John Hotchkis, 2012 - 2015 Board of Directors Nominee
My two years of SEMA Board service has flown by. There is much more to accomplish! I am grateful for the opportunity to run again for the Board of Directors. As a manufacturer, I believe that our trade association needs to have strong voices with a deep understanding of the daily challenges facing manufacturers and business owners. I wholeheartedly believe in the benefits SEMA offers its membership and want to continue to ensure that your views and opinions are represented on the board.
Following 10 years in motorsports and graduation from Art Center College of Design, I entered our industry in 1989 as marketing director of Guldstrand Engineering Inc. In 1992, I founded Hotchkis Performance to manufacture performance suspension. I continue to serve as president, responsible for design, engineering, manufacturing and marketing. I believe in the value of a robust, nationwide and international product distribution system, and early-on I signed up an extremely effective group of WDs, jobbers and installers.
In 2011, I was honored to be awarded the Young Executives Network (YEN) Vanguard Award for my work mentoring young enthusiasts in the aftermarket. I have been a member of the YEN and currently serve on the Street Performance Council and SEMA Cares Committee. I also serve on a SEMA task force to improve the council system.
Away from the industry I am involved with numerous business and social clubs and raise money for Sarcoma cancer research. I continue to enjoy motorsports and track events, and our ’70 Challenger "E-Max" project car remains the fastest Mopar in the Goodguys Autocross. Racing is an effective medium to showcase parts and conduct extreme product research.
My enthusiasm for the industry continues unabated. After more than 20 years of immersion in the business of speed and entertainment, I am excited to continue helping SEMA members prosper in these exciting yet challenging times. A smaller SEMA Board makes this election critical—as a manufacturer, I understand your challenges and will be your voice.
Thank you for your support, and please contact me anytime with questions or concerns.
2012-2015 Candidate Bios and Photos
John Hotchkis (Incumbent), Hotchkis Performance
Adrian Murray (Incumbent), Painless Performance
Tim Watts (Incumbent), Superlift Suspension Systems
Tracie Nunez, Advanced Clutch Technology, Inc.
Russell Stephens, MSD Performance