Omix-ADA, a manufacturer of high-quality Jeep, truck and off-road parts and accessories, has announced a detailed list of recent promotions and appointments made by its internal domestic sales team. These changes were made in a direct effort to increase the company’s overall strength in the marketplace.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementAt the forefront of these changes, Mike Timmons has been announced as vice president of sales at Omix-ADA. Timmons has been with the Truck Hero family since 2011, most recently serving as the vice president of sales for BedRug. He also possesses a vast amount of market experience, as well as a fresh energetic approach to the challenges faced by the automotive aftermarket community.Ryan Jackson was appointed to the position of director of product management. Jackson previously served as director of sales for Omix-ADA/Rugged Ridge since 2012, which provided him valuable insights into gauging brand presence and a clear perspective into a strategy-based program for product development.In addition, Pat Johnson was appointed as national sales manager for the U.S. and Western Canada, while Ray Weaver was designated as national sales manager for major accounts. Weaver is still managing both the Northeast and Eastern Canadian territories in his new position. Both Johnson and Weaver have extensive prior experience as domestic sales representatives with Omix-ADA, allowing them to further develop the customer relationships and foster sales growth.The naming of three regional sales managers further displays the company’s commitment to operational excellence, according to Omix-ADA. Zach English will cover the Southeast region, Spencer Slade the Central region and Fred Gatti the Western region. English brings with him a wealth of knowledge after spending the last five years as a sales rep for Omix-ADA/Rugged Ridge. Slade joins the Omix-ADA team from Truck Hero sister company Extang, where he was a sales manager in the Texas area. Fred Gatti also came to Omix-ADA from Extang, where he spent the last four years, most recently as the Western regional sales manager in Southern California.AdvertisementAlso reporting to the national sales managers are Dave Logan and Sean Burger, who have accepted new positions as territory sales representatives. Both Burger and Logan will be sharing their extensive knowledge of Omix-ADA and Rugged Ridge products with retailers and distribution centers across the country and Western Canada. For more information on Omix-ADA, visit omix-ada.com or call 770-614-6101.
JAPAN: Three more extensions to the country’s expanding high speed rail network have been authorised for construction by the government, under a programme which includes the first commercial application of gauge-changing trainsets which have been under development for the past decade.The biggest of the three schemes announced by Transport Minister Yuichiro Hata on June 29 is the long-planned Hokkaido Shinkansen between Shin-Hakkodate and Sapporo. High speed trains are expected to reach the northern island in 2015, with completion of the link between the Tohoku Shinkansen at Shin-Aomori and Hakodate via mixed-gauge track in the Seikan Tunnel. The 211 km Hokkaido Shinkansen to Sapporo, serving intermediate stations at Shin-Yakumo, Oshamanbe, Kucchian, and Shin-Otaru, is expected to be completed by 2035, offering a journey time of around 5 h. The 125·2 km extension of the Hokuriku Shinkansen along the coast of Honshu from Kanazwa to Tsuruga is to be completed by 2024, serving five stations at Komatsu, Kaga-Onsen, Awara-Onsen, Fukui and Nanetsu. The first section as far as Nagano opened in 1997, and the 228 km linking Nagano, Toyama, Isurugi and Kanazawa is scheduled to open by 2014. In the longer term, the Hokuriku Shinkansen is expected to be extended west from Tsuruga to connect with the Tokaido Shinkansen at Maibara or Kyoto, but a preferred route has not yet been announced. The third project to be authorised is a further section of the Kyushu Shinkansen’s western branch to Nagasaki, of which an isolated 45·7 km section between Takeo Onsen and Isahaya is already under construction. The government has now given the go-ahead for the 21 km western section between Isahaya and Nagasaki, which is to be completed by 2022. However, as the line will remain isolated from the rest of the network, through services between Hakata and Nagasaki are to be operated by gauge-changing trainsets using the existing line between Takeo-Onsen and a junction with the Kyushu Shinkansen at Shin-Tosu. Estimated to cost ¥3 040bn, the three extensions are to be built by Japan Railway Construction, Transport & Technology Agency using public-sector funding from both national and regional governments. On completion, they will be leased to the JR Group companies to operate, attracting fees of around ¥1bn a year. Following the completion of the Shinkansen routes, the existing 1 067 mm gauge main lines are expected to be downgraded to local routes and transferred to third-sector operators supported by the regional governments.
ABC/Justin Jay(NEW YORK) — If you’re still awake and ready for more TV after this Sunday night’s Oscar ceremony, stick around and check out Alec Baldwin’s new talk show.Sundays with Alec Baldwin, a new one-hour talk show, gets a sneak peek Sunday, March 4 at 11:35 p.m. ET, right after Jimmy Kimmel finishes hosting the 90th Annual Academy Awards, also on ABC.Baldwin has been doing a podcast interview show called Here’s the Thing for several years now. In a statement, he says, “I’m excited about this show and grateful to ABC for taking a chance on me in what is, admittedly, a crowded field. I’ve enjoyed doing my podcast…and look forward to the challenge of doing a show on camera.” The sneak features Baldwin’s chats with his long-time pal Jerry Seinfeld, and with Baldwin’s SNL co-star Kate McKinnon, who often plays Hillary Clinton to his Trump.Eight additional episodes of Sundays with Alec Baldwin will air later this year. Baldwin also hosts and executive produces Match Game for ABC.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Related