceli, chairman of the MEMA Board of Directors and CEO of Peterson American Corporation.
Automotive Training Institute (ATI) recently announced that its entire staff of 31 coaches are now certified by the Center for Executive Coaching (CEC). “Our coaches have an average of 15 years of industry experience, plus an average of 10 years coaching experience helping shop owners overcome growth challenges to improve their businesses and lives,” ATI’s president Richard Menneg said. “This certification helps them stay current on the latest strategies, while once again raising the bar for coaching in the industry.”
CARSTAR has been ranked in Franchise Timesmagazine’s Top 200, as 103rd on the list. CARSTAR has nearly 650 locations in 35 states and 10 provinces. It led the sales growth category for collision repair franchises with 13.5 percent growth and was the top collision repair company for the overall automotive category.
Jim Quinten passed away Nov. 6, graveside services were held for his family on the 10. Quinten was in the automotive aftermarket industry for more than 50 years, owning parts stores, managing parts stores for Straus Frank and Parts Plus and then serving as president of the Automotive Wholesalers of Texas (which became Automotive Parts & Services Association when 9 more states were acquired) for 20 years. He was also a registered lobbyist who loved standing up and speaking out for the automotive aftermarket whenever and wherever it was necessary. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, and four sons, Bobby, David, Jerry and Mike.