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JULY 2016 THE SHOP 79 TS What's a typical day like for you? ML: Learn, learn, learn. And I have a long way to go. I try to participate in every aspect of the business on some level. You are as likely to find me out on the produc- tion line as you are to find me at my desk at this point. I am doing everything I can to obtain some sort of understanding about every part of the business. TS What's the best thing about your job? ML: I am getting to meet and know a lot of very good and talented people. Becoming acquainted with the people here at Cham- pion has been a pleasure. I am also meeting new customers or potential customers every day. TS What's the biggest challenge? ML: I was a very active lawyer for 13 years. I got to know that business pretty well. Now I get to start over. I can remember what it was like to be an inexperienced lawyer and I did not like it. Now I am back in the same spot. The biggest difference this time is that I have a ton of great people around me helping me along the way. TS How do you see the current state of the performance aftermarket? ML: It is challenging. There is plenty of competition for everyone's business. Every time you turn around you see the next miracle in a bottle. The concept is nothing new, but the PERFORMANCE Matt Lowe, left; Clinton, Missouri Mayor Greg Lowe (David's brother), center; and David Lowe celebrate Champion's 60th anniversary. Champion Brands provides lubricants for a wide variety of vehicles and engine types. The Champion team works hard to provide high-quality products—mostly for the general auto- motive, industrial and agricultural markets for the first 50 years, and more recently the racing and performance markets as well.

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