SEMA eNews Vol. 12, No. 42, October 22, 2009

Movers & Shakers: Rob Morse of AutoRep Sales Co.; DuPont’s Steve Aitken and Steve Trapp; Mike Clark Moves Up at ConvExx

Rob Morse has joined the team at AutoRep Sales Company as OEM sales
division captain. Morse is responsible for all facets of business at
the OEM level, as well a direct performance account responsibilities in
the Michigan and Ohio regions.

  Mike Clark
  Mike Clark

Mike Clark was promoted to vice president of operations for ConvExx, an independent show management company, headquartered in Las Vegas. Clark, whose background includes operations management in information technology and hospitality, has been at ConvExx for four years.

DuPont Performance Coatings named Steve Aitken and Steve Trapp to two key positions within the company’s newly formed DuPont Performance Services. A 23-year veteran of DuPont, Aitken was named collision services sales manager and will manage DuPont Performance Coatings’ growing staff of business development managers. Trapp, who was named collision services development manager, will lead course development activity and develop performance group content and consulting materials. He will also coordinate DuPont Executive Facilitators, a team of experts responsible for course instruction.

Chris Duke  
Chris Duke of MOTORZ TV  

Duke Networks LLC, producer of the DIY automotive show “MOTORZ TV”, announced that MOTORZ TV Host and Executive Producer Chris Duke was chosen by eBay Motors and CarDomain Network to exclusively host and perform parts installations on vehicles live near the Ford Motor Company booth during the 2009 SEMA Show. Duke and his MOTORZ TV crew will perform installations live daily (November 3–5), in addition to coaching enthusiasts (winners of the eBay 2009 Motors Master Contest) through live installations of their own. Duke Networks will also stream live video coverage of the event to its MOTORZ TV website, www.motorz.tv.

Longtime Federated member Lafayette Warehouse recently celebrated its 80th Anniversary by holding a customer appreciation event. More than 300 customers attended the anniversary celebration with several prizes being awarded. Lafayette has three locations in Indiana: Lafayette Auto Supply in Lafayette, Kokomo Auto Supply in Kokomo, and Northwest Indiana Auto Supply in Merrillville.

Subaru of America Inc. renewed its commitment to Montgomery College by pledging an additional $75,000 over the next five years for student scholarship support. Montgomery College’s Automotive Technology Program and Subaru have had a successful partnership for more than 15 years, producing hundreds of highly-trained automotive technicians. Subaru has also been a generous donor establishing the Subaru of America Endowed Scholarship for automotive technology students in 1993.

C.R. Laurence Facility  
C.R. Laurence of Europe Ltd.  

C.R. Laurence of Europe Ltd. expanded its European operations with the
construction of a new headquarters, including office and warehouse, at
Rochdale’s Kingsway Business Park. The groundbreaking for the
71,000-sq.-ft. facility is set for October 26.

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. launched of FitFotos, a new section of www.pioneerelectronics.com that highlights installations of car electronics by authorized Pioneer retailers. FitFotos enable dealers to showcase their professional installation capabilities while simultaneously helping consumers visualize the fit of Pioneer products in their vehicles. FitFotos builds upon the success of Mobile Electronics Live (MEL), Pioneer’s online portal for dealers that offers exclusive product information, video training and technical support.

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