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Movers & Shakers: PPG Honors ColorVision With 2021 Platinum Distributor of the Year Award

PPG Honors ColorVision With 2021 Platinum Distributor of the Year Award


Taking part in the celebration are (L–R): Tom Maziarz, PPG vice president, Automotive Refinish, Americas; Chris Dewes, former PPG director, PPG Platinum Distributor programs; Christopher Wegley, ColorVision operations director; Michael McGarry, PPG chairman and chief executive officer; Connor Allen, ColorVision general manager; Kathy Allen, ColorVision owner; Gary Allen, ColorVision president; Jay Elliott, ColorVision sales director; Natalie Scott, PPG director, PPG Platinum Distributor programs; and Chancey Hagerty, PPG vice president, global Automotive Refinish.

PPG has named ColorVision its Automotive Refinish 2021 Platinum Distributor of the Year. The annual award recognizes the distributor that demonstrates outstanding performance, extensive knowledge of PPG products and a commitment to serve and support its customers. Natalie Scott, PPG director, PPG Platinum Distributor program, Automotive Refinish, U.S. and Canada, presented the award to ColorVision’s leadership team during PPG’s annual Platinum Distributor Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony in February. Gary and Kathy Allen, co-owners of ColorVision, accepted the honor on behalf of the company.

Solera Appoints Insurance and Automotive Executives to Leadership Roles

Solera Holdings LLC has appointed insurance and automotive business executives to key roles. Bill Brower, Mike Roberts, Dan Barrington, and Lewis Scott further extend Solera’s leadership position in the vehicle lifecycle management industry.

Brower brings insurance experience and has led strategic business units at Liberty Mutual, Nationwide Insurance and LexisNexis Risk Solutions. As Solera’s new industry relations leader, Brower will advance its insurance and claims business and help define the future of Solera products and services.

Roberts comes to Solera with a background in the automotive industry. He held various global management positions with OEMs, dealers and solutions providers, most recently with Cox Automotive as a senior sales executive for Dealertrack DMS. Roberts now heads sales for Solera’s fleet business, where he directs the sales function of several key product lines, and is responsible for creating a highly disciplined, results-driven sales culture.

Barrington previously served in senior roles at Arity, CCC Information Services and LexisNexis Risk Solutions. He has closely partnered with more than 100 insurance carriers during his career and led teams that achieved significant commercial wins in insurance telematics solutions, property and casualty insurance operations, distributions and claims. He leads the sales for U.S. claims at Solera.

Scott is Solera’s new head of sales, national accounts and aftermarket. Before joining Solera, he held senior executive positions at Horizon Bank, Allstate Insurance, American Express and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

All four leaders will work closely with Tony Graham, Solera’s executive vice president of North American sales.

Bill Cummings
Bill Cummings

Bill Cummings Announced as Vice President of LEED Brakes

LEED Brakes has named Bill Cummings as the company’s vice president. Cummings has been in the aftermarket brake industry since 1998. He started his career in the brake industry with Stainless Steel Brakes Corp., working his way from the warehouse to operations manager in his 16-year tenure. In 2014, he was hired as general manager of LEED Brakes to build structure, oversee daily operations, operating budgets and develop strategic growth plans. As vice president, he will direct all operations within the company and develop strategies to propel LEED Brakes to the front of the automotive aftermarket.

Nashville Superspeedway Adds Three Veteran Sports Execs to Key Positions

Track officials have announced three veteran sports executives have joined Nashville Superspeedway, Middle Tennessee’s home for NASCAR Cup Series racing and live entertainment in Gladeville, Tennessee. Matt Greci is now vice president of events and operations, Kacy Harmon is the senior director of ticket sales and operations, and Jason Lazar is the director of operations.

Greci will manage event logistics for the race weekend, oversee the facility’s day-to-day operations and ensure that the venue is prepared to offer first-in-class service. Harmon is responsible for leading and developing ticket sales talent, strategy, service initiatives, and revenue opportunities for the NASCAR weekend and other live events. The announcement comes as Nashville prepares for the June 24–26 NASCAR tripleheader weekend, featuring the Ally 400 NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, June 26.

Lucas Oil Senior Vice President Named Forty Under 40 Honoree

Lucas Oil Products has announced that Katie Lucas has been named as one of the 2022 Forty Under 40 honorees by Indiana Business Journal. The list highlights local business and professional leaders who have achieved success, excelled in their field and demonstrated leadership, initiative and dedication in pursuing their careers before the age of 40.In her role, Lucas is responsible for Lucas Oil’s strategic direction, vision and growth as a solutions-driven, customer-centric aftermarket and emerging lifestyle brand.

From expanding the Lucas Oil footprint across various markets to implementing a corporate social responsibility program concentrated on philanthropy and employee engagement, Lucas is helping elevate the family-owned business’ legacy and its commitment to customers and its community. She works closely with her husband Morgan Lucas, president of Lucas Oil. Additional information on this year’s honorees will be featured in the March 25, 2022, issue of Indiana Business Journal.

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