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Movers & Shakers: Ford Names New Vice Chair, Finance VP; Cosmo Tires Hosts Car Show

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Ford Names Lawler Vice Chair, House Joins as Finance VP

Ford has named John Lawler, Ford CFO since October 2020, as its new vice chair, while initially continuing as CFO until early 2025.

Additionally, Sherry House, who most recently was CFO at electric vehicle maker Lucid Motors, is joining Ford as vice president, finance, as part of a plan to succeed Lawler as CFO in early 2025. In the meantime, she will oversee financial planning and analysis as well as the finance organizations for the company’s automotive businesses: Ford Blue, Ford Pro and Ford Model e.

Both assignments are effective in early June.

As vice chair, Lawler will focus on Ford’s strategic development, all current and future global partnerships, and engagement with global leaders, including in China, Southeast Asia and Europe, to advance industry-critical policy, the company said.

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TechForce Foundation, SkillsUSA Announce Strategic Collaboration
Cosmo Car Show

TechForce Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to guiding students to careers as professional technicians, and SkillsUSA, an education and industry partnership program, have announced a new strategic collaboration.

Through the partnership, SkillsUSA will introduce TechForce Foundation’s career-building resources to its members, encouraging them to access the TechForce online career hub that helps students connect with year-round scholarships, events, apprenticeships and jobs. Additionally, TechForce will educate its network of students and instructors about SkillsUSA membership, which offers opportunities for student leadership, professional development, enhanced curriculum, industry networking, and partnerships and real-world experiences that reinforce lessons learned in the classroom.

"This non-profit-to-non-profit collaboration showcases what can happen when two organizations work together for a common purpose," said TechForce Foundation CEO Jennifer Maher. "Both organizations are committed to the outcome of a skilled, passionate workforce, so ensuring our communications channels cross-pollinate ensures our students, and industry, win. With TechForce having over $4 million in scholarships to award this year alone, and SkillsUSA being active in nearly 5,000 schools and over 21,000 classrooms nationwide, it’s a natural alliance that supercharges results for the next generation of skilled technicians." 

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Cosmo Tires Hosts Annual Car and Truck Show at TGI Headquarters

Cosmo Tires, a private-label brand distributed by Tire Group International, hosted its 2nd annual Kool Kat Ambush car and truck show at its facility in Miami, Florida.

Cosmo Car Show

The event featured a variety of cars and trucks, including a '68 Shelby GT350 and a one-off custom '63 Lincoln Continental, a Ferrari LaFerrari, and a Porsche Carrera GT. More than 25 trophies and awards were given out to participants for various accomplishments, such as best in show, best sound systems, best exhaust and more. 

The company reported an attendance of more than 2,000.

"As we continue to grow, we never want to lose sight of our family-owned culture," said Tony Gonzalez, CEO. "Our clients and distributors are a key part of that growing family which is why it’s important to set some time aside each year to get together like we do at our annual Kool Kat Ambush car and truck show.”

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