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Movers & Shakers: Nicole Girkey Named Skyjacker Marketing Director; Fuelab Relocates Headquarters

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Nicole Girkey Named Skyjacker's Marketing Director

Nicole Girkey has been named marketing director for Skyjacker Suspension. Prior to joining Skyjacker, Girkey was the CEO for a full-service marketing agency, High Performance Prose Inc., where she managed top-tier accounts while also handling the agency’s advertising, marketing and public relations teams. She has worked with industry clients including SEMA, Royal Purple, BorgWarner Turbo Systems, The Petersen Automotive Museum, Carroll Shelby and eBay Motors.

 Jason Kellams
Jason Kellams
Ben Bowman
Ben Bowman

Restoration Parts Group Introduces Two VPs

Restoration Parts Group (RPG), parent company of restoration specialists Trim Parts, PUI, Right Stuff Detailing, SoffSeal Inc., Mr. Mustang and First Place Auto Products, announced the appointment of two new vice presidents. New Restoration Parts Group Vice President of Operations Jason Kellams brings extensive experience and knowledge to the position, having previously worked as the vice president of operations at Evansville ARC and as the senior manager of manufacturing at Nissan North America. Kellams’ strengths in P&L management, systems development and leadership are key to his new post.

RPG’s former Supply Chain Manager Ben Bowman has been promoted to vice president of supply chain management. Bowman will be responsible for enacting company-wide supply chain initiatives, sourcing programs and quality assurance standards. 

Fuelab Relocates Headquarters

Fuelab has recently relocated to a new facility in Collinsville, Illinois, approximately 42 miles from its previous location (Litchfield, Illinois). The move was made to support the company’s increased parts production, improved customer support and room for growth. Fuelab will now occupy a 5,000-sq.-ft. sales and manufacturing facility located in the St. Louis metro area. Fuelab’s new address is 1605 Eastport Plaza Dr., Ste. 125, Collinsville, IL 62234. The company’s new phone number is 618-344-3300.

Special Rates Available for Show Vehicle Transportation

Sterling Productions has space available in their enclosed trailers for transport of SEMA vehicles to the 2014 SEMA Show, November 4–7, in Las Vegas. SEMA-member companies located in the continental United States seeking secure and bonded Show vehicle transit are invited to contact Duane Johnson at 704-402-3558 or to receive special SEMA-member rates.

The 9th Annual Holley Somernites Power Cruise will feature more than 1,500 cars in Somerset, Kentucky.


Holley's 9th Annual Somernites Power Cruise, September 27

Holley has announced the return and sponsorship of the 9th Annual Holley Somernites Power Cruise. The event, which starts September 27, at 12:00 p.m., will feature more than 1,500 cars in Somerset, Kentucky, to cruise and hang out on the historic square and surrounding areas of the city. Holley will be present with their display trailer downtown on the square during the event displaying all of their latest carburetors, EFI systems, LS engine-swap products, exhaust systems and more from the following brands: Holley, Earl's, Flowtech, Hooker Headers, NOS and Weiand.

Richard Petty Garage Car Show Moves to Fall

The Fourth Annual Richard Petty Garage Car Show presented by the Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) is scheduled for October 10–11, in Level Cross, Randleman, North Carolina. This year’s event kicks off with an invitation-only cookout at Petty’s home, Reverie Place, Friday, October 10. Petty will sign autographs during the car show at the Level Cross Petty Enterprises Historical Site, Saturday, October 11, and admission to the show includes free entry to the new Richard Petty Museum. The Petty’s Garage Car Show was previously held in the spring. With construction of the relocated Richard Petty Museum taking place on the grounds earlier this year, the 2014 event was moved to the fall.

The event runs from 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Saturday, October 11, and judging begins at 12:00 p.m. Petty will sign autographs from 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. The Richard Petty Museum opens at 9:00 a.m. The Museum features trophies, cars, memorabilia and more to tell the story of Petty’s NASCAR career. There’s a new exhibit for the kids, featuring Mr. and Mrs. The King and the Hudson Hornet from the Disney Pixar movie, Cars.

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