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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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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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