Fast Facts

SEMA News—March 2017

Industry News

By Amanda Gubbins

Fast Facts

David Williams
David Williams
 
   

Denso Products and Services Americas Inc. promoted David H. Williams to director of original-equipment sales, marketing and strategic planning. In the newly created position, Williams oversees all aspects of Denso’s original-equipment service sales, product development and original-equipment service parts while continuing to manage the company’s marketing and strategic planning departments. Denso Products and Services Americas Inc., Long Beach, CA; 888-963-3676.

  Frank Buscemi
Frank Buscemi
   

Marx Group appointed Frank Buscemi its president/CEO and creative director. The agency has formed an alliance with Near Perfect Media in Birmingham, Michigan, to establish a full-scale Detroit-area office. Tom Marx, who founded Marx Group in 1984, will remain as chairman and chief strategy officer. Devin Hart, currently co-CEO of Marx Group, will become a member of the Marx Group board of directors while continuing to be managing partner of Hart Marx Advisors. Marx Group, San Rafael, CA; 415-453-0844.

Meyer Distributing Inc. announced the addition of a location in Omaha, Nebraska. The cross-dock will have a direct feed from Meyer’s distribution hub in Jasper, Indiana, which houses one of the largest inventories of automotive accessories and RV parts in the country. Meyer Distributing, Jasper, IN; 800-639-3787.

Chuck Sulkala
Chuck Sulkala
 
   

Chuck Sulkala, founder, first president and executive director of the National Auto Body Council (NABC), announced his retirement effective the end of 2017. During Sulkala’s tenure over the past 22 years, the NABC has become a leading voice to highlight the professionalism and integrity of the collision-repair industry through community service involvement.

Motovicity Distribution announced the promotion of Gary McCombs from warehouse supervisor to distribution center manager. McCombs started his career as a team leader with the company in 2012. He helped implement Motovicity’s warehouse management system in 2014, drastically improving throughput and helping Motovicity Distribution achieve and maintain one of the best accuracy ratings in the industry. Motovicity Distribution, Madison Heights, MI; 888-773-3316.

  Charles Pages
Charles Pages
   

Power Automedia announced Charles Pages as senior associate editor of the online magazine Turnology.com. Focused on performance driving, Turnology is the magazine for autocross, road-racing and time-attack racers. Pages will manage all magazine content, including editorial articles, news, event coverage, photography, social media and in-house project vehicles. He will work alongside Turnology’s staff writer, Kyle Kitchen, and will report to Turnology Editor Trevor Anderson. Power Automedia, Murrieta, CA; 951-677-2626.

Luanne Brown
Luanne Brown
 
   

Inspired to launch eTool Developers after attending her first SEMA Show in 2001, company President Luanne Brown announced that her firm is celebrating its 15th year as a provider of internet-based software applications. Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the firm specializes in the development of websites, dealer portals, shopping carts, product information management systems and online learning platforms for the automotive aftermarket. eTool Developers LLC, Grand Rapids, MI; 616-451-2335.

Rolling Big Power finalized an endorsed product sponsorship deal with Diesel Motorsports during the 2016 PRI Trade Show in Indianapolis, making the company based in City of Industry, California, the official truck grille sponsor for all events of the 2017 Diesel Motorsports season. Since its inception in 2001, the Rolling Big Power brand’s portfolio has included wheels, grilles, steps, aftermarket accessories and other off-road performance products. Rolling Big Power, Corona, CA; 951-272-9090.

Nelson Global Products Inc. announced Steve Scgalski as its chief executive officer, effective immediately. Scgalski, who currently serves as chief operating officer and president of Nelson’s on- and off-highway business, will succeed Sergio Carvalho, who resigned in November for personal reasons. Scgalski’s experience includes more than 30 years in industrial manufacturing and emissions technology with global leadership positions at EMCON Technologies, ArvinMeritor and Arvin Industries.

