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Galpin Motors was among the first dealerships in the country to feature the new DUB Edition Ford Mustang V6. The car was a collaboration between auto magazine DUB and the Ford Motor Co. to make the sporty car more unique. Galpin has set itself apart over the years as a dealer with vehicles not available elsewhere and debuting the DUB Mustang continues that pattern, said Beau Boeckmann, president of the Galpin Premiere Collection. The DUB Mustang is the first in a new line of Ford vehicles to be branded by the magazine. The two companies have also partnered on special versions of the Fiesta, Fusion, Taurus and Flex. “(Ford) products are getting more relevant to young people,” Boeckmann said. “The quality is exceptional. They have a great story to tell all around.” The DUB Mustang features a rear deck lip spoiler, TIS wheels, Pirelli performance tires, DUB embroidered front headrests, a strip package, and front and side splitters. When working with an auto manufacturer, it is a long process to get changes to vehicles approved because of the testing involved, Boeckmann said. But in the case of the Mustang kit, approval was given in a year, he added. DUB chose Galpin as the dealer to debut the branded Mustang because of Galpin’s dedicated Ford following and passion for customization, said the magazines co-founder and President Myles Kovacs. “We found both qualities in Galpin Ford and Galpin Auto Sports, so it was really a natural fit for us to publicly debut the Mustang there,” Kovacs said. For 20 years, Galpin has been the largest Ford dealer by volume in the world. Galpin Motor Sports played host to MTV’s “Pimp My Ride” for two seasons. –Mark R. Madler SAN FERNANDO VALLEY Tarzana Stretch: YogaWorks is opening a new studio at the Village Walk on Oct. 1. The 12,000 square foot eco-friendly space has four practice rooms with Bamboo floors, full service locker rooms, with complimentary towel service, a relaxing, wi-fi equipped community lounge and boutique filled with yoga gear, fashion and gift items. All instructors will be YogaWorks certified teachers, ensuring that they can help both beginners and experienced students achieve their mindful fitness goals. YogaWorks is located at 18700 Ventura Blvd. Woodland Hills Exchange: The senior staff and employees of online marketing firm ReachLocal Inc. will ring the opening bell at the NASDAQ Marketsite on Sept. 13. ReachLocal began trading on the NASDAQ in May after completing its initial public offering. “This is a celebration of all our employees, partners, investors and clients who, over the last seven years, helped us achieve this major milestone,” said Zorik Gordon, ReachLocal co-founder and CEO. Encino Move: KSL Media has relocated to larger offices in Encino to accommodate its growing staff. The marketing services firm will now have all its employees on one floor in an open office style seating plan. KSL added six employees to the Los Angeles office in June. The firm also has locations in Chicago, New York and Las Vegas. Panorama City Change: Paramount Products Group, a distributor of accessories for cell phones and other portable devices, is now operating under the name Qmadix. The Qmadix brand will drive product loyalty through increased consumer awareness and customer satisfaction, company executive said. “We have designed a new portfolio of products that will be unmatched in the industry with a focus on today’s consumers and their active lifestyles,” CEO David Khalepari said. Qmadix has also enhanced its commitment to the retail sector by launching a completely new accessory strategy focused around competing at national retail by delivering first to market products as well as addressing environmental concerns in materials and packaging. CONEJO VALLEY Westlake Village Speaking: Ross Goldberg, of Kevin/Ross Public Relations, will be a keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the New Mexico Hospital Association. Goldberg will speak on “Restoring Public Trust in Healthcare” and discuss why so many Americans have lost trust in the healthcare system and what healthcare leaders can do to restore it. Goldberg is an experienced healthcare marketer and a frequent speaker on the topic of public trust. He currently serves as the chairman of the board of trustees at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in Thousand Oaks. “Trust and integrity are precious resources that are easily squandered and hard to regain,” said Goldberg. “It’s not too late, but we need to begin to focus on this now.” Moorpark Edition: Commercial and residential roofing company GreatWay Roofing was featured on the cover of the September issue of Roofing Contractor, an industry trade publication. The full-color cover features GreatWay founder and owner Rod Menzel next to a company vehicle. The issue also includes a story on project in which GreatWay installed a tile roof compliant with California’s energy-conserving Title 24, as well as incorporating several other energy-conservation elements. “We were fortunate to have worked on a single residential project that incorporated about as many ‘green’ roofing elements as you can have for a roofing project, and it caught the editor’s attention,” Menzel said. “This was all based on a single house in Westlake Village, and roofers across America will be reading about it.” Thousand Oaks Homes: AMCAL Multi-Housing Inc. is a finalist for the Best Reuse of Land award for a multi-family project in San Diego. AMCAL replaced two underutilized industrial parcels in the Barrio Logan neighborhood into 89 affordable family units. The real estate firm remediated the sites and removed contaminated soil left behind from the previous auto repair and industrial cleaning facilities that once operated there. The award is given by Multifamily Executive magazine to recognize the best in multifamily real estate across the United States. AMCAL received the 2007 Multifamily Executive Project of the Year Grand Award for Best Reuse of Land and Best Mixed-Income, as well as the inaugural Editors’ Choice Award for its mixed-use development, the Avenue 26 Master Plan. ANTELOPE VALLEY Lancaster Relations: A delegation from the City of Lancaster is travelling to China to invite Huainan to become a Sister City. If Huainan agrees it would represent another step in establishing stronger ties to bring Chinese investment and businesses to Lancaster, Mayor R. Rex Parris said. “This relationship will facilitate cultural and educational enrichment activities such as educational exchanges between our two cities, while also enabling us to attract new interest and investment in Lancaster by having a knowledgeable government advocate for our City on the ground in China,” Parris said. The delegation will also travel to Beijing to meet with potential investors and business prospects; and Parris will attend the World Economic Forum in Tianjin.

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