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Jason Harding  

Jason Harding was promoted to director of aftermarket operations for Katech Performance. He will oversee the sales efforts of Katech's aftermarket division. Harding has spent three years in performance parts sales, focusing on expanding Katech's distribution network and establishing new dealer accounts. Harding will continue to oversee Internet promotional initiatives in his new role.

Brad Bricker was named Bestop’s new Eastern regional sales manager. Bricker has held several field and sales positions within Bestop for the past 13 years and has nearly 20 years of overall experience in aftermarket sales.  


Jeff Dahnert  

The Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Board of Directors have selected SCCA Vice President of Finance and Administration Jeff Dahnert as the club’s next president and CEO. Dahnert will make the transition effective January 1, 2009. Dahnert arrived at SCCA in November of 2004. Prior to his arrival, he spent several years with Sprint as a senior financial analyst.

Ann Durham was promoted to senior vice president and general manager for Global Vehicles USA Inc. Durham, who joined Global Vehicles on January 14, 2008, as vice president of finance and administration, is responsible for company’s overall operations and reports to the company’s Chief Executive Officer John Perez.

Heidi Steele  

Heidi Steele became the first woman to win a Best in the Desert (BITD) off-road racing truck championship by placing third at the Fabtech Desert Classic in Henderson, Nevada, on December 6. The Yokohama Tire Corporation-sponsored driver also became the first woman truck champion in SCORE (Class 7SX midsize truck) after taking a second-place class finish in November’s Baja 1000 in Ensenada, Mexico, and received the 2008 Toyota True Grit Award—the first woman to earn the honor—for completing every race mile in the SCORE series.

BFS Retail & Commercial Operations LLC (BFRC) and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) named Robert Pauley the BFRC/ASE Master Automobile L1 Technician of the Year. Pauley was selected for his outstanding individual achievements, including top scores on ASE tests, on-the-job excellence and community service.

"Two Guys Garage" host Sam Memmolo offers resto tips in a new do-it-yourself video.  

Brenton Productions Inc., producers of "Two Guys Garage" on SPEED, has partnered with 3M’s BONDO division to produce a do-it-yourself bodywork video. The 25-minute video features “Two Guys Garage” host Sam Memmolo offering step-by-step instructions for repairing a dented hood to get it ready for paint. The estimated cost to have the work done at a collision-repair center was $900–$1,200. Memmolo and crew purchased the materials and repaired the hood for approximately $100.  

Yokohama Tire Corporation is the presenting sponsor and official spec tire of the newly minted Patrón GT3 Challenge by Yokohama race series. The single-make series, featuring Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars, is a support event for the American Le Mans Series and is entering its fifth season after previously being known as the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) Challenge. The agreement between Yokohama and IMSA is for the 2009 and 2010 racing seasons.  

Longtime SEMA Show photographer Peter Rogers was elected mayor of Chino Hills, California.  

Longtime SEMA Show photographer Peter Rogers was elected mayor of Chino Hills, California. Rogers was originally elected to the Chino Hills City Council in November 2006 and has been an active volunteer and participant in the community for 19 years. For more information about Rogers and his community and committee involvement, visit