Southern California People & Places - December 2017
Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp., in Cypress, announced that Tim Chaney has joined the company as vice president of marketing. He reports to Roy Bromfield, president and COO of Toyo Tires, and is responsible for leading all Toyo Tires marketing efforts in the U.S., including go-to market strategy, brand management, advertising, creative, content development, sponsorships, events, public relations, direct marketing, dealer support and training, and consumer and dealer websites. “I am thrilled to welcome 30-year automotive veteran Tim Chaney to our executive leadership team,” Bromfield said. “His experience and out-of-the-box thinking are the perfect match for us at Toyo Tires.”
Lee Chesnin of BVA Independent Service Specialists, in Santa Monica, and ASCCA Chapter 12 member, is the ASCCA Member of the Month for September. When asked how ASCCA benefits his business, Chesnin said, “People come together in an association like this to accomplish what they would find nearly impossible as individuals. I have seen the success ASCCA has had in eliminating harmful legislation that if passed, would have negatively impacted our industry. Plus, the combined experience of our members provides an opportunity to learn from each other and improve our businesses and ourselves.”
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) recently broke ground on its new state-of-the-art Southern California headquarters in Riverside. The 380,000-square-foot building will be home to one of the largest and most advanced next-generation vehicle emissions testing and research facilities in the world. Federal, state, and local government officials spoke at the event before an audience of more than 400. “The challenges of a changing climate that undermine our progress toward healthy air compel us to look for new technologies and new policy approaches,” CARB Chair Mary D. Nichols said. “With a major new Southern California facility, CARB will be positioned to continue to lead the fight for clean air into the future.”
Whiteline USA has moved to a new 12,500-square-foot facility Ontario. It is a manufacturer of suspension components.
Larry H. Miller Dealerships has acquired Nissan of San Bernardino, marking the group’s second acquisition in Southern California in 2017. “This dealership fits well with our current footprint in the market and allows us to continue to build upon our portfolio in the Southern California area,” said Dean Fitzpatrick, president, Larry H. Miller Dealerships. “Nissan San Bernardino is a well-run store with a strong employee culture and community connection. We look forward to welcoming those employees into our organization and continuing our vision to be the best place in town to work and the best place in town to do business.”
Fix Auto USA has announced the addition of Fix Auto Sports Arena, in San Diego, owned and operated by Mark Gruwell, who also operates Fix Auto Mission Valley. It is the 10th location in the San Diego market and the 64th in California, bringing the total number of Fix Auto franchise locations to 117. “I originally joined Fix Auto USA because I wanted to secure the future of my body shop,” Gruwell said.
The Petersen Automotive Museum, in Los Angeles, has received donations from SEMA and philanthropists Rob and Melani Walton.
SEMA’s grant will be used for the preservation of the Petersen Publishing archives, which chronicle the history of American car culture from the late 1940s through the 1990s. The Walton grant will help support the museum’s efforts to educate and entertain children in Southern California and around the world with engaging content that connects the art, engineering, and entertainment of the automobile. Because of their generous support, the museum has named the second-level the “Rob and Melani Walton Industry Floor.”
ASCCA members have joined efforts to help victims of the California wild fires. As communities throughout Sonoma, Napa, and other Northern California counties begin the long process of rebuilding after the devastating wildfires, ASCCA has identified four of its members who have lost their homes. In response, ASCCA’s Executive Committee established the ASCCA California Wildfire Relief Fund. The fund has raised $17,000. ASCCA President David Kusa said, “I am honored and humbled to be part of an association and industry that has shown so much support, both time and treasure, for our fellow shop owners that need help.”