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Student Program Takes Center Stage at 2013 SEMA Show

How do you get young people excited about the automotive specialty-equipment industry? The answer is easy: by allowing them to experience the SEMA Show! The 2013 SEMA Show student program brought record participation, with more than 400 students attending from approximately 45 colleges and institutions across North America. The program’s goals are simple: first, to expose the next generation to the opportunities available in the automotive aftermarket; second, to build bridges between educational partners and SEMA; and finally, to allow the students a once-in-a-lifetime experience to connect with industry leaders and influencers.
SEMA Member News—January/February 2014

Student Program Takes Center Stage at 2013 SEMA Show

How do you get young people excited about the automotive specialty-equipment industry? The answer is easy: by allowing them to experience the SEMA Show!

LTAA Industry Awards Reception andFall Nationals

The Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) industry awards reception is the premier networking opportunity for those employed and active in the light-truck accessories market. The 2013 event was held November 6 in the Garden Patio North of the Las Vegas Hotel in conjunction with the SEMA Show. In addition to the presentation of LTAA’s industry awards, the evening was highlighted by the annual LTAA Fall Nationals Pinewood Drag Races benefitting the SEMA Cares charities.
SEMA Member News—January/February 2014

LTAA Industry Awards Reception andFall Nationals

The Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) industry awards reception is the premier networking opportunity for those employed and active in the light-truck accessories market. The 2013 event was held November 6 in the Garden Patio North of the Las Vegas Hotel in conjunction with the SEMA Show.

An Evening of Celebration and Recognition for Hot Rodders

The Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) kicked off its annual industry reception on Wednesday, November 6, with Mike Kinney of Moonlight Auctioneering Services leading the way through the council’s live auction to benefit the two charities supported by SEMA Cares: Childhelp and Victory Junction. The live auction featured three award-winning participants from HRIA’s Pinewood Builder’s Challenge. These cars first appeared at the annual SEMA Pinewood Drag Races as a part of the Installation Banquet & Gala Fundraiser last summer. Prior to the reception, the cars were displayed in the HRIA booth so that all Show attendees who walked through Hot Rod Alley could enjoy the creativity and craftsmanship of each one.
SEMA Member News—January/February 2014

An Evening of Celebration and Recognition for Hot Rodders

The Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) kicked off its annual industry reception on Wednesday, November 6, with Mike Kinney of Moonlight Auctioneering Services leading the way through the council’s live auction to benefit the two charities supported by SEMA Cares: Childhelp and Victory Junction.

SEMA Businesswomen’s Network Celebrates 20th Anniversary and Awards Top Achievers in the Industry at the 2013 SEMA Show

The 2013 year was especially significant to the SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN). Celebrating the past, the present and the future, the SBN reveled in its significant growth in membership and achievements over the past 20 years. SBN paid homage to some of the most influential women who have shaped the aftermarket industry during a special red carpet-themed reception that was held at the Oasis Lounge at the Las Vegas Hotel.
SEMA Member News—January/February 2014

SEMA Businesswomen’s Network Celebrates 20th Anniversary and Awards Top Achievers in the Industry at the 2013 SEMA Show

The 2013 year was especially significant to the SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN). Celebrating the past, the present and the future, the SBN reveled in its significant growth in membership and achievements over the past 20 years.

Celebrating 2013 and Looking Ahead to 2014

The Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) industry awards reception took place on Tuesday evening, November 5, during the SEMA Show. According to Chair Alex Tainsh, the decision to make networking the central focus of the evening was an important step in facilitating connections among council members. Tainsh knows that many individuals join ARMO to network with others, and the annual reception is one of the best venues for interaction.
SEMA Member News—January/February 2014

Celebrating 2013 and Looking Ahead to 2014

The Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) industry awards reception took place on Tuesday evening, November 5, during the SEMA Show. According to Chair Alex Tainsh, the decision to make networking the central focus of the evening was an important step in facilitating connections among council members. Tainsh knows that many individuals join ARMO to network with others, and the annual reception is one of the best venues for interaction.

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

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