Change Of Speaker At The Saab Spirit Lives On Event

I received an email this morning from Saab Parts North America stating that they had learned that Victor Muller will no longer be able to make it out to be a guest speaker at the event at the Simeone Automotive Museum this friday in Philadelphia. SPNA has been in contact with the Simeone Museum and will be participating in the event. In fact, Tim Colbeck will now step in and be doing the speaking and I think for the North American market, he will be well worth the listen. If anyone knows Saab and the North American market, it’s him.

Here is a little bio on Tim Colbeck for you and what he will share:

Tim Colbeck is the most recent President of Saab Cars North America and current CEO of Saab Automobile Parts North America (SPNA).  Tim will share his experience and insights on the Saab brand both as the Car Company wound down and the new Parts and Service company started up.  He will also share the plans that SPNA has to support owners and the brand for years to come and help keep the spirit of Saab alive. To me this sounds even better for the crowd of enthusiast at the event, to be able to listen to someone connected to ensuring their cars are kept on the road.

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Some other facts about Tim:

Tim spent 25 years at Subaru of America, most recently as Senior VP of Sales before joining the fight to save Saab. Tim currently owns a 2011 9-5 Aero and also owned a 1985 900 SPG and wishes he still did.

I won’t over sell Tim to you, but if you’ve ever read anything I’ve ever written about him, you will know that my respect level for him is higher then that of most other heads of companies. I really hope that all who attend this event come away feeling more secure about the cars they love.

74StingSaab
Member
3 years 7 months ago

Tim is a great guy! I had the pleasure to meet him at the Saab Support Rally myself and Julie Gardner put on in Jan ’12 at Longwood gardens. He will be a wealth of information and just a dang nice guy to be around.

CoolCombi
Member
3 years 7 months ago

I’ve had the pleasure of talking to Tim at a few Saab events here in North America. What a great ambassador for the Saab brand. I hope there will be a place for him as the new Saab gets off the ground.

JerseySaab
Member
3 years 7 months ago

While it is of course disappointing that Victor will not be there, it sounds like Tim Colbeck will be a great replacement speaker.

Jeff
Member
3 years 7 months ago

Considering Victor hired Tim, I think he’ll do a good job representing him. As mentioned, Tim’s a great guy. At the press lunch I had with him only a month into his job he was already an expert on all things Saab. I sincerely hope NEVS uses him to his maximum potential.

Trued
Member
3 years 7 months ago

Not the first time VM canceling an event….

JST1981
Member
3 years 7 months ago

I remember the Geneva Motor Show 2011 when VM invited German Saab dealers to an event concerning the future of Saab and to meet them for a q&a – he cancelled it because he had a dentist’s appointment. Well at least he broadcasted via skype from his kitchen in Mallorca,Spain – lots of happy faces in the room i can tell you 😀

CoolCombi
Member
3 years 7 months ago

VM was flying in specifically for this meet however because of a court schedule change he had to unfortunately cancel. Tim Colbeck and John Moss will be there and do a fine job representing Saab. I’m attending as I am a personal friend of Bill Jacobson and all his crew at Sports Car Service.

Angelo V.
Member
3 years 7 months ago

A group of us met Tim last Winter at a Save Saab event, Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania. Very sharp guy—friendly to all of us and answered our questions.

Angelo V.
Member
3 years 7 months ago
Victor’s focus might be on something else? http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=3dc6e0523f9d9f22376a5126d&id=f77d75f7f4&e=5f7d83ef18 Also, this morsel from Spyker’s website: “Spyker N.V. announces that the United States District Court Eastern District of Michigan has issued a Notice to General Motors Company (“GM”), Spyker N.V. and its subsidiary Saab Automobile AB. The Notice concerns postponement of the hearing on GM’s Motion to Dismiss, scheduled for 19 February, until 28 February 2013 at 2pm. I would love to be there for this—-maybe carrying a sign in front of the courthouse “Screw GM, Save Saab.” By the way, it’s time for NEVS to “NEVS UP” with more information about… Read more »
Steve C.
Member
3 years 7 months ago

I figured that Victor’s appearance on Friday at the museum was because he was in the country for the 2/19 GM/Spyker hearing. I’ve had that on my calendar since it was announced. Since it is postponed a week, Victor won’t be in the US unless he was already here for other business.

Angelo V.
Member
3 years 7 months ago

Yes—-when I saw that postponement, it seemed as though that might be the reason.

MMSaab
Member
3 years 7 months ago

Jason, do you happen to know if Tim drives a grey NG 9-5?

saabmedic
Member
3 years 7 months ago

Looking forward to Friday, be there with my Tech2.

golfhunter
Member
3 years 7 months ago

We don’t forget that Mr Colbeck fought until the end for saving Saabusa of bankruptcy. A very respectable gentleman, for sure.

74StingSaab
Member
3 years 7 months ago

OUTSTANDING EVENT!!!!! It was such a great time!

Dave
Guest
3 years 7 months ago
We were lucky to be able to attend last nights “Saab Spirit Lives On” kickoff and dinner event at the Simeone Automotive museum in Philadelphia. Over 200 attended the dinner/kickoff. What a great event — getting to view some historic Saab cars, getting to hear from Tim Colbeck and John Moss and having a chance to share stories and hopes and fears for the future with other lovers of all things Saab. Tim calmed the fears that many had regarding the ability to keep their Saabs going by sharing his personal commitment to keep the necessary parts available in the… Read more »
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