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Hemmings Appoints Kathryn Reinhardt Senior VP of Marketing and Events

Kathryn Reinhardt

Hemmings has announced that President Jonathan Shaw has appointed Kathryn Reinhardt senior vice president of marketing and events. Reinhardt, an automotive industry veteran, has held leadership roles at 4 Wheel Parts, Pilot and MagnaFlow, where she successfully helped magnify brands with targeted programs that created extensive market infiltration.

“We are excited to welcome Kathryn to Team Hemmings,” said Shaw. “Her proven audience development and consumer engagement strategies will empower an already transforming Hemmings across its marketplace, media, and relaunched events businesses. Kathryn understands how to communicate and connect to modern automotive enthusiasts because she is one herself. She knows exactly where and how Hemmings needs to engage consumers of all demographics to gain scale and audience diversification for the coming decades.”

“I am thrilled to be joining this high-performance team,” said Kathryn Reinhardt. “The Hemmings brand is so much more than a publication. It is a single resource for automotive research, vehicle trading, consumer events, and has a vast online community. Since 1954, the Hemmings brand has been the bible for automotive enthusiasts. I am delighted to continue this legacy and extend the brand to new audiences.”

Reinhardt is a member of the SEMA Board of Directors, the IPC of SEMA Cares and holds
many accolades from the SEMA association.

AWE Teams With LGE-CTS and Omaze to Support Cancer Research With Giveaway Bronco


AWE has been selected to be featured on the Custom BAJA FORGED Ford Bronco, to be given away by Omaze, where donations associated with the Bronco giveaway will support Pelotonia and innovative cancer research.

AWE has been selected to be featured on the Custom BAJA FORGED Ford Bronco, to be given away by Omaze, where donations associated with the Bronco giveaway will support Pelotonia and innovative cancer research. AWE will donate its 0FG cat-back exhaust for Ford Bronco with BashGuard for the cause.  

“We’re always looking for ways to give back, and what better way than by sharing our unique and modular take on the Ford Bronco exhaust with the world, while supporting cancer research and working with our friends at LGE-CTS. Win-win, win,”  stated AWE Vice President of Marketing Jesse Kramer.

From the Omaze website, “This one-of-a-kind adventure masterpiece was made in the U.S. and tested in Baja’s rugged terrain, formidable against rocks, wind, sand and dirt with its BAJA FORGED Crawler front and rear bumpers, rock slides, 18-in. Method Race Wheels wrapped in 37-in. Nitto Trail Grappler Tires. The bold 5-in. flared fenders widen the look of the car, while the refined interior is packed with modern tech and custom carbon-fiber-style upholstered seats, dash and door panels. With its beefy suspension, 330 hp and 415 lb.-ft. of torque, adventure is yours for the taking.”

The Custom BAJA FORGED Ford Bronco also features a custom PPG Industries Agave Grey and Cyber Orange paint job; a forged carbon fiber Ram Air hood; RIGID Industries 20-in. light bar, chase lights, rock lights; WARN EVO10S winch with Factor 55 fairlead; ICON Vehicle Dynamics stage 4 EXP suspension system; AWE cat-back exhaust system with bash guard; BANKS Power Pedal Monster; ALCON front big brake kit; custom upholstered seats, dash and door panels; Wildtrak; molded-in-color hardtop; Sasquatch Package; 10-speaker B&O sound system; and 12-in. infotainment touchscreen. More information about the Custom BAJA FORGED Ford Bronco and entry information can be found at

Dan Jesel
Dan Jesel

Dan Jesel Transitions to Executive Chairman, Announces Rich Runne as CEO of Jesel

Jesel—the valvetrain parts manufacturer based in Lakewood, New Jersey—has announced after 42 years, Dan Jesel has transitioned from president and CEO to executive chairman. Rich Runne, a 31-year company veteran, will assume controlling interest and the CEO position in partnership with Dan’s brother, Wayne Jesel. In addition, ownership of the “Equal 8” engine technology will transition to Equal 8 LLC with Wayne Jesel as CEO. Jason Line will lead operations, R&D, and production. The Equal 8 engine won the Masters of Motors competition at the 2018 PRI Trade Show and has been in R&D for more than 10 years prior to its release.

Katie Lucas
Katie Lucas

Katie Lucas Named Chief Administrative Officer of Lucas Oil

Lucas Oil Products has announced the appointment of Katie Lucas, the company’s vice president of strategy and philanthropy, to the position of chief administrative officer (CAO). In this role, she will be responsible for blending day-to-day operations with long-term strategic goals, plus providing oversight of company policies, procedures, campaigns and growth initiatives.

As vice president of strategy and philanthropy, Lucas shaped company strategy and business development initiatives, adding long-term vision and insight to new and ongoing initiatives. She will further advance strategic planning as CAO to pursue growth and adapt to a changing automotive landscape. Together with the Lucas Oil executive team, she will lay the groundwork for an enduring corporate strategy and culture equipped for the next 20-plus years.

Under her leadership, Lucas Oil has been recognized for philanthropic efforts supporting local and national non-profits. It was recently named Outstanding Corporation by the Inland Empire Association of Fundraising Professionals for its exceptional commitment to the Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital in Loma Linda, California.

Lucas was named one of Indiana Business Journal’s Forty under 40, recognized for her professional success and civic involvement in central Indiana. Her other non-profit affiliations include the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation, Ascension St. Vincent Foundation, Wheeler Mission, Grit & Grace Nation Foundation, EDGE Mentoring and others.

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