SEMA eNews Vol. 15, No. 10, March 8, 2012

Movers & Shakers: Jeffrey Brown Named Associate Publisher of Motor Trend, Automobile

Jeffrey Brown Hired as Associate Publisher of Motor Trend and Automobile
Source Interlink Media hired Jeffrey Brown to fill the roles of associate publisher of the company's Motor Trend and Automobile
brands and serve as vice president of integrated sales for its consumer
automotive group. According to Source Interlink Media, Brown will be
responsible for driving integrated solutions and managing the sales team
for Source Interlink’s Consumer Automotive Group. He will report
directly to Eric Schwab, senior vice president/group publisher of the Motor Trend
Automotive Group. Prior to joining Source Interlink, Brown most
recently served as a regional sales director with Forbes Media. Brown
has 14 years of experience selling digital, print, events, branded
entertainment and integrated marketing solutions and has worked for
Fortune 500 media companies, including Forbes, Yahoo! and The Hearst
Corporation, in addition to launching several Internet start-ups.

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John Kahut was named senior vice president of independent sales for CARQUEST U.S.

 

Kahut Named CarQuest Senior Vice President Independent Sales
John Kahut was named senior vice president of independent sales for CARQUEST U.S.
According to the company, Kahut began his career with CARQUEST in
November 1986 as an account executive in Lakeville, Minnesota, and
shortly thereafter became warehouse manager of the Lakeville
Distribution Center. He served as operations manager in both Nashville,
Tennessee, and Marshfield, Wisconsin. Kahut spent more than seven years
as an independent store sales manager in Albany, Georgia, and
Marshfield, Wisconsin. “Kahut brings 36 years of experience and
leadership in the automotive aftermarket,” said CARQUEST President Mike
Broderick. “In his many years with the company, he has gained broad
knowledge and expertise in sales, operations and supply chain, which
makes him the perfect match for this position.”

Eric Miltsch to Manage New Product Development for DrivingSales
Eric Miltsch was named director of product strategy for DrivingSales. According to the company, Miltsch will help enhance and develop the company's product and services suite. Prior to joining DrivingSales, Miltsch directed successful digital experiences for Auction Direct USA. Miltsch also wrote for WhyBuyUsedCars.com, Auction Direct's used car blog and his personal blog, WhatDidEricSay.com, which DrivingSales says is one of the first blogs focused on location-based marketing concepts and strategies.  

Classic Industries Supplies Parts for Speed TV's "Car Warriors"
Classic Industries will participate in the second season of "Car Warriors" by supplying the show's parts cage with restoration products for the teams as they work to impress the judges with their builds. “When timetables are short, having restoration parts that fit precisely is crucial. ‘Car Warriors’ was a natural choice for Classic Industries,” said company CEO Jeff Leonard. “It was a perfect opportunity to show how Classic Industries products can be trusted to keep a project on track without delays.” A complete airing schedule for “Car Warriors” can be found on Speed TV’s website at www.speedtv.com/programs/car-warriors.

Internet AutoParts Extends Agreement With O'Reilly Auto Parts
Internet AutoParts (IAP) extended its existing agreement with O'Reilly Auto Parts, continuing a 10-year relationship between the two companies. "Internet AutoParts has been a great technology and eCommerce partner for us," said Chuck Rogers, director of professional B2B eCommerce initiatives for O’Reilly. "IAP’s best-in-market solution and outstanding service and support have allowed us to focus on what we do best, selling parts and servicing our professional customers. Given their history of outstanding service, performance, reliability, and product innovation, we are pleased to recognize IAP as a preferred partner for O’Reilly."

Sammy “The Flying Flea” Tanner Named Grand Marshal Ascot Flat Track Reunion
Dirt track racer Sammy “The Flying Flea” Tanner was named Grand Marshal of the Ascot Flat Track Reunion, which will be held May 12 at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum. Tanner was the first winner of Ascot’s National Championship Half-Mile Race in 1959. He also won an incredible 408 regulation AMA races and 67 Trophy Dashes. Sammy will be joined by numerous riders, including Grand National Champions Gene “Burrito” Romero and Gary Scott, for a day of wild and crazy Ascot memories. Proceeds from the event support the Aid To Injured Riders and the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum—both are 501(c)3 not-for-profit organizations. More information is available through Jerry Greer: jrgreer5565@sbcglobal.net
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Automotive Accessories Management Names Rick Rollins Membership Development Coordinator
Automotive Accessories Management USA Inc. (AAM) has added Rick Rollins to its staff as membership development coordinator. Rollins will help AAM identify opportunities within the changing business landscape of the specialty-equipment market. AAM reports that Rollins' ability to evaluate evolving market subsets and opportunities in local and regional markets will allow him to make excellent recommendations to AAM’s Board for membership and market development strategies. Rollins stated, “As a manufacturer, I’ve worked with the AAM Group since its inception—and since then, as we all know, the consumer’s buying habits and distribution have and still are changing. I’m honored that AAM asked me to help in recognizing new areas and segments of our industry that will make AAM an even stronger distribution organization in the future.”

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