TAMPA, Fla. (June 8, 2016) — At its annual conference in Tampa, the Automotive Communications Council (ACC) appointed a new leadership team and board of governors.
The structure of the membership-run organization “promotes a deeper involvement of ACC members and encourages education across different business functions,” according to the group. It noted that the council is led by a president, vice president and 10 additional members who serve on its board of governors. These members serve as chairs and co-chairs for the ACC Learning Tracks.
ACC membership comprises marketing and communications professionals in the auto care industry. The group said it provides “a unique forum for learning and professional development focused on current and emerging marketing practices, achieved through collaboration and idea sharing with like-minded professionals.”
The following leadership roles — effective July 1 — were announced at the conference:
Meagan Moody, a marketing analyst for ZF Services L.L.C., assumes the role of ACC president, succeeding outgoing President Steffanie Savine. Ms. Moody has been active in the ACC for four years, has served on the board of governors since 2013 and, most recently, as the council's vice president. Her aftermarket experience dates back to childhood with her family's auto parts store. At ZF Services she is responsible for communications, tradeshow management and marketing strategy.
After a vote by ACC membership, Sam Pennington, program coordinator for Ashland Inc.'s Valvoline unit, was elected the council's vice president. A member of ACC for two years, he has served as on the board for the past year as the communications track co-chair. Mr. Pennington was responsible for the successful launch of the ACC website. Active in the aftermarket for six years, at Valvoline he is responsible for the development of marketing and sales programs and implementing those programs with the company's national sales teams.
The following board of governors members were elected as co-chairs on these ACC learning tracks:
- Steffanie Savine, account executive/marketing director,Marx Group;
- Kristina Lee, marketing manager, Gates Corp.;
- Al Haberstroh, chief strategy officer, MontAd Media;
- Brian Jungmann, automotive communications manager, SKF USA Inc.;
Meetings & Events:
- Tomer Regev, vice president of marketing & traditional sales for Blue Streak Electronics;
- Jacki Lutz, marketing and communications manager, NA Aftermarket, Schrader Performance Sensors;
- Tamra Ayers, vice president of business development for Automotive Data Media;
- Jennifer Gibson, WIX Filters brand manager, MANN+HUMMEL Filtration Technology;
- Cara Mitchell, MARCOM manager for ITW Global Brands; and
- Georgianne Dickey, market and communications manager, NTN Bearing Corp. of America.
Edwards, Mo.-based ACC said its “learning track” concept was designed to engage and mentor members “while supporting and growing the council, which is uniquely operated by its membership. The learning tracks provide opportunities for members to lend their professional expertise and grow relationships within the engaged committees.”
During the group's conference, the membership also thanked Ms. Savine for her “dedication and leadership” of the council for the past year,