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Movers & Shakers: Aeromotive to Celebrate 25 Years With Open House, Chris Youngs Joins Neapco

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Chris Youngs Joins Neapco as National Sales Manager

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Neapco recently announced that it has named Chris Youngs as national sales manager for the company's aftermarket group. Youngs' aftermarket experience spans more than three decades, including positions in operations, logistics, and most recently as senior manager—aftermarket sales for Dana Inc. As national sales manager, Youngs will be responsible for the strategic leadership of Neapco’s aftermarket sales group in North America. He will focus on development and execution of sales strategies to bring added value to our customers in their respective markets.

ROXOR Sponsors Justin Moore’s Late Night & Longnecks Tour

ROXOR off-road vehicles announced that the company is the title sponsor for all 50+ shows of Justin Moore’s Late Night & Longnecks Tour, spanning North America, from June to October, 2019. The Valory Music Co. artist is combining two of his favorite passions with this new partnership: country music and rolling through the outdoors in style. For more information on the new ROXOR, visit

Aeromotive Celebrates 25 Years With Open House and Car Show

Aeromotive will host a special open house event to celebrate the company's 25 years Thursday, August 1, from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the Aeromotive Inc. headquarters, 7805 Barton St. in Lenexa, Kansas. Attendees will enjoy appearances from famous racers and their cars (show up to find out who) and can shop the wares of local parts distributors and enjoy performances by local musician Gary Lincoln. The company will also host tours of their facility. The event will also feature a silent auction to and T-shirt sales benefit Parenting Children with Special Needs Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of local families who have a child with challenges that are associated with a medical diagnosis.

Icahn Automotive Celebrates Final 2019 Technical School Partnership at Orlando Universal Technical Institute

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Icahn Automotive Group LLC announced the addition of Universal Technical Institute’s (UTI) Orlando campus to its Race to 2026 efforts, concluding the program’s technical school efforts for 2019. Launched earlier this year, the Race to 2026 initiative encourages more men and women to pursue viable careers in the skilled trades by partnering with technical training schools and offering scholarships and tuition reimbursement. In total, Icahn Automotive has partnered with six Universal Technical Institute and Lincoln Tech locations to reach students enrolled in automotive technology programs across the U.S.

In Orlando, Icahn Automotive, Pep Boys, and RPM leaders and technicians, and UTI administrators, instructors and students came together to unveil classroom designs that incorporated images of the well-known service brands, technicians hard at work and career maps that illustrate the many paths an automotive technician can take. The renovated areas included new furniture and equipment plus inspiring messages on the classroom walls including “Find the tools you need,” “Find your own path” and “Find out how far you can go.” To celebrate the partnerships, Dominic Lightner, an automotive technology student at the UTI in Orlando was presented with a $2,500 scholarship from Icahn Automotive. The event also included the Pep Boys Mobile crew service rig and mobile diagnostic vehicles, unique mobile repair and diagnostic vehicles that provides on-location services as well as a new, dynamic career opportunity for automotive service program graduates.

Bonnier Corp. to Create Auto Festival in Saudi Arabia

Bonnier Corp. announced that it will host an automotive festival featuring hundreds of leading brands in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, November 21-26, 2019. The company is recruiting leading brands to participate in the event. The festival is part of “Riyadh Season,” which includes a two-month celebration that will feature a blend of consumer-facing specialty automotive displays, activities, and activations, along with trade-only education and networking events. As part of Vision 2030, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has embarked on a course to open the country to both new entertainment and business opportunities. Bonnier Corp. has been contracted by the General Entertainment Authority to help build one of the largest auto festivals in the region.

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