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Movers & Shakers: Nexen Tire Wins 2023 iF Design Awards

Nexen Tire America--the provider of high-performance, passenger,Nexen Tire SUV/light truck and winter tire technology--has announced Roadian HTX 2 has received the main award in the product design category of the iF Design Awards 2023 in Germany.

The award-winning Roadian HTX 2 tire is designed to improve snow traction and mileage performance when compared to competitive products. It improves tread grip and handling performance, even in snowy conditions, thanks to the tire maker's 3D-sipe technology that increases traction. The cooling-pin design used on the shoulder block effectively releases heat generated during driving, increasing tire durability even in high-speed driving environments and allowing for more stable driving.

The iF International Forum Design GmbH, based in Hanover, Germany, is the oldest independent-design organization and annually bestows the iF Design Award on the best design results. Around 11,000 entries from 56 countries competed fiercely for the award, which was chosen by a panel of 133 judges comprised of experts from each country.

'24 Toyota Tacoma is Coming May 19

The all-new '24 Toyota Tacoma world debut is on May 19, 2023. Stay tuned for more, and click here to check out the previous '24 Toyota Tacoma teasers.

Driven Brands Announces Executive Appointment

Automotive services provider Driven Brands Holdings, based inDriven Charlotte, North Carolina, has appointed Gary W. Ferrera as executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO). Ferrera will report to President and Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Fitzpatrick and succeeds Tiffany Mason.

Ferrera has extensive financial experience and has served as a CFO for various firms across multiple industries for nearly two decades, during which time he has taken two companies public, the company says. Most recently, he served as the CFO of Skillsoft Corporation, an educational software company. 

Speedway Motors Promotes Josh Durham, Jeremy Orlowski

Speedway Motors--the Lincoln, Nebraska-based manufacturer, retailer and distributor of automotive parts and racing products--has announced the promotions of Josh Durham and Jeremy Orlowski. 

Josh Durham, who first joined the Speedway Properties team in 2021, brings more than 23 years of experience in finance to his new role as CFO for Speedway Motors. Before, he was vice president/controller at the Nebraska Book Company and, prior, was a senior financial analyst at The John Hopkins University School of Medicine. 

Jeremy Orlowski first joined Speedway Motors in 2007. He has held several roles within the company, first with outbound inventory, then later to positions on the web team. He is now the director of purchasing. 

Bridgestone Honors Top Maplewood High School Automotive Training Center Students

Bridgestone Retail Operations, a subsidiary of Nashville, Tennessee-based Bridgestone Americas, has announced a three-year extension of their relationship with the Maplewood High School Automotive Training Center while honoring this year's top students during a special ceremony at Bridgestone Tower.

The program's top student was offered a part-time position at a local Firestone Complete Auto Care store and received a professional technician toolkit. Seven other students demonstrating a commitment to careers in the automotive service industry also received special awards. Following the ceremony, students and their families were invited to engage with Bridgestone teammates during a career fair and mentorship breakout groups and enjoy a luncheon overlooking downtown Nashville.