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Rapid Recon, the originator of reconditioning time-to-line software for dealerships, has appointed Dan Anton to performance manager and team lead for its Recon Edge performance management service.

Anton spent eight years in the auto industry managing front- and back-end operations. He has worked in all departments to reduce reconditioning time to line, including the nation’s largest Jaguar/Land Rover operation. He is Lean/Six Sigma Green Belt Certified.

Dan Anton, Team Lead, Recon Edge, Rapid Recon

This expanded Recon Edge performance team now offers dealers 110 years of combined expertise in reconditioning, service, parts, sublet vendor, and variable issues that when fine-tuned speed up T2L and dealership profitability.

Dale Matcheck has been appointed the David E. Fry Professor in Free Market Economics at Northwood University.

Matcheck earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, and his doctorate from Cornell University. He began teaching at Northwood in 1995 and chairs the Economics Department.

Matcheck said this appointment has special meaning for him because of two men in particular.

“The first, of course, is Dr. Fry, for whom the endowment is named; and the second is Dr. Timothy Nash, the first one to hold the endowed professorship,” Matcheck said. “Their tireless service to Northwood University and their effective communication of its ideals have had a lasting impact on generations of students. Both were also generous enough to serve as mentors to me during my formative years as a young college professor.”

“Dr. Fry was the ‘man behind the wheel’ driving Northwood University’s progress for many years,” said school President Kent MacDonald. Fry was Northwood’s president and CEO from 1982 to 2008.

With the support of generous donors, Northwood established the David E. Fry Endowed Professorship.

“Dr. Fry’s legacy is vast and includes leading this institution from an institute to a university with a graduate school,” stated Kristin Stehouwer, provost and academics vice president. “And more than 23,000 students earned degrees and proudly graduated from Northwood while Dr. Fry was leading from the helm.”

RV Retailer LLC announced the appointments of Jennifer Robinson as chief financial officer, Mario Lozada as chief information officer and Shahnaz Broucek as chief leadership coach and culture development officer.

Jennifer Robinson Appointed as Chief Financial Officer

Mario Lozada Appointed as Chief Information Officer

Shahnaz Broucek Appointed as Chief Leadership Coach and Culture Development Officer


“We continue to build an exceptional leadership team at RVR,” said Jon Ferrando, president and CEO of RVR. “I am excited to attract the caliber of talent and experience that Jennifer Robinson, Mario Lozada and Shahnaz Broucek will bring to the areas of finance, technology and leadership and culture development at RVR as we continue to grow. They will make great additions to our leadership team.” 

Robinson has over two decades of finance and accounting experience, starting her career at Deloitte and serving in finance roles the past 15 years for retail organizations, including public company CFO experience. She holds a CPA from the State of Texas, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Arkansas, and a bachelor’s in accounting from Oklahoma State University.

Lozada is a seasoned IT leader with significant retail technology experience including most recently at Payless ShoeSource, where he led the company’s digital transformation by moving all technology from applications to infrastructure to the cloud, while significantly reducing IT operating expenses. He holds a bachelor’s degree in management information systems and a master’s degree in information technology from Barry University and he served in the United States Air Force.

Broucek has served on the faculty of the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan teaching BBA and MBA students and designed and taught programs at the Ross Executive Education Program, including RVR’s University of Michigan Leadership Development Program that RVR’s top 20 leaders participated in over the past year.   

At the 57th Annual Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, Mich., the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) announced a new President and CEO, Alan Amici, following the retirement of current CEO Carla Bailo after nearly five years of leading the Ann Arbor-based nonprofit. Amici will assume his new role starting Sept. 1.

“It has been a true pleasure working with such a talented and respected team at CAR,” said Bailo. “I’m sure the CAR organization will continue to thrive under the new leadership. Alan is a great addition to lead the team as the industry transitions to EVs, CAVs, and beyond.”

Amici is joining CAR after a 30-plus year career with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and TE Connectivity, holding various positions in engineering, manufacturing, and service.

“It is an extraordinary time to be in the mobility industry,” said Amici. “Technical innovation is driving enormous changes to the products and processes that drive our business. CAR’s commitment to independent research is and will remain essential to its core values. It is an honor and a privilege to lead the CAR organization.”

Toyota recently announced $750,000 in donations to assist with immediate needs and long-term recovery efforts following catastrophic flooding in Eastern Kentucky. Toyota employees are also rallying to support immediate needs through donation drives.  

The Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky – Flood Relief Fund will receive $500,000 to help support families throughout eastern Kentucky struggling for access to shelter, food, water and other basic needs.

SBP, Toyota's longstanding disaster resilience, response and recovery partner, will receive $250,000 to help guide survivors as they navigate the federal funding application and appeals processes, share on-line recovery tools and work with high-risk communities on how to mitigate and prepare for future disasters. 

"When disasters like this occur, it's important that we do everything possible to help ensure Kentuckians have the support and resources needed to recover and rebuild," said Tellis Bethel, group vice president, chief social innovation officer, Toyota Motor North America. "Our hearts go out to all of those impacted."

