SBN Member of the Month

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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 RacingJunk.com, OldRide.com and HotRodHotline.com.

What is your position?
I am the content manager for the sites. This means that I’m the editor for HotRodHotline.com and a section of RacingJunk.com 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.

Lori Huisman, SBN Member of the Month, January 2015

Name: Lori Huisman
Company: Classic Design Concepts
Address: 28266 Beck Rd., Wixom, MI 48393

What does your company do?
Automotive styling and performance enhancements, primarily Mustang, Camaro and Challenger. We design and manufacture cold-air induction systems, aero packages, chin spoilers, deck spoilers, hoods and rockers. We also do show car builds, low- to medium-volume limited-edition vehicles, packages and components.

What is your position?
President.

What is the most satisfying aspect of your job?
The variety I encounter and manage on a daily basis.

Missy Perez, SBN Member of the Month, December 2014

Name: Missy Perez
Company: Topline Automobile
Address: 1028 Carolan Ave., Burlingame, CA 94010


What does your company do?
We do full-service automotive repair catered specifically to higher-end customer needs. Topline can repair, modify and rebuild anything from a ’20s Buick to a ’14 Ferrari FF, and we use our in-house showroom to showcase our customers’ cars and our hard work. Our efforts are world renowned, with customer builds having been featured in multiple magazines and multiple trophies in concourse class exhibitions. Bodywork, maintenance, warranty development and sales—Topline is equipped to handle it all.

What is your position?
Service manager.

What is the most satisfying aspect of your job?
Solving problems and making people happy.

Kimberly Callahan, SBN Member of the Month, November 2014

Name: Kimberly Callahan
Company: Insignia Group
Address: 153 South Oakland Ave. Rock Hill, SC 29730

What does your company do?
Insignia Group is a consulting and technology company servicing car dealerships, OEMs, distributors, restylers and parts manufacturers.

What is your position?
Aftermarket manager

What is the most satisfying aspect of your job?
Sense of achievement.

How long have your been involved with the aftermarket industry?
14 years.

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