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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.

BRANDON BERNSTEIN MOVES INTO FIRST IN TOP FUEL AND OTHER NHRA NEWSMAKERS

NEWS NUGGETS

HD PARTNERS ANNOUNCES PROPOSED ACQUISITION OF NHRA PRO RACING: HD Partners Acquisition Corporation and the NHRA announced last Wednesday, May 30, the signing of a definitive agreement under which HD Partners will acquire all of NHRA’s Professional racing assets, including the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, together with a broad set of rights to commercialize the NHRA brand.  Details can be found on the web at http://www.nhra.com/content/news/20723.htm.

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: SHIRLEY HOOPER, DON WAITE, ODETTE GRANT, LAURIE LAVERDURE, ANA MARSH AND MORE

Egge Machine Co. announced that Shirley Hooper was appointed to director of sales and marketing, effective immediately. Since Ernie Silvers’ appointment as CEO in August of 2005, Egge Machine Company has undergone rapid growth. Hooper, first hired in November 2005 as administrative/marketing assistant, brings 14 years of marketing and sales experience to Egge Machine Company. "Shirley brings tremendous talent and ability to address any concerns her new position may bring, and I know she will be successful," said Silvers.

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