Prestone Products Corp. announced the hiring of industry veteran Randy Fisher as its vice president of marketing. Fisher joins Prestone with more than 20 years of industry experience and will oversee the brand’s marketing strategy as the company plans for its 90th anniversary in 2018. Fisher previously served as a marketing consultant for Prestone, beginning in July 2016. Preston Products Corp., Lake Forest, IL; 800-890-2075.

R&R Marketing Consultants Inc. announced that Rob Eberhart joined its team. Eberhart has more than 20 years of experience in the automotive aftermarket. He recently worked for DCi as its director of Internet solutions, where he developed its eStore program, enabling jobbers and national retailers to sell performance parts and truck accessories online with a turnkey program. R&R Marketing Consultants Inc., Kansas City, MO; 650-588-3404.

CRP Automotive named Bob Brannon of Powell/Schelbe/Knight/Brannon Inc. (PSKB) as its 2016 Rep Agent of the Year. Brannon is a partner at PSKB—a sales and marketing company that represents CRP Automotive brands in the southeastern United States. Brannon was selected for helping to deliver exceptional sales and market growth for the CRP brands, especially the Pentosin fluids line, which have been instrumental in developing CRP Automotive’s business with Advance Auto Parts. PSKB Inc., Atlanta, GA; 404-355-0072.

Covercraft Industries announced the addition of ADCO Products—a market leader in recreational vehicle covers and protection accessories and the official licensee for Winnebago-branded covers—to its stable of brands. ADCO will continue to service its customer base under the ADCO and PCI brand names and will operate as a division of Covercraft Industries. ADCO’s sales and management team members will all transition into similar roles within the merged company. Covercraft Industries, Pauls Valley, OK; 405-238-9651.

Voyomotive LLC—developer of Voyo connected-car technology—joined SAS’ Partner Program to help Voyomotive bring vehicle data analytics to vehicle owners, auto-parts manufacturers, car-service providers and OEMs. This agreement will enable the creation of apps and cloud-based solutions by Voyomotive that further enhance the connected-car experience for the user. In addition, Voyo data is now available to drive new business opportunities, including machine learning analytics and AI development. Voyomotive LLC, San Francisco, CA; 415-358-4067.

ProMedia Events & Publishing announced that Tyler Crossnoe has joined the NMRA/NMCA event team as race master. Crossnoe will work closely with Competition Director Kurt Johnson, Chief Starter T.J. “El Prepe” Bailey, Race Operations Director Gene Bergstrom and General Manger Rollie Miller at most of the events in 2017. Crossnoe will be responsible for pre-event track prep at NMRA and NMCA partner tracks, run the ready line and work directly with staging team members. ProMedia LLC, Santa Ana, CA; 714-444-2426.

The MOPAR brand, born August 1, 1937, as a contraction of the words “Motor Parts,” celebrates 80 years in 2017. First introduced as a line of antifreeze products, the MOPAR brand has since transformed to encompass total service, parts and customer care for FCA vehicle owners around the globe. The brand will mark its 80th year with initiatives that will include limited-edition anniversary vehicles, 80th anniversary-themed service, parts and customer-care offers, special merchandise, events, celebrations and more. MOPAR, Auburn Hills, MI; 248-512-1857.

Dymag was chosen as the exclusive carbon wheel partner for the new Henrik Fisker-designed EMotion Performance EV. The UK-based wheel manufacturer will work with the automotive designer’s company, Fisker Inc. The partnership will see Dymag’s new lightweight Boxstrom Carbon Rim, with a bespoke Fisker design forged aluminium spoke system, fitted to the EMotion production cars. The deal between Dymag and Fisker Inc. was negotiated at the 2016 SEMA Show. Dymag Group Ltd., Chippenham, Wiltshire, England; +011441249446438.

Gold Eagle Co. acquired TriNova—an eCommerce consumer packaged-goods brand in household, automotive, boating and leather appearance care. Steve Wimmer, brand manager at TriNova, will join Gold Eagle as senior marketing manager to continue to drive the growth of the brand. In addition, the TriNova team at Gold Eagle will expand in the coming months. Gold Eagle Co., Chicago, IL; 800-223-4303.

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