Alzheimer’s Assoc. Joining Forces to Spur Studies Into Brain Disorders

WesleyWesley Hutchings divides his time among professional, family, and charitable activities. Based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Wesley Hutchings maintains responsibilities as vice president of purchasing for the family firm Hutchings Automotive Products, SA, LLP. In his free time, Wes Hutchings gives to local and national initiatives, including the Alzheimer’s Association.

The Alzheimer’s Association, one of the world leaders in the area of Alzheimer’s research and care, recently partnered with two other nonprofits to fund studies into two of the most common diseases of the brain: Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. The Alzheimer’s Association will work with the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research and the W. Garfield Weston Foundation to provide grants of up to $150,000 for the development of research projects that utilize existing biological samples and data. The existing biological samples and data will come from the Disease Neuroimaging Initiative and the Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative, a pair of already-completed biomarker research projects.

alzheimers-association-logo1The grant program, known as Biomarkers Across Neurodegenerative Disease, will support qualifying research into such areas as the assessment of commonalities between the diseases and the identification of pathways that may cause related disease mechanisms. The collaborative effort is designed to spur research into diseases that affect tens of millions of people around the world.


Top Sites to Visit in France

Wesley Hutchings in FranceWesley Hutchings has served as vice president of purchasing for Hutchings Automotive Products, SA, LLP, since 1985. During his time off, Wes Hutchings enjoys traveling and has visited numerous countries in South America, Asia, and Europe, including France.

France is one of the top vacation destinations in the world with more than 80 million tourists each year. As one of the oldest countries, France offers a rich history as well as a great deal of culture, museums, gorgeous scenery and architecture, and delicious cuisine. Many sites attract thousands of visitors each year.

1. Mont Saint-Michel: A truly unique monastery in the north of France, Mont Saint-Michel is at times an island and at other times part of the mainland, depending on the tides. Filled with turrets and towers, the monastery takes visitors back to the Middle Ages.

2. Pont du Gard: In the south of France lies the Pont du Gard, an aqueduct and an amazing feat of engineering. The bridge is epic in scope and built with hand-carved blocks.

3. Eiffel Tower: Of course, the classic Eiffel Tower is a must-see. The iconic structure defines the Paris skyline and offers a bird’s eye view of the entire city.

A Brief Overview of Hutchings Automotive Products’ Manufacturing Plant

Wesley Hutchings Vice PresidentThe vice president of purchasing at Hutchings Automotive Products (HAP), Wesley Hutchings continues a decades-old family legacy in automotive parts manufacturing that began with his father and S&H Fabricating & Engineering in 1968. An integral member of HAP’s executive team, Wesley Hutchings fulfills such responsibilities as materials sourcing, contract negotiations, and quality assurance for the OEM automotive hose and tube fabricator.

Since the company’s formation in the early 2000s, Wes Hutchings and HAP have performed a wide range of manufacturing and engineering services for clients in the automotive sector. Leveraging offices in the United States and abroad, HAP manufactures its parts in a state-of-the-art, 185,000-square-foot facility in Cartago, Costa Rica, that employs 800 workers, houses the prototype/sample department, and boasts 15 bending machines, a Therma-Tron-X SlideRail Square Transfer material handling system, an Udylite Junior zinc alloy plating machine, and three copper-brazing ovens, among other equipment. Products fabricated at HAP include engine oil sumps, heater coolant lines, and transmission internal tubes.

Wesley Hutchings – Longstanding Member of Parkland Golf & CC

Wesley Hutchings headshotSince 1990, corporate executive Wesley Hutchings has managed purchasing and supply-chain operations at his family-run business (currently owned by TI Group Automotive Systems). Wes Hutchings’ business provides OEM heater and air conditioning systems for the automotive industry. Away from work, Wesley Hutchings enjoys golf and fitness activities at Parkland Golf & Country Club, where he has been a member since its founding in 2004.

Parkland Golf & Country Club (PGCC) has been one of the premier, members-only golf and leisure destinations in southern Florida for the past eight years. Just north of Coral Springs and west of Boca Raton, PGCC was built by Toll Brothers, one of America’s Best Builders of luxury and resort communities. The leisure estate includes a Greg Norman designed 18-hole course, a 43,000-square-foot Sports Club, and nine Har-Tru® tennis courts with one exhibition court. The spa, fitness center, club house, restaurants, and swimming pools are open to members, their families, and guests year-round, and the PGCC offers banquet-hosting services for up to 300 guests.