From left are: Ben Wysocki, Federated Insurance; Billy Eordekian, 1-800EveryRim – OEM Wheels; Chris Barry, ITDG sales manager; Brian Rigney, Dill air controls president; Allan Keefe, SEMA WTC manager; and Matt Burroughs, Yokohama.Brian Rigney, TIA vice president and Dill air controls president, provides a national market perspective to the nearly 100 attendees.Henry Jimenez (left), a service advisor at Huntington Beach Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, accepts his Mopar “Top Advisor” award from Steve Beahm of Mopar parts and FCA passenger brands.The PPG big rig will be on display at the 19th Del Mar Nationals, April 5-7, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.The 6th Annual Benedict Castle Concours will be held Sunday, March 31.Maylan Newton speaks to Santa Monica High School students about automotive careers.

Southern California People & Places - April 2019

Attendance grew at the CTDA annual meeting as it boosted membership and networking opportunities. The California Tire Dealers Association (CTDA) held its CTDA-Federated New Year Luncheon recently at Geezers Restaurant in Santa Fe Springs, with tire industry leaders from 48 companies and organizations throughout California and nationwide attending. “We’ve already gained five new CTDA members as a result of the event,” said CTDA executive director Marc Connerly. “The new, larger venue provided more space for networking, which was important because the attendance grew again this year.”

Mopar recently announced its lineup of Mopar “Top Tech” and “Top Advisor” award recipients, recognizing 100 technicians and 30 service advisors out of a pool of 35,000-plus candidates across the nation. Award-winning technicians received a Snap-on tool cart, a Snap-on cordless reciprocating saw and a set of wrenches engraved with the winner’s name and Mopar “Top Tech” logo. Service advisors took home a Mopar Shinola watch.

SoCal winners include Henry Jimenez of Huntington Beach Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Huntington Beach, and Kevin Blackwell of Cerritos Dodge in Cerritos.

The PPG show truck and tractor-trailer rig will make an appearance at the 19th Del Mar Nationals, April 5-7, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar. 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. “Having our truck at these shows provides an excellent opportunity for us to engage with a variety of people in the automotive refinish industry and help them learn more about PPG products,” said Cristina Murray, PPG director, customer engagement and communications.

The 6th Annual Benedict Castle Concours will be held at historic Benedict Castle in Riverside, Sunday, March 31. It features hundreds of vehicles from all genres. The show benefits Teen Challenge, a drug and alcohol recovery program. There will be a VIP pavilion, and automotive customizer Gene Winfield is the Grand Marshal. Visit for more information.

Maylan Newton, of ESi, and ASCCA member Dave Morris recently spoke to Santa Monica High School students about a career in the automotive industry. “It was a good turn out and it was rewarding to see kids interested in the industry,” Morris said. “Both Maylan and myself encourage ASCCA members to get involved in local schools auto shop programs. If you have one near you they also love to get magazines and sales materials that we normally throw away.”

The Auto Care Association and ASE announced the latest recipients of the 2019 World Class Technician award, recognizing professional technicians who have achieved the accomplishment of ASE certification in 22 specialty areas during the 2018 certification test administration. There are an estimated 879,000 technicians in the U.S., with more than 250,000 of them holding ASE certification. Over 2,000 technicians have earned the “World Class Technician” status since its inception more than 30 years ago. The newest round of World Class Technicians includes Luke Franta, in Rancho Santa Margarita, and Curtis Walker, in Woodland.

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