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Movers & Shakers: Wayne Fiester Joins MadStache as Account Executive; Prestolite Performance Expands Sales Team

Wayne Fiester Joins MadStache as Account Executive
Wayne Fiester has joined MadStache Inc., producers of "My Classic Car," as an account executive. MadStache is a full-service multimedia company located in Evansville, Indiana, that specializes in television programming, corporate videos, commercial production, 3-D animation, DVD authoring and web design. Fiester will focus on outside client production sales.

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Prestolite Performance hired Bob Bruegging (left) as vice president of business development and Craig Stark as vice president of sales.
   

Prestolite Performance Expands Sales Team
Prestolite Performance bolstered its sales team with the addition of Craig Stark as vice president of sales and Michael Grimes as director of retail sales. The company also appointed Bob Bruegging as vice president of business development. According to the company, Stark brings more than three decades of aftermarket experience with his previous executive position at Corteco. He will be responsible for planning, implementing and driving sales with a short- and long-term strategic mindset. Bruegging has worked with the company’s brands, including Mr. Gasket, in several executive positions for more than 20 years. Bruegging will help the company to create new business opportunities, and he will focus on finding new business ventures through distribution, acquisitions and partnerships. Grimes rounds out the sales team as the new director of retail sales. He will work with Prestolite Performance’s retail accounts and continuing successful partnerships to exceed sales and productivity objectives. 

Kumho Named Official Tire Sponsor of National Soccer Teams
Kumho Tire U.S.A. Inc. has partnered with the United States Soccer Federation (U.S.S.F.) as the official tire sponsor of the United States Men's and Women's National Soccer teams. Kumho Tire hosted an autograph signing with former star midfielder and current manager for D.C. United, Ben Olson, prior to the May 30 friendly match between the United States and Brazil.

AASA Technology Council Releases Conference Agenda
The Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) Technology Council (ATC) announced the agenda for its Fall Conference, Sunday–Tuesday, October 14–16, in Marco Island, Florida. According to AASA vice president, the ATC Fall Conference agenda is designed with the needs of automotive aftermarket suppliers in mind. ATC Fall Conference 2012 agenda highlights—Customer Presentations: Insightful presentations and Q&A sessions with leading channel partners on their future technology directions; Member Spotlight: ATC manufacturer member’s successful technology deployments; Manufacturer-Only Session: Supplier-only discussion of technology issues, best practices and solutions; Data/Catalog Breakout Session: Presentations and open discussions on catalog, product and data topics; Information Technology Breakout Session: Cloud services, virtual servers, supporting mobile devices; Keynote: Collaborative Forecasting: Preparing for and utilizing sales and operations planning; Keynote: Online Content: Proper preparation and delivery of "romance data" for online commerce; Keynote: There's an App for That: Aftermarket's Appetite for and Challenges with Mobile Devices and Apps. More conference details are available through Chris Gardner via e-mail at cgardner@aasa.mema.org.

Petersen Museum Celebrates Life of Carroll Shelby
The Petersen Automotive Museum will celebrate the life of Carroll Shelby with an exhibit of iconic Shelby automobiles from Wednesday, May 30–Sunday, June 3, 2012. The exhibit will feature nine Shelby automobiles on display, including the prototype Cobra CSX2000, the first production Cobra CSX2001, a Cobra Daytona Coupe, a ’13 Ford Shelby GT500 and more. For general museum information, call 323-930-CARS or visit the Petersen Automotive Museum website, www.petersen.org

ESAB Partners With AngelVision Technologies for Impact Movie
ESAB Cutting Systems partnered with AngelVision Technologies to produce a new Impact Movie to be distributed worldwide. Three minutes in length, the movie showcases new CNC plasma technologies available exclusively from ESAB Cutting Systems in an easy-to-understand format. Other ESAB technologies highlighted in the movie include Precision Hole Technology, Smart Voltage Height Control and SmartCycle. The movie also features testimonials from major industry leaders, such as Jacquet and BAE Systems.

Thermadyne Changes Name to Victor Technologies
The Thermadyne Holdings Corp. has changed its name to the Victor Technologies Group Inc. and the name of the wholly owned subsidiary Thermadyne Industries Inc. to Victor Technologies International Inc. According to a recent release, Victor is the company's strongest and most established brand, and it will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2013.