Mitchell International Names Erez Nir as Senior Vice President of Technology

first_imgLSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  SAN DIEGO, CA — Mitchell International has promoted Erez Nir to the position of senior vice president of technology. In his new role Nir will be responsible for driving Mitchell’s technology strategy, continuing their efforts to introduce market-leading solutions and elevating the company’s commitment to innovation. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement He joined Mitchell two years ago as vice president of software development. Prior to Mitchell, Nir served as vice president of information engineering for San Diego, CA-based Wingcast, a joint venture between Ford Motor Co. and Qualcomm. In addition, he also worked as vice president of product management and marketing at Mobilitec as well as senior director of software development at Motorola. “I am delighted to appoint Erez as leader of Mitchell’s technology efforts. His wealth of technology experience, proven track record of execution and his sound understanding of our customers’ needs will be instrumental to ensuring that our carrier and shop customers continue to benefit from highly differentiated solutions well into the future,” said Marc Brungger, executive vice president. “Technology is the critical enabler for a world-class ‘voice of the customer’ effort. The voice of Mitchell’s customers determines how we design and deliver our solutions and Erez has proven to be highly skilled at translating our customers’ needs into market-defining products.” For more information about Mitchell International, visit: http://www.mitchell.com.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.last_img read more

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Rep. Gary Peters Named MEMA’s 2010 Industry Champion

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. — Bob McKenna, president and CEO of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), has announced that Rep. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) will be this year’s recipient of the Joseph M. Magliochetti Industry Champion Award, a special recognition given to elected officials who have shown outstanding leadership on behalf of motor vehicle parts manufacturers. The Industry Champion Award is given annually in memory of Joseph M. Magliochetti, a previous MEMA chairman who also served as the chairman and CEO of the Dana Corp. until his death in 2003. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “The past 18 months have proved extraordinarily difficult for parts suppliers,” said McKenna. “Our members continue to face a weakened national economy and reduced access to credit, and yet we as an industry remain the nation’s largest manufacturing employer and a leader in producing the parts and technology that make today’s vehicles safer and more fuel-efficient. “Rep. Peters has played a key role in helping his Congressional colleagues understand the unique challenges the supplier industry is facing,” McKenna continued. “His leadership directly led to passage of a bill in the House that would significantly help suppliers continue to develop technologies that will be necessary for the next generation of vehicles.” McKenna also noted Peters’ support of tax credits for heavy duty safety and hybrid technology as well as his efforts to open up credit to small manufacturers. “In his short tenure in the House, he has truly done outstanding work on behalf of our industry. We are very pleased to present him with the Industry Champion Award,” McKenna concluded. “I am honored by this recognition,” said Peters. “I have more auto suppliers in my district than any other member of Congress, so helping auto suppliers weather the economic storm and transition into new technologies means jobs in my community. Auto suppliers and other small businesses are the engine of our economy and if we create an environment in which they can grow, they will lead our economic renewal.”Advertisement Peters will receive the award at MEMA’s upcoming Legislative Summit, scheduled for April 28-29 in Washington D.C. Other confirmed participants include Nicole Lamb-Hale, assistant secretary of commerce for Manufacturing and Services; political commentator Charlie Cook; and leading economist Kathryn Kobe.last_img read more

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Jim John Named Director of Automotive Program Development and Recruiting at Northwood University

