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John McCandless
John McCandless

John McCandless’ Road Reports consulting service was awarded The Suburban Collection account that includes 40 franchises in 30 locations including dealerships in Michigan, Florida and California. Contact Road Reports at: jmccandless@comcast.net  . . . Former Ford PR man Michael Phillips informed his WAPA buddies that he is moving on to the Virginia Clean Cities Coalition, a public private partnership working on alternative fuels and merging transportation technologies. He can be contacted atmsp9K@virginia.edu.

Laura Oliveto
Laura Oliveto

Laura Oliveto is now Sr. VP, Business Development BASSO Design Group, an award-winning provider of web experiences and online marketing campaigns. Previously with AutoCom Associate Oliveto can be reached at: laurao1787@sbcglobal.net

Mike Geylin reports that Kermish-Geylin PR has been named the communications agency for BMW Financial Services. He will act as media-relations manager for the new client who offers s range of consumer and dealer financial services both within and without the BMW and Mini sales networks. BMW Insurance Agency, BMW Bank of North America (credit card products) and Alphera Financial Services are part of the group. Geylin can be contacted at: mgelyin@kgpr.com.

Dan Kahn
Dan Kahn

Dan Kahn, advises that Kahn Media has been named PR agency of record for B & M and Hurst and will handle social media, trade show and motorsports support as well as PR. Email him at dan@kahnmedia.com . . . A link to a video tribute to Dan Johnston prompted by his retirement from Volvo Cars North America PR after years of service, was sent along by Bob Kocher who didn’t spare superlatives in his introduction to an engaging short speech by Johnston at a dinner where his retirement was announced: http://youtu.be/NX8R3wL5cH0  . . . Steve Plumb has moved from editor at the Autobeat Group to Account Manager with the Millerschin Group in Auburn Hills, Mich. Try splumb@millerschin.group.

AutoCom Associates, a Michigan-based public relations firm specializing in automotive and high-tech communications, has signed a partnership agreement with Automotive PR (APR), an international automotive public relations group. . . . Honda North America, Inc.’s presence in America is detailed in charts, tables and videos on a new web site launched by its government relations office: www.HondaInAmerica.com. Manufacturing, employment, purchasing history, R &D, Parts & Suppliers an Investment Map and more information is available to journalists, regulators and policy makers at all levels of government.

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