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MRN at PWA

The Manufacturers Representative Network (MRN) will present several events in conjunction with the 2013 Performance Warehouse Association (PWA) Conference, to be held September 22–25 in Phoenix.MRN General Membership Meeting: Exclusive to manufacturer representatives, the MRN will hold an open meeting for both members and nonmembers (interested in learning more about the network) September 22 from 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. The event is free to attend, but you must be registered to attend the PWA event.

SEMA Member News—September/October 2013  

MRN at PWA

 

Building on the success of the sold-out 2012 Rep Technology Roundtable, the MRN will host a collection of business-critical discussions moderated by industry thought leaders at the 2013 SEMA Show on November 3 from 3:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.</p></td></tr></tbody></table>  </div>

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Meet With SEMA Family at Networking Mixer During PWA Conference

Join members of the SEMA family for good food, drink and conversation at a networking mixer to be held September 24, 2013, from 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., in conjunction with the Performance Warehouse Association (PWA) Conference in Phoenix. The conference takes place September 22–24, and you must be registered with PWA to attend the mixer, which is quickly becoming a PWA tradition and is a great evening “starter” after a full day of meetings. The mixer is sponsored by the Manufacturers Representative Network (MRN), Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC), Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) and Young Executives Network (YEN), but all industry professionals are welcome to attend!

SEMA Member News—September/October 2013  

Meet With SEMA Family at Networking Mixer During PWA Conference

 

Members of the SEMA family will gather for good food, drink and conversation at a networking mixer to be held September 24, 2013, from 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., in conjunction with the PWA Conference in Phoenix.</p></td></tr></tbody></table>  </div>

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PWA Educational Seminar—Powered By the Emerging Trends & Technology Network

Mobile devices are creating a commerce revolution. The Internet modernized sales and marketing a decade ago, but today’s companies need more than a website altered to fit smartphones. Smart businesses and smart marketers must learn to develop mobile-specific tools and techniques.The new Emerging Trends & Technology Network (ETTN) will be hosting a Mobile Trends seminar at the 2013 Performance Warehouse Association (PWA) Conference, to be held September 22–25 in Phoenix. “How Mobile Is Radically Changing Your Business” will offer attendees the latest facts about the burgeoning mobile market and strategies for capturing sales using these cutting-edge devices.

SEMA Member News—September/October 2013  

PWA Educational Seminar—Powered By the Emerging Trends & Technology Network

Mobile devices are creating a commerce revolution. The Internet modernized sales and marketing a decade ago, but today’s companies need more than a website altered to fit smartphones. Smart businesses and smart marketers must learn to develop mobile-specific tools and techniques.

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

 

The Speed Networking Breakfast is open to all SEMA members and is the quickest and easiest way to meet peers, prospects, vendor associates to expand your current network of industry contacts.</p></td></tr></tbody></table>  </div>

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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

 

Kenna Primm followed her passion. It began with watching races on television alongside her dad and progressed to becoming the director of marketing for Roush Yates Performance Products.</p></td></tr></tbody></table>  </div>

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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. 

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