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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.

Member News, April 2009, SBN

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

Member News, April 2009, SBN

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

Member News, April 2009, SBN

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, SBN Leslie 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
Member News, April 2009, SBN


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 LTAA 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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