SEMA eNews Vol. 19, No. 31, August 4, 2016

Movers & Shakers: “Ole Yeller” Mustang Raises $295,000 to Support Youth Education and Aviation

Compiled by SEMA Editors

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The Ford “Ole Yeller” Mustang developed by the design and engineering teams at Ford Motor Company sold for $295,000 at the Gather of Eagles charity.
   

Ford Donated “Ole Yeller” Mustang Raises $295,000 to Support EAA Youth Education and Aviation

The one-of-a-kind, aviation-inspired Ford “Ole Yeller” Mustang developed by the design and engineering teams at Ford Motor Company sold for $295,000 at the Gather of Eagles charity. The auction was held during the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Oshkosh 2016. Hank Menke, president and CEO of OFS Brands in Huntingburg, Indiana, was the winning bidder. All proceeds from the car donation and sale benefit EAA’s youth education programs, including the Young Eagles, which has provided free introductory flights to 2 million young people since 1992.

University of the Aftermarket Foundation Establishes Scholarships in Memory of Jim Moss

The University of the Aftermarket Foundation has announced that it will award scholarships to two students each year who are enrolling full time at a four-year college. The scholarships will be awarded in memory of Jim Moss, founder and long-time publisher of Truck Parts and Service magazine.

Moss, who passed away in April 2016, started Truck Parts and Service in July 1966 and remained at the magazine for 41 years. To recognize the significant contribution that truck dealers made to the heavy-duty aftermarket, he launched Successful Dealer magazine in 1978. An industry icon, Moss also started the Council of Fleet Specialists (CFS), which later became the Commercial Vehicle Service Network (CVSN), and was instrumental in the development of Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW). In 2015, Moss received the President’s Award from CVSN.

“A group of aftermarket veterans and friends came together to honor Jim’s legacy and because of their generosity, two deserving students will be awarded scholarships each year from the University of the Aftermarket Foundation in his memory,” said Foundation Chairman Tim Lee. “This is a fitting tribute to a man who did so much to support and advance the heavy-duty aftermarket.”

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Jack Cameron
   

Jack Cameron Joins Brake Parts Inc as National Sales Manager – Commercial Vehicle

Jack Cameron has joined Brake Parts Inc. (BPI) as national sales manager – commercial vehicle. In his new role, he will lead the company’s sales efforts in the heavy-duty and fleet aftermarket.

Previously, Cameron held a variety of roles at different companies in the aftermarket, including sales at Federal-Mogul; vice president of marketing at Dorman Products; director of sales and marketing at Ken-Tool; and general manager at The Timken Corporation. In 2007, Cameron joined the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), where he served as vice president, programs and services, as well as executive director of the Brake Manufacturers Council. He came to BPI from a commercial business development role at Genuine Parts Company.

Scott Smith Named NHRA Director of Media Relations

Scott R. Smith, who has been with the NHRA since 2002, has been named NHRA director of media relations, it was announced yesterday by NHRA Vice President of Public Relations Terry Blount.

Smith will direct the communications efforts of the NHRA, the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and other entities within the world’s largest motorsports sanctioning body. The position will continue to build upon the strong relationship the NHRA has with media outlets across the country.

Smith will continue to be based out of Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

Truck Hero Inc. Appoints Marla Zwas as General Counsel

Truck Hero Inc. has announced the appointment of Marla Zwas as general counsel, reporting to the company’s president and chief executive officer. Bill Reminder.

Zwas joins Truck Hero with nearly 25 years of legal experience. Most recently, she was senior vice president and deputy general counsel of Flagstar Bancorp, where she led the corporate and human resources legal functions. Prior to Flagstar, she served as senior counsel, corporate affairs for Chrysler Group (now FCA). Zwas also brings automotive experience from Toyoda Gosei North America Corporation, where she was general counsel for the U.S., Mexican and Canadian operations.

Zwas holds a Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law. She serves on the national board of the Society for Corporate Governance and is also active in the Women’s In-House Counsel Leadership Institute.

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