Martin & Co. Advertising promoted Colby Abernathy to accounting and traffic manager. In the new position, he will provide full fiduciary oversight over the agency’s operations as well as direct and track progress on all agency work projects while providing some human resources duties. Abernathy is now responsible for all account receivables and payables, statements, tax payments, budgets, invoices, monthly and quarterly close processes and reporting, reconciliations, forecasting and budgets and analysis to ensure efficient staff utilization and company time. Martin & Co. Advertising, Whites Creek, TN; 615-876-1822.
Lighting and electronics specialist Hella and leading automotive technology company Faurecia have announced a strategic partnership for the development of innovative interior lighting solutions. The companies will jointly develop lighting with high-technology content in the domain of surface lighting and dynamic lighting for a more personalized cockpit environment. Faurecia will contribute its expertise as a complete system integrator for vehicle interiors, and Hella will supply innovative products in the field of interior lighting. Hella Inc., Peachtree City, GA; 770-631-7557.
Permatex received a 2018 Automotive Communications Award in the Best Business to Consumer-Article/Blog/Content Piece category for the company’s technical feature, “10 Most Common Epoxy Mistakes.” The award was presented during the 2018 Automotive Communications Award ceremony by Women in Auto Care. The feature focuses on the 10 most common mistakes consumers make when using epoxy adhesives and was provided to media, distributors, bloggers, content managers and industry websites across the automotive aftermarket, along with a complementary instructional YouTube video.
Airtex-ASC named Trevor Lilovich to the position of account manager, according to Charles Harris, senior director of sales and marketing for Airtex-ASC. Prior to joining Airtex-ASC, Lilovich served as business-development manager for Brake Parts Inc., where he partnered with distributor customers to help develop mutually profitable relationships. Lilovich has also held positions at Valvoline and Hertz.
Nitrous Express (NX) acquired Snow Performance. Matt Snow and Jake Snow will join the NX team on a consultant basis to aid in future product development and to capitalize on future business opportunities. Mike Wood and the rest of the NX team will handle sales and marketing for both brands. Nitrous Express, Wichita Falls, TX; 940-767-7694.
Hellwig Suspension Products announced that Brett Kinsfather has taken on the role of director of sales and marketing, and Karen Grassel has joined the company as its new customer-service manager. Kinsfather came to Hellwig with a strong marketing and sales background, having worked extensively with both manufacturers and distribution. Grassel developed her skills in sales, management and business development in the food-service industries with George’s Greek Café and Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurants. Hellwig Products Co. Inc., Visalia, CA; 559-734-7451.
Hopkins Manufacturing Corp. announced the addition of Duke R. Vair as vice president of human resources and chief human resources officer. Vair will lead and direct all human resources-related activities for Hopkins at its 10 locations around the world. Vair has human resources experience in a variety of industries, including architectural services, staffing services and telecommunications. Hopkins Manufacturing Corp., Emporia, KS; 620-342-7320.
Race Winning Brands Inc. announced the acquisition of Falicon Crankshaft Components Inc., representing the company’s fourth add-on acquisition. Falicon’s former owner, Glenn Salpaka, will continue to play a leading role within the organization as technical and operations consultant. The business will retain its current management team and add industry veterans Devin Rickey as Falicon’s general manager and chief engineer and Jack Sparks as technical director. The company will continue operating from its headquarters and manufacturing facility in Clearwater, Florida. Race Winning Brands, Mentor, OH; 440-951-6600. Falicon Crankshaft Components, Clearwater, FL; 727-797-2468.
American Powertrain was named the 2018 Elite Performer by TREMEC Transmissions. The Elite Performer Award is given to the authorized TREMEC dealer that has the number-one sales volume of TREMEC-brand performance products for the year. The award was presented at the 2018 SEMA Show by Nate Tovey, enthusiast marketing director for TREMEC, to Robert Hall, owner of American Powertrain. American Powertrain, Cookeville, TN; 931-646-4836. TREMEC, Novi, MI; 734-456-3700.
The Coker Group announced its acquisition by Coker President and CEO Wade Kawasaki and the current Coker Group leadership team in partnership with Irving Place Capital. Kawasaki will remain at the helm of the company. The Coker Group will continue to operate under the same leadership team and staff that helped drive it while expanding both its range of products and portfolio of companies. Corky Coker will retain ownership of Honest Charley Speed Shop and Chestnut Properties, which he will continue to manage with his children. Coker Tire Co. Inc., Chattanooga, TN; 800-251-6336.
Yokohama Tire’s redesigned EXCEED online dealer training program is now available. EXCEED, which stands for “Excellence Through Certification & Education,” is available to authorized Yokohama consumer and commercial dealers. The new site includes updated content and an improved user experience, including streamlined access to product modules. Yokohama Tire Corp., Santa Ana, CA; 714-870-3800.
Continental Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket earned a 2018 Automotive Communications Award for its VDO cooling fan assembly installation video. The award was presented during the Automotive Communications Awards ceremony sponsored by Women in Auto Care. Continental received the award for the Best Use of Video–Technical, in the business-to-business category. Continental Automotive Systems Inc., Allentown, PA; 610-289-0488.
Matthew Wolfe of Rebersburg, Pennsylvania, was named the 2018 Mitchell 1/Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Technician of the Future during the ASE Fall Board of Governors Meeting and Annual Technician Awards. Wolfe studied automotive technology at Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology in Pleasant Gap, Pennsylvania, and diesel industrial technology at Universal Technical Institute in Exton, Pennsylvania. Mitchell 1, Poway, CA; 858-391-5000.
Motor Trend named the ’19 Genesis G70 the recipient of its 2019 Car of the Year award at the annual Motor Trend awards ceremony held in conjunction with the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Mobility Show. It marks the first time that a Genesis has taken the honor. The G70 competed against 19 other contenders in Motor Trend’s evaluation of the most competent, desirable and capable vehicles to debut for the ’19 model year.
CRP Automotive received the Best Performance Product Award from the Import Vehicle Community at its annual Import Products and Marketing Awards ceremony during the 2018 Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo Show. The award was given for the Rein automotive aluminum water pump pulley and belt kit.
Sonoma Speed Festival named racer and car enthusiast Ryan Turri the event’s new general manager. The race and festival is set for May 31–June 2, 2019, at Sonoma Raceway. The raceway reported that Turri has been touring the country to invite racers and collectors to participate in the new event and hired the PR firm Tony Fay Public Relations to tell the story and vision of the event. Turri, a member of Porsche R Gruppe, has run a Northern California Porsche restoration and customization business specializing in designing and building custom air-cooled 911s.
Leslie Allen, Martin & Co.’s PR director and event manager, was honored with the Tampa Bay chapter of the Public Relations Society of America PRestige Awards, receiving the President’s Award for her work as co-chair of the event. Chapter President Mary Margaret Hull, APR, presented the award to Allen for her outstanding work in coordinating the event with the help of the PRestige Awards Committee. Martin & Co. Advertising, Whites Creek, TN; 615-876-1822.