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      Kurk Wilks, president and CEO of MANN+HUMMEL, has been elected vice chairman of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) board of directors.
      Wilks joined the MEMA board in 2021. 
      “Having Kurk as a vice chairman of the MEMA board is aligned with our mission to advance the business interests of the vehicle supplier community,” said Marc Blackman, president and COO, Gold Eagle, and chairman of the MEMA board. “I look forward to working with Kurk in his new role and during this transformational time in our industry.” 
      “I’m excited to work with Kurk Wilks as vice chairman of the MEMA Board,” MEMA President and CEO Bill Long said. “His industry expertise and experience in the global supply chain –original equipment and aftermarket in both the heavy-duty and light vehicle sectors – make him an ideal choice for this role. 
      During its most recent meeting in April, the MEMA board welcomed three new directors: Jon Husby, president and CEO, SEG Automotive; Mat Joy, president and CEO, Hendrickson; and Chris Pruitt, executive vice president, sales, finance and administration, East Penn. 
      “With the addition of Jon, Mat and Chris, the voice of our industry is amplified,” added Long. “They will be instrumental in guiding the future direction of the MEMA board and our great organization.” 
      Other executives serving on the MEMA board of directors are:                                         
      Chairman – Marc Blackman, president and COO, Gold Eagle  Vice chairman – Mike Mansuetti, president, Robert Bosch LLC  Treasurer – Tom Ward, senior vice president, and president, Repair Systems & Information Group, Snap-on  Peter Butterfield, chairman and CEO, Omega Environmental Technologies  Françoise Colpron, group president, Valeo North America  Justin Greenberg, CEO, DieselCore  Dominic Grote, president and CEO, Grote Industries   Tim Musgrave, president and CEO, Pressure Systems International  David Overbeeke, chairman, Maval Industries  Eric Steinbecher, president, Automotive Aftermarket Americas, Schaeffler Group USA  Bill Long, president and CEO, MEMA 
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      Autolite announced the completion of its “Home Garage Makeover Sweepstakes” renovation for Sharon Ashmore of Stanley, North Carolina.
      Selected from hundreds of entrants in a random drawing, Ashmore won a garage renovation project worth more than $10,000.
      Over the course of three weeks, Garage Experts of Charlotte installed new flooring, cabinets and three-slat walls in Ashmore’s home garage. This project also included the delivery of a new air compressor, Autolite stools and a lighted vintage Autolite sign.
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      In our 2022 Distribution Preview in
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      RR: Obviously at the beginning of 2021, we announced our merger of the Pronto and Automotive Distribution Network groups. We anticipated that the merger process would be a lengthy one that would encompass all of 2021. I am so very proud of our internal team, the collective membership and all we have accomplished. We have consolidated systems, processes and procedures to allow us to become a more productive and efficient group. While there is still much to be done, we are together a much stronger group than we could have ever been independently. I applaud the efforts of everyone involved in making our dream a reality.
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