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Milestones

  • Tommy Brasher of Brasher Motor Co. of Weimar in Weimar, Texas, celebrated 75 years with Chevrolet.

    Transitions

  • Gigi Myung, 44, has been appointed vice president of purchasing at Group 1 Automotive Inc. in Houston. It is a new position. Myung will report to John Rickel, Group 1's CFO.

    Myung has worked in sales management, operations, supply-chain management, outsourcing solutions and cost-saving initiatives for W.W. Grainger, Home Depot and Dell Computer. Most recently she was regional vice president of sales at Grainger. She also has worked for Toyota Motor Sales and Nissan Motor Co.

    Group 1 ranks No. 4 on the Automotive News list of the top 100 dealership groups in the United States with retail sales of 126,108 new vehicles in 2005.

  • Peter Hoffman of Sierra Auto Cars in Monrovia, Calif., was elected chairman of the California Motor Car Dealers Association. Denny FitzPatrick of Fitzpatrick Chevrolet-Buick-Hummer in Concord is vice chairman; Gary Shipman of Toyota of Santa Cruz in Capitola is secretary-treasurer; Bert Boeckmann of Galpin Ford in North Hills is immediate past chairman, and Peter Welch is president.

    Cincinnati dealers elect officers

    The members of the Greater Cincinnati Automobile Dealers Association have elected officers. Pictured, from left, are Mike Molzberger of Saturn of Kings Automall, vice president/president elect; Kim Borcherding of Borcherding Enterprises, president; John Betagole of Superior Automotive Group, immediate past president; David Reeve of Performance Lexus, secretary/treasurer; and Ace Ammann, executive vice president. All the dealerships are in Cincinnati.

    Ky. dealer group elects officers

    The members of the Kentucky Automobile Dealers Association have elected officers. Pictured, from left, are Dick Heaton of Conway-Heaton Inc. in Bardstown, chairman-elect; Ron Jackson, president; John Zimmer of Zimmer Chrysler-Jeep in Florence, vice chairman; Doug Wolford of Neil Huffman Nissan in Louisville, treasurer; and Larry Craig of Craig & Landreth Inc. in Louisville, chairman.

    40-year award

    Bernie Russo, left, of Dependable Dodge in Vero Beach, Fla., receives a 40-year award for Chrysler Financial from Joseph Hoekman, dealer relations manager at DaimlerChrysler's Southeast Business Center.

    40 with Nissan

    John Caviglia, right, of Daland Nissan in Millbrae, Calif., receives a 40-year award for Nissan from Bob Doran, Nissan North America's Northwest region dealer operations manager.

    25 with Pontiac

    Jim Hardman, right, of Jim Hardman Pontiac-Buick-GMC in Gainesville, Ga., receives a 25-year award for Pontiac from Brad Flaaen, General Motors' Southeast regional sales manager.

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