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Holley Acquires AEM Performance Electronics

Holley has announced the acquisition of AEM Performance Electronics. AEM joins the Holley portfolio of brands, including Holley EFI, APR, Earl’s Performance Plumbing, Flowmaster, GearFX Driveline, HANS, Hooker, Hilborn Fuel Injection, MSD, Nitrous Oxide Systems, Racepak, Simpson, Stilo, STS Turbo, Tremec and more. The move aligns with AEM’s recent launch of EV conversion products, or electronic control systems that support the conversion of vehicles originally equipped with internal combustion engines to electric power. There will be no changes in leadership or the operation of AEM, as everything is “business as usual” for the company.

Roland Smith
Roland Smith

Caliber Announces the Addition of Roland Smith to Its Board of Directors

Caliber, parent company to Caliber Collision, Caliber Auto Glass and Caliber Auto Care, has announced that Roland Smith has joined its board of directors, effective April 19. Smith brings more than 30 years of experience in consumer brands and multi-unit operations spanning the hospitality, entertainment, supermarket and office product industries. Smith currently serves as the chairman of the board of directors of Jack’s Family Restaurants and previously served as chairman of the board of 24-Hour Fitness, Office Depot and Carmike Cinemas and a member of the Board of Directors of Dunkin’ Brands and The Wendy’s Company. As a member of Caliber’s Board, Smith will provide strategic guidance to support Caliber’s operations, teammates, partners and customers.

Chris Dilbeck Promoted to PFC Director of Motorsports

Dilbeck
Chris Dilbeck.

PFC promoted Chris Dilbeck to director of motorsports, where his new responsibilities will include managing the PFC Brakes race department, as well as strategically growing the PFC brand and market share across new SportsCar, open wheel and other professional motorsports series. In addition to the new segments of racing under the PFC banner, Dilbeck will still be responsible for the management of our current NASCAR and vastly increasing Circle Track client base.

Dilbeck's’ tenure at PFC Brakes began in 2012 when he was hired on as the short-track technical sales representative. He was promoted to the NASCAR and short-track sales manager in 2015 to better chart the path for those market segments.

Vintage Air Names Rick Love President, Promotes Three Key Team Members

Rick Love
Rick Love.

Vintage Air has announced promotion of multiple members of its senior management team. Effective immediately, founder Jack Chisenhall will take on the role of CEO, Executive Vice President Rick Love will become president, Allison Chisenhall-Harding will take on the new role of COO, and Ryan Zwicker will become the chief innovation officer.

The new senior management roles will place founder and former president Chisenhall as the CEO, where he will continue to oversee the organization. Long-time company leader Love will become the president, overseeing day-to-day operations at the facility and continue working closely with all teams. Chisenhall-Harding formerly held the position of special projects manager. In her new role as COO, Chisenhall-Harding will oversee the manufacturing and production side of the business. Additionally, she will work closely with the engineers and production supervisors to enhance production flow and managerial techniques.

Zwicker has been with the company for more than two decades and was formerly vice president of engineering and technology. In his new role, he will continue to oversee product and manufacturing engineering as part of the product development process.

ZEV Adds Rick Kreifeldt to Advisory Board

Rick Kreifeldt
Rick Kreifeldt.

ZEV announced the addition of Rick Kreifeldt to its Advisory Board. Kreifeldt has more than 30 years of technology experience. He serves as the head of American R&D for LG electronics, where his team specializes in AI, IoT, UX and next-gen automotive platforms. His responsibilities include advanced technology development, new business incubation, and open innovation. Previously, Kreifeldt was president of Motoforza Inc., a strategy and technology consultancy, where his work included connected car strategy and RFQs for an OEM, M&A strategy for a large $1B+ Tier1, and product development for a medical startup.

Old World Industries Names New CEO

Old World Industries has announced the appointment of automotive industry veteran Greg Noethlich as its new CEO. He will be responsible for accelerating the growth of Old World Industries with its PEAK, BlueDEF and Final Charge brands. Noethlich joins Old World Industries after leading several major automotive aftermarket businesses, including FRAM Oil Filters, Prestone Products and, most recently, Champion Laboratories.

Kundrik
Tom Kundrik

Boninfante Group, ProTorque Add Tom Kundrik

The Boninfante Group has hired Tom Kundrik as ProTorque’s director of motorsports and sales. In addition to fielding customer service calls and offering technical support over the phone for ProTorque, Kundrik will also travel the country to attend drag-racing events and provide on-site service and support for customers. He will also facilitate the launch of several new product lines, including supercharger-specific torque converters for ProTorque. Kundrik comes from Mickey Thompson Performance Wheels & Tires as the motorsports manager. Joining the company in 2006, Kundrik was part of a team that spearheaded the development and advancement of radial tire performance. His duties included product development and deployment. In February 2020, Rivera and ProTorque had announced an agreement with the Boninfante Group and moved to its state-of-the-art facility in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

ATI Announces First Chief Transmission Technology Officer

ATI Performance Products has announced the appointment of Vince Fourcade as chief transmission technology Officer (CTTO). Fourcade brings three decades of performance racing and automatic transmission building expertise to this new position. Fourcade has raced in the Pro Stock, Pro Rear Wheel Drive, Top Sportsman and Top Dragster categories in the ’80s. Later in that decade, Fourcade joined Montgomery Transmissions, where he worked with Bobby Edwards and Jim Beattie. Later, he went on to win the Bracket Finals at Maple Grove while using an ATI transmission and converter. Fourcade opened his own transmission shop in 1998 and continued racing. He later joined ATI in a part-time capacity, working with the team to advance the science of high-performance automatic transmissions. Five years later, he joined ATI in a full-time capacity.

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