SBN - The SBN Insider

SEMA Member News -- March/April 2009

The Inside Scoop on SBN Members

By Tracy Teuscher

In each issue of SEMA Member News, “The SBN Insider” will feature good news from SBN members across the country. Offering a unique platform for SBN members to get to know one another in a more personal way, “The SBN Insider” gives our growing SBN membership of more than 250 professional women a place to celebrate good news about our experiences regarding work, life, family and adventure as a professional woman in the automotive aftermarket industry.

The SBN is proud to announce that the annual SEMA Speed Networking Breakfast was another great success! Sincere thanks go to the members of the SBN Select Committee, SEMA Council Liaison Jan Desma, SEMA Vice President of Councils Will Woods, SEMA Board Liaison Wade Kawasaki and all of the sponsors for making this event possible. Thanks again to everyone! Please watch the website for video coverage of the event coming soon to courtesy of PowerTV Media.

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Lauren Fix, SBN Select Committee member, was awarded the Aftermarket Woman of the Year Award during the 2008 AAPEX show in Las Vegas by the Car Care Women’s Board. Fix is a nationally recognized automotive expert, a frequently quoted authority on automotive culture and issues, a journalist, the author of three books (most recently Lauren Fix’s Guide to Loving Your Car) and several service manuals. She is also a contributor to numerous technical and consumer articles and a noted TV personality. Congratulations, Lauren! For more information, please visit

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Lee McGuire, SBN Select Committee member, has been promoted to director of marketing and operations at Skyjacker Suspensions. McGuire joined the marketing department at Skyjacker in August of 2003 and quickly proved her abilities to organize and lead. While serving as marketing director, she continued to excel and manage many projects beyond the scope of marketing. Congratulations, Lee! For more information, visit

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Luanne Brown, CEO of eTool Developers, SBN immediate past chair, and SEMA Board member, is pleased to announce that eTool Developers has acquired the former gNetworks design/development team and offices following the restructuring of gNetworks in October. The team members have worked closely with eTool Developers over the past seven years and possess exceptional skills in website development, web-based business applications and eLearning solutions, including the revolutionary PWA University developed for the PWA. The growth of eTool Developers results in the expansion of specialized services to the automotive aftermarket. Congratulations, Luanne! For more information, please visit
Member News, April 2009, SBNLeslie Allen, SBN Select Committee member and client manager/PR manager for The Marx Group, is pleased to announce that The Marx Group has earned four Automotive Communications Awards, which were presented at the 2008 AAPEX Show by the Automotive Communications Council and the Women’s Board of the Car Care Council. The Marx Group also received two bronze awards and an honorable mention recently in the 14th annual Automotive Aftermarket Business Global Design Awards. Congratulations to Leslie and The Marx Group team! For more information, please visit
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With more than 20 years in the retail, wholesale and auto dealership side of the industry, Anne Johnson recently joined Keystone Automotive Operations Inc. as the regional outside sales representative for central California. Keystone Automotive Operations reigns as the largest distributor and marketer of specialty automotive parts in the world. Johnson is a former SEMA Board member, is an active SBN and TORA member and most recently was selected to serve on The Aftermarket Foundation Board of Trustees. Congratulations, Anne! She may be reached at 209/649-5962.



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