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July 23, 2019 Week In Connections

Dan Ninivaggi, CEO of Icahn Automotive Group, Will Keynote CAWA's Annual Dinner Gala in Las Vegas the Sunday Night Before AAPEX/SEMA (November 3, 2019)
Dan Ninivaggi Mr. Ninivaggi, most recently, was Co-CEO and Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Federal Mogul Holdings Corporation and CEO of Federal Mogul Motorparts (see his "bio" enclosed here). The Automotive Group was formed by Icahn Enterprises, which also owns Federal Mogul Motorparts, to invest in and operate businesses involved in aftermarket parts distribution and service. Icahn Automotive Group currently consists of: Pep Boys; Auto Plus; Precision Tune Auto Care; and AAMCO Total Auto Care service centers.

Please mark your calendar for November 3rd ... all proceeds from the event will go towards CAWA's scholarship programs. Watch for registration materials and for more immediate information, contact Another member benefit.

Dan Hanson, Jr. Chair of the Board of Directors, Appoints John Sturges of PWR Motion Control Systems to the Manufacturers' Advisory Council
CAWA Chair of the Board, Dan Hanson, Jr. of Hanson Distributing Company, has appointed John Sturges of PWR Motion Control Systems to the Association's Manufacturers' Advisory Council (MAC). When Chair Hanson announced the appointment he commented: "We are pleased that John will rejoin our MAC and look forward to his participation and contributions". "He has served CAWA well in prior years and his expertise and knowledge of the industry will be a great asset to the Association", Hanson continued.

John Sturges began his career in 1985 with Modine Manufacturing for 6 years as a territory manager. He then moved to Go/Dan Industries and Wolverine/Trentrade, both related to the heat exchange business. He managed the western division for Visteon in 2000 when they began their aftermarket program. Visteon sold the aftermarket program in 2008 which eventually became Vista Pro where he spent 3 years until moving over to BBB Industries. Prior to his current position, he served as the Director of Sales for the west at Mevotech. In February of 2019, he joined PWR Motion Control Systems, a new division within Premium Guard Filters, where he serves as the National Director of Sales. Mr. Sturges had served on the Association's MAC since 2010. He and his wife reside in Granite Bay, California and have two grown children.

CAWA Announces Their 2019 Automotive High School Teachers' Scholarship Winners
Scholarship CAWA is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2019 automotive high school teachers scholarship awards. Named the Motorcar Parts of America - Selwyn Joffe awards, CAWA provided two scholarships this year, in its inaugural year of providing scholarships to high school teachers to support their automotive programs. Recipients of the scholarships include:
  • Brian Wheeler - Alhambra High School in Martinez, California, and
  • James Hooker - Taft Union High School in Taft, California
See the complete press release (here) and CAWA's gratitude to companies and individuals who have contributed to the success of this newly created scholarship program.

Is Your Company's Logo on the Enclosed Banner? If Not, it Should Be!
We thank CAWA members and select companies for supporting our government affairs efforts throughout the year. Their logos are shown ( here) and should you want to be a government affairs supporter to assist in fighting for and promoting the automotive aftermarket industry, contact

As an Employer, What Would You Do?
I received a document in the mail the other day from a law firm requesting a wide variety of employment records related to one of my employees. It seems like some of the records may be of a personal nature; do I have to turn everything over to this law firm? Should I tell the employee that I received this document? The document says I have 15 days to produce the documents. What should I do ( see here)? Source: Our Friends at the California Chamber of Commerce

What are the Differences Between Connected, Automated and Autonomous Vehicles?
Generally speaking, we expect to see fully automated vehicles deployed gradually, perhaps beginning with commercial fleets, such as freight trucks, shuttle services at amusement parks, airports and on university campuses. It will likely be some time before fully automated vehicles are sold on the mass market to the average consumer. Learn more here. Source:
Autonomous Car

California Extends Paid Family Leave Benefits from 6 to 8 Weeks
On June 27, 2019, Governor Gavin Newson (D) signed Senate Bill (SB) 83, which, beginning on July 1, 2020, will extend from six to eight weeks the maximum duration of paid family leave (PFL) benefits individuals may receive from California's State Disability Insurance program. In signing SB 83, the governor fulfills a campaign promise to expand the state's paid family leave benefits. SB 83 also requires the governor to propose, by November 2019, further benefit increases - in terms of duration and amount - and job protections for individuals receiving PFL benefits.      READ MORE        Source: Littler

Employers in the Automotive Industry, Headquartered in Arizona
Health Trust As a member of CAWA, groups may choose from several medical plan options underwritten by BlueCross BlueShield of Arizona. Ancillary benefits include mandatory $15K Life/AD&D through The Standard Insurance Company, dental coverage through BlueCross BlueShield of Arizona and vision coverage through VSP. Participating groups must have a minimum of 2 employees enrolled in the plan. 

To request a quote or for more information, contact the team at DiMartino Associates who will gladly work with your current broker to provide more information on the CAWA Arizona Health Trust program, including the process for requesting a proposal. Contact the team at DiMartino Associates:

DiMartino Associates
Phone: 206-623-2430
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All Employee Benefit plan companies must be dues-paying members of CAWA. Another member benefit.

As a Business Owner, You Must be Prepared for a Crisis
You'll encounter any number of setbacks ranging from mild dustups of confusion and frustration all the way up to category five storms that threaten your company's very survival. Weathering a crisis successfully takes attentiveness, good planning, and well-developed business systems that are already in place. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to overcome your company's next crisis successfully. Source: John Boitnott

Workers Comp Insurance is Competitive and CAWA's Partner is Ready to Assist You in Saving Premium Dollars
Particularly if your company is in the Los Angeles area! See the enclosed flyer ( here) for information and who to contact to begin lowering your workers compensation costs in California. Another member benefit.

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