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Lana Chrisman – Executive; Vice President of McLeod Racing


She Is SEMA - Lana ChrismanCan you tell me a little bit about yourself?  What is your story?  How did you get into this industry?

I’m a single Mom with two daughters, Shelby and Amanda and the Vice President of McLeod Racing. I grew up in my family’s garage, where my father Jack Chrisman built some of drag racing’s most famous race cars including Chrisman’s Comet, the first Nitro Blown Funny cars. In 1971, my father retired from racing and founded Jack Chrisman Enterprises. I had a front row seat watching my dad change the course of driveline engineering from OEM to high performance driveline components able to withstand the horsepower being created by aftermarket manufacturers across the country. I appreciate the development of high performance parts for many reason, one being that safely eliminate. My father was seriously injured when the rear-end broke in the front engine dragster he was driving, nearly ending his life. Because of that incident, he dedicated himself on making sure that it didn’t happen to another driver. That motivation and focus on safety that I witnessed watching my dad build and improve the parts that other racers depend on, continue to influence my own commitment to manufacturing parts without compromising the safety element.

Jane Thurmond - Race Car Driver; VP of Marketing at GTS Customs Corvette Specialists


She Is SEMA - Jane ThurmondCan you tell me a little bit about yourself?  What is your story?  How did you get into this industry?

I am 52, a wife and mother of 3 grown humans! As a little kid, my father would take me to the boat drags and at the age of 12 he taught me how to drive. It was about that same time he bought his first Corvette. Virtually all of his friends were into cars, drag boats or vintage motorcycles and they were painters and had body shops. He, however, was an executive for Screen Actors Guild and headed the safety council for stuntmen after Vic Morrow lost his life. I remember two of my dad’s dearest friends were both stuntmen. Bill Hickman doubled for Steve McQueen in Bullett and drove the epic chase scene in the French Connection. The other guy was Hal Needham who actually was Burt Reynolds stunt double and his prowess behind the wheel of anything with a motor made him one of Hollywood’s most sought after stuntmen and coordinator. You may remember him from the Smokey and the Bandit Films!

Victoria Newton, SBN Member of the Month, August 2015

Victoria Newton is the president of marine and motorsports aftermarket at Digital Throttle, located in San Juan Capistrano, California.

What does your company do?
Digital Throttle is a vertical ad network, providing online advertising through independent automotive, powersports and marine aftermarket-focused websites.

What is your position?
President of marine and motorsports aftermarket.

What is the most satisfying aspect of your job?
Working with companies to help expand their digital footprint-reaching new markets and measuring every dollar spent.

How long have you been involved with the automotive aftermarket?
I began working at Powerboat Magazine in 1994 and stayed until Source Interlink took me on in 2009, where I was until 2013 when I started with Digital Throttle.

Karen Vielkind, SBN Member of the Month, July 2015

Karen Vielkind is the owner and editor-in-chief of Girls ‘N Garages, based in Plympton, Massachusetts.

What does your company do?
Girls ‘N Garages is a women's automotive magazine that is currently published four times a year.

What is your position?
Editor-in-chief and owner.

What is the most satisfying aspect of your job?
Getting to talk to women about their experiences being in the automotive world.

How long have you been involved with the automotive aftermarket?
About five months, creating and developing the magazine.

What brought you to the industry?
My fiancé, and wanting to see more women in it.

Kelsey Self, SBN Member of the Month, June 2015

Name: Kelsey Self
Company: Innovative Creations, Inc. (ICI)
Address: 8960 W. Larkspur Dr. Suite #107 Peoria, AZ 85381

What does your company do?
ICI is a manufacturer of aftermarket truck parts and restyling accessories.

What is your position?
Marketing Coordinator

What is the most satisfying aspect of your job?
The fact that I get to do so many different things. Every day I’m creative, I'm social, I network within the industry and I learn something new. Being in marketing, I get to touch all aspects of the company, from sales to engineering, and I really like that. Working in the automotive industry is exciting and challenging.

Andreanna Ditton, SBN Member of the Month, May 2015

Name: Andreanna Ditton
Company: MotorHead Media
Address: 909 N. Sepulveda Blvd, 11th Floor, El Segundo, CA 90245

What does your company do?
MotorHead Media is a division of Internet Brands, but it encompasses six automotive classified websites that each focus on a distinct part of the automotive marketplace. The three largest are, and

What is your position?
I am the content manager for the sites. This means that I’m the editor for and a section of called “The Burnout,” which encompasses editorial. I manage the freelance contributions and the freelancers; write, edit, work with advertisers and sponsors to communicate about their products and services; create emailed content, such as newsletters; and direct our social media efforts to get the word out about the great stories we have on our site and the services we provide to our users.

Amanda Matusek, SBN Member of the Month, April 2015

Name: Amanda Matusek
Company: Aeromotive, Inc.
Address: 7805 Barton Street, Lenexa, KS 66214

What does your company do?
We make fuel systems for cars.

What is your position?
Sales and marketing coordinator.

What is the most satisfying aspect of your job?
I have opportunities to collaborate, get creative and work in an industry I love.

How long have you been with the aftermarket industry?
I grew up in the industry, but I’ve only been at this job for a couple months.

Charlene Bower, SBN Member of the Month, March 2015

Name: Charlene Bower
Company: Bower Motorsports Media
Address: Mesa, AZ

What does your company do?
We are a PR firm that works with companies, racers and events to ensure each category is represented correctly in every way possible. We also own and operate multiple projects, including Race Team Store, Racer Marketing School, I’m Not Just a Girl, Offroad Newswire, Shirt Swag Club, Shirt Bling Club and others that are in testing phases.

What is your position?
Owner, chaos creator.

What is the most satisfying aspect of your job?
Watching racers succeed at the races, but more importantly, at keeping their sponsors happy.

Tiana Weber, SBN Member of the Month, February 2015

Name: Tiana Weber
Company: 3pConnect LLC
Address: 8580 Milliken Ave. Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

What does your company do?
3pConnect is a California-based international sales support and logistics services company, offering a comprehensive range of products to the automotive industry. The primary focus of these services is the importation and distribution of premium-brand performance automotive aftermarket products.

What is your position?
I continue to grow the automotive aftermarket business with not only the domestic consumers, but also with our international customers. My job is to provide the best customer service, and strategically plan each new company that is interested in being profitable in the United States.

What is the most satisfying aspect of your job?
Being able to be a part of a team that revolves around bringing in companies from all around the world. These companies offer superior products, and now have the opportunity to be a part of the U.S. team.


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