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MOVERS & SHAKERS: HOWARD LAGA, DANIELA REINHARDT, BJ BIRTWELL AND MORE

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Howard Laga

Penray Vice President and General Manager Howard Laga is celebrating his 25th anniversary with the company. Laga is responsible for managing the daily operations. “All of us at Penray would like to congratulate Howard and thank him for his many years of outstanding performance and dedicated service to the company,” said Penray President Rod McKenzie.

“Howard has earned the respect of fellow co-workers, customers and industry members alike, and we’re lucky to have him as a member of our team.”

After more than two years at RECARO North America, Daniela Reinhardt is moving back to her home country, Germany, to face new challenges and opportunities. After December 15, she can be reached at Dani.Reinhardt@gmx.de. Maggie Scheinhuette will take over Reinhardt's marketing responsibilities and can be reached at 248/364-3818, ext. 202, or via e-mail at maggie.scheinhuette@recarousa.com.

BJ Birtwell, vice president of marketing for DUB Publishing, is leaving to pursue new endeavors. He can be reached at 949/400-6400 or bj@bookendprojects.com.

Team Mopar has set up a new blog by Team Mopar Pro Stock Driver Allen Johnson. Check out the updates at www.moparspeed.com.

 
Rusty Bishop  

Federated Auto Parts CEO Rusty Bishop was named Chairman of the Automotive Warehouse Distributor’s Association (AWDA) on November 2 during the AWDA Annual Business Conference in Las Vegas. Bishop began his career in the aftermarket more than 38 years ago with Fisher Auto Parts.

During his time at Fisher, he worked in warehouse and store management and served as a director of the company. In 1985, Bishop co-founded Federated Auto Parts with the late Art Fisher, serving today as its CEO. 

The Car Care Council earned two top awards from the North American Precis Syndicate Inc. (NAPS) for its consumer radio feature “Going Green.” The story earned a Golden Thinker Award and received a Certificate of Excellence for superior achievement in media relations and ranks in the top 1% of all radio features distributed to the media by NAPS.

“Americans have become very conscious of the environment these days, looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint," said Car Care Council executive director Rich White. "This prestigious award shows that the media is very receptive to the ‘going green’ information from the Car Care Council and knows it is a winning story with their audiences."  

 
The Bloomington Gold Show will be held at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Illinois, June 25–28, 2009.

Bloomington Gold Corvettes USA named McCullough Public Relations Inc. as its public relations firm of record. McCullough will handle all media relations and the annual Bloomington Gold Show, America's longest-running Corvette show. This year's show will be held at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Illinois, June 25–28, 2009. Visit www.bloomingtongold.com for more information.

The Infineon Raceway Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities will distribute $417,936 to 57 qualified youth organizations in Sonoma County (California) for the 2008 season, marking the fourth consecutive year the Infineon Raceway Chapter has topped the $400,000 mark; it distributed a one-year record of $554,045 in 2005 and has distributed more than $3 million since 2002 to 175 Sonoma County youth groups. 

Continental Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket will provide a scholarship to Northwood University for its leadership program. The award, originally established by the company in 2004, makes the scholarship available to a Northwood University female student so that she can participate in the annual legislative summit.

The Sports Car Club of America announced that Paul Newman, Bill Chambres, Bill Johnson, Kim Kimberly and John Timanus will be inducted into the SCCA Hall of Fame at the 2009 SCCA National Convention. For complete information on the inductees, visit www.scca.com/newsarticle.aspx?hub=6&news=3533&archive=true.

Speedway Motors Inc. has acquired A-FAB Corporation of Boonville, Indiana, manufacturers of premium shocks, springs and radiators through its AFCO brand, high-quality automotive brakes through its U.S. Brake brand, and premium exhaust systems through its Dynatech division. Clay Smith of Speedway Motors said combining the strengths of Speedway and AFCO creates a stronger company.

“Speedway Motors is known throughout the industry for outstanding product selection, same-day shipping and great customer service,” he said. “We are excited about this opportunity as it will greatly benefit our customers."

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