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What Happens in Vegas

Playing in the Recreational MeccaThe annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas is, first and foremost, one of the world’s largest automotive trade events, and business is the number-one priority. But that doesn’t preclude a ton of fun on the side—especially given all the opportunities the city presents. The following items are a few highlighted attractions, but be sure to visit the official city website at www.lasvegas.com for its huge listing of activities, shows, tours and more. You can even download a guide to the city at the site or order a hard copy. The breadth of possibilities is amazing!
SEMA News—November 2014

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A Message From Roy Littlefield

TIA Executive Vice PresidentOn behalf of the Tire Industry Association (TIA), welcome to the 2014 Global Tire Expo—Powered by TIA. The Global Tire Expo (GTE) continues to be a world-class show that is unmatched in the industry. From discovering new products to networking, I hope that you will take advantage of all the opportunities that GTE has to offer.I am excited that the Global Tire Expo continues to experience growth and am pleased to welcome many new exhibitors. TIA has worked closely with our valuable partner SEMA to ensure this year’s show will be a tremendous success.
SEMA News—November 2014

A Message From Roy Littlefield

TIA Executive Vice President

Humble Beginnings

It was nearly 47 years ago that the fledgling trade group known as the Speed Equipment Manufacturer’s Association worked with Petersen Publishing Company to put on its very first High Performance and Custom Equipment Trade Show. There were 98 booths and about 120 industry reps in that first show, which was held at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. According to a post-show write-up in Petersen’s Hot Rod Industry News (HRIN), “better than 3,000 people filed through the show during its three day run,” a figure that the trade journal admitted “seems like a small number.” But, said one exhibitor, quoted by HRIN, “they were the ‘right people.’ Distributors and speed shop owners, along with the automotive press, filed through the doors to see the latest items that were on the market and talk with many about what’s coming up and merchandising ideas.”
SEMA News—November 2014

SEMA HERITAGE

Industry Poised to Deliver at the 2014 SEMA Show

For much of 2014, SEMA members have generally reported having a good year and, for some, a great year. I’ve observed that the SEMA Show is a barometer of industry strength, reflected by participation and investment in the Show. This year’s pre-Show registration indicates that the SEMA Show will be an outstanding springboard for growth opportunities in 2015. This marks the fifth straight year that the Show has had increased participation levels since the lows of the recession in 2009. This makes for a larger Show, but more important than size is how many innovative manufacturers are taking the opportunity...
SEMA News—November 2014

CHRIS KERSTING

Stars and Industry Icons at the 2014 SEMA Show

The following celebrities and industry personalities represent a sample of of the hundreds scheduled to appear at the 2014 SEMA Show. To view the entire real-time celebrities and industry personalities list, visit here.
SEMA News—November 2014

Stars and Industry Icons at the 2014 SEMA Show

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Discover New Business With First-Time Exhibitors, Celebrate at the SEMA Banquet, Toyo Tires Treadpass, Gold Pavilion Features New Exhibitors and “Overhaulin’” With Chip Foose, Omix-ADA Jeep Giveaway, New Products Showcase and Join the SEMA Cruise—Get Ignited!
SEMA News—November 2014

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Michael Chapin and Eric Coomer, YEN Member Insights, October 2014


YEN Member Insight – Michael Chapin and Eric Coomer, RxSpeed.comAt the 2012 SEMA Show Awards Banquet, Michael Chapin and Eric Coomer sat down for dinner at the YEN member table. Focused on their respective ventures, the two like-minded gasoline junkies stayed in contact for another year and found several more overlapping likes and interests. Fast forward to 2014, when an opportunity arose to collaborate in a new business launch—RxSpeed.com—a search engine for aftermarket parts.

What kind of SEMA resources have you found to be valuable?

Chapin: Besides the obvious fact that we met while networking with YEN, Eric and I use SEMA’s market reports and resources to convey to the outside world the scale and dynamic of this marketplace. For most non-car people, it’s an industry that hides in plain sight. Few expect to hear that 24 million Americans spend $33 billion annually. The market segmentation reports draw clear lines in the sand to help people understand who buys parts for necessity and who buys them for fun.

Coomer: The background and education SEMA provides on the industry’s data revolution, and more specifically the SEMA Data Co-op, have by far been the most helpful in educating myself and others about the need for standardized product data. It wasn’t very long ago that every small business was told they needed a website in order to survive, and now in 2014, getting your products seen and sold online carries that same message. Clear business communication doesn’t end with conversation, but continues with every file and piece of data you exchange.

Fast Facts

Breaking news from SEMA member companies, including Hastings Manufacturing, J&L Marketing, Flaming River Industries, Kit Car Builder, The Hybrid Shop, Drake Automotive Group and more.
SEMA News—October 2014

INDUSTRY NEWS

SPY PHOTOS

GM Duramax Turbo Diesel, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, ’16 Chevy Camaro and Dodge Challenger SRT8
SEMA News—October 2014

INDUSTRY NEWS

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