NASCAR announced Thursday that Brent Dewar has been promoted to the role of President of NASCAR, effective immediately.Dewar, hired as NASCAR’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) in December 2013, becomes the fourth President of NASCAR. Mike Helton served in that capacity from 2000 until his promotion to Vice Chairman of NASCAR in 2015.Bill France Sr. ruled the sanctioning body as President from its founding in 1948 until 1972, when he handed the title to his son, Bill France Jr. Both were inductees to the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s inaugural class.Dewar, who will continue to serve on the NASCAR board of directors, has ties to the sport that run far deeper than his impactful tenure as NASCAR’s COO. Dewar spent over three decades as an automotive executive, boasting strong connections to both motorsports and the global automobile industry.Since his start with NASCAR, Dewar led the creation of several competition enhancements and has helped strengthen the sport’s embrace of technology and environmental sustainability. He also was part of the negotiations that brought Monster Energy into the fold as the entitlement sponsor of NASCAR’s premier series before the 2017 season.Dewar also has helped drive a new era of overarching collaboration, helping partners from all facets of the NASCAR industry work together for the betterment of the sport. His work in this area resulted in the creation of the charter system for team owners and the implementation of industry councils across drivers, teams, tracks and automotive manufacturers.“Brent has helped lead a cultural transformation at NASCAR,” NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France said in a statement. “From collaborating with team owners to building the charter framework; to partnering with tracks, auto manufacturers, entitlement sponsors, and broadcasters to deliver better racing and a more dynamic fan experience; he has spearheaded some of the most impactful enhancements NASCAR has implemented in its history.“I couldn’t be more thrilled about the impact Brent has had on our industry and I am confident he will continue to help serve and grow our sport for many years to come.”Dewar will continue to report to Brian France. Dewar’s direct reports include Steve Phelps and Steve O’Donnell, executive vice presidents and chiefs of sales/marketing and racing development, respectively.
The Times of India: If you want people to change, you have to get them to notice what is wrong with existing norms.That’s the idea on which a new study, ‘Why people pay attention to negative information about the system when they believe it can be changed for the better’, is based.“Take America’s educational system. You could find some flaws in that,” says India Johnson, graduate student at Ohio State University, who co-authored the study with Kentaro Fujita, a professor at the university, the Psychological Science journal reports.“But we have to live with it every day, so people tend to focus on the positive and reinforce the system,” says Johnson, a university statement said.Read the whole story: The Times of India More of our Members in the Media >
Dave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairymanEmail Dave [email protected] The fate of a proposed Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) in California is now in the hands of the state’s dairy farmers. The USDA published a Federal Register notice advancing the proposed FMMO to a producer referendum, April 2 through May 5. The USDA will mail ballot materials to all known eligible dairy producers supplying milk to the proposed marketing area. The FMMO would become effective if approved by two-thirds of the voting producers, or by producers of two-thirds of the milk represented in the voting process.advertisementadvertisementPublic meeting plannedThe USDA will hold a public meeting, April 10, beginning at 9 a.m., in Clovis, California, to answer questions related to how the proposed California FMMO would operate and how eligible dairy producers can participate in the referendum. Interested parties will have the opportunity to attend in person or watch the meeting live via webcast. Meeting details, as well as information regarding the producer referendum, are available on the AMS website.WUD sets informational meetingsWestern United Dairymen (WUD) has scheduled three California informational meetings to present independent economic analysis. Dates and locations are:• April 16, 10 a.m., Sonoma County Farm Bureau, Santa Rosa• April 17, 9 a.m., Stanislaus County Harvest Hall, Modesto• April 18, 10 a.m., Tulare Agri-Center, TulareadvertisementRSVPs are appreciated by [email protected] or phone (209) 527-6453.The California FMMO final decision contains no substantive changes to a preliminary rule released in February 2017, according to Geoff Vanden Heuvel, California Milk Producers board member and economics consultant.As proposed, the California FMMO primarily adopts the uniform order provisions contained in the 10 current FMMOs in the national system. These uniform provisions include, but are not limited to, dairy product classification, end-product price formulas and the producer-handler definition. The proposed order would recognize the unique market structure of the California dairy industry through tailored, performance-based standards to determine eligibility for pool participation. The proposed order provides for the recognition of producer quota as administered by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA).California represents over 18 percent of all U.S. milk production and is currently regulated by a state milk marketing order administered by CDFA.Along with issuing this final decision, USDA conducted a Regulatory Economic Impact Analysis to determine the potential impact of regulating California milk handlers under a FMMO on the milk supply, product demand and prices, and milk allocation in California and throughout the U.S.For other information, visit USDA’s California Milk Marketing Order website. advertisement
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