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Tom’s 4x4 Superstore’s Blueprint to Continued Growth Starts With Customer Service Tom Pickett has been a Jeep enthusiast for most of his life. He bought one at the end of 2009 but quickly realized that there was nowhere to buy parts for it in Chattanooga, Tennessee. So, in February 2010, he decided to walk away from a lucrative career in automotive manufacturing and build the foundation for Tom’s 4x4 Superstore—a Jeep and off-road parts supplier and installer that officially opened in June of that year.
SEMA News—June 2014

BUSINESS
By Chad Simon

Be Your Own Disc Jockey!

If you think texting while driving is a distraction, imagine changing 45-rpm records while barreling down the highway. “Wherever you go, listen to your favorite sounds by being your own disc jockey,” wrote Bud Lang in this Car Craft magazine how-to from 1963. “At the drags, beach, mountains or while just cruising around with the guys or your favorite chick, you can now play your own 45-rpm platters on an automatic reject record [ARC] changer that is designed for genuine driving pleasure.”

SEMA News—June 2014

SEMA HERITAGE

By Drew Hardin
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Wrong Reasons Not to Vote

Once a year, SEMA provides members with a way to select the Board of Directors—the volunteers who help SEMA make decisions that will help your business and the industry to succeed. I want to thank the many members who participated in the nomination process; we have some very strong candidates again this year. And thanks in advance to all of you who will be first-time voters, as well as all our regular voters.  
SEMA News—June 2014

CHRIS KERSTING

Product and Catalog Showcase

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SEMA News—June 2014

Product and Catalog Showcase

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SPY PHOTOS

2015 Ford Focus ST and Ford F-350 Super Duty Smokestacks.
SEMA News—June 2014

INDUSTRY NEWS

SPY PHOTOS

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’15 Ford Focus ST

Ford F-350 Super Duty Smokestacks

Fast Facts

Breaking news from SEMA members, including the Coker Group, Champion Oil, Marx Group Advisors, ESAB-a member of the Colfax group of companies, Fox Factory Holding Corp., and more.
SEMA News—June 2014

INDUSTRY NEWS

Connectivity Is the Word

Integrating Wireless Technology Holds Boundless PotentialConnected-car technology continues to flourish in the mobile-electronics segment of the automotive aftermarket. Wi-Fi, smartphones and tablets now allow users to bring their apps and content into their vehicles and link wirelessly to onboard electronics, providing greater degrees of personalization.
SEMA News—June 2014

MOBILE ELECTRONICS
By Steve Campbell

Launch Pad Competition Returns for 2014

The SEMA Launch Pad competition, in which automotive innovators under the age of 40 showcase their business plans for marketing a product or service, has returned for 2014. Last year’s inaugural winner was Jonathan Mill for the E-Stopp, a pushbutton emergency brake and anti-theft device for custom vehicles. For the 2014 competition, the top 10 competitors will gather votes through the SEMA Facebook/YouTube voting platform. The top five individuals will then receive invitations to pitch their business ideas during a special event in front of an industry-fueled crowd at the 2014 SEMA Show.
SEMA News—June 2014

INDUSTRY NEWS

New SEMA Report Uncovers UTV Purchase Patterns

According to a SEMA study on the utility task vehicle (UTV) market, nearly 82% of UTV owners have purchased or plan to purchase equipment upgrades for their vehicles. This means that 410,000 households in the United States buy UTV accessories, with the average enthusiast spending $1,700 on parts. This means that 410,000 households in the United States buy UTV accessories, with the average enthusiast spending $1,700 on parts.

  
  
SEMA News—June 2014

INDUSTRY NEWS

The Hot-Rod Market

A Classic Segment, Still Growing StrongWho isn’t thrilled by the look and performance roar of a classic hot rod? Virtually synonymous with the earliest days of the automotive specialty-equipment industry, hot rodding never seems to grow old. In fact, the market segment has remained incredibly resilient, even in the face of the recently bumpy economy.
SEMA News—June 2014

BUSINESS
By Mike Imlay

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