Joseph Grenchik (second from left).
By SEMA Editors
Joseph Grenchik Named Mitchell 1/ASE Technician of the Future
Joseph Grenchik of New Lenox, Illinois, was named the Mitchell 1/Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Technician of the Future as part of the 2014 ASE Fall Board of Governors Meeting and Annual Technician Awards, held November 18–19, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Grenchik received a $500 cash prize and a $2,000 gift certificate for a one-year subscription to ProDemand from Mitchell 1.
Grenchik has been a technician for one year and is currently a full-time student at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, where he is working toward a bachelor’s of science degree in automotive technology. He entered the automotive field because it was a good match with his skill set and there are many options for advancement. The head instructor at his junior college suggested he pursue a bachelor’s degree, so he took the advice and is happy with his decision to go beyond the community college level.
Black Book Expands Role of Senior VP of Sales
Black Book promoted Jared Kalfus to senior vice president of sales, where he will expand his current role of overseeing data licensing and lender solutions to include the sales team of Black Book’s Activator Division. With 20 years of experience in the automotive industry, Kalfus joined Black Book in June 2012 as vice president of automotive licensing. He remains responsible for overseeing the national sales team focused on licensing Black Book data to automotive OEMs, auctions, VARs and marketing companies. He also leads the Black Book Lender Solutions team that supports automotive lenders, finance customers, banks, credit unions and title lenders.
Asbury Automotive Group Acquires Sandy Springs Ford
Asbury Automotive Group Inc. has acquired Sandy Springs Ford, which generates approximately $110 million in revenues annually. The dealership has been rebranded Nalley Ford Sandy Springs and brings the number of Asbury stores in Georgia to 16. The newly acquired store is located at 7555 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs—a northern suburb of Atlanta. For 30 years, the Ford store has served customers from all over Georgia. In 2011, the Ford store won the President's Award for Superior Customer Service and Sales Excellence, which is the highest honor from Ford. Asbury Automotive is dedicated to continuing this tradition of excellence.