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“Stacey David’s Gearz” Joins “Rev’n” Lineup
Luken Communications LLC has welcomed “Stacey David’s GearZ” to the programming lineup of its newest network, “Rev’n.” “Stacey David’s GearZ” is slated to join the “Rev’n.” schedule later this quarter. The deal encompasses new episodes in addition to the entire library spanning nine seasons.
Currently in its 10th season, “Stacey David’s GearZ” blends one-of-a-kind vehicle makeovers with the latest in building trends, capturing the attention of everyone from automotive novices to seasoned veterans. Stacey David, producer and host of “Stacey David’s GearZ,” is known in the industry for his hands-on approach and building expertise. David hosted Spike TV’s “Trucks!” for eight years prior to launching “Stacey David’s GearZ.”
Discovery Channel’s “Street Outlaws” racers Farmtruck and AZN for several autograph sessions in the Energy Suspension booth in the Central Hall (Booth #23567) during the 2015 SEMA Show.
Discovery Channel’s “Street Outlaws’” Farmtruck and AZN Take Over Energy Suspension’s Booth During 2015 SEMA Show
Energy Suspension will host Discovery Channel’s “Street Outlaws” racers Farmtruck and AZN for several autograph sessions in the Energy Suspension booth in the Central Hall (Booth #23567) during the 2015 SEMA Show. They will sign Team Energy/FNA posters in the booth, Wednesday, November 4, from 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.; Thursday, November 5, from 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.; and Friday, November 6, from 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Farmtruck and AZN are best known as the driver and co-pilot of the race-equipped ’70 Chevy long-bed truck featured in the “Street Outlaws” series. This ultimate sleeper was recently outfitted with a custom 632 big-block Chevy motor built by Advanced Engine Machine and has run Energy Suspension polyurethane components well before its television debut in 2013. This well-known Chevy pickup will also be on display in Energy Suspension’s booth during the Show and will participate in SEMA Ignited—the official SEMA Show after-party on Friday.
Lisa Moses Named Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Remington Industries has announced the promotion of Lisa Moses to executive vice president of sales and marketing. Moses will continue to report to Tom Norwell, president of Remington Industries, with responsibility for managing the strategic sales and marketing direction of the company. Moses has more than 25 years of experience in the automotive aftermarket with Remington, including key roles in sales and marketing. She has a broad range of retail experience encompassing analytics, strategic planning, consumer research, creative development, sales promotion and visual merchandising. She has worked closely with Remington’s major retail accounts serving in a category advisory role for several of the major retailers. In her previous role as the vice president of marketing for Remington, Moses has been responsible for directing all marketing aspects of the company. Her key responsibilities have included the marketing strategy for corporate branding, product and licensed brand positioning; product design and development; the design, development and implementation of consumer research; and managing all merchandising, promotional and marketing materials.
The stars of Animal Planet’s “Tanked,” Wayde King and Brett Raymer, will be featured as celebrity guests at the Omix-ADA/Rugged Ridge 2015 SEMA Show booth (#30171), November 3–5.
Omix-ADA/Rugged Ridge to Feature Animal Planet’s “Tanked” Co-Stars at the 2015 SEMA Show
Omix-ADA/Rugged Ridge has announced that the TV stars of Animal Planet’s “Tanked,” Wayde King and Brett Raymer, will be featured as celebrity guests at the company’s 2015 SEMA Show booth (#30171), November 3–5. King and Raymer, owners of Acrylic Tank Manufacturing (ATM), will be on-site at Omix-ADA/Rugged Ridge’s Show booth, alongside two custom-built Jeep Wranglers celebrating the partnership between ATM and Omix-ADA. The two Jeeps are designed exclusively for King and Raymer, outfitted with Rugged Ridge parts and accessories. After more than one year of conceptual design, planning and construction, the one-of-a-kind tank was revealed to the public in an all-new episode of Animal Planet’s “Tanked” October 2.
Toyota to Feature OPSTRAX Software Demonstration, N-FAB 2016 Tacoma
At the 2015 SEMA Show, Toyota will give attendees the opportunity to experience OPSTRAX—a software tool that helps collision centers more efficiently order, track and procure Genuine Toyota parts at competitive prices. OPSTRAX helps collision shops track purchased parts from the time they are ordered to the moment they are delivered. The software can also help identify disruptions to a shop’s supply chain and create greater efficiencies within a collision center’s ordering processes. OPS representatives will be on hand in the Toyota booth to answer questions and demo the software.
