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    Jul 20 2011

    SEMA is providing 68 individuals with a total of $112,000 through the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund. Established to support and foster leadership opportunities in the automotive specialty-equipment marketplace, the fund awards grants to eligible applicants who are pursuing careers in the automotive specialty equipment market based on academic achievements, work experience, essay content, recommendations and more.

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    Jul 13 2011

    With nearly 2,000 manufacturing companies exhibiting at the SEMA Show each year, buyers from throughout the world look to the annual event to see and learn about new products and trends in the automotive accessories market. Recognizing the importance and value that international buyers have at the SEMA Show, organizers have expanded the list of resources that cater specifically to professionals from outside the United States.

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    Jul 13 2011

    A new certification program, available through the California State University San Bernardino, is available to help business owners and professionals increase their knowledge and proficiency of the automotive aftermarket. Endorsed by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), the program consists of four unique online courses, all designed specifically for business owners and managers in the automotive aftermarket.

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    Jul 11 2011

    To accommodate the growing number of manufacturers signing up for the 2011 SEMA Show, organizers have created a new area within the Show floor called the First-Time and Featured Exhibitors Section. The area will be located adjacent to key Show features and is expected to have a constant stream of buyer traffic throughout the four days of the SEMA Show.

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    Jul 06 2011

    Today's automotive consumers increasingly rely on their mobile devices to make purchases and do product research. To help automotive professionals understand the opportunities this trend presents, Steve Yankovich, eBay vice president of mobile, will discuss the growing impact of mobile as a medium for automotive customers at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Business Technology Symposium. The event will take place at 10 a.m. on July 27 at the Renaissance Hotel in Long Beach, Calif.

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    Jul 06 2011

    SEMA Show organizers recently launched a redesigned website at www.SEMAShow.com, the site's first major overhaul in almost 10 years. The site's enhanced online tools, user-friendly navigation and virtual maps make it easy for those participating in the 2011 SEMA Show to register and plan for the event.

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    Jun 28 2011

    SEMA members and professionals in the automotive specialty equipment market now have access to more than 200 business courses through the recently revamped SEMA Educational Institute (SEI) eLearning Center. Available at www.sema.org/elearning, the online business resource gives users solutions to many of today's biggest challenges.

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    Jun 22 2011

    Recognizing that technology is a crucial element in many industries, the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) is helping automotive businesses understand the trends and opportunities at the Business Technology Symposium on July 27, 2011 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Renaissance Hotel in Long Beach, Calif. 

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    Jun 17 2011

    Nate Shelton of B&M Automotive Group has been elected chairman-elect of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) and will join five newly elected Board members to help lead the association in the 2011–2012 term. Shelton will fill the position that was held for the past two years by Scooter Brothers of Comp Performance Group. Brothers begins serving his role as Chairman at the association’s summer board meeting in July. The newly elected Board volunteers include Tim Martin of K&N Engineering; Steve Wolcott of ProMedia LLC; Jim Chick of Bestop Inc.; J.R. Moore of Performance Warehouse; and Greg Adler of Transamerican Auto Parts.

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    Jun 14 2011

    Upgrades to the 2011 SEMA Show New Products Showcase will result in a bigger and more comprehensive display, with a component for "Featured Products," greater product promotion through both traditional and social media outlets, and a new, larger area in the upper level of South Hall. Along with other aspects of the 2011 SEMA Show, the Showcase also will be referred to and themed as "Ideas Alive." The concept references the SEMA Show's history and ability to bring ideas for new products to life.

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    Jun 09 2011

    With hundreds of SEMA Show exhibitors offering products for the powersports market, SEMA Show organizers are expanding the Powersports & Utility Vehicle section of the 2011 event. Through manufacturer kiosks that will be placed in the Powersports & Utility Vehicle section, exhibitors with booths in one of the Show's 11 other sections will be able to increase awareness, market their products and effectively reach powersports buyers in the most logical and appropriate area of the Show.

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    Jun 08 2011

    Hundreds of leaders and professionals from the SEMA industry will gather to honor noteworthy icons and volunteers during the 2011 SEMA Installation Banquet & Gala Fundraiser on Friday, July 29, at the Renaissance Hotel in Long Beach, California. The annual event serves as the industry's premier celebration where newly elected Board of Directors are sworn in and SEMA Hall of Fame inductees are introduced for the first time.

