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SEMA Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary

This year marks SEMA’s 50th birthday—a remarkable milestone for the association. Many trace the specialty-equipment market’s official beginning to 1928 when George Wight opened the Bell Auto Parts speed shop, but the roots go much deeper. People have been looking for ways to travel faster and in more style and comfort since the invention of the automobile.

SEMA Member News—September/October 2013

SEMA Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary

By Amanda Gubbins

Looking Ahead: WTC to Partner With Clemson University

Three years ago, SEMA teamed with Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) to offer SEMA members access to product-development analysis, testing, simulation resources and engineering talent. John Waraniak, SEMA’s vice president of vehicle technology, sees this as an unprecedented opportunity for members. “Technology is integral to both the relevance and the future of SEMA and the performance aftermarket,” he said. “To ignore its impact is a fundamental mistake. The association’s vehicle technology programs and initiatives are investments in SEMA’s collective future.”

SEMA Member News—September/October 2013

Looking Ahead: WTC to Partner With Clemson University

By Amanda Gubbins

Three years ago, SEMA teamed with Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) to offer SEMA members access to product-development analysis, testing, simulation resources and engineering talent. John Waraniak, SEMA’s vice president of vehicle technology, sees this as an unprecedented opportunity for members.

Select Committee Members Share Their Vision and Passion for PRO and the Industry

It’s official! Four industry veterans were recently elected to their first terms on the Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) Select Committee. They are Kevin McGowan of Auto Trim Restyling, Josh Poulson of Auto Additions, Chris Sepanski of 3M Automotive Division and Jeff Varick of Brandmotion. We asked them to share their vision as they assume their roles.SEMA Member News: Briefly describe your industry background.

SEMA Member News—September/October 2013  

Select Committee Members Share Their Vision and Passion for PRO and the Industry

By Ellen McKoy

SEMA Businesswomen’s Network Planning a Full Calendar of Events for 2013 SEMA Show

Each year, the SEMA Show offers a wide range of product displays, exhibits and educational seminars. For industry veterans, the Show also provides a great chance to reconnect and network with friends and colleagues. The members of the SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN) have been busy planning a full calendar of events for the 2013 SEMA Show to provide just such networking opportunities. Attend one or attend them all; each provides a unique format and opportunity.

SEMA Member News—September/October 2013

SEMA Businesswomen’s Network Planning a Full Calendar of Events for 2013 SEMA Show

 

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Scholarships and Loan Forgiveness Bolster the Industry

The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund is dedicated to fostering the next generation of automotive aftermarket industry leaders and innovators. Scholarship awards range from $2,000–$3,000, with $5,000 going to the top student. Assistance is available for career paths in the automotive industry in accounting, engineering, racecar driver/crew, administration, information technology, sales/marketing, advertising, manufacturing, technicians, design/graphics, photo/journalism and transportation. In addition, a full-tuition scholarship, valued at up to $29,400, is awarded to one student attending Ohio Technical College.

SEMA Member News—September/October 2013

Scholarships and Loan Forgiveness Bolster the Industry

 

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Meet The Newest MPMC Select Committee Members

The Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) welcomes two freshman members to its Select Committee this year. Manny Grijalva is the vice president of marketing and sales at MSD, and Robert Wityczak is an account manager from Magnaflow. SEMA Member News caught up with both of them just long enough to get their thoughts on joining the committee.SEMA Member News: What is your history in the industry and in MPMC?

SEMA Member News—September/October 2013  

Meet The Newest MPMC Select Committee Members

 

Manny Grijalva, vice president of marketing and sales at MSD.
Manny Grijalva, vice president of marketing and sales at MSD. 

Get to Know Andrew Schroeder, LTAA Chair-Elect

Andrew Schroeder became the Light Truck Industry Alliance (LTAA) chair-elect on July 1. Schroeder started working part-time at Ben Murphy & Associates, a national rep agency, about 15 years ago. He had very limited knowledge of the business in the beginning, but he learned and took on more responsibility as he assisted in many different departments. Eight years ago, Schroeder moved into his current position of vice president.

SEMA Member News—September/October 2013

Get to Know Andrew Schroeder, LTAA Chair-Elect

By Amanda Gubbins

 

Andrew Schroeder became chair-elect of the LTAA on July 1.
Andrew Schroeder became chair-elect of the LTAA on July 1. 

HRIA Education Day Moves

For the first time, Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) Education Day will be held in conjunction with Detroit Autorama, the 60-year-old custom-car show that takes place each March at Cobo Hall in Detroit. The Education Day program will consist of 24 sessions, each led by an executive from a hot-rod parts manufacturer who will educate attendees about products features, benefits and installation guidelines.

SEMA Member News—September/October 2013

HRIA Education Day Moves

 

HRIA Education Day will be held in conjunction with Detroit Autorama.
HRIA Education Day will be held in conjunction with Detroit Autorama. 

Sales, Data, Value: MRN and SDC Collaborate to Offer Training

By now you have likely heard about the SEMA Data Co-op (SDC), which officially launched its full production system April 1 after a year-long beta phase. Open to all suppliers and receivers, this information repository makes the development, safe storage and universal export of industry product data simple and affordable for all members. It makes updating and maintaining information easy for suppliers and is a source of multiple brands of product data in standard or customized formats for customers.More than 340 companies have joined the SDC since its launch, and membership is still growing at a rapid pace. Whether you already have a system in place to organize your data or need a little help getting started, the SDC is right for you. It may sound a little intimidating at first, but an expert help desk ensures that live training and technical assistance are available if you get stuck.

SEMA Member News—July/August 2013

Sales, Data, Value: MRN and SDC Collaborate to Offer Training

By Amanda Gubbins

MPMC Education Day at PRI

Earlier this year, the Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) and Performance Racing Industry (PRI) announced a new education program for the 2013 PRI Show in Indianapolis. Patterned directly after the already successful Hot Rod Industry Alliance Education Day for the hot rod segment, MPMC Education Day will feature 15 MPMC-member manufacturers presenting one-hour seminars to the buyers and race teams attending the PRI Show. “Many of the industry’s most recognizable manufacturers will offer face-to-face workshops on installations, new products, marketing, selling techniques and tips for running a business serving the high-performance industry,” said MPMC Chairman Vic Wood of Hedman. “Not only does this event provide an unparalleled educational experience, but it also allows attendees the opportunity to network and build relationships with industry leaders and peers. “

SEMA Member News—July/August 2013

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