Southern California People & Places - April 2016
CAWA and the Auto Care Association are sponsoring the Magnusson-Moss Notification Bill in California to assure the motoring public understands that the use of parts and services from other than the car dealer will not (in and of itself) void the manufacturers’ warranty. The bill would require notice to the car buyer at the point of sale regarding this issue. For more information, contact CAWA's California based legislative advocate, Gary Conover at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 916-233-9655.
AutoVitals, in Goleta, has added Frank Scandura, owner of Frank’s European Service, in Las Vegas, as senior digital shop advisor and trainer. Scandura comes to AutoVitals as an experienced owner and operator, a member of several advisory boards, and a coach of Elite.
BumperDoc, in Escondido, has been awarded Angie’s List Super Service Award for Best Auto Body and Collision Shop. “This is our fourth consecutive year receiving the prestigious Super Service Award,” Ron Mercurio, owner of BumperDoc Escondido, said. “We are honored to have been selected, yet again, and will continue with our endless pursuit of providing top notch customer service.”
MagnaFlow, in Rancho Santa Margarita, has made NASCAR star and 2015 Daytona 500 winner, Joey Logano, its latest brand ambassador. Logano will represent MagnaFlow at events throughout the year, including SEMA, and in select race markets this season. “Joey represents a young enthusiast turned NASCAR driver who embodies the same passion of team MagnaFlow members,” Richard Waitas, spokesman for MagnaFlow said. “We look forward to supporting Joey in his racing and personal automotive endeavors in 2016.”
Edelbrock, in Torrance, will hold its 11th Annual Car Show, May 14, featuring hundreds of custom and classic vehicles, a manufacturer’s row, food, and live entertainment. The show will also host the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge, and the Kids Corner will return with tons of activities for children of all ages. On May 13, the doors of Edelbrock’s corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility will be open to the public for free shop tours. Limited spots are available and interested parties can register online at www.edelbrock.com/carshow.
Envision Solar International, Inc., in San Diego, has appointed Tony Posawatz as an independent member of its board of directors. Posawatz is president and CEO of Invictus iCar LLC, was formerly the executive in charge Global Electric Vehicle Development and Vehicle Line Director, Chevrolet Volt at General Motors, served as the president and CEO of Fisker Automotive, and is an active board member of several automotive industry groups. “Tony is an industry icon,” Desmond Wheatley, president and CEO of Envision, said. “His experience and relationships will add greatly to our value and our ability to take advantage of the tremendous growth opportunities in clean transportation.”
Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp., in Cypress, and UFC announced their continued partnership with a multi-year extension as the Official Tire of UFC, with a presence inside the Octagon during select events on Pay-Per-View, UFC Fight Pass, and with global broadcast partners. Toyo Tires will also continue its presence on UFC.com, as well as being integrated across UFC social and digital assets. “We are thrilled to continue our well-established partnership with Toyo Tires,” UFC Executive Vice President of Global Marketing Partnerships, Mike Mossholder, said. “We are very proud of our exclusive, longtime partnership with UFC,” Amy Coleman, senior director of marketing, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp., said.
The February dinner meeting of ASCCA Chapter 48, held at the Embassy Suites, in Brea, featured a presentation from Dave Schedin of Computrek, entitled “Hire and Manage Top Talent.” Schedin discussed how to identify what a top performer in your business looks like, how to attract, identify, hire, and manage top performers, and valuable tools to know before hiring if they are top performers at their core. “Thank you for having me speak at your Chapter,” Schedin said. “Your Chapter is awesome...connected and engaged. Look forward to coming back soon.”
In Memoriam: Frank Currie, founder of Currie Enterprises, in Corona, passed away March 2 in Yorba Linda of natural causes at the age of 89, with his wife of 61 years, Evelyn, and family at his side. “The world has lost an industry pioneer and a great, beloved man,” Brian Shephard, marketing director at Currie Enterprises, said. The family asks that any correspondence or sentiments be sent to: Currie Enterprises, 382 N. Smith Ave., Corona, CA 92880.