SEMA News—March 2020
At Truck Hero’s first-ever SEMA Show media conference in 2019, two-time Purple Heart recipient Army Sergeant Curtis Crawford officially joined the Building Homes for Heroes (BHH) family and learned that he and his family would receive a mortgage-free home in Springfield, Missouri. The event took place in the Truck Hero booth. Sergeant Crawford is a highly decorated veteran, having received the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and more. To date, BHH has gifted 178 mortgage-free homes, with a goal of gifting 200 by the end of 2019 and 500 by 2025.
The Saleen Experience Center—a retail and lifestyle space in Shanghai, presented by supercar manufacturer Saleen—officially opened its doors in China. For the first time, customers in China will be able to see, experience and buy Saleen products. The Saleen Experience Center marks the latest in Saleen’s global business expansion through a partnership to produce and distribute vehicles in China with Jiangsu Saleen Automotive Technology Co.
Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI) recently announced the appointment of Nikki Stoughton as the company’s new director of marketing. Prior to her position at LSI, she worked first as a solutions marketing manager and then brand marketing manager for CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society, where she managed the company’s flagship brand SciFindern. Earlier, Stoughton worked as the marketing manager at Exceptional Innovation Inc.
Lorraine Stevenson of Stevenson’s Tire & Service Center LLC was recently awarded a ’19 Ford Mustang GT, sponsored by Standard Motor Products, through an Auto Plus Auto Parts performance promotion scratch-and-win contest. The promotion also offered opportunities to win a Disney family vacation for four, a NASCAR VIP trip for two and multiple $2,500 gift cards.
Yakima announced that it has completed an asset acquisition of Road Shower, an on-vehicle outdoor recreation water transport system. Through the acquisition, Yakima will take ownership of Road Shower’s intellectual property and existing inventory as it works to transition production to its own facilities. Following the launch or expansion of several key categories for Yakima, Road Shower offers utility and versatility to adventure campers, anglers, surfers, bikers, kayakers and those who want to keep their gear, their vehicles and themselves clean while out in the wild.
Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. announced the promotion of strategic business account development manager Chad Stanley to director of sales effective January 1, 2020. Stanley first joined Toyo Tires in February 2014, serving as regional sales manager covering the states of Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri. Stanley’s promotion comes with other significant changes to the Toyo Tires sales structure. Sam Felberbaum, currently director of sales for the western division, will be Stanley’s counterpart as director of sales, southern division. In addition, Mike Snyder, who has served as director of sales for the eastern division, will become director of sales, auto dealer channel. All three directors of sales will report to Mike Graber, who assumed his new role as vice president of sales on January 1.
Polaris Inc. announced several changes to its senior leadership team. Current President of Motorcycles Steven Menneto has been named president of off road; Michael Dougherty, president of international, has been named president of motorcycles in addition to his role as president of international; and Chris Musso, president of off road, has been named to a new role as senior vice president of electrification strategy. All three leaders will continue to report to Polaris Chairman and CEO Scott Wine.
EnerSys announced that it is the recipient of the 2019 Allegiant Power Best in Sales award. Triumphing more than 32 competing companies from across the country, the transportation and specialty team accepted the accolade during the annual Allegiant Power Show, held October 3–6 in Washington, D.C. The award was earned by generating the most revenue during the three-day show. Since 2015, Allegiant Power has presented the Best in Sales award as a way of recognizing and thanking vendors for their commitment to the show and attendees.
Hurco Companies Inc. partnered with BMO Automation. The Hurco/BMO Automation partnership provides customers with a tested automation solution that requires minimal integration and is designed to increase productivity without disruption.