National People & Places - May 2019
Two supplier partners of the Automotive Parts Services Group (The Group) were honored at The Group’s recent national meeting. KYB was chosen by members as the Co-Man Vendor of the Year and Autolite was recognized as Co-Man Vendor of the Year for Order Fill. The vendor awards honor supplier partners who have shown outstanding dedication and support of The Group Co-Man operation and programs.
ASE’s Advanced Engine Performance Specialist (L1) Test is celebrating its 25th birthday in 2019. By the end of this year, 100,000 service professionals will have earned the L1 credential since its inception. Combining complicated generic questions with others requiring use of a Composite Vehicle reference booklet, the L1 test is the highest ASE credential a driveability and emissions technician can achieve. The test has been regularly updated to reflect advances in technology and currently uses Composite Vehicle Type 4, released in 2016. The reference booklet is now 36 pages with a four-page wiring schematic and can be seen at www.ase.com/L1composite.
Icahn Automotive Group has announced Pep Boys Fleet, a program designed to meet the needs of today’s growing fleets. With a new tagline, “Driving your business forward,” Pep Boys Fleet will position itself to meet the needs small fleets emerging from the growth of transportation network companies and last-mile delivery services. Today, 20 percent of vehicles are sold to fleets, a number that’s expected to shift as high as 40 percent over the next 20 years as ride-sharing, ride-hailing and online retail continues to grow.
Kukui has completed integration with the Tekmetric shop management system, which provides users of both products access to shop performance metrics. With the establishment of the integration partnership, Kukui has also welcomed Tekmetric as the newest member of the Kukui Certified Partner program. Through integration with Tekmetric, shop owners using the Kukui dashboard have immediate access to performance data that helps them better understand their shop’s performance and pinpoint areas of improvement that will enable increased profits.
ASE has developed myASE Renewal App, a tool to help ASE-certified professionals extend the expiration date of their certifications. It is done without having to take time off or go to a secure test center, all the while increasing knowledge and awareness about the technology found in today's complex vehicles. Techs who have previously passed ASE certification tests, can purchase an annual subscription from ASE for the new service. Questions are then delivered throughout the year to a tech’s mobile device or PC. The app will deliver one question per month per certification area. If a tech has multiple certifications, they will receive questions for each certification area staggered throughout the month.
Warren Kosikov has been named vice president of sales for SEMA, where he will lead the sales team and guide the day-to-day sales strategy for both the SEMA and PRI Shows, SEMA News and Performance Racing Industry magazines and related media content. Kosikov, who joined SEMA in 2014, has more than 30 years of industry experience. Prior to joining SEMA, Kosikov held a variety of executive sales management positions for Source Interlink Media, Buckaroo Communications and Petersen Publishing.
Craig Stark has joined Maval Industries and Brake Parts Inc. (BPI) as general manager, remanufactured products, it was announced by David Overbeeke, president and CEO. Most recently, Stark served as president of Flight Systems Automotive, a remanufacturer of complex electronics and diesel fuel components, where he led the turnaround and sale of the company. Prior aftermarket experience includes working with brands such as NAPA, Dana, Bendix, Sonnax and Stemco.
Classic Performance Products has announced the acquisition of American Legend Wheels from Motoractive USA, the U.S. subsidiary of Motoractive Australia. Classic will add a wide offering of cast wheels to the classic car and truck market. “This was an easy decision for us,” owner Jim Ries said. “There are so many wheel options in the market, but we feel that American Legend Wheels had all the qualities we were looking to offer in style, fitment and finish.”
I-CAR has expanded its support of collision schools and students, making a $225,000 donation to the Collision Repair Education Foundation. The contribution is in addition to the support to the Education Foundation’s mission by local I-CAR committees across the country. The monetary contribution assists the Education Foundation’s ability to offer collision school tool, equipment and instructor training grants and student scholarships across the U.S.
As a component of the Automotive Parts Associates (APA) multi-faceted rebranding strategy, the nonprofit cooperative has announced its new website, www.APA.parts. The overhauled site features a contemporary design with enhanced content to give visitors a comprehensive and accurate representation of the organization’s modern identity. In addition to providing information for those interested in learning more about APA, the new site also serves as a portal with resources for shareholders to connect with each other and with suppliers to grow their businesses together as partners.
DENSO has donated $125,000 in fiscal year 2019 to extend and expand its partnership with national teen defensive driving program B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe). The charity offers young drivers across the country, and their parents, free, extensive behind-the-wheel training to reduce auto crashes. Car crashes are the No. 1 cause of death among teens in the U.S.
