Southern California People & Places - November 2016
The University of the Aftermarket Foundation (UofAF) has awarded 135 students who are attending, or will attend, a two-year vocational/technical college or a four-year college or university a $1,000-$2,000 award for the 2016-17 academic year. Students are either working to become an auto repair professional, or pursuing a degree that will lead to a career in the automotive aftermarket. “It’s exciting to see that so many young, talented individuals are working very hard to pursue a career in the auto care industry,” Tim Lee, MAAP, chairman of the UofAF, said. “With the rising cost of education, we are very pleased that the foundation can assist these students, and others, to achieve their academic goals.” Southern California recipients include: Angel Segura, Spring Valley; Byeong Min, Upland; Daniel Moreno, La Mesa; George Williamson, San Jose; Jenny Wong, Los Angeles; Jordan Garcia, Rancho Cucamonga; Ngoc Hua, Alhambra; Robert Cashman, Menifee; Robert Edington, Hesperia; Tom Vu, Garden Grove; and Wyatt Hatcher, Covina.
The ASCCA Membership Committee selected Stuart Terry, of Stuart Terry Auto Repair, as ASCCA Member of the Month for August. Stuart joined ASCCA in 1995, served as his chapter’s state representative, vice president and president – all while being the editor of his local chapter’s newsletter, Byways. He also served on the state level as a board director, secretary, vice president, and president. “I would not be where I am today if ASCCA and all of our members had not helped me succeed over and above my personal goals,” Terry said. “We have the greatest group of people in the industry, who are all willing to drop what they are doing to help a fellow member.”
The February dinner meeting of ASCCA Chapter 48, held at the Embassy Suites, in Brea, featured a presentation from Maylan Newton of ESi, on “Succession Planning,” with information regarding preparing for all of life’s events, including exit strategies. “It’s incredibly important to take a step back and learn about how to protect our shops and our families as both can often be affected by unexpected circumstances that life throws at us,” Newton said.
The Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD), the eighth largest school district in California, has opened a new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in Aliso Viejo to fuel its fleet of more than 20 buses. The facility will feature 20 CNG filing stations at the CUSD North Transportation Yard at 2B Liberty. “The facility, totaling $800,000, was funded from the proceeds of a land sale and demonstrates the district’s commitment to energy conservation,” Ryan Burris, CUSD spokesperson, said.
Centric Parts, in Industry, manufacturer and supplier of OE and aftermarket brake and chassis components, has earned National Pronto Association’s 2016 Pronto Partnership Award. Robert Roos, Pronto vice president of sales and marketing, presented the award during the National Pronto Shareholders Conference held recently in Dallas. “It is quite an honor to receive this award,” Charlie Kirkland, Centric vice president of traditional aftermarket sales, said. “We truly see our relationships with our customers as ‘partnerships’ and we value them highly. I want to thank all of the members who voted for us and I want to acknowledge the entire Centric team who made this possible.”
Hellwig Suspension Products, in Visalia, manufacturer of towing, hauling, and performance suspension products, has hired veteran mechanical engineer Andrew Nosé, as its new R&D engineer. “We are excited to have Andrew join the Hellwig family,” Hellwig vice president Melanie White said. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in engineering, process control, and project management, as well as strong passion for the automotive industry. Andrew will work to develop and tune performance sway bar kits, air spring kits and leaf helper spring kits as well as work directly with our OE and private label customers to assess their needs and deliver solutions.”
Motor4Toys organizers are gearing up for the 13th Annual Motor4Toys Charitable Exotic Car Show, Dec. 4, from 6:30 a.m. to noon in Woodland Hills. The group hopes to collect 60,000 toys between now and then. Motor4Toys, a nonprofit, has a mission to bring the motorsports community together for the holidays to collect as many toys as possible for less fortunate children. Entrance to the car show is free but Motor4Toys asks guests to bring at least one new, unwrapped toy valued at more than $10. Those who can’t make the show can visit the group’s Gofundme page, www.gofundme.com/2sgrmc7c, to donate toward the toy drive. Organizers are also seeking auction and raffle items for the show. Interested companies can contact Dustin Troyan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Performance Warehouse Association selected Cary Redman, national sales manager for Edelbrock, as 2016 Person of the Year, for his excellence in the industry, during its annual conference in Anaheim. Redman has many years of experience in the automotive aftermarket, having started in high school as a counterperson, a PWA spokesperson said in a press release announcing the award. Redman joined Edelbrock in 2011, and works with the sales force to grow the performance aftermarket sales area, including with mass merchants/chain stores, warehouse distributors, engine builders, and supercharger accounts.
Elite, in Rancho Santa Fe, announced that John Rush has joined the company as its newest business development coach, and will use his 27 years of experience as a shop owner to provide one-on-one business building guidance to current shop owners throughout the U.S. “Not only does John have the experience, knowledge, and track record of success that we look for in a coach, his primary philosophy as a shop owner was ‘honesty and integrity in everything we do,’ so we couldn’t be more proud to call him a member of the Elite family,” Bob Cooper, president of Elite, said.
Shane Portnoff of Aliso Viejo Auto Service, in Aliso Viejo, is the winner of the Mitchell 1 Fabulous Las Vegas Sweepstakes. He will receive an all-expense paid trip for two to attend this year’s Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week (AAIW) events, including AAPEX and SEMA show, during the first week of November in Las Vegas. “We would like to thank everyone who visited the Mitchell 1 Facebook page and entered for a chance to join us in Las Vegas,” Nick DiVerde, senior marketing director for Mitchell 1, said. “We congratulate Shane Portnoff as the lucky winner and look forward to showing him the Mitchell 1 repair information solutions in action at our AAPEX booth.”
In Memoriam: Gareth William “Bill” Neumann Sr., founder of Neuspeed in Camarillo, pioneer of Volkswagen and other import car tuning industries in the U.S. and editor of Rod & Custom magazine in the early 1960s, died, Sept. 6. His three sons, Gary, Aaron, and, Jeff, survive him. “Bill was passionate about his family, his business, and hot rods,” longtime friend and associate, Michael Febbo, said.