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Movers & Shakers: TMG Performance Products Names Chris Thomson National Account Manager; Frank Frederick Named Executive VP of Sales for APC Automotive Technologies

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Chris Thomson
Chris Thomson

Chris Thomson Bolsters TMG Performance Products Sales Team

TMG Performance Products has named Chris Thomson national account manager, based in Peoria, Arizona. For much of the past 35 years, Thomson has been a fixture in the automotive aftermarket industry having served as a SEMA Board member and worked for widely recognized brands, such as Mr. Gasket, Airaid and K&N. During his long history in the aftermarket space, Thomson has been an integral part of helping those brands greatly improve their sales in both the exhaust and air intake market segments. Thomson joined the TMG Performance Products Group officially in late March, and is serving as both a national account manager and a strategic advisor to the leadership team, adding input into the future strategies and tactics of the air-intake business unit.

Continental
Anouré V. Fenstermaker

Continental Names Anouré V. Fenstermaker Marketing Communications Manager

Continental has named Anouré V. Fenstermaker marketing communications manager for its Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket (CVAM) business unit. The announcement was made by Howard Laster, head of aftermarket – North America continental commercial vehicles & aftermarket, who indicated that Fenstermaker’s appointment was effective March 19, and that she will be responsible for directing all of CVAM’s public relations and marketing communication efforts. Fenstermaker’s core responsibilities include managing all communication, press, creative and marketing services, as well as corporate branding for CVAM overall and for each of the company’s market divisions. She will also direct and manage all tradeshow activities and assist the management team with product sales/marketing activities, as well as the development of sales tools and training materials, promotions and customer specific programs. Prior to joining Continental, Fenstermaker was the marketing director for IntegraONE. For the past 17 years, Fenstermaker has also been an independent marketing consultant under AF Marketing Group LLC, with clients in healthcare, technology, software development, non-profit and other industries.

APC
Frank Frederick

APC Automotive Technologies Names Frank Frederick as Executive Vice President of Sales

APC Automotive Technologies LLC (APC) has announced that Frank Frederick has been appointed executive vice president of sales for the combined APC sales team. The announcement was made by Hugh Charvat, CEO of APC Automotive Technologies, who noted that Frederick will oversee all of the customer-facing and channel strategy functions for both AP Emissions and Centric Parts. Before joining APC, Frederick was general manager of Schrader Performance Sensors. During his tenure, which began in 2014, he helped build the Schrader TPMS aftermarket channel up from its early growth stages to the significant leadership position it currently possesses in the aftermarket. Prior to Schrader, Frederick was vice president, North American light-duty aftermarket for Remy International. He also served ROL Manufacturing of America for 15 years as executive vice president, sales and marketing, where he managed all OEM and aftermarket activities.

VIPAR
Joe Meyer 

VIPAR Heavy Duty Welcomes Joe Meyer as New Program Manager

Joe Meyer has joined VIPAR Heavy Duty and its family of companies as the organization’s new program manager, where he is responsible for developing programs with suppliers. Meyer has more than 28 years of experience in the heavy-duty aftermarket. Before joining VIPAR Heavy Duty, Meyer was most recently a national account manager for Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems. He has previously worked in key roles at Grote Industries, Borg Warner Automotive and Chicago Rawhide (now SKF).

Classic Industries
Parts and accessories for the Mustang will now be located at Classic Industries’ corporate headquarters in Huntington Beach, California. 

Classic Industries Acquires California Mustang; Launches New Product Line

Classic Industries recently announced the addition of its new Mustang product line, which is available at www.classicindustries.com. The new line is the result of Classic Industries’ acquisition of California Mustang in 2017, and the subsequent merger of both operations. Parts and accessories for the Mustang will now be located at Classic Industries’ corporate headquarters in Huntington Beach, California. Although the California Mustang name and location will change, the merger will offer California Mustang’s customers an increased selection of brands and parts, a full color catalog for Mustang, and an improved online user experience.

Hot Rodders of Tomorrow
Team Remflex from Franklin County Career & Tech Center #1 came in first place with a time of 21:28.

York County School of Technology Hosts Sixth Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Event

The Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge’s sixth event of the season was held at the York County School of Technology in York, Pennsylvania, April 7, where a total of four schools from Pennsylvania and Virginia fielding six teams competed. York County School of Technology fielded three teams. Team Remflex from Franklin County Career & Tech Center #1 came in first place with a time of 21:28. In second place came team Mr. Gasket from C D Hylton High School #2 with a time of 27:42. In third place was Team R&R Marketing from York County School of Technology #1 with a 37:50 time. For more information, visit www.hotroddersoftomorrow.com.

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