Grants for post-secondary automotive instructors to attend the Self Drive SINCLAIR conference in Dayton, Ohio are available online at www.selfdrivesinclair.org. The July 29-Aug. 2 event is a National Science Foundation project sponsored by GM, FCA, Honda, and Toyota. It is intended to assist college-level instructors bridge the gap in automated and connected vehicle technology education. Full details and event application forms are available on the website.
DENSO Products and Services Americas has been named 2018 Vendor of the Year by 1Parts North America. The industry award was announced during the Automotive Parts Services Group (The Group) national conference and expo in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The award was presented to the DENSO team by Roy Kent and Mike Mohler of The Group and Alex Gelbcke, CEO of 1Parts. DENSO earned the award for its North American support of 1Parts partners Federated Auto Parts and the National Pronto Association with customer service and helping increase market share.
Engine Pro has named Andrew Cardwell as its product development manager. Cardwell is charged with researching and identifying new product opportunities, expanding current parts lines and overseeing new product introductions for the nationwide engine parts distribution company. In making the announcement, Engine Pro President Bill Cook said, “Andrew will bring a fresh view to the engine parts segment of the automotive aftermarket. I am confident that Andrew will be bringing new and exciting products to the Engine Pro and Engine Pro Racing lines.”
Trico Products Corporation has announced $108,326 has been raised for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF) as a result of their collaboration with NAPA Auto Parts last year. During fourth quarter of 2018, TRICO and participating NAPA Auto Parts stores donated funds to IFHF for every pair of TRICO Force beam blades and TRICO Exact Fit wiper blades purchased. IFHF is a nonprofit organization that builds treatment and rehabilitation centers on military bases across the nation for service members suffering from traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress. Visit www.fallenheroesfund.org for additional information about how to support IFHF.
Marx Group and Eisbrenner Public Relations have agreed to merge and form Marx Buscemi Eisbrenner Group. The new agency will bring together two well-known and respected firms to provide integrated B2B and B2C marketing communications services to the global automotive, mobility, tech, trucking and consumer goods industries. Marx Buscemi Eisbrenner Group will be headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., with a second location in San Rafael, Calif.
AirPro Diagnostics has announced the opening of its new corporate office and training facility in Jacksonville, Fla. The new 13,500-square-foot location provides more space for AirPro’s expanding operations. AirPro Diagnostics provides remote OEM scanning, diagnostics, programming, safety system and ADAS calibrations while servicing all makes and models including model year 2019.
CRP Industries has announced the promotion of Andrea Muscato to the position of marketing communications manager. Muscato has been with CRP Industries since 2015, serving as the company’s marketing communications specialist. She will be managing a wide range of marketing communication activities for both the CRP Automotive and Industrial groups.
Rusty Bishop, CEO of Federated Auto Parts, was honored with Federated’s Art Fisher Memorial Award during the Automotive Parts Services Group (APSG) annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. The award was presented by Bo Fisher, chairman of Federated Auto Parts and son of the late Art Fisher, on March 13 at The Group’s awards luncheon. “The Art Fisher Memorial Award recognizes those who carry on my father’s legacy through their outstanding dedication to the membership, the group and the industry,” Fisher said.
Brake Parts Inc. (BPI) has named Darwin Moen as vice president of sales, OE and OES. Before joining BPI, Moen most recently served as vice president of sales for Remy Power Products North America where he was responsible for sales strategy and operations, program and team development, customer relations, category management, pricing and product placement, technical support and training, as well as the establishment and measurement of key performance indicators.
John R. Washbish, president and CEO of the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, has accepted Northwood University’s Outstanding Business Leader award at a ceremony. Northwood University Board of Trustees members select awardees based on each nominee’s contribution to the philosophy of private enterprise, support of the integration of business and the arts, contribution to education, economic innovation, creative marketing ieas, community involvement, religious leadership, and philanthropic contributions, as well as business success.
PPG has announced it will continue its long-standing support of Team Penske by serving as a primary sponsor for multiple races throughout the 2019 season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the NASCAR Xfinity Series and the NTT IndyCar Series. The sponsorship marks PPG and Team Penske’s 35th year of working together, which is one of the longest tenured partnerships in all of motorsports.
The National Auto Body Council has announced the 2019 NABC Awards are open for nominations. Entries in the NABC Body Shop Image Award and NABC Award of Distinction categories can be submitted online here. Nominations are due by Sept. 15. The NABC Body Shop Image Award recognizes the positive impact an attractive, well-designed facility will have on its surrounding community. For more information or questions, contact Marie Peevy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 630-881-7945.
Women’s Industry Network has announced the 2019 honorees for the Most Influential Women award. The MIW is presented to those who have notable achievements in the collision repair industry in 2019. Among the awardees are Erica Schaefer, Mopar Collision marketing manager for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, and Judy Folk, Collision Repair Design service manager for Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes.