BEDFORD, TX — Denise Caspersen, research management specialist for the Automotive Service Association since 1997, has been named manager of ASA’s Collision Division. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement The division manager works directly with the elected division director and is responsible for the communication and activities of the operations committee. Caspersen will coordinate various projects as directed by the committee, and also develop and maintain relationships with other industry groups to strengthen the association and its role in the collision repair industry. “Speaking on behalf of the operations committee, we’re enthusiastic and optimistic about Denise’s promotion,” said Darrell Amberson, AAM, ASA’s Collision Division director. “She steps into this position with a great deal of expertise and understanding of our industry.” Caspersen has nine years of experience in the automotive service and repair sector conducting market analysis of various industry segments, formulating proprietary industry studies and supplying fact-based research on behalf of ASA. She also managed ASA’s online Information Center containing an archive of industry information to aid automotive business professionals. “I am looking forward to working with the highly professional and dedicated members of ASA’s Collision Division Operations Committee and participating in actions that advance the collision industry, the association and ASA members,” said Caspersen. Caspersen holds two degrees from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK, a master of science degree in mass communications and a bachelor of science degree in zoology. Advertisement_______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.
PLYMOUTH, MI — Tom Chambers has been named president and chief operating officer of Metaldyne Corp. effective immediately. He will report to Timothy Leuliette, who remains chairman and CEO. Leuliette was served as president in addition to his roles as chairman and chief executive officer. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement In his new role, Chambers will oversee day-to-day operations at Metaldyne’s 38 global facilities. He was previously president of Metaldyne’s Powertrain Group, where he was responsible for all functions of the group’s business including plant operations, financial performance and sales. He will continue to head the Powertrain Group on an interim basis. This organizational change is precipitated by Metaldyne’s agreement to be acquired by Asahi Tec, a Japan-based chassis and powertrain component supplier in the passenger car/light truck and medium/heavy truck segments. When the Asahi Tec transaction is completed Leuliette will become co-chairman with Shoichiro Irimajiri, the current chairman of Asahi Tec, and also will become co-CEO of the combined companies. The Asahi Tec transaction moves Metaldyne into a stronger global market and customer position. Under the transaction Metaldyne will operate separately and keep its name. Chambers will oversee that business. Reporting to Chambers will be Joe Nowak, executive vice president and president, Chassis Group; Jim Hudak, managing director, Asia Pacific, and Steve Dickerson, interim vice president, quality and Six Sigma, as well as yet-to-be named vice president of finance and Brooke Matthews, manager of facilities. In addition to Chambers, the following executives will report to Leuliette: Jeff Stafeil, executive vice president and chief financial officer; Logan Robinson, executive vice president, general counsel and government relations; Thomas Amato, executive vice president, commercial operations and corporate development; Kim Kovac, executive vice president, human resources and Metaldyne University, and Marjorie Sorge, vice president, corporate communications. Advertisement Chambers and Nowak will also serve on a new President’s Council that will be created after the Asahi Tec transaction is completed. Chambers has held a variety of positions in the automotive industry including president of Piston Automotive; managing director of operations, Americas for GKN; president of Electrical Systems and general manager of Brake and Chassis Product Lines for the Americas for ITT Industries. From 1962-1992 he held numerous positions within General Motors including managing director of General Motors France. He has a bachelor of science in engineering technology from the University of Dayton and a master of science in business from MIT. For more information about Metaldyne, go to: http://www.metaldyne.com.
PHILADELPHIA – MEDCO has announced that Todd D’Angelo has joined the company as vice president and general manager for the Western Region. D’Angelo also was named a member of the MEDCO Executive Committee and will report directly to MEDCO President Andrew Keim. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Most recently, D’Angelo was with D’Angelo’s/Angel Warehouse, with locations in both Oxnard and Pacoima, Calif., where he served in such positions as general manager, executive vice president of sales and president. In addition to D’Angelo’s appointment, MEDCO has also announced plans to expand from its current 22,000-square-foot facility in Fresno, Calif., to a 45,000-square-foot location in the same city, as it prepares for significant growth on the West Coast and adds full line PBE to its existing tools and equipment offerings. MEDCO says it will be fully operational in its new location on April 1. “We are very excited about the contributions that we expect Todd will be able to make to our business and to our clients’ successes for many years,” said Keim. “Todd’s understanding of the business and the region is significant; his reputation with customers, suppliers and industry organizations is unparalleled; and his leadership skills have been proven and tested in one of the most important PBE and T&E markets in the country. I know that Todd will be a major asset to MEDCO and to me personally.” MEDCO opened its first West Coast warehouse in Fresno in 2002, and says it is building on its success as it opens the new 45,000-square-foot facility in the same city, while introducing PBE products to the region. Advertisement “This decision to expand was driven by possibilities and commitment,” said Keim. “We will now operate not only the most state-of-the-art warehouse in the region, but will have an expanded product offering and a fully staffed customer service team as Fresno becomes our major hub west of the Rockies.” In commenting on his move to MEDCO, D’Angelo said, “I have admired MEDCO, its vision and its leadership of the industry for some time, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to the future of this great company. At a time when so many distributors seem to be scaling back operations and consolidating for efficiency, the fact that MEDCO is expanding says a lot about commitment, success and the future for our customers.”
Peterson Manufacturing Company, a leading U.S. manufacturer of truck and trailer safety lighting products, has an immediate opening for a motivated, personable, aggressive, and mechanically inclined sales professional to manage existing customers, cultivate new opportunities, and generate sales and profits thru new product development. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Qualified candidates should have several years of experience managing small and middle sized original equipment builders. Experience managing Heavy Duty and Fleet market channels will be a plus. The position is based at our corporate headquarters in Grandview, Missouri and will require 60% to 75% travel. Peterson Manufacturing Company offers and excellent compensation and benefit package.
Blowing bubbles is just one of many fun activities spotted during the 4th of July celebration Thursday at Overlook Park in White Rock. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com Temporary tattoos are another of the many fun activities spotted during the 4th of July celebration Thursday at Overlook Park in White Rock. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com And then there are the mighty bouncy houses available to kids at the 4th of July celebration Thursday at Overlook Park in White Rock. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com Wow this is all so amazing … and the fireworks haven’t even started yet! Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com Scene from the 4th of July celebration Thursday at Overlook Park in White Rock. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
Balderas Urges FDA To Partner With States To Protect New Mexican Consumers Of Cannabis-Derived Products
AG News: The Farm Bill permits states to come up with their own “Comprehensive Regulatory Plan” to regulate the CBD industry within their borders. Those plans will be reviewed by the federal government for approval. In the interim, however, the CBD industry has expanded in the last six months and businesses are operating throughout the country without much oversight. Attorney General Hector Balderas In a public comment filed with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the AGs highlight the need for research into the risks and potential benefits of cannabinoid products to inform consumers and assist in state-level regulation. ALBUQUERQUE ― Attorney General Hector Balderas joins a coalition of 37 bipartisan State Attorneys General urging federal cooperation with the states to protect consumers from false advertising and harms to their health from products containing cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds, including cannabidiol (CBD). The multistate coalition includes the states and territories of Alabama, Alaska, California, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Guam, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington. “Any product that impacts the health of New Mexican families and consumers must be safe, plain and simple,” Balderas said. “Federal and State authorities must work together to ensure fairness in the marketplace and consumer safety for all products sold within our State.” They also encourage the FDA to continue partnering with state consumer protection authorities as it considers guidelines for this emerging market. In their public comment to the FDA, the Attorneys General call for:State and federal cooperation around cannabis-derived products: As the primary enforcers of state laws and consumer protections, State AGs want to ensure the safety of CBD and other cannabis-derived products that are reaching consumers. AGs are also concerned that companies may rely on misleading advertising and unsubstantiated claims to lure consumers to use their products. The letter urges the FDA to include State AGs in the process as the agency considers regulatory oversight in testing and manufacturing of these products.Continued study of the potential risks and benefits of these products: To keep consumers safe and help them make informed decisions, the AGs encourage the FDA to study how cannabis compounds work, in particular, and how they interact with drugs and dietary supplements. They also emphasize the need for an assessment of the risks these products pose to vulnerable populations, such as children, pregnant women, and the elderly. It is important that consumers have reliable risk and benefit information to make informed choices about initiating and continuing the use of these products. The Farm Bill, passed in December 2018, removed cannabis products containing less than .3% of THC, the main psychoactive compound in cannabis, from the Schedule I list of drugs prohibited under the Controlled Substances Act. As a result, companies across the country have started to manufacture and sell varieties of cannabis commonly classified as “hemp.” Hemp contains little THC but large amounts of CBD, a compound that has been touted by some to treat a wide variety of health concerns.
Members of the LA Jazz Project entertain the audience with live jazz music. Photo by Leslie Bucklin Karen Easton worked with Kokoman Fine Wine & Liquor to pick the French wines that perfectly paired with the food. Easton also donated her time to serve at the event, along with other volunteer servers Beth Bathrick, Beth Bouman, Jean Harris and Jennifer Harris. This year there were two seatings: An Afternoon in Provence and An Evening in Paris. Both featured French food and wine pairings, silent and live auctions, all in the relaxed setting of the Pig + Fig Café. For the third year in a row, the event sold out. LAPSF News: Jill Cook very graciously agreed to act as auctioneer again this year, facilitating lively auctions at both events. Volunteer Karen Easten, left, enjoys a quiet moment with the other wine servers in between courses. Photo by Leslie Bucklin LAHS instructor Becca Jones arranged for culinary students to once again help Pig +Fig to prepare the food. The students were Tiana Lopez and Haley Adams-Brown. The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation is an independent organization that invests in a successful future for all Los Alamos public school students. Since its inception in 2005, the LAPS Foundation has raised more than $1 million for Los Alamos public schools. The Foundation raises money through generous contributions from individuals and organizations who share the Foundation’s core values. To learn more about the LAPS Foundation and how to get involved and/or make a donation, visit lapsfoundation.com or call 505.500.6501. LAHS student helpers pose for a photo. Photo by Leslie Bucklin Laura Crucet and her team at Pig + Fig went above and beyond to plan, prepare and serve two incredible menus, each featuring five French dishes. Members of the LAHS Jazz Project, headed by LAMS Band Director Ryan Finn, charmed the audience with live music. They were Addie Richie, Evs Alexander, Kevin Bojorquez, Alexander Waters, Beth Short and Jackson Bell. Many businesses and individuals generously contributed to the auction: Albuquerque Isotopes;Blue Window Bistro;Bob’s Bodacious BBQ;Century Bank;China Moon;Chris and Helen Ortega;Classic Air Medical;Don Taylor’s Photography;EXIT Realty Advantage;Extended Play Photography;Float Los Alamos;Hal Davis;Hilltop Spa;Jill Cook;Julie Goen;LA Canvas Events;Los Alamos Daily Post;Los Alamos Fire Department;LAHS Prostart;Lance Eaton;LAPS Athletics;Los Alamos Concert Association;New Mexico United;Origami;Papa Murphy’s;PEEC;Petree Garden Center & Florist;Pig + Fig Café;Reel Deal Theater;Renee Mitsunaga;Richard Swenson;Ruby K’s;Ruby Magdalena Vineyards;Ryan Finn Quartet;Sandia Peak Tramway;Shelley Clark;Suzy Kroesche;Thom Mason;Tom Hill;Vintage Hair Co.;Viola’s;Windgate Healing Arts; and Zia Credit Union. The LAPS Foundation would like to sincerely thank everyone who made Taste of Knowledge such a great success again this year. Pig + Fig Café Executive Chef Laura Crucet oversees the main course at the LAPSF a ‘Taste Of Knowledge’ fundraiser. Photo by Leslie Bucklin Gathered at the LAPSF ‘An Evening in Paris’ fundraiser from left, LANL Director Thom Mason, his wife Jennifer, Barbara and Andy Phelps, Matt McKinley, his wife LAPSF Board President Melanie McKinley, LAPSF oard member Stephanie Archuleta and Jennifer Payne. Photo by Leslie Bucklin Members of the community turned out Aug. 25, to generously support education at the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation’s annual fundraiser, a “Taste Of Knowledge”. The event was a great success and raised a record-breaking $50,000 for Los Alamos Public Schools. Of the total raised, almost $30,000 was given during the paddle raise and through online donations from a number of extremely generous individuals. In addition, a number of LAHS student volunteers, including several members of the Key Club, volunteered many hours to help with setting up, managing the auction, serving food and cleaning up. The student volunteers were Christina Nisoli, Shena Han, Melisa Varol, Audrey Nolen, Andrew Watson, Max Corliss, Andy Corliss and LAPS Foundation student board members Isaac Ronning and Victoria Nisoli.
By Mountain Elementary School PTAKristy Ortega, PresidentRuth Burns, Vice PresidentKaren Morris, SecretaryNatalie Morgan, TreasurerThe Mountain School PTA, teachers, students and staff would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to our generous community members!A large thanks also goes to our amazing Mountain families! Together you have raised an astounding amount of money that will enable the PTA to fund fun things like teacher grants, fun community events, transport for field trips, technology needs and more!This year’s sponsors include :Platinum Sponsor:Kristy Ortega, RE/MAX First Gold Sponsors:Gateway MortgageLA NetKiwanis Club of Los AlamosZia Credit UnionBathtub Row Silver Sponsors: RE/MAX FirstPajarito Brew Pub and GrillLos Alamos Children’s DentistryLos Alamos Schools Credit UnionRio Grande Orthodontics Other Generous Donors:Secret City KitchenRuby K’s Bagel CaféSmith’s MarketplaceFor more information on the Mountain Elementary School PTA visit http://www.mountainpta.org/
Daily Postcard: Frey Trail that leads to the Juniper Campground in Bandelier National Monument. Photo by Stella Carroll/NPS
KATHERINE ANN LAWRENCE Oct. 27, 1947 – Nov. 25, 2019Katherine Ann Lawrence, age 72, passed out of this world at her home on November 25, 2019, following a stroke in late September.Her final days were spent in her beautiful home, cared for by her husband, sons, mother, sister, brothers, and close friends, We loved her very much, and it has been so terribly hard to say goodbye.Kathy’s story began in New Haven, Connecticut, where she was born, the second of six children, to Stephanie and Stephen Sydoriak on October 27, 1947, the second of what was to be six children. Her parents, first-generation Ukrainian-Americans were then graduate students in physics at Yale University. In 1948, the family moved to Los Alamos, where her father, Steve did cryogenics research at the Laboratory.Kathy grew up in the Western Area, attending nearby Mesa Primary, then Pueblo Junior High, and finally Los Alamos High School, where she graduated with honors in 1965. In Junior High, she became engaged in creative crafts: dolls, dollhouses, period rooms with miniature furniture, and Ukrainian Easter Eggs. With considerable research, she made the doll clothes to exact period specifications. Her work became outstanding, winning prizes at local and state exhibitions. Kathy also became the driving force behind the annual Sydoriak family musicals – writing, organizing, and whispering forgotten lines to her younger siblings.Unfortunately, Kathy inherited a severe life handicap in the form of clinical depression. Her parents worked with several psychiatrists over the years to help her overcome it and succeed in life, but it continued a major struggle. After high school, she focused her energy and talent into the world of miniatures. In 1966 she volunteered at the then-developing Folk Art Museum in Santa Fe, where she restored retablos and bultos. She made miniature copies of these works, which sold at the museum shop. She later worked with Alexander Girard at his studio, restoring materials for his fantastic folk dioramas and displays, which she helped set up at the museum. In her own workshop, she also created a detailed scale model of the beautiful Santuario de Chimayo altar, which was commissioned by a collector friend of Spanish colonial-arts-scholar E. Boyd.In 1966, Kathy met her husband George, then a recently-arrived young Los Alamos Lab physicist, in the International Folk Dancing group led by Don and Alice Liska. Kathy and George felt an immediate attraction that quickly extended beyond dancing. They were married on October 4, 1968, honeymooning in San Francisco.Soon after moving into a newly-built home in White Rock, they had two sons, David and Stephen, in quick succession. Kathy turned out to be a wonderful full-time mom, and while depression always hovered in the darkness, she persevered with great courage. With George’s and her family’s support, she raised her two children into the amazing and successful human beings that they have now long been. All too soon, David and Stephen were away in college at UCSD, giving Kathy more time to focus on the crafts she loved. Taking up quilting, with the help of increasingly sophisticated sewing machines, she became a master quilter, piling her energy into a growing number of projects, many of which became sensational gifts to family members.In 1993, when new residential lots became available near the Guaje Pines Cemetery, Kathy jumped at the opportunity to build her dream home in the forest. She took the lead in working with a local designer to come up with a beautiful house with a big wooded yard – perfect for living, crafting, and family gatherings. She and George have loved being there for the past nearly 25 years.Kathy’s battle with depression caught up with her in the new century, and led to declining physical health. Decades-long antidepressant meds caused deterioration of kidney function. Although this was turned around in 2006 by a transplant from son David, a sequence of other health problems followed over the years, resulting in various physical handicaps. But 2012 marked the arrival of wonderful grandson Dmitri, sparking a passion for internet gift searches at birthdays and Christmas. Quilting continued in the face of the handicaps, and despite everything, this was a mostly happy time.Kathy, our much loved wife, mother, and daughter is survived by: her husband George Lawrence of Los Alamos, NM; son David Lawrence of Boulder, CO; son Stephen Lawrence of Salt Lake City, UT; mother Stephanie Sydoriak of Los Alamos, NM; brothers Sid Sydoriak of Los Alamos, NM, Eugene Sydoriak of Spokane, WA, Walter Sydoriak of Ashland, OR; sister Chris Sydoriak of Longmont, CO; and grandson Dmitri Lawrence of Salt Lake City, UT.A memorial celebration of Kathy’s life will be held at Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos on Saturday January 18, 2020, at 2:00 pm.