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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

Exclusive Benefits for SEMA-Member Buyers at the 2013 SEMA Show

While the annual SEMA Show is not just for those who belong to the association, there are quite a few perks to being a member when Show time comes around. In the past, SEMA-member exhibitors have enjoyed substantial discounts on booth space in addition to exclusive exhibitor VIP lounges in each hall. At this year’s SEMA Show, there will also be something special for member buyers. A Member Buyer Rewards (MBR) card will identify them and provide access to several exciting perks:

SEMA Member News—November/December 2013

Exclusive Benefits for SEMA-Member Buyers at the 2013 SEMA Show

 

Member buyers who have not received their Member Buyer Rewards (MBR) cards can pick them up in the MBR Lounge during Show hours.

What to Expect From LTAA at the SEMA Show

A New Look for the LTAA BoothThe Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) booth will look a little different at the SEMA Show this year. When attendees first approach South Hall, they will notice five vehicles on display outside the entrance. This representation of the wide variety of LTAA-member companies and products is sure to be an eye opener for everyone. Inside the Upper South Hall, LTAA select committee members will be present at booth #34151 to interact one-on-one with attendees and answer questions. If you have never met your LTAA leadership, this is a great chance to do so.

SEMA Member News—November/December 2013  

What to Expect From LTAA at the SEMA Show

A New Look for the LTAA Booth

Hot Rodder’s Guide to the SEMA Show

Hot Rod Alley in the Central HallOne of the SEMA Show’s premier sections, Hot Rod Alley spotlights the craftsmanship and creations of a market that many consider the cornerstone of the specialty-equipment industry. Located in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, Hot Rod Alley showcases some of the industry’s brightest manufacturers displaying their latest innovations and products alongside top-notch show vehicles. Attendees will also find great examples throughout Hot Rod Alley that showcase the history of hot rodding.

SEMA Member News—November/December 2013

Hot Rodder’s Guide to the SEMA Show

Hot Rod Alley in the Central Hall

The SEMA Show: A Once-in-a-Lifetime Learning Experience

The SEMA Show Student Program offers educators and students the opportunity to attend the annual SEMA Show. The program is designed for “qualified and motivated students.” The primary objective is to provide unique learning experiences that integrate the student’s field of study with actual business and trade-show opportunities in the automotive aftermarket industry. Students who participate in the program will:

SEMA Member News—November/December 2013

The SEMA Show: A Once-in-a-Lifetime Learning Experience

 

Long-time SEMA Scholarship Committee member Bill Holland (left) of Holland Communications Inc. spearheads the SEMA Scholarship Engine Project program.</p></td></tr></tbody></table>  </div>

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Launch Pad Is Here!

Powered by SEMA’s Young Executive Network (YEN), Launch Pad is an unprecedented opportunity to promote new products and businesses run by YEN members. This new competition offers innovators, inventors and entrepreneurs under the age of 40 an industry platform to showcase their business plans for marketing new automotive products or services. The candidates have been narrowed down to a group of five, and the competition between the final candidates (with Jarod DeAnda, the Voice of Drift, as the master of ceremonies) will be held live at the SEMA Show on Thursday, November 7, from 9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m. at the Vehicle Technology Center in the Grand Lobby of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

SEMA Member News—November/December 2013

Launch Pad Is Here!

SEMA’s New Must-Attend Event

Everyone’s Guide to SEMA Show Survival

Whether you’re a complete newbie or a seasoned veteran, everyone needs to be reminded of the basics of trade-show survival. Comfortable shoes, breath mints, official SEMA Show guide, water and sleep are the essentials. Here are just a few tips that anyone can use to ensure a stress-free, successful SEMA show.

SEMA Member News—November/December 2013

Everyone’s Guide to SEMA Show Survival

 

Don’t miss the SEMA Speed Networking Breakfast on Thursday, November 7, at the SEMA Show from 7:15 a.m.–9:00 a.m. in the Las Vegas Hotel, Ballroom A. It’s always a sellout, so get your tickets early at www.SEMA.org/sbn.</p></td></tr></tbody></table>  </div>

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ARMO Select Committee Welcomes Two

The Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) welcomes two new volunteers to the Select Committee as a result of this year’s election cycle. Ben Tucker is vice president of Camaro Central and Muscle Car Industries, two companies that specialize in Camaro and Firebird restoration parts. Mark Cotter is in charge of sales and new-product development at Repops, a manufacturer of reproduction parts for classic musclecars. SEMA Member News recently asked both of them what they are looking forward to in their “freshman” terms on the Select Committee. Cotter was literally on the run and had to be brief with his responses. Nonetheless, he assured us that he is anxious to see how to best serve the restoration market through the ARMO council.

SEMA Member News—September/October 2013  

ARMO Select Committee Welcomes Two

 

ARMO Select Committee member Sal Perez, center, spoke with restoration and hot-rod shop owners about protecting their brands and producing quality restorations at the 2013 ARMO Small-Business Bootcamp. Perez is the owner of American Muscle Cars, a premier restoration shop located in Southern California.</p></td></tr></tbody></table>  </div>

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