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Movers & Shakers: Lloyd Hunt and Jeff Jacques Join Power Automedia; AirPro Adds Frank LaViola

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Power Automedia Names Lloyd Hunt National Sales Manager, Jeff Jacques Business Development Director

Power Automedia has named Lloyd Hunt national sales manager and Jeff Jacques business development director. Hunt’s career at Power Automedia began in 2007 when he was hired as publisher. Now, in a new role as national sales manager, Hunt will help lead all business relationships at Power Automedia. Jacques also brings a wealth of sales and account management knowledge with him.

Frank LaViola Joins AirPro Diagnostics

AirPro Diagnostics has announced the hiring of Frank LaViola as senior sales and marketing consultant. LaViola brings with him more than 25 years of experience in the collision-repair industry, working nationally with quality repairers, OEMs and other vendors in relationship development, performance reporting and development of industry KPIs.

AudioControl Signs TPA for Independent Sales Representation

AudioControl, makers of innovative high-performance audio solutions for the residential, commercial and automotive markets, has appointed Trent Partners & Associates as the company's independent sales representation for mobile audio products in the New York and New England regions, effective immediately. TPA covers the New York/New England region with a team of seven sales reps on the road. TPA represents an array of significant 12-volt manufacturers throughout the region and has established relationships with car audio sales and installation specialists that bring great sound to consumers.

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Dayco Appoints McTeer as Director of Business Strategy

Dayco has appointed Mike McTeer as director of business strategy, U.S. aftermarket. McTeer will be responsible for developing target market strategies and sales associate development. McTeer brings more than 25 years of experience in the automotive aftermarket, having worked at O’Reilly Auto Parts, AutoZone, Factory Motor Parts and Federal-Mogul Motorparts.

“I am delighted with my new role at Dayco and to work for a company that is renowned for its customer commitment.  My new role affords a great opportunity to contribute to an already talented Dayco team that is keenly focused on creating additional value for our aftermarket customers,” said McTeer, director of business strategy.

MAHLE Acquires Transmission Specialist

MAHLE is taking over the transmission specialist ZG-Zahnräder und Getriebe GmbH, based in Eching, near Munich, Germany. With this step, the technology group MAHLE is further developing its competence in the entire powertrain. It has been mutually agreed that the details of the agreement and the purchase price will not be disclosed. Through the acquisition, MAHLE is expanding its expertise in the powertrain as a whole to include the transmission—a key component. This is significant because the trend in electric vehicles is toward integrated drive systems. This strategic move allows MAHLE to tap into additional development competence in this field, thus putting it in a position to offer its customers integrated systems solutions for the powertrain from a single source, including transmission design.

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Richard Dauch Appointed CEO Of Delphi Technologies

Delphi Technologies PLC has appointed Richard “Rick” Dauch as the company’s new CEO. Dauch also will join the company’s board of directors. He succeeds Hari Nair, who has been serving as interim CEO since October 5, 2018. Dauch is a proven executive in the automotive and commercial vehicle industries with extensive operational, commercial and P&L experience. Since February 2011, he has been serving as the president and CEO of Accuride Corp., a supplier of wheel end systems to the global commercial vehicle industry.

Previously, he was president and CEO of Acument Global Technologies, a global fastening solutions provider to the aerospace, automotive, heavy-duty truck, industrial and non-automotive transportation markets. He joined Acument following a 13-year career with American Axle and Manufacturing, where he last served as executive vice president of worldwide manufacturing for the global automotive supplier of driveline, drivetrain and chassis systems. Dauch began his career with United Technologies. He previously served as an officer in the U.S. Army for seven years after earning a bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Hot Shots Secret
The Hot Shot’s Secret promotion rewarded funds to Amalee Mueller’s Save the Racks charity for each successful pass made in either of Mueller’s two Save the Racks-themed trucks driven throughout the 2018 race season by Mueller or Firepunk Diesel team member Larson Miller.

Hot Shot’s Secret and Amalee Mueller’s “Save the Racks” Promotion Raises $5,950 for Breast Cancer Research

In support of breast cancer research, Lubrication Specialties Inc., manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret performance fuel and oil additives and ADRENALINE race oil, have announced a contribution of $5,950 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The funds were raised throughout the NHRDA race season through a special promotion sponsored by Hot Shot’s Secret. The promotion rewarded funds to Amalee Mueller’s Save the Racks charity for each successful pass made in either of Mueller’s two Save the Racks-themed trucks driven throughout the 2018 race season by Mueller or Firepunk Diesel team member Larson Miller. Hot Shot’s Secret donated $50 for each pass, in addition to giving a $250 bonus for each runner-up finish and a $500 bonus for a class victory at each NHRDA event. This, in addition to Save the Racks promotional tee shirt sales, accounted for the close to $6,000 in funds raised for breast cancer research.

K&N to Be Official Filtration Partner for “Horsepower Wars” Season 2

“Horsepower Wars” and K&N have joined forces, with K&N being named the official filtration partner of the automotive show series. In addition, K&N will become the title sponsor of the “Horsepower Wars” Truck/Junkyard Challenge Competition. Season 2 kicks off in March.

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Sparta Evolution Hires Mark Joseph as COO

Sparta Evolution has announced the hiring of Mark Joseph as chief operations officer. He has been in the performance automotive aftermarket industry for 26 years, all of which were spent with the company that his father, the late Oscar Joseph, founded in the ’70s: DBA (Disc Brakes Australia). In his new position with Sparta Evolution, he will concentrate on all aspects of running the business, which will include the oversight of accounting, engineering, logistics, manufacturing, operations, purchasing, quality and research and development. Joseph began his career in the performance automotive aftermarket industry with DBA in 1992. There, he focused on engineering, manufacturing, operations and quality. He led his quality management team to earn certification of ISO9000, QS9000, TS16949 and TUV. He was also instrumental in securing design patents for DBA’s vane design. He moved to the U.S. in 2005 to grow the business in the Americas by establishing warehouse logistics and national distribution. Joseph will report directly to the founder and CEO of Sparta Evolution Jun Chun.

XPEL Named Official Window Tint and Paint Protection Films of the BMW Car Club of America

The BMW Car Club of America (BMW CCA) has announced an agreement that will make XPEL the official window tint and paint protection films of the BMW CCA for 2019. The agreement provides XPEL exclusive status, a large presence at national club events and significant exposure via the club’s communication channels. XPEL will be present at key national events in 2019, including Legends of the Autobahn, Festorics and the 50th Annual BMW CCA Oktoberfest, providing members with more information about their advanced paint protection film and window tint product line. XPEL has been a club sponsor since 2013, and has continued to increase its support.

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