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AkzoNobel announced a program to donate part of its earnings to SEMA’s philanthropic programs for children. The company will earmark a percentage of earnings from its new PowerCoat powdercoating business among SEMA member manufacturers to charities supported by the new SEMA Cares Committee.
     “We like AkzoNobel’s creative idea for giving,” said Joel Ayres, SEMA Cares Committee chairman. “We will support their effort through the committee.”
     SEMA members have raised money for decades to benefit organizations such as Childhelp, whose mission is to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of abused and neglected children, and the Victory Junction Gang Camp, an organization that enriches the lives of children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses.
     The SEMA Cares Committee, established in January 2008, is charged with identifying and creating new opportunities for its members to enrich the lives of children nationwide. AkzoNobel is one of the first SEMA members to step up to the challenge.
     “We are excited about the acceptance of our new PowerCoat powdercoating product line by SEMA-member companies, and we want to share our good fortune with SEMA charities,” said Tom Branscome, PowerCoat marketing manager.
     The PowerCoat line, just recently announced, has already been adopted by several SEMA members and will be featured in Las Vegas in November.

TEN Media LLC hired Butch Madigan, a 30-year veteran of the automotive aftermarket, as national sales director of TEN Media and VerticalREV, a program of TEN’s parent company. Madigan was most recently the vice president of sales and marketing for more than 10 years with Daystar International and Trail Master Suspension.

KICKER Performance Audio hired Chuck Jones as the business unit director of KICKER OEM at Stillwater Designs. Jones’ primary OEM markets are auto, commercial vehicles, marine and SUV markets. “I love working for KICKER,” Jones said. “We have great people and a great product. It is really a fun business to be in.” Jones most recently was the global customer manager at Delphi Energy and Chassis Systems where he led the development of a world-class portfolio of products for the commercial vehicle market.

Chuck Jones

Schiefer Public Relations appointed Camee Edelbrock to public relations account manager. “Camee is a third-generation SEMA member and an industry leader,” said James Schiefer, President/CEO of Schiefer Media Inc. During her tenure at the Edelbrock Corporation, Camee sat on the Board of Directors, earned the SEMA Young Executive of the Year Award in 1993 and acted as vice president of advertising for more than 25 years. She planned and produced several events, as well as all company catalogs, print ads and product launches.
    “Camee did an excellent job for Edelbrock Corporation and we are proud of what she’s accomplished," says Vic Edelbrock. "My wife Nancy and I support Camee 100% in her decision."

AAEQ Manufacturers and Recyclers hired Jason Bishop as the company’s new marketing and customer service manager. Bishop will report to Scott Stolberg, president and CEO. He will have responsibility for the company’s marketing and customer service activities for both its AA Midwest and EngineQuest (EQ) divisions, as well as its Las Vegas scrap metal business. Bishop holds a B.S. degree in economics from the University of Iowa. Most recently, Bishop was a senior account executive with Countrywide Home Loans in Las Vegas. He has over nine years of experience with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage/Financial and ITT Industries.

Jason Bishop