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Movers & Shakers: Gaetz to Join Toyo Tire U.S.A. as VP of Sales; 2014 Shelby GT500 Super Snake Supports Fight Against Cancer

 Randy Gaetz
Randy Gaetz will begin serving as vice president of sales for Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. beginning October 7.

By SEMA Editors 

Randy Gaetz to Join Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. as VP of Sales
Randy Gaetz will join Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. (TTC) as vice president of sales, effective October 7. Gaetz will report directly to Roy Bromfield, chief operating officer of TTC. Gaetz has previously served in vice presidential sales and marketing assignments, most recently at DelNat Tire; and previously at GPX International, Tire Centers, LLC and Groupe Michelin. Gaetz succeeds John Hagan who was recently appointed senior director of sales for Toyo Tires’ North American Original Equipment group.

Stacey David’s "GearZ" Will Air on MAVTV Beginning October 2013
Rattletrap Productions Inc. announced that Stacey David’s "GearZ" will air on MAVTV beginning October 2013 with an all new season of "GearZ" premiering in early spring. Episodes will air on Fridays—including prime time—and Sundays. David, executive producer, show host and owner of Rattletrap Productions Inc. also unveiled a newly designed website to complement the new network. The website ( or will continue to include information about David, his projects, products used and the TV show. In addition, the existing What Are You Workin’ on? community will feature a more user-friendly social platform, retitled GearZNation.  

GT500 Super Snake to Support 2013 Cattle Baron's Ball Fight Against Cancer

Shelby American 2014 GT500 Super Snake
Shelby American will donate and install a ’14 Shelby GT500 Super Snake performance package that will be auctioned off during the 40th Anniversary of the famous Cattle Baron’s Ball.

Shelby American will donate and install a ’14 Shelby GT500 Super Snake performance package that will be auctioned off during the 40th Anniversary of the famous Cattle Baron’s Ball. The funds raised will benefit cancer research through the American Cancer Society. The Cattle Baron’s Ball is set for Saturday, October 5, at the Southfork Ranch in Parker, Texas (just north of Dallas). The 662hp ’14 Shelby GT500 Super Snake is made possible by North Texas Ford Dealers who provided the Shelby GT500 base car that attendees will compete for during the live auction. The winning bidder will then get to customize the styling of their new Super Snake package and have it built to spec, courtesy of Shelby American.

Sean Lannoo to Lead Tech Support and Training for Continental Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket
Continental Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket named Sean Lannoo as the sales technical training specialist for its VDO-branded aftermarket product lines. Lannoo will provide technical support and training to sales personnel and professional technicians throughout the United States and Canada. These activities will include presenting and demonstrating the capabilities and advantages of VDO technology and the VDO OE quality replacement parts program. He will also help develop and maintain the library of installation instructions for VDO replacement parts, assist VDO sales personnel with trade shows and help create sales opportunities with existing and prospective customers.

 Luis Braga, Trico Products
Luis (Lou) Braga has joined Trico Products Corp. as president and chief executive officer.

Luis Braga Joins Trico Products as President and CEO
Trico Products Corp. announced that Luis (Lou) Braga has joined the company as president and chief executive officer. Prior to this latest appointment, Braga goes to Trico from another Kohlberg company, Pittsburgh Glass Works, where he was vice president and general manager of the Auto-OEM business unit. Braga’s 32 years of strategic management experience comes from his time as vice president and general manager of Stant USA Corp.; group president of Tomkins Automotive Fluid Systems; president of the Gates Fluid Power Division; and president of Gates Unitta Corp. in Japan.

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