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Make New Connections in the New Year

One of the greatest benefits of belonging to a trade association is the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals who share the same interests and challenges every day. SEMA recognizes how important it is for members to know that they are not alone. Even beyond that, the association hopes to provide outlets for those of differing backgrounds to create partnerships. There are many chances throughout the year for members to make the most of the benefit of networking.
SEMA Member News—January/February 2014

Make New Connections in the New Year

One of the greatest benefits of belonging to a trade association is the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals who share the same interests and challenges every day. SEMA recognizes how important it is for members to know that they are not alone. Even beyond that, the association hopes to provide outlets for those of differing backgrounds to create partnerships. There are many chances throughout the year for members to make the most of the benefit of networking.

MRN Honors Extang Corp. With STAR Award and Inducts Steve Bolio Into Hall of Fame

Each year, the Manufacturers Representative Network (MRN) presents its Sales Team Annual Recognition (STAR) award to the group selected by the general membership as the most outstanding manufacturer’s sales team. For 2013, Extang Corp. was honored for demonstrating best practices and a true partnership in working with professional reps. Steve Kelly accepted the award on behalf of Extang.
SEMA Member News—January/February 2014

MRN Honors Extang Corp. With STAR Award and Inducts Steve Bolio Into Hall of Fame

Each year, the Manufacturers Representative Network (MRN) presents its Sales Team Annual Recognition (STAR) award to the group selected by the general membership as the most outstanding manufacturer’s sales team.

Emerging Trends & Technology Network Explores Mobile Marketing at PWA

The Emerging Trends & Technology Network (ETTN) kicked off the Performance Warehouse Association’s (PWA) 40th annual conference in Phoenix, Arizona, with an engaging educational seminar entitled “How Mobile Is Radically Changing Your Business.” The seminar featured a diverse panel moderated by Tyler Tanaka, president of Cie Studios. The three panelists were Michael Beller, Source Interlink Media’s vice president of brand marketing, Tim Hayden, mobile/lifestyle marketing executive, and Michael Alvarez, director of e-commerce at Roush Yates.
SEMA Member News—January/February 2014

Emerging Trends & Technology Network Explores Mobile Marketing at PWA

The Emerging Trends & Technology Network (ETTN) kicked off the Performance Warehouse Association’s (PWA) 40th annual conference in Phoenix, Arizona, with an engaging educational seminar entitled “How Mobile Is Radically Changing Your Business.” The seminar featured a diverse panel moderated by Tyler Tanaka, president of Cie Studios.

YEN Presents 2013 Annual Awards and Crowns Inaugural SEMA Launch Pad Winner

By Lindsay HubleyEvery year, the Young Executives Network (YEN) presents two prestigious awards: the Vanguard Award and the Young Executive of the Year. Both recognize companies and individuals for their contributions and commitment to the development of young executives in the industry.
SEMA Member News—January/February 2014

YEN Presents 2013 Annual Awards and Crowns Inaugural SEMA Launch Pad Winner

By Lindsay Hubley

Make Sure Your Agency Isn’t Part of Cost Cutting

By Charles M. CohonReps sometimes find themselves in the crosshairs of principals looking for ways to cut costs, especially in a tough economy. In some cases, reps may face unilateral cuts in commission or unwarranted conversion of hard-earned customers into house accounts. So how can a rep company protect itself from being blindsided by a cost-cutting principal? One rep’s solution was to preemptively promote his company’s value proposition.

SEMA Member News—November/December 2013

Make Sure Your Agency Isn’t Part of Cost Cutting

By Charles M. Cohon

Emerging Trend: Standards in Product Data

Good, clean data ensures that all parties in the distribution chain can do their jobs and that consumers get the best products possible. The challenge comes in the variance of formats that are used by different organizations to classify and store their own product data.Patty Putcharkan, data intelligence manager at MagnaFlow, explained that automotive product data historically has not adhered to any kind of industry standard, creating issues for organizations that need to exchange information. But Putcharkan has noticed that beginning to change.

SEMA Member News—November/December 2013

Emerging Trend: Standards in Product Data

By Amanda Gubbins

Good, clean data ensures that all parties in the distribution chain can do their jobs and that consumers get the best products possible. The challenge comes in the variance of formats that are used by different organizations to classify and store their own product data.

The WTC’s Guide to the 2013 SEMA Show

It’s that time again! The 2013 SEMA Show is nearly upon us, and you can almost hear the hustle and bustle of the South Hall beginning to rev up as exhibitors, buyers and media prepare for what is anticipated to be a fantastic Show. A few of the must-attend events for the wheel and tire segment of the specialty-equipment industry are hosted by the Wheel & Tire Council (WTC) and include a general membership meeting and a networking and awards reception. Do not miss these opportunities to get involved, influence change and better position your business.

SEMA Member News—November/December 2013  

The WTC’s Guide to the 2013 SEMA Show

It’s that time again! The 2013 SEMA Show is nearly upon us, and you can almost hear the hustle and bustle of the South Hall beginning to rev up as exhibitors, buyers and media prepare for what is anticipated to be a fantastic Show. A few of the must-attend events for the wheel and tire segment of the specialty-equipment industry are hosted by the Wheel & Tire Council (WTC) and include a general membership meeting and a networking and awards reception.

ARMO at the 2013 SEMA Show

ARMO Industry Awards Reception ARMO leads off the week with its annual industry awards reception on Tuesday evening, November 5. The event will take place in Ballrooms D–E of the Las Vegas Hotel from 5:15 p.m.–7:30 p.m. In addition to networking opportunities, the council will take time to honor some of the individuals whose lives and work have made significant impacts on the industry. “We intentionally keep the reception about networking,” said ARMO Chair Alex Tainsh. “We really simplified the program a couple of years ago. We want to keep the program short and allow attendees the chance to meet and greet others in the industry.”

SEMA Member News—November/December 2013

ARMO at the 2013 SEMA Show

 

Chair-Elect Dennis Roberts addressed ARMO members at the 2012 industry awards reception.
Chair-Elect Dennis Roberts addressed ARMO members at the 2012 industry awards reception. 

PRO Gears Up for the SEMA Show

Quick question: What happens in Vegas that doesn’t stay in Vegas? If you said the SEMA Show, you’re right on the money. With all the new innovations, ideas and opportunities they spawn and the connections made and friendships renewed, the afterglow of the Show lingers long after everyone heads home. As your thoughts turn to the 2013 SEMA Show, grab your smartphone and mark your calendar for activities that will be of particular interest to members of SEMA’s Professional Restylers Organization (PRO).

SEMA Member News—November/December 2013

PRO Gears Up for the SEMA Show

By Ellen McKoy

MPMC Hall of Fame, Class of 2013

Today, the MPMC Hall of Fame honors those who have made a significant contribution to MPMC and/or the motorsports parts manufacturing segment of the aftermarket. Each year, nominations are solicited from the MPMC general membership, and an MPMC Hall of Fame task force votes on the final selection of inductees based on stringent criteria. The formal induction ceremony will take place for this year’s honorees, detailed below, on Friday morning, December 13, at the Performance Racing Industry Show in Indianapolis, Indiana.

SEMA Member News—November/December 2013

MPMC Hall of Fame, Class of 2013

By Jim Skelly

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