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    May 19 2011

    The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) is working with the Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy (CACP), U.S. Chamber of Commerce, labor organizations, large employers, and small businesses to support legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate to help shut down rogue websites that sell counterfeit goods.   Entitled the "Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act" (PROTECT IP), the bill would authorize the Justice Department to obtain court orders requiring search engines in the United States to stop displaying links to domain names.

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    May 17 2011

    The growing collision repair section of the 2011 SEMA Show is now branded "Collision Repair and Refinish." The area will be one of 12 floor sections featured at the 2011 SEMA Show, Tuesday - Friday, November 1-4, 2011, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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    Apr 28 2011

    Gray Baskerville, Art Chrisman, Chris Economaki and John Towle will be inducted into the SEMA Hall of Fame, an honor that recognizes an elite group of individuals for raising the stature or growth of the automotive specialty-equipment industry.

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    Apr 22 2011

    A number of prominent organizations have formed the "Save the Salt Coalition" to protect the Bonneville Salt Flats (BSF) from continued deterioration due to salt brine removal from potash mining.  The Coalition is now working with government officials, mine operators and others to develop a permanent program to replenish the salt.

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    Apr 20 2011

    Washington joined the growing list of states to enact SEMA model legislation to amend the vehicle titling and registration classification for street rods and create a classification for custom vehicles.. The bill was approved by the Washington State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Christine Gregoire.  Under the new law, a street rod is defined as an altered vehicle manufactured before 1949 and a custom as an altered vehicle at least 30 years old and manufactured after 1948.  Importantly, kit cars and replica vehicles will be assigned a certificate of title bearing the same model year designation as the production vehicle they most closely resemble. 

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    Apr 14 2011

    After Congress acted last week to repeal the costly 1099 reporting requirement included in last year's health care law, President Obama today signed the legislation into law.  SEMA congratulates Congress and the President for acting to eliminate this burdensome requirement. Through this bipartisan agreement, small business owners can continue to focus on economic growth and revitalization.

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    Apr 06 2011

    Attendee and media registration for the 2011 SEMA Show is now open at www.SEMAshow.com/register. The annual trade-only event takes place Tuesday-Friday, November 1-4, 2011, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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    Mar 30 2011

    Candidates for the 2011 SEMA Board of Directors election have been announced. In addition to the 17 members vying for a seat on the Board, this year's election includes voting for the Chairman-Elect. The Chairman-Elect plays a critical role in the industry, serving as Chairman-Elect for two years before transitioning to the Chairman of the Board position.

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    Mar 21 2011

    Applications are now available to exhibit at the 2011 SEMA Show, the premier automotive trade event where manufacturers of specialty parts and accessories connect face-to-face with more than 50,000 quality buyers from throughout the world.  The application, also called the Exhibit Space Rental Agreement - or ESRA, is available here.

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    Mar 09 2011

    Nominations are now being accepted for the SEMA Hall of Fame. Created in 1969, the SEMA Hall of Fame is the most prestigious award presented to an individual by the association. It is designed to honor outstanding persons in the industry who have enhanced the stature of, or significantly contributed to, the industry and/or association's growth.

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    Mar 08 2011

    Along with defending the rights of hobbyists across the United States and Canada, the SAN is now making dreams come true with a chance to attend the 2011 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Known as the SAN Challenge, SAN members will have the opportunity to compete for the grand prize, two entry passes to the Show, lodging and airfare to Las Vegas for this otherwise industry-only event.

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    Mar 07 2011

    The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), the authoritative source for research, data, trends and market growth information for the specialty auto parts industry, released the results of a new study entitled "Influence of Accessories on New Vehicle Sales." Key findings are that accessories influence more than 1 million new vehicle sales each year, help reinforce customer satisfaction, and can substantially increase sales at the dealership level.  In addition, the study shows that accessorization can influence new car shoppers to choose vehicle platforms that are accessory-friendly, even influencing those who do not actually accessorize their vehicle.

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    Mar 03 2011

    Officials with the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) have signed a memo of understanding with SEMA that recognizes the growing importance of the specialty equipment market in the United Arab Emirates.