Spanish Trail Country Club To Host AACF Benefit Tournament


AACF Announces New Tournament Venue For Annual Benefit
Sacramento, CA, June 29, 2018 - Scheduled Monday October 29, the 2018 AACF Bob Schoeberl Memorial Golf Tournament will be hosted by a new venue this year - the legendary Spanish Trail Country Club of Las Vegas. The stunning Spanish Trail Country Club has recently undergone a $15 million renovation, boasting a beautiful and challenging 27-hole championship golf course - the former home of the Las Vegas Open.
Tournament participants will enjoy the incredible PGA-level courses Spanish Trail has to offer along with exceptional food and refreshments. This year’s raffle includes tournament favorites, like a set of golf clubs, sets of four tires, generous gift cards, as well as prestigious giveaways like a week’s vacation for two to Cabo San Lucas.
“AACF is amazing charity, and we love the golf tournament because it’s a great way to support AACF while having a lot of fun with other industry members for a day in the sun before we kick off AAPEX and SEMA Show week,” said Tyler Reeves of Interstate Batteries. “It’s extremely enjoyable for our team, customers and friends.”
Early registration is now open for the coveted AACF Foursome - spots sell out each year, so visit http://bit.ly/AACF-Vegas-Golf to secure your spots today.
“We enjoy socializing, great food and beverages, raffles and door prizes, course competitions and networking,” said Anne Johnson of Truck Accessories Group. “We would strongly encourage other automotive companies to support AACF by joining us during SEMA Show and AAPEX week for a great day of golf.”
Contact Joel Ayres for more information at 916-628-0271, or email to joel@aftermarketfoundation.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter with hashtags #AACFVegasGolf and #GolfingAndGiving.
About the Automotive Aftermarket Charitable Foundation (AACF)
The Automotive Aftermarket Charitable Foundation (AACF) has been helping aftermarket families turn tragedy into triumph since 1959. Like the industry, AACF is driven by passion and devoted to family. It’s tough to ask for help, but when someone in the aftermarket family faces profound circumstances, AACF is there to help put the tough times in the rearview mirror. As a nonprofit, AACF accomplishes its mission through the support of generous donors, awareness partners and dedicated volunteers. To learn more, visit AftermarketCharity.org. To donate, visit http://bit.ly/AACF-Cares. To apply for help, visit http://bit.ly/AACF-get-help.

New SAE International Education Program Provides Knowledge And Skills For Young And Early-Career Engineers

SAE International announces the new Workforce Readiness Academy, a professional development program geared for those just beginning their engineering careers.
Warrendale, PA, June 28, 2018 - SAE International wants to help engineers just starting out in their professions to gain the skills they need to be successful. Toward that goal, SAE International announces the new Workforce Readiness Academy, a professional development program geared for those just beginning their engineering careers.
"The goal is to quickly address the gap between knowledge learned in university engineering degree programs and knowledge/skills needed to be productive in the mobility engineering environment including technical, organizational, and personal disciplines," J. Kevin Perry, EdD, Director of Professional Development for SAE International, said.
SAE's Workforce Readiness Academy consists of a series of on-line, self-directed modules and a five-day instructor-led classroom experience. The five-day classroom session will be held Sept. 24-28 in Troy, Mich.
After running two pilot programs in 2017 and consulting with dozens of representatives from industry and academia, Perry and team developed a curriculum geared for 19- to 24-year-olds and focused heavily on business skills.
"The business skills are considered by many to be even more important than technical skills," said Perry. "We're talking about critical thinking and problem solving; time management; record-keeping and documentation; effective teaming; and program/project management."
The Academy is particularly beneficial to new hires having responsibilities in manufacturing, maintenance, research, design, product and process development, program and project management, troubleshooting, and materials management. However, college student also will find value in the program.
Frank Menchaca, Chief Product Officer for SAE International, was involved in the pilot program for students. "The students found the instruction on engineering project management most valuable because it teaches them skills that they can use on day one of their new job," Menchaca said.
CLICK HERE for more information about SAE International's new Workforce Readiness Academy.
CLICK HERE to register for the five-day classroom session, Sept. 24-28 in Troy, Mich.
To learn more about SAE International's full complement of professional development programs and courses, visit https://www.sae.org/learn/professional-development.
About SAE International
SAE International is a global association committed to being the ultimate knowledge source for the engineering profession. By uniting over 127,000 engineers and technical experts, we drive knowledge and expertise across a broad spectrum of industries. We act on two priorities: encouraging a lifetime of learning for mobility engineering professionals and setting the standards for industry engineering. We strive for a better world through the work of our charitable arm, the SAE Foundation, which helps fund programs like A World in Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series™.
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Custom Automotive Network Announces 2018 Member Award Nominees

La Quinta, CA - Custom Automotive Network has announced the nominees for the 2018 CAN Member Awards. Nominees are selected based on significant contributions the company or individual has made to support the custom automotive distribution channel during the previous 12 months. Custom Automotive Network’s President, Tracie Nunez, stated “We are honored to announce the nominees for the 2018 Custom Automotive Network awards. Every nominee demonstrates a true automotive passion, and has positively impacted the distribution channel. These member-driven nominations are a testament to each nominee’s commitment to excellence and support of the Custom Automotive Network community.”
Membership voting will take place from June 19th - July 3rd. The 2018 Member Award Winners will be announced during the CAN Connect Reception on Sunday, September 9th in Frisco, Texas.