first_imgMIDLAND, Mich. — Northwood University recently announced a role change for Jim John, who was formerly chair of the aftermarket management program at Northwood University. He has now been named director of automotive program development and recruiting for the university.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement As director of automotive program development and recruiting, John will be working with the admissions staff on all three Northwood campuses to promote the automotive/heavy duty truck programs with high schools and community colleges. He will help to promote Northwood’s automotive/heavy duty truck programs with the various programmed distribution groups and auto parts retailers via contacts with their corporate headquarters and during annual meetings with their members. In addition, John will work with Northwood’s advancement department to raise funds for scholarships and other programs that will benefit the university. Teaching at Northwood University for the past 18 years, John has made several contributions to the university. He received the Mort Schwartz Excellence in Education Award in 2009 and was awarded Northwood University’s Faculty Excellence Award in 2002. He has also been awarded the Master Automotive Aftermarket Professional designation (MAAP). John has been associated with the automotive aftermarket for more than 40 years and has worked for such companies as the Champion Spark Plug Co., NAPA and Triad Systems Corp. (Activant). He is a graduate of the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA) Automotive Aftermarket Professional Program and has served on the Scholarship Committee of SEMA and the AAIA Education Committee.Advertisement The position of chair of the aftermarket management program will now be held by Larry Silvey. “Larry Silvey has an excellent technological background. With all the changes technologically in the aftermarket, Larry will be a good fit for teaching at Northwood,” said John.last_img read more

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Christine Bernstein Files For School Board District 3 (Aspen) Seat

first_imgChristine Bernstein filed for the District 3 (Aspen) seat on the Los Alamos School Board today at the County Municipal Building. Bernstein was the final candidate to file before the 5 p.m. deadline. ‘I’m a teacher and I’ve wanted to be part of the decision making about my profession for 15 years!’ Bernstein said. ‘Now is the time!’ Bernstein teaches high school Spanish in Pojoaque. ‘Now that I’m not teaching in a district I live in, I can run and still be in the classroom,’ she said. ‘The faces I see at school every day ARE education. I know what goes on in a classroom because I’m in it.’ Bernstein wants to advocate for innovation that will bring students into the future, she said, adding that she also wants to be a voice for middle school students. ‘My goal is to be a voice for students and teachers,’ she said. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.comlast_img read more

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Chamber Breakfast Featuring U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Underway This Morning At UNM-Los Alamos

first_imgAttending the Chamber Business Breakfast this morning at UNM-LA from left, LAHS student Rachel Hamilton, N3B President/Program Manager Glen Morgan, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, N3B Director of Stakeholder Affairs Kristin Henderson and Executive Director Patrick Sullivan of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation. Courtesy photo U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján addresses the crowd gathered this morning at the Chamber Business Breakfast scheduled to run until 9 a.m. at UNM-Los Alamos. Courtesy photo Chamber of Commerce Director Ryn Herrmann with U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján this morning at the Chamber Business Breakfast at UNM-LA. Courtesy photolast_img read more

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Obituary: Adeline (Addy) F. Reeves Jan. 20, 1927 – Sept. 7, 2019

first_imgADELINE (ADDY) F. REEVES Jan. 20, 1927 – Sept. 7, 2019Adeline (Addy) F. Reeves passed away on September 7th in her home with family around her.Addy was born in Oakdale, NE, on January 20th, 1927 to Herman and Lena Walters and was raised on their family farm with her four siblings. She graduated from Oakdale High School, hopped the train to Omaha with her older sister, Millie, got a room at a boarding house, and landed a job as a secretary. She soon met Frank, her husband of 62 years, who was a recent enlistee in the U.S. Navy. During their courtship Frank said, “for 2 cents I would marry you” and Mom pulled out 2 cents – and that was that! They were married on January 13, 1947 in Manhattan, Kansas.Frank’s 20+ years in the Navy took them from coast to coast. They had eight children along the way: Robert Reeves (Nancy), both deceased, from California, Patricia Day (John) from South Carolina, Frank Reeves, Jr (Margaret) from New Mexico, Teresa Reeves-Long (Kevin) from Missouri, Rick Reeves (Jill) from Georgia, Jeff Reeves from Missouri, JoAnn Abbott (Matt) from Virginia, and Kristi Reeves (Rudd) from Colorado. Besides her children she is also survived by sixteen grandchildren; Jennifer, Christopher, Heather, Genna, Kate, Mary, Jessica, Lindsie, Matt Jr, Gretchen, Samantha, Melia, Grace, Kenya, Thorin, and Mollie); and six great-grandchildren; Evan, Alisa, Desmond, Riley, Opal and John.Frank retired from the Navy in 1965, and they moved to Los Alamos, NM for his second career with the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Summers and family vacations were spent traveling in a succession of tents, trailers and motor homes until Frank’s illness in 2007. The many family camping trips in New Mexico and throughout the western US, Canada, and Mexico instilled in her family a love of the outdoors, a can-do attitude, independence, and a resilience that continues to guide all of their children.After retiring from LANL in 1981, Addy and Frank began their next big adventure; purchasing 43 acres near Ava, Missouri, building a home, growing lots of vegetables, and continuing to travel with many newfound friends in the RV clubs to which they belonged. She tolerated all of the critters we brought, bought and rescued; most of the time taking care of them long after we lost interest. She was a crafter extraordinaire. Over the years she baked and decorated elaborate birthday and graduation cakes, created beautiful quilts, crocheted complex tablecloths, wove beautiful Ojo de Dios, sewed clothes for all of her children and their dolls. She was always ready for a game of badminton, horseshoes, softball, and pinochle – or a rousing game of poker (which she usually won). She was an amazing cook – creating recipes to feed a family of ten on a shoestring budget. Mom loved music and dancing of all sorts, from polka to waltzing to square dancing. She encouraged (and suffered through) various clarinet, flute, trumpet, guitar, and piano lessons, and greatly enjoyed her kids, grandkids and great grandkids singing and playing musical instruments to her, but frequently lamented that she couldn’t carry a tune herself. We will miss her brilliant smile, her sometimes surprising sense of humor, and her indomitable spirit.Frank founded the LST49 Club in 1982, bringing together a group of sailors who served together during World War II aboard the Naval ship of that name, and Addy continued to attend their annual reunions and served as secretary until 2016, when most of the guys had either passed away, or could no longer attend. Frank and Addy were both very active members of St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Ava. She continued to volunteer at the church and at the Heart of the Hills Thrift Store into her 90s. She leaves behind a legacy of love and service to both organizations an indelible legacy in her kids. Our mom was deeply admired and truly loved by so many in her many and varied circles.  Most people are lucky to have moments of true grace in their lives … our mom provided a lifetime of grace.After Frank died in 2008, Mom continued to live on their farm; gardening, crafting, and enjoying her little rural piece of heaven until the end; thanks entirely to the physical assistance and compassionate care of our brother, Jeff, to whom we are all incredibly grateful. Dad was the sailor in the family, but Mom has always been our anchor. She lived a long and happy life.In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Audubon Society of Missouri, St. Leo’s Catholic Church, or the Heart of the Hills Thrift Store, Ava, Missouri may be made in Mom’s name.A memorial service is planned for October 12th at St Leo’s Catholic Church in Ava, Missouri.last_img read more

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Daily Postcard: Cirrus Fibratus Clouds Spotted Saturday

first_imgDaily Postcard: Cirrus fibratus clouds are spotted wisping across the sky Saturday morning on the way down the hill from Los Alamos, near Pojoaque High School. Cirrus clouds often produce hair-like filaments—similar to the virga produced in liquid–water clouds—called fall streaks, and are made of heavier ice crystals that fall from the cloud. The sizes and shapes of fall streaks are determined by the wind shear. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs Cirrus fibratus clouds spotted in the sky Saturday morning on the way down the hill from Los Alamos. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbslast_img read more

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Los Alamos Mountaineers Hold Gear And Clothing Collection For Homeless Saturday Dec. 14

first_imgPlease drop off 8-9 a.m. Saturday Dec. 14 at Sullivan Field parking lot in Los Alamos – look for the green Ford Bronco with a rooftop rack.The Los Alamos Mountaineers are an open-to-all non-profit organization dedicated to outdoor adventuring and safety education. Donations to LAM are not tax deductible. Los Alamos Mountaineers News: The Los Alamos Mountaineers are collecting donations of serviceable camping gear and outdoor clothing to be distributed by area homeless shelters.  Our homeless neighbors can use packs, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, tents, and outdoor clothing such as jackets, hats, gloves, socks, and boots (for men, women, and children).last_img read more

