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Movers & Shakers: Carroll Shelby Foundation Names Rafella Golden New Managing Director

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Carroll Shelby Foundation Names Rafella Golden New Managing Director

Rafella Golden has been promoted to managing director of the Carroll Shelby Foundation by the charity’s board of directors. In this new position, Golden will manage the daily operations of the non-profit founded by legend Carroll Shelby. Golden has been part of the Shelby community since 2009, when she first began to work for Carroll Shelby International. Previously, she worked in public school fundraising, event coordination and retail design for a variety of organizations. Since joining Shelby, Golden has been involved in many different roles for Shelby American, Team Shelby, Carroll Shelby’s Store, Carroll Shelby International and the Carroll Shelby Foundation. Golden will fill a dual role as both managing director of the charity and will still remain part of the Team Shelby management team. This position will allow her to maximize opportunities for the charity to integrate into Shelby American and the international club’s events.

Classic Industries Publishes First Mustang Catalog Since Recent Merger

Classic Industries CatalogClassic Industries newest catalog features Ford products as a result of a recent California Mustang and California Muscle Parts merger.

Classic Industries has released an all-new catalog for Ford Mustang enthusiasts that will include restoration, customization, performance parts and accessories for all 1964 through 2004 Mustang models. The all-new catalog is the first Mustang catalog Classic Industries has published since the company merged California Mustang and California Muscle Parts into its operations in Huntington Beach, California, and rebranded the newly acquired group of companies as Classic Industries. For more information, visit

Alloy Wheel Repair Specialists LLC Acquires AWRS Midwest

Alloy Wheel Repair Specialists LLC (AWRS) announced the acquisition of AWRS Midwest. The acquisition includes the following cities, surrounding areas, and regions: St. Louis, Missouri; Kansas City, Missouri; Kansas City, Kansas; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Northwest Arkansas (Fayetteville, Fort Smith); Central Arkansas (Little Rock); Northern Louisiana (Shreveport, Bossier); East Texas (Tyler, Longview, Nacogdoches).

The acquisition will substantially grow the AWRS LLC  footprint geographically and financially, thereby expanding upon AWRS Midwest's successes and exploring more in-depth capabilities. Mike Riley, current COO of AWRS Midwest, will continue to oversee daily operations.

Kumho Tire USA Names Samuel Choi New CEO

Kumho Tire USA announced that Samuel Choi has succeeded Harry Choi, who is stepping down and will move on from the company to pursue new career opportunities after six years leading Kumho’s U.S. headquarters. The company reports that the transition comes as a part of a global shift in key executive management roles geared to positively reinforce the company for the present and future. Kumho Tire Chairman Jong Ho Kim has also resigned from his position and the company will be naming his successor once decided.

Samuel Choi began his career with Kumho Tire more than 28 years ago and has held various management positions, including sales-planning leadership roles in the Middle East and Europe with a specific concentration on the French market. He most recently served as president of Kumho Mexico.

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