The election results are in for the YEN select committee. Each of the newly elected and re-elected members will serve a two-year term, 2018-2020. These volunteer leaders assist in guiding the direction and key initiatives of each group, while giving a voice to the industry.
The YEN leadership extends congratulations and welcomes the following winners:
Tim Kawasaki- Wheel Vintiques, National Sales and Marketing Manager
11 Years in the Industry
Growing up Tim spent summers working at his parent's company Exports International sweeping floors and packing boxes full of car parts for their overseas customers. After graduating he begun working full time for a performance air intake company learning about manufacturing processes and eventually working his way to heading their new product development. For the last 8 years he has been with Wheel Vintiques, a part of the Coker Group family of companies based out of their west coast manufacturing and distribution facility. As a second generation SEMA & YEN member Tim Kawasaki has been around the automotive aftermarket his entire life and understands the importance of volunteering.
Jim Mascola- Barrett-Jackson Auction Co., Director of Corporate Partnerships
10+ Years in the Industry
Jim Mascola has worked in the automotive industry and motorsports for over ten years, beginning his career with Phoenix International Raceway (now ISM Raceway). In 2012, Jim was promoted to PIR parent company, International Speedway Corporation, located in Daytona Beach, FL. After success at ISC, including being selected to participate in Leadership Daytona (presented by the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce), Jim accepted a Corporate Partnership position with Barrett-Jackson Auction Company and has focused on working with automotive and lifestyle brands since 2014.
Stephanie Ortega- TAP Manufacturing, Product Development Design Engineer
2 Years in the Industry
Stephanie Ortega has been in the automotive industry for two years, starting as a Mechanical Engineer for SnugTop, a division of the Truck Accessories Group (TAG). Most recently she has joined Transamerican Auto Parts (TAP) Manufacturing Group, as a Product Development Design Engineer, where she currently supports the Poison Spyder brand, a premier line of Jeep aftermarket accessories.
Stephanie has followed her passion for the automotive industry, and has been able to apply her technical education to her roles. In her spare time, Stephanie is actively involved in the local SoCal Section of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), where she is on the Planning Committee for Section activities and student outreach programs.
Stephanie is an avid off-road enthusiast and loves riding and attending off-road events like the Mint 400 and King of the Hammer. Stephanie is excited to share her knowledge and enthusiasm about the industry with other members.