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Obituary: Samuel Robert Skaggs June 23, 1936 – Feb. 20, 2020

first_imgSAMUEL ROBERT SKAGGS  June 23, 1936 – Feb. 20, 2020On February 20, 2020, Dr. Samuel Robert Skaggs completed his 83.66 trips around the sun and passed away.He was born in Philipsburg, PA on June 23, 1936 to Samuel Ralph and Martha Amelia Montes Skaggs.He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Richard Skaggs. Bob (Bobby, Robert, Dad, Opa) is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Barbara Jan Hurley Skaggs of Nambe, NM, and his sister Mary Jean Fields of Dallas, TX.He is also survived by five children, Rusty (Rebecca) Skaggs of Bolivar, MO, Cheryl (Steve) Buckel of Bremerton, WA, Mike (Stephanie) Skaggs of Albuquerque, NM, Terry (Glen) Lockwood of Phoenix, AZ, Kathy (Larry) Brooks of Los Alamos, NM, and adopted son Mark (Wilma) Stevens of Las Cruces, NM, as well as 17 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren (1 deceased).He was a military veteran, U.S. Army Reserve, Captain. Bob enjoyed a very accomplished career with a PhD in Material Science specializing in high temperature ceramics. He retired from Los Alamos National Laboratory after 33 years. Throughout his career, Bob encouraged and mentored many people to realize their potential to become the best they could be.He was a founding member of the New Mexico State University Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Academy and served as a volunteer professor and student advisor until the end of his life. He also taught engineering at the University of New Mexico Los Alamos.Bob loved to share with friends and family, outdoor activities, reading and learning. He enjoyed travel and adventure, good conversation, excellent wine, and delicious food, especially lemon meringue pie and ice cream! Bob was also a generous volunteer of his time and abilities. He was an amateur radio operator, fire department volunteer, and beekeeper among many other pursuits in his spare time. He was a New Mexico search and rescue coordinator, National Ski Patroller, and American Red Cross instructor.24 years ago, Bob received a lifesaving donation of a kidney due to polycystic kidney disease. He followed a meticulous lifestyle to maintain his health which allowed him to spend these years with family and friends. A large part of his health regimen was a daily mile swim (over 100 miles a year). He was a transplant athlete and represented Team New Mexico and U.S. Transplant teams at various national and international games around the world winning 70 medals over the 24 year period (39 golds, 22 silvers, and 9 bronze medals).Bob was proud of his family legacy. He shared his last precious days with his true love, Barbara and all of his children. A few days before he passed, his family held an in-person Irish wake. Most of his large family with several close friends and neighbors met at his house to share how they were inspired by him and to celebrate his life in an event at which he was fully present and engaged.Bob’s family offers special gratitude to the many CareSource caregivers, Presbyterian Home Healthcare and Hospice, and the Christus St. Vincent providers and caregivers that extended him much care and comfort.Memorial donations in Bob’s name can be made to Donate Life America (and/or become an organ donor at donatelife.net) or to the LANL Foundation (lanlfoundation.org) to support education in northern New Mexico.Services and reception will be held at Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe de Valle de Pojoaque Church.  Services include Rosary March 5 at 6:00p.m. and Funeral Mass March 6 at 10:00a.m. with a reception in the parish hall directly following the mass. A memorial will also be held at the Pajarito Ski Area near Los Alamos on June 20, 2020.last_img read more

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Canceled: BSMA Cancels Night With A Nerd Thursday

first_imgBSMA News:Due to New Mexico Governor Lujan Grisham’s declaration of a state of emergency, the Night With a Nerd membership event scheduled for Thursday has been cancelled.The governor declared a state of emergency this morning during a press conference at which she and the New Mexico Department of Health announced that three New Mexico residents tested presumptive positive for COVID-19, and announced that all out of state travel has been halted for state employees.Also, the state will be canceling all large public events that they have control over and are urging the private sector to do the same.The Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) will reschedule this event as soon as possible and apologizes for any inconvenience. Visit the BSMA website, bradburyassociation.org for updates.last_img read more

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