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American Autowire announced that it hired Lance Packard to its management team. Packard most recently served a number of roles for Painless Performance, including manager of the technical support call center and communications specialist. Packard also served as a media liaison for Painless at major industry events. He is currently the chair-elect for the SEMA Young Executives Network (YEN).

 Lance Packard

Keystone Automotive Industries Inc. appointed Vice President Christopher Northup to the I-CAR Education Foundation board of trustees, and director of marketing services. In addition, Mary Kunz has been appointed to the Women’s Industry Network board (WIN), a not-for-profit organization devoted to encouraging, developing and cultivating opportunities to support women in the collision repair industry. The I-CAR Foundation promotes and enhances career and education opportunities within the industry by providing the most advanced curriculum, training and related services available.

Ford Motor Co.'s President and CEO Alan Mulally will help kick off the Los Angeles Auto Show by delivering the Motor Press Guild (MPG) keynote address on November 14. Mulally's address is open to all (credentialed) media in attendance and will include a question-and-answer session.  

Volkswagen and Sports Car Club of America announced an official partnership that named Volkswagen the Official Pace Car of SCCA and SCCA Pro Racing. As part of the agreement, Volkswagen will provide pace vehicles for the SCCA SPEED World Challenge Championships and the SCCA National Championship Runoffs presented by AT&T, as well as course vehicles for The Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships. Two Volkswagen GLI Fahrenheits will serve as the official pace cars and be present at all World Challenge races remaining in 2007 and through 2009. The same vehicles will also pace all 25 races at the National Championship Runoffs at Heartland Park Topeka, October 12–14.

The Goodguys Rod & Custom Association announced that Kevin and Karen Alstott's sleek '35 Ford roadster was named the Goodguys Texaco/Havoline America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod for 2007 at the Goodguys 21st West Coast Nationals in Pleasanton, California. This marks the fourth national award that the car has won in the past 18 months. The vehicle was built by Midwest craftsman Roger Burman and his crew at Lakeside Rods & Rides, Rockwell City, Iowa.

  1935 Ford roadster

Maximum Marketing Services Inc. is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its fulfillment center, which shipped more than one million promotional kits, premium items and point-of-sale packages from the Chicago location over the years.