MOTIONS AND PROMOTIONS
Lock America International Inc. has named Chris Shope vice president
of sales and marketing for Garden Grove, CA-based Lock America (L.A.I.
Group). Frank Minnella, who previously held that position, will
turn over to Shope responsibility for developing the North American
and international markets for the company's many security products.
Minnella's new titles of executive vice president and chief executive
officer reflect his new responsibility for strategic development
of L.A.I. Group's international business.
Chris Shope started with the company, where he has been employed
for seven years, as southeast sales manager. He will continue to
operate out of the southeast regional office in Gastonia, NC until
the company's new international headquarters is built in California.
SPECIALIZED AUTO GROUP
The Staubach Company, an international real estate strategy and
services firm, has announced the creation of a nationwide, specialized
automotive practice group unique to the real estate brokerage industry.
James M. Mullin, CCIM, who founded Mullin Partners Real Estate Corporation
and merged it in 1999 with Sperry Van Ness, has joined the firm's
retail services division as executive vice president and national
director. He has nearly 20 years of experience in automotive real
estate marketing, development, and brokerage.
The auto group will provide consulting services to property owners
in the automotive industry. Areas of expertise include site selection,
acquisition and disposition, financing, design and construction,
portfolio services, and property management. For more information,
SMALL TOWN GETS BIG CAR WASH
Mebane, a central North Carolina town of 7,300 people, got a big
addition in November 2002 when Eastern Auto Spa opened a combination
full-service car wash/quick lube/detail shop here. Brandon Dunn,
co-owner and general manager of the new facility, stated, "We
received great guidance, service, and top-notch equipment and products
from Howco Inc."
Eastern Auto Spa features a 100-foot long car wash tunnel outfitted
with the latest equipment from Hanna Car Wash Systems(r) and a 1,350-square-foot,
3-bay Valvoline Express(r) Care Quick Lube. Other amenities include
an enclosed single-bay detail shop and a 400-square-foot lobby/gift
shop that sells soft drinks, snacks, greeting cards, gifts, automotive
accessories, Barnie's gourmet coffee, and freshly made Island Oasis
smoothies. The gift shop also features comfortable chairs and tables
and an espresso/cappuccino machine.
MACE REVERSE SPLITS
Mace Security International Inc. (Mace) has announced that its
stockholders authorized a one-for-two reverse stock split at a special
meeting of the stockholders held on December 16, 2002. The split
was effective on December 17, 2002. The purpose of the reverse stock
split was to have Mace's common stock trade above $1.00 in compliance
with Nasdaq listing requirements.
Chairman and chief executive officer of Mace, Louis D. Paolino,
Jr., said that the necessary steps were being taken to regain investor
interest in Mace. "We believe that the company will be in a
stronger position to increase shareholder value in the future by
remaining on the Nasdaq National Market System," he added According
to Paolino, Mace's book value per share after the reverse stock
split is in excess of $4.50 per share. "At the current level
of our stock price, we consider Mace to be significantly undervalued,"
10 YEARS AT GREASE MONKEY
Grease Monkey International congratulated Roy Jenkins,
assistant manager at one of Leroy and Mary Ann Gibson's Columbia,
SC centers, for celebrating 10 years with the company. Jenkins started
with the Gibson's Grease Monkey center in September of 1992 and
has contributed to the center's successful operation in the Columbia
Gibson says part of his center's success is due to
their customers' devotion to Roy's friendly service. "Roy has
been a presence at that location for many years, receiving innumerable
positive comments on our customer survey cards," says Gibson.
"Even people in the neighborhood recognize his friendly face
and appreciate his longstanding position at the center, with one
of the neighbors occasionally dropping by with cookies for him."
In appreciation for Roy's dedication, the Gibsons sent Roy and his
wife Linda on a cruise.
When asked what has made his position at Grease Monkey
rewarding enough to stay 10 years, Roy said, "I love meeting
people and working with cars."
VIOC OPENS 700th - HONORS TOP PERFORMERS
History repeated itself in Massachusetts on Saturday,
November 2, as Henley Enterprises Inc., the Wellesley-based franchisee
that opened the first Valvoline Instant Oil Change franchise location
in 1989, proudly debuted its 27th service center at 891 Worcester
Street in Natick - the 700th location in the VIOC fast-lube chain
During the Grand Opening, VIOC Franchising Vice President
Kenneth C. (K.C.) Bruch, Henley Enterprises President Don Smith
and other top officials were on-hand at the ribbon-cutting and greeted
customers who were offered specially-priced $7.00 oil changes in
commemoration of the 700th service center milestone. Customers were
entertained by local radio personalities and enjoyed complimentary
refreshments and other giveaways.
The newly constructed, 2,345-square-foot service center
has four bays and 15 employees. It offers VIOC's complete fluid
maintenance program as well as additional maintenance services and
serves as a free collection point for used oil from do-it-yourselfers.
At its recent annual franchisee workshop in San Antonio, TX, VIOC
named Wellesley, MA-based franchisees Don Smith and Richard MacDonald
of Henley Enterprises Inc., Operators of the Year. VIOC honored
Smith and MacDonald, as well as other top-performing franchisees
from 2002. Other award recipients include:
Outstanding Achievement: Wellesley, MA-based Henley Enterprises/Mid-Atlantic
Rookie of the Year: Cave Creek, AZ-based Performance Plus
Spirit of Franchising: Visalia, CA-based MOO Inc.
Hall of Fame: San Antonio, TX-based Hill Country Oil Inc.
and Albuquerque, NM-based High Desert Oil Inc.
VIOC's Operator of the Year is the franchisee who achieves the
most significant operational results and best demonstrates support
and use of the VIOC system in terms of service center maintenance,
customer service, and adherence to established procedures.
In addition to these annual honors, VIOC named three franchisees
to the Presidents' Club, which recognizes service centers with at
least $1 million in annual revenues, and 16 franchise centers to
the High Performance Club, which recognizes centers averaging at
least 40 oil changes per day and average sales of at least $40 per