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Movers & Shakers: Mr. Gasket/Prestolite's Dale Dobies Announces Retirement; Classic Industries Partners With "Overhaulin'"

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Dale Dobies, who has served as exhibit manager for Mr. Gasket/Prestolite Performance for the past 17 years, Has announced his plan to retire on December 31, 2012.

Dale Dobies Mr. Gasket/Prestolite Performance Announces Retirement
Dale Dobies, exhibit manager for Mr. Gasket/Prestolite Performance, announced his plan to retire on December 31, 2012. He has coordinated all trade shows, customer open houses, car shows and racing events for Mr. Gasket/Prestolite Performance the past 17 years. Dobies first started in the trade show business 37 years ago with TRW Automotive Replacement Division in Cleveland, Ohio. Dobies shared that his plans for retirement include getting started on a car in his garage in need of restoration, attending swap meets, going on a quest to find the perfect amber ale, and helping his daughter in her art studio outside of Chicago, Illinois.

Projekt Cars Has Storage Space Available for SEMA Show Vehicles
SEMA member Projekt Cars announced that it is providing storage space for SEMA Showgoers bringing a project vehicle to Vegas for the 2012 SEMA Show. Storage space is available at the company's Rollin' Art facility, 2950 W. Brooks Ave., North Las Vegas, Nevada 89032. For more information, e-mail or call 915-317-8984. Include the "Storage for (comapany)" in the subject of the e-mail and the vehicle details (year/make/model).

Hella Introduces New Brand Slogan
Automotive parts supplier Hella recently changed its brand message. The new message, "Technology With Vision," has replaced the company's 20-year slogan, "Ideas today for the cars of tomorrow." Hella reports that the new "Technology With Vision" slogan will be gradually introduced worldwide. The company also plans to combine the slogan with the Hella logo in the near future. "The new slogan expresses convincingly and precisely what HELLA has stood for more than 100 years—namely technological expertise, strong innovation, sustainability and orientation towards the future," says Dr. Jürgen Behrend, chairman and president of the company. "This outwardly visible performance promise reflects above all the employees' own self-image. In addition, the double meaning of the word 'vision' illustrates very nicely the roots of the company in the areas of 'light and vision' on the one hand. On the other, the slogan emphasizes the meaning of a forward-looking, responsible corporate strategy for our enterprise."

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Lokar Inc. hired Scott Thiel to its product development team, as chief engineer.

Lokar Hires Scott Thiel as Chief Engineer
Lokar Inc. has added chief engineer Scott Thiel to its product development team. Hired in June, Thiel brings to Lokar more than 20 years of experience developing new products and manufacturing processes for the transportation industry. The company reports that he has designed and released products for Warn Industries, Toyota, Nissan, Freightliner, Volvo, Caterpillar and Kenworth. His experience with electro-mechanical devices will help Lokar develop new products that work in conjunction with OEM systems, as well as enhance the comfort and function of today’s high-performance vehicles. Lokar owner Debbie Walls stated, "We are excited to take this step towards our future growth and the new technologies we can develop with his experience." 

Dates Announced for 2013 Auto Glass Week
The 2013 Auto Glass Week and the International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off (IWFC) will be held in Tampa, Florida, at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina and the Tampa Convention Center, September 18–20, 2013. Organizers of the event stated that the event will include educational seminars, networking events, trade show with industry manufacturers and suppliers, replacement and repair competitions and the Tint-Off competitions. 

Scosche Product Line Now Available at Tint World
Scosche Industries entered into a new consumer technology partnership with Tint World. Tint World locations now offer Scosche's line of consumer tech, car audio and portable electronics. "By integrating Scosche's consumer tech accessories, Tint World will be able to provide their customers with a one-stop shop for all of their needs," said Vince Alves, executive vice president, Scosche Industries. We want to help companies like Tint World stay at the forefront of consumer technology trends, and we're excited to offer our products at more specialty retailers."  

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Classic Industries partnered with automotive designer Chip Foose to support the relaunch the automotive restoration TV show "Overhaulin.'" 

Classic Industries Partners With Chip Foose, "Overhaulin'"
Classic Industries announced that it has partnered with automotive designer Chip Foose to relaunch the "Overhaulin'" TV series. Classic Industries is a restoration partner for the series, which included the first episode of the season that featured a 1965 Impala. The revived series made its debut on October 1 on Discovery and will be shown on Discovery’s Velocity network for the fall 2012 television season. "Overhaulin’" was a truly important show that pushed automotive restoration to the forefront of TV and put the musclecar hobby in front of a new audience.” said Jeff Leonard, Classic Industries CEO. "We’re proud to work with Chip Foose to bring "Overhaulin'" back to the air." 

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Heidi Matheys will be responsible for leading brand management, strategy, marketing and research for the Valvoline brand of products through her new position as vice president of global brands for Ashland Consumer Markets, a commercial unit Ashland Inc.

Heidi Matheys to Lead Brand Management for Valvoline Products
Heidi Matheys has joined Ashland Consumer Markets, a commercial unit of Ashland Inc., as vice president of global brands. Matheys will be responsible for leading brand management, strategy, marketing and consumer research for the Valvoline brand of products. She reports to Sam Mitchell, senior vice president and president of Ashland Consumer Markets. "We're thrilled to have Heidi join our Valvoline team," stated Mitchell. "I am confident that Heidi's global brand management expertise and leadership skills will have a positive impact on our DIY business, the Valvoline brand and overall product portfolio mix."

Brian Fenner Wins Windshield Repair Olympics
Delta Kits reported that longtime company advocate Brian Fenner of Safe Glass Technologies took home the gold medal in the 2012 Walt Gorman Memorial Windshield Repair Olympics. As a previous 2008 and 2009 gold medal winner, Fenner went against 10 of the world's best repair technicians using Delta Kit products. Fenner's 1st place victory earned him a trophy, gold medal and check for $10,000. 

Identifix Inc. Names Gunderson New VP of Business Development
Identifix Inc.
has named Richard J. Gunderson as its new vice president of business development. He will be responsible for the implementation of the company's long-term strategic business plan, including expansion into new markets overseas and in the United States, product development and extending sales channels. Identifix reports that Gunderson brings a wealth of expertise to his new position, including his abilities to form strategic alliances, develop and implement new programs and to support market expansion. His most recent position was vice president and general manager at Autodata Publications.