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SEMA News—May 2019

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  FiskerFisker Inc. officially announced its new working partnership with former U.S. Representative and House Majority Leader Richard (Dick) Gephardt.
   

Technology and e-mobility company Fisker Inc. officially announced its new working partnership with former U.S. Representative and House Majority Leader Richard (Dick) Gephardt. He has taken on the role of advisor to Fisker Inc. on vehicle-manufacturing site selection in the United States and innovative labor contracts in line with both Fisker Inc. and Gephardt Group green initiatives.

Art Michalik
Art Michalik
 
   

Power Automedia announced that the company named Art Michalik as editorial director. Michalik joined the team in early 2019. Michalik raced in the SCCA Formula Vee series in his early days and translated his passion into a professional career. Early in his career, Michalik worked as director of client services for Stewart Holt Advertising and was involved in managing many premium automotive brands, including Brembo, Toyota Racing Development, PowerTrack, K&N and others.

Bestop acquired BullRing USA, a seller of retractable tie-down anchors designed for use on Ford, GM, RAM and Toyota trucks. BullRing will become a member of the Bestop Premium Accessories Group. The brand’s operations will be overseen by fellow group member PRP Seats’ CEO and founder Aaron Wedeking. PRP Seats is the manufacturer of SpeedStrap. Business will continue to be conducted under the BullRing USA name.

Hot Wheels announced the return of the Hot Wheels Legends Tour, a national traveling car show searching for a life-size custom car worthy of being made into a Hot Wheels toy car. The tour begins in Miami on March 16 and will expand with additional stops in the United States. The winning vehicle will become a 1:64 die-cast toy car and will also be inducted into the Hot Wheels Garage of Legends.

  Lynn Parker
Lynn Parker
   

Lynn Parker, president of the Automotive Aftermarket Charitable Foundation (AACF), announced the election of Mike Peace to its board of trustees. Peace is vice president for national accounts and business development at the National Pronto Association, a $1.4 billion member-owned program distribution group. National Pronto is a longtime supporter of the AACF and has been in the automotive sector for more than 35 years. Prior to joining National Pronto, he served in a prominent sales leadership role with Timken.

Hypertech promoted John Lambert to general manager, tapping into his engineering background and management skills to reenergize the company as it moves forward with the introduction of its new throttle optimizer, React, along with new applications for its Max Energy power programmers and speedometer calibrators. Lambert has been a member of Hypertech’s executive leadership and its tuning manager since 2006, developing new tuning products and working with the California Air Resources Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in addition to a broad range of engineering and management tasks.

Jason DiFuccia
Jason DiFuccia
 
   

Polaris Industries Inc. announced that Jason DiFuccia joined 4 Wheel Parts/TAP Worldwide LLC as senior marketing director. DiFuccia will lead the TAP marketing department by establishing holistic marketing strategies for the organization and cultivating the 4 Wheel Parts brand globally. In addition, DiFuccia will be responsible for driving collaborative cross-functional work across the TAP product design/manufacturing division to create proactive demand for new products and ensure effective launches for in-house brands.

Westin Automotive Products Inc. announced that the company is in the process of acquiring specific assets, IP rights and the brand name of Superwinch Group, located in Portland, Oregon. Westin will expand on the current product offering and add additional value to customers with its winch-capable products such as HDX grille guards and bumpers, Max mount systems, and
Jeep products.

  Chuck Whitney
Chuck Whitney
   

RideTech announced the appointment of Chuck Whitney as production manager. In his new role, Whitney will be responsible for overseeing all manufacturing and order-fulfillment operations at RideTech’s factory in Jasper, Indiana. He brings a wealth of aerospace and racing experience to RideTech and worked in manufacturing, producing AS9100 parts for Boeing, Airbus, Honeywell, Raytheon and a host of other major manufacturers. His extensive racing career includes roles as crew chief and operations manager on numerous Dirt Modified and Sprint Car race teams.

Truck Hero Inc. announced the appointment of Tom Goulet as executive vice president of human resources, reporting to company President and CEO Bill Reminder. Goulet’s role will be to oversee all human-resource departments and activities for Truck Hero and its family of brands, and he will be responsible for the development and implementation of the organization’s human-resource strategy. He joins Truck Hero with more than 20 years of experience leading complex human resources organizations and enterprise-wide initiatives.

Lumileds announced the appointment of Dr. Jonathan Rich as CEO. Dr. Rich most recently served as chairman and CEO of Berry Global Inc., a Fortune 500 specialty materials and consumer packaging company, from 2010–2018. Dr. Rich succeeds Mark Adams, who is stepping down as CEO and from the board of directors but will remain in an advisory role to the company. Dr. Rich was previously president and CEO at Momentive.

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