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MOVERS AND SHAKERS: GREGG VANDERMAR, RUSTY TAYLOR, KEITH PETERSON, WALTER NIZIOLEK, WAYNE GOLONKA AND MORE

Yokohama Tire Corporation added two seasoned employees to its team: Gregg Vandermar, performance marketing manager, and Rusty Taylor, new manager of finance & administration, business division. Vandermark's responsibilities include corporate and consumer ride and drives, dealer training and working with automotive enthusiast groups and car clubs. He has more than eight years of tire-industry experience, formerly serving in several positions at Toyo Tires.

NASCAR FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST AT&T AND OTHER RACING NEWS

SUE ME, I’LL SUE YOU: NASCAR has filed a $100-million countersuit against AT&T Mobility/Cingular Wireless and AT&T, Inc., with NASCAR alleging breach of contract, fraud and misrepresentation and conspiracy to aid and abet wrongful interference with Nextel’s exclusive sponsorship agreement in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. The suit comes after AT&T, which purchased Cingular earlier this year, won an injunction against NASCAR in May, which allows it to display its logos on the Richard Childress Racing No. 31 driven by Jeff Burton.

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: BRIAN REESE, MATTHEW STURDEVANT, LARRY BRUNKALA, AND MORE

The COMP Performance Group hired Brian Reese as director of business development. Reese was formerly the director of engineering for SLP Performance Parts, specializing in aftermarket performance with a focus on late-model engines. His professional career started at General Motors where he worked in Michigan at the Warren Technical Center and Milford Proving Grounds.

MOVERS & SHAKERS: DANIEL JOHNSTON, WALTER GUERTLER, LARRY CARTER, JEFF KERN AND MORE

United Components Inc.’s (UCI) board of directors appointed Daniel Johnston as its new chief financial officer. Johnston, who will also serve as a member of the board, was previously vice president and chief financial officer of Solae LLC, a producer of soy-based food products. Prior to Solae, Johnston spent more than 10 years in senior financial and operational positions at United Industries Corp.

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