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ETTN Takes a Field Trip to the Consumer Electronics Show

By Regis FinnThe Emerging Trends & Technology Network (ETTN) is still a relatively new SEMA network, but the group’s stated mission is to educate members about the latest trends, including those in marketing. One way the network accomplishes this objective is by sharing with members the way other industries operate and display at conventions and trade shows.
SEMA Member News—July/August 2014

ETTN Takes a Field Trip to the Consumer Electronics Show

By Regis Finn

WTC Benefits Keep Growing

Vehicle Dynamics for the Wheel and Tire IndustryThe partnership between SEMA and the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) is producing a great new resource for the wheel and tire industry. The Wheel & Tire Council (WTC) and CU-ICAR have been collaborating since 2013 on a vehicle dynamics research project studying the effects of plus-sized wheels and tires on the ’13 Ford F-150. Using advanced simulation models, researchers have been able to quantify the effects of various wheel/tire combinations on key areas of consumer priorities: routine and emergency handling, steering feel, ride comfort and various subsets of those categories.
SEMA Member News—July/August 2014

WTC Benefits Keep Growing

Vehicle Dynamics for the Wheel and Tire Industry
 

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PRO to Focus on Sales and Product Development Resources

Look to the FutureOn the morning of July 16, 2014, SEMA-member restylers, accessory manufacturers and retailers—all of whom are involved in the restyling industry—are invited to gather at the SEMA Garage–Industry Innovations Center in Diamond Bar, California, to discuss the current state of the industry and explore new opportunities for the future. This annual Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) long-range planning meeting is a chance for all employees of PRO-member companies and potential members to network and discuss industry-related issues. Attendees can help determine the focus and direction of the council for the next year and beyond.
SEMA Member News—July/August 2014

PRO to Focus on Sales and Product Development Resources

Look to the Future
 

The Auto Dealer Track educational program will return for the 2014 SEMA Show.

A Few Words With the MPMC Chairand Chair-Elect

Following its most recent election cycle, the Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) will soon install new leadership. Rich Barsamian, vice president for sales and marketing at GT Performance Products LLC, will take over the chair position, and Chris Douglas, marketing director for COMP Performance Group, was chosen to serve as chair-elect. Each laid out his goals for the group in recent interviews with SEMA Member News.
SEMA Member News—July/August 2014

A Few Words With the MPMC Chairand Chair-Elect

 

Rich Barsamian, vice president for sales and marketing at GT Performance Products LLC and MPMC chair.</p></td></tr></tbody></table>  </div>

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Cars Provide the Backdrop

The 2013 SEMA Show featured literally thousands of cars. All kinds of cars. No matter what type you prefer, chances are it was on display at the SEMA Show. Whether it was Mustangs, Camaros, Porsches, Toyotas, Corvettes or something else, you were guaranteed to see the latest and greatest. These cars provide a canvas for the best in wheels, mobile-electronics products and LED headlights, just to name a few. These custom builds were a great way for the Show’s almost 2,500 exhibitors to showcase and display their aftermarket products. SEMA Show vehicles provided aftermarket product manufacturers with the ability...
SEMA News—July 2014

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LTAA: Connect and Engage

As always, summer is a busy time in the automotive industry, and members of the Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) council will be making the most of the sunshine and warm temperatures to accomplish projects and strengthen their businesses.
SEMA Member News—July/August 2014  

LTAA: Connect and Engage

As always, summer is a busy time in the automotive industry, and members of the Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) council will be making the most of the sunshine and warm temperatures to accomplish projects and strengthen their businesses.

A Year of New and Improved Programs for HRIA

The hot-rod market is reminiscent of a time gone by, but it’s really an industry committed to giving new life to time-tested vehicles. The Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) continues to break new ground for the niche in the resources it offers and approaches it tries. While 2014 has already been a year of fresh ideas, there’s more excitement in store.
SEMA Member News—July/August 2014

A Year of New and Improved Programsfor HRIA

2014 Education Day a Success
 

Education Day presenters share their knowledge about products, installations and vehicle systems in a relaxed environment.

Getting to Know the ARMO Chair and Chair-Elect

The Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) will install new leadership following its most recent election cycle. Dennis Roberts, vice president of Distinctive Industries, will take over the chair position, and Erika Wiesman, the owner of Hydro-E-Lectric Inc., was selected as chair-elect. They laid out their backgrounds and plans in recent interviews with SEMA Member News.Roberts has been involved in the restoration industry for more than 30 years after having been introduced to musclecars in 1970 through a ’70 Trans Am owned by a friend of his older sister. He bought a ’67 GTO as his first car in 1974 at the height of the gas shortage and became a hands-on restoration enthusiast for life.
SEMA Member News—July/August 2014

Getting to Know the ARMO Chair and Chair-Elect

 

Dennis Roberts, vice president of Distinctive Industries and ARMO chair.
Dennis Roberts, vice president of Distinctive Industries and ARMO chair. 

Retail Spotlight

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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