John McCandless, “the face of Toyota in Detroit” for 20 years, has retired and opened Road Reports to provide “confidential consulting to domestic and international clients in the automotive industry,” the long-time communications pro said. He became Toyota’s Midwest Regional Communications Manager in 1990 and at retirement was National Manager for Field Operations, heading the industry’s most extensive U.S. network of regional communications. Previously, he was Manager of International Communications at Chrysler Corporation. He can be reached at 313-610-5600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
David Reuter has been named Nissan’s Vice President of Communications for North, South and Central America. Previously, he was head of Bentley’s communications for the Americas. . . . Rex Roy has added monthly technology stories for Automotive News to his roster of outlets that includes: The Detroit News, Popular Mechanics, Auto Blog, AOL Autos and Winding Road.com. . . . Shamit Choksey and Aaron Zeuli have joined American Suzuki Motor Corp.’s PR staff. Choksey comes from MotorWeek where he was a journalist and producer for the PBS television show. He is product publicity manager and can be reached at 714-996-7040 ext. 2255 or email@example.com. Zeuli is a public relations specialist promoted from within the company. He can be reached at 714-996-7040 ext.2509 or firstname.lastname@example.org . . . Charles Trieu has succeeded Carter Jung as editor of Import Tuner Magazine at Source Interlink Media. He can be reached at 949-705-3152 or email@example.com.
Christian Wardlaw has left his position as Director of Content Development with J.D. Power and Associates to become Managing Editor for Salt Lake City-based Vehix, effective Jan. 1, 2011. He is responsible for development of “in-market” content for the decade-old site that specializes in dealer inventory of new and used cars and offers research and information tools, car reviews and news. . . . After 10 years with Motor Trend, eight of them as host of Motor Trend Radio, Bob Long is moving. He can now be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. His new show runs Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m to 10 a.m. on the Talkradio network. . . . Veteran auto reporter and editor Bill Moore has checked in after his 3,800 mile west-to-east trek in search of work. Now in Waterford, Connecticut, he remains available at last report and can be reached at email@example.com.
John Stewart is the new editorial director for SEMA, replacing Matt Pierson who has taken a post out of the auto industry. A veteran editor and publisher of consumer and aftermarket magazines and marketing guru, Stewart is responsible for the monthly SEMA News Magazine, SEMA show publications and SEMA eNews and will serve as a voice for SEMA-member companies. He can be reached at: 909-978-6710 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Stewart is the consummate pro and a great hire for SEMA …
Wherever he’s held forth over the years, John has always maintained the highest level of personal integrity.
This guy is truly interested in our business. He understands journalism and journalists because he is one.
SEMA may well turn out to be where this truly good guy belonged all along.
And even bigger CONGRATS: SEMA!
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