José Muñoz, president and chief executive officer of Hyundai Motor North America, announced the promotion of five key members of his executive team. The five promotions are effective Aug.1. 

Randy Parker is promoted to CEO of Hyundai Motor America. Parker will be responsible for Hyundai’s commercial automotive operations in the United States and report to Muñoz. Parker was previously the senior vice president of national sales at HMA. 

Edgar Carranza is promoted to CEO of Hyundai Motor Mexico. Carranza will oversee commercial automotive operations in Mexico reporting to Muñoz. Carranza was previously the chief operating officer of HMM. 

Tedros Mengiste is promoted to vice president, sales operations, Genesis Motor America.  Mengiste will continue to oversee Genesis sales, production, distribution, incentives, and field operations in the United States. He will continue to report to Claudia Marquez, chief operating officer, Genesis Motor North America. Mengiste was previously the executive director of Genesis sales. 

Bob Kim is promoted to vice president, national sales, Hyundai Motor America. Kim will oversee sales and field operations in the United States and report to Parker. Kim was previously the general manager of the southern region.

David VandeLinde is promoted to vice president, after-sales, Hyundai Motor America. VandeLinde will continue to be responsible for leading dealer service programs and operations, parts and accessory sales, and owner marketing, and will report to Parker.

AutoNation will host complimentary one-hour Teen Driver Safety Clinics to help promote a safe ride. 

“The top risks for new teen drivers range from distractions from their phone to inexperience, speeding, and nighttime driving,” said Marc Cannon, executive vice president for AutoNation. “Education is key to helping young new drivers stay safe on the road, which is why we are partnering with local organizations to host clinics around the country that will teach teens safety skills, along with some essential car care tips. We are proud to offer this complimentary community service for the first time this year.”

AutoNation’s Back to School Teen Driver Safety Clinics are one hour and taught by a community expert on the topic. Driver safety curriculum includes a range of topics such as distracted and impaired driving, proper driving positioning, and seatbelt usage, as well as instruction on what to do when pulled over for a traffic violation or when faced with a field sobriety test. 

A local AutoNation Service Associate will also be present at each location to share hands-on car care tips such as jumpstarting a battery, proper tire inflation, changing a flat tire, checking vehicle fluids and safety items to store in a car in case of an emergency.

An anonymous donor has given Northwood University a $1 million gift, which will support the school’s commitment to be “a destination for all those who aspire to drive economic and social change to positively impact their communities,” said Northwood President Kent MacDonald.

The donation will sponsor complimentary online public courses that introduce ethics and American values consistent with our country’s founding principles to a domestic and global audience. It also will continue funding an existing scholarship program and provide five years of funding support for faculty teaching principles consistent with The Northwood Idea and Northwood’s Code of Ethics.

Since Northwood University’s founding in 1959, Northwood has prepared students to be business leaders and entrepreneurs. Known as America’s Free Enterprise University, Northwood emphasizes what its founders and intellectual mentors called the Northwood Idea. The Northwood Idea teaches students the importance of individual moral responsibility, private property, free markets and self-governance.

“We are incredibly thankful for the donor, their longstanding support, and this generous gift that will enhance Northwood’s ability to educate a new generation of industry leaders,” stated Justin Marshall, vice president of business development and advancement. “Donors at all levels who believe in the principles of liberty, and are interested in supporting America’s Free Enterprise University, can work with Northwood University to create a lasting gift.”

Audi and Netflix have collaborated on “The Gray Man” to bring the world of Sierra Six (Ryan Gosling) to fans around the world. As the film’s official automotive brand, four Audi vehicles are featured including the all-electric Audi RS e-tron GT and Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron, as well as the Audi RS 7 Sportback and Audi R8 Coupe.

“The Gray Man” opened in select theaters globally on July 15 and was released on Netflix July 22. “The Gray Man” is a modern-day global action thriller.

“Audi worked with the directors Joe and Anthony Russo on selecting the new cars. It was fascinating to be partners on this film production and to work closely with Netflix,” said Henrik Wenders, head of brand, Audi AG. 

Linda Robertson, executive director of the Association of Dealership Compliance Officers, announced that Shaun Petersen, executive vice president and chief legal officer for Buckeye Dealership Consulting, is joining ADCO’s Board of Directors. Buckeye is a leading provider of re-insurable products for automobile dealers. Petersen is responsible for the company’s legal and compliance operations, partnerships, and other business strategies.

Petersen previously served as the senior vice president of legal & government affairs for the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association (NIADA). He supervised all legislative and regulatory matters, often appearing in front of the executive and legislative branches of both the federal and state governments.

“We are thrilled to welcome Shaun to the Board,” said Linda Robertson. “Besides his valuable knowledge and expertise in the legislative and regulatory arena, he brings experience in a dealer segment that was under-represented among our directors.”

Prior to his position with NIADA, Petersen was a founding partner in a boutique law firm in Columbus, Ohio, representing businesses primarily in the automotive industry in matters related to state and federal consumer financial protection laws. He was also a senior deputy attorney general and chief of the consumer protection section in the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

Petersen attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, graduating with a B.A. in History. He received his J.D. from Capital University Law School in Columbus.

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