The fully customized N-FAB ’16 Tacoma will feature a display of Genuine Toyota parts in a custom-designed roll-out bed. Stop by the Toyota booth #24700, located in the Central Hall.
SEMA Data Co-op Hires Dylan Copella as .NET Developer
The SEMA Data Co-op (SDC) has hired Dylan Copella as a .NET Developer. He comes from Big Y Foods with five years of IT experience working on high-volume transaction systems from both system development and helpdesk perspectives. His specialties include working with MS SQL Server and ASP .NET.
4 Wheel Parts Unveils Post Falls, Idaho, Retail Store and Distribution Center
Transamerican Auto Parts (TAP) celebrated the Grand Opening of its Post Falls, Idaho, 4 Wheel Parts retail store and adjacent distribution center, October 10. The event marks the growing presence of the national truck and Jeep performance product reseller into the Pacific Northwest. The 75,000-sq.-ft. warehouse distribution center will supply the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada, and the 10,000-sq.-ft. store will meet a growing local demand for off-road performance product sales and installation.
Restoration Parts Unlimited Inc. (RPUI) has acquired Corvette America.
Restoration Parts Unlimited Inc. Acquires Corvette America
Restoration Parts Unlimited Inc. (RPUI) has announced the acquisition of Corvette America. Headquartered in Reedsville, Pennsylvania, Corvette America is a manufacturer of Corvette parts and accessories, and joins the RPUI Group of companies that consists of Trim Parts, Parts Unlimited (PUI), SoffSeal, The Right Stuff Detailing, Mr. Mustang and First Place Auto Products. Corvette America will continue to be led by Dave Hall and the rest of the current management team.
Counter Professionals Earn Cash Rewards for Monroe Quick-Strut Replacement Assembly Sales through Monroe Promotion
The Monroe “Ready2Sell BENEFITS” promotion returns this fall, giving counter professionals a chance to earn a $10 Visa prepaid card for each pair of qualifying Monroe Quick-Strut replacement assemblies sold from October 1 through November 30, 2015. Contact your Monroe representative to obtain a Monroe “Ready2Sell BENEFITS” scorecard. Completed scorecards and copies of sales invoices must be postmarked and mailed to Monroe program headquarters by December 15, 2015.
PRW Welcomes General Manager
PRW Industries Inc.—a manufacturer of high-performance engine components for hot rods and race cars—has hired David Ramirez to join the PRW team as its new general manager. Ramirez has more than 30 years of experience in wholesale distribution and the sales of sporting goods and automotive aftermarket accessories. Most recently, as operations manager at Spectre Performance, he managed all aspects of distribution, quality control, graphics and inside sales and marketing. After the buyout by K&N, Ramirez became international products manager at Edelbrock Corp., where he introduced new items geared toward the national retail chains. He also introduced the Pro Charge Clean strip filter design. After leaving Edelbrock, he became the director of sales and marketing for Specialty Products Co., where he was responsible for increasing sales and introducing new products.
SEMA’s Bryan Harrison Named a 2015 TRENDS Young & Aspiring Association Professional
Bryan Harrison, SEMA’s networks director, has been named one of TRENDS’ Young & Aspiring Association Professionals for 2015. TRENDS has selected the nation’s leading young association professionals since 1998. His accomplishments include serving as project manager supervising the SEMA Mustang Build—the first-ever all-female car build. He led 50-plus onsite volunteers from two countries and a cross-functional team of 13 staff to secure $100,000-plus in product donations from more than 40 supporting companies, $750,000-plus in supporting donations and coverage in multiple national media outlets, including signage in New York's Times Square. He also facilitated the SEMA Launch Pad—a GenY automotive entrepreneur business competition—with a 1,223% increase in unique votes from year one to year three (858 to 10,500), more than 43,000 unique app visitors, and secured more than $400,000 in prize donations over a three-year period.
RealTruck Wins 2015 Platinum Bizrate Circle of Excellence Award
RealTruck.com has been awarded the 2015 Platinum Bizrate Circle of Excellence Award for the second year in a row. The award is given by Bizrate Insights—a branch of Connexity Inc. RealTruck was one of more than 4,000 e-retailers from the United States and Canada considered for the 16th annual 2015 Bizrate Circle of Excellence Award. To win, e-retailers had to earn reviews that averaged remarkably higher than the program average. To gain Platinum status, which is the highest distinction of the awards, a company’s customer reviews must have an average score of over nine out of 10 stars.
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