The nominees for the 2018 CAN Member Awards are as follows:

CAN Person of the Year
• Adrian Murray - Painless Performance
• Bob West - Westin Automotive Products
• Jim Hairston - PerTronix Performance

CAN Manufacturer of the Year
• Fragola Performance Systems
• RaceQuip
• Truck Hero

CAN Reseller of the Year
• Motovicity Distribution
• National Performance Warehouse
• Tri-State Enterprises

CAN Manufacturer Rep of the Year
• Bob Cook Sales
• Harry Miller Sales
• KAM Marketing

About Custom Automotive Network
Founded in 1970, CAN’s mission is to assist the custom automotive industry in efforts to expand, maintain and promote the profitable distribution of custom automotive products through the manufacturer | distributor | retailer | consumer channel. Consisting of 500 member companies, CAN hosts the annual CAN Connect conference, one of the aftermarket’s premier networking summits, as well as publishes the Supply Channel, a bi-monthly update on matters relating to the aftermarket’s distribution channel. CAN members also benefit from discount programs, an industry-leading learning platform and a dealer directory. For more information, visit www.customautomotivenetwork.com.

Nominations For SEMA Industry Awards Open Now

Recipients to be honored during exclusive 2018 SEMA Show
DIAMOND BAR, Calif. (June 26, 2018) - Nominations for the prestigious SEMA Industry Awards are being accepted now through July 13, 2018, at www.sema.org/awards. Regarded as the highest honors presented to companies and individuals in the automotive specialty equipment aftermarket, SEMA Industry Awards are presented for Manufacturer of the Year, Person of the Year, Rep Agency of the Year, Warehouse Distributor of the Year, and Gen-III Innovator of the Year.
"The SEMA Industry Awards are presented to a highly distinguished group of people and companies who have helped to inspire and motivate the aftermarket industry to greatness," said Chris Kersting, SEMA President and CEO. "We look forward to honoring the winners and recognizing their proven contributions, leadership, and integrity."
The awards will be presented in front of more than 3,000 of the industry’s most influential professionals at the SEMA Industry Awards Banquet during the 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. To nominate an honoree and learn more about the SEMA Industry Awards, visit www.sema.org/awards or contact Lindsay Bianco at lindsayb@sema.org.
About SEMA
SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association founded in 1963, represents the $41.2 billion specialty automotive industry. The industry provides appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and technology products for passenger and recreational vehicles. Association resources include market research, legislative advocacy, training and product development support, as well as leading trade shows such as the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV, and the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show in Indianapolis, IN. For more information, visit www.sema.org, www.semashow.com, or www.performanceracing.com.

New Mobile App Dedicated To Automotive Events

Platform provides event promoters with new tool to reach thousands of users for free via the mobile app and www.motorin.com
Diamond Bar, CA, June 5, 2018 - Automotive event organizers throughout the country now have a cost-effective, modern tool to reach consumers and promote events ranging from car shows, auto auctions, drifting or race competitions, free of charge. Created through a partnership between the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) and ClassicCars.com, the new MOTORin’ app is a car and truck event finder designed to make it easy for auto enthusiasts to find events by date, location or categories, and to help event organizers reach more users.
The app, which is available for download now at no cost on both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, includes hundreds of events, with events being added daily.
"SEMA is committed to building programs and platforms that help the automotive industry flourish," said SEMA Chairman of the Board Wade Kawasaki. "Organizers are invited and encouraged to submit their events so they don’t miss out on this opportunity to reach MOTORin’ users.
To submit an event, promoters can create an account by downloading the app. Once registered, promoters will be able to submit their events, along with details, a photo and a link to purchase tickets if desired. Visitors will automatically obtain a list of upcoming events local to them when they access MOTORin’ but can also search for events by date, location, distance, keywords or event category.
"The automotive community thrives by making connections, and there are few places better to do that at than a car event," said ClassicCars.com President and CEO Roger Falcione. "The MOTORin’ app offers a convenient way for collectors and enthusiasts to promote and discover relevant automotive events in their backyard or across the country. It was a pleasure to work with SEMA to develop the app."
While events can also be searched online at www.motorin.com, the mobile app is designed to target a younger audience that is on the move.
For more information or to begin posting events to MOTORin’, download the app from the App Store or Google Play or visit www.motorin.com.
About SEMA
SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association founded in 1963, represents the $41.2 billion specialty automotive industry. The industry provides appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and technology products for passenger and recreational vehicles. Association resources include market research, legislative advocacy, training and product development support, as well as leading trade shows such as the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV, and the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show in Indianapolis, IN. For more information, visit www.sema.org, www.semashow.com, or www.performanceracing.com.
About ClassicCars.com
Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz., ClassicCars.com is home to the industry's largest community of collector car owners, buyers and enthusiasts. ClassicCars.com is devoted to helping owners sell classic vehicles online. Featuring more than 30,000 vehicles for sale by private sellers, auction houses, and specialty dealerships around the world, ClassicCars.com is home to the world's largest online selection of classic and collector vehicles for sale. For more information, visit www.classiccars.com.