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Dennis Overholser, executive vice president and co-founder of Painless Performance, was presented the Individual of the Year Award at the 38th National Street Rod Association (NSRA) Street Rod Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky. Overholser has served as a volunteer for NSRA, served on the SEMA Board of Directors, the Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) Select Committee and is the current chair-elect of SEMA’s Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA).

IPC Global Solutions named aftermarket veteran Sean Stanic as vice president and general manager, aftermarket. Stanic, who most recently was vice president sales and marketing, independent aftermarket for Siemens VDO, brings more than 20 years of experience to IPC, where he will be responsible for all sales, marketing and aftermarket development. Stanic, a member of the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) board of directors and government affairs committee, is also a member of the Automotive Sales Council.

Sean Stanic

KICKER/Soundgate announced that it shipped four KICKER-induced P.A. towers to Oklahoma State University (OSU) head football coach Mike Gundy as part of the team’s preparation for their nationally televised football game at Georgia. The KICKER towers contained a total of 12 speakers, three amplifiers and enough power to push 9,000 watts of the Georgia fight sound across the OSU turf, simulating the real-world noise of the intense Georgia crowd.

Vantage Marketing Global Inc. hired Hubert Bradley as manager, product management and technical services. Bradley brings with him 27 years of experience, most recently with Kemparts LLC as product services manager. The company stated that Bradley’s addition to the firm will boost the firm’s efforts in research and product development specific to the North American market.

Registration for the inaugural Redline: Time Attack! Championships at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is open. The Championships event is open to all makes and models of vehicles (maximum entry capacity of only 100 vehicles) and is the only officially-sanctioned Time Attack Championship accessible to the general public. Details: or call 661/992-4384.

GKS Inspection Services opened an office in Taiwan—GKS Inspection Services Taiwan Pvt. LTD. "GKS Taiwan is an important part of our strategy of becoming the global leader in the 3D laser scanning and dimensional inspection services industry," said Armando Alonso, GKS vice president. "GKS Taiwan broadens our scope of coverage in Asia while also giving us entry into the fast-growing Taiwanese manufacturing industry. We can now seamlessly provide metrology and reverse-engineering services to multinational companies who have operations in Taiwan."

Bridgestone's Turanza EL42 tires were selected by Lexus as original equipment for the automaker’s LS 600h L luxury hybrid sedan, which is billed as the world’s first full V8, AWD hybrid vehicle.