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.

SAE International Honors A Team Of Motorsports Safety Professionals With 2017 John Melvin Motorsports Safety Award

SAE International Honors a Team of Motorsports Safety Professionals in 2018 with the 2017 John Melvin Motorsports Safety Award.
Warrendale, PA, June 7, 2018 - SAE International Honors a Team of Motorsports Safety Professionals in 2018 with the 2017 John Melvin Motorsports Safety Award.
Dean Sicking, UAB Associate VP for Product Development, Ronald K. Faller, Director and Research Professor, Midwest Roadside Safety Facility, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Karla A. Lechtenberg, Research Engineer, Midwest Roadside Safety Facility, University of Nebraska-Lincoln were in attendance for the awards ceremony during WCX 18: SAE World Congress Experience in Detroit. Additional awardees not in attendance include Robert W. Bielenberg, Research Engineer, Midwest Roadside Safety Facility, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Anton George, Owner, Vision Investments, LLC, James C. Holloway, Assistant Director Physical Testing Division, Midwest Roadside Safety Facility, University of Nebraska, John D. Reid, Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and John R. Rohde, retired, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Established in 2016, this award honors individuals, organizations or teams (both SAE members and non-members) whose research and/or practical application represents unique, original concepts that, when applied to motorsports, cause significant positive change and elevate safety to new levels of innovation, in the memory of Dr. John Melvin.
With funding from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Indy Racing League, and NASCAR, this team of specialists designed, developed, and crash tested the Steel and Foam Energy Reduction Barrier (SAFER Barrier). The SAFER Barrier is a technology found on oval automobile race tracks and high-speed sections of road and street courses, absorbs and reduces kinetic energy during the impact of a high-speed crash, and thus, lessen injuries sustained to drivers and spectators.
Since the installation of the SAFER Barrier, there have been no driver fatalities in NASCAR or lndyCar events resulting from errant racecars hitting a retaining wall at a track where the SAFER Barrier was installed. The barrier design and development was led by Dean Sicking and the team from the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The initial funding for the research came from Tony George of the Indy Racing League (IRL) and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS).
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 philanthropic SAE Foundation, including programs like A World in Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series™.
http://www.sae.org