SEMA eNews Vol. 13, No. 30, July 29, 2010

Movers & Shakers: Toyo Adds Bert Butler, Kenny Frederick to Sales Team; Penelope Lepisto Joins 1in8 Motorsports Foundation

Northwood University has selected Brandon Postema as the chair for the Northwood University International Auto Show (NUIAS) and James Hannah as vice chair. The 47th NUIAS, hosted by students of the university, is set for October 15–17, at the school’s Midland, Michigan, campus. The theme for this year’s show is “Electrify the Drive: Sparking a Global Revolution.” More information is available at www.northwood.edu/autoshow.

Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. added Bert Butler and Kenny Frederick to the company’s sales team. Butler has more than 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the tire industry. He is now responsible for Toyo Tires sales efforts in the District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia. Frederick, who has been in the tire industry for 23 years, resides in Houston and is responsible for customers in South Texas. His career has included roles in sales and business development.

Roush Yates Performance Products announced a partnership with valvetrain component manufacturer Del West making Roush Yates Performance Products the sole distributor of Del West products to all markets in the United States. Roush Yates will use Del West components in its engines built at the facilities in Mooresville, North Carolina, and sell the products from their Roush Yates Performance Products store.

Registration is still open for the 2010 RallyCross National Championship, August 20–22 in Fountain, Colorado. The event will be held just 25 minutes south of Colorado Springs for the second consecutive year, with an improved layout and bigger challenges for drivers. The U.S. Truck Driving School returns as the host site to the event, nearly in the shadow of Pikes Peak alongside the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. The site is a popular location for RallyCross within the Colorado Region. For more information on the 2010 RallyCross National Championship, visit www.scca.com/rally.

The 1in8 Motorsports Foundation of Cary, North Carolina, hired Penelope Lepisto as administrative director. Lepisto’s main responsibility is to hire event planners nationally and internationally to develop and execute events that raise money and awareness for the importance of early cancer detection. For more information, contact Penelope Lepisto at plepisto.1in8foundation@live.com.

Prestolite Performance, manufacturer of brands including Lakewood, Mr. Gasket, Hays, ACCEL and Mallory, has acquired the business of QuickTime Inc., a leading manufacturer of lightweight bellhousings and racing accessories. QuickTime’s manufacturing and research and development will continue to be based in its current headquarters of Oskaloosa, Iowa, while sales, service and administration will integrate and transfer to Prestolite Performance’s Cleveland headquarters by the end of the year. 

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