Running a business can be tough going these days. Your membership in SEMA is an important ally, and now it’s an even stronger force with enhanced SEMA-member benefits from UPS. SEMA members can now enjoy exclusive discounts on UPS services and solutions that can help to streamline and expand operations while trimming time, waste and expense. Members also enjoy significant discounts on package deliveries and export rates as well as UPS freight.
By Wayne Williams
I couldn’t help but notice how nicely merchandised the Starbucks Coffee Shops were this past holiday season. Again this year, my wife and I did the Christmas shopping together, and because my wife is a happier shopper when she has a Starbucks coffee in her hand, we visited a number of locations.
By Regis Finn
We discussed the importance of attending consumer-based shows and events in the May/June 2012 issue of SEMA Member News and inexpensive ways to promote a business on the web in the November/December 2012 issue. In this third installment, we’ll discuss the need or lack of need for print material for a small business.
By Ellen McKoy
Four freshman members have joined the Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) Select Committee. They are Dave Edmondson of Roadwire Automotive Innovation, Ginger Glover of Truckers Toy Store, Donna Green of Retro USA and Jerry Redding of EchoMaster. We recently asked them about their backgrounds and the reasons they’ve chosen to get involved.
SEMA Member News—March/April 2013
Select Committee Members Speak Out on the Importance of Getting Involved
Hall of Fame
The Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) formally inducted its Hall of Fame class of 2012 during a breakfast ceremony at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Show in Orlando. For the third consecutive year, more than 100 industry professionals made the 8:00 a.m. call to see their colleagues receive the honors.
The evening’s festivities for 2012—hosted by PRO and supporting sponsors—included hors d’oeuvres and liquid libations plus a ceremony honoring the 2012 PRO awards recipients in four categories: Restyler of the Year, Manufacturer of the Year, Nat Danas Person of the Year and Jim Borré Lifetime Achievement. The awards are detailed in the accompanying photos and captions.
SEMA Member News—January/February 2013
PRO Pays Tribute to the Accessory and Appearance Industry
A highlight of the SEMA Show is the Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) German-themed NovemberFest industry reception. Every year since 1995, PRO has saluted industry leaders who have made significant contributions to the restyling industry.
The SEMA organization that serves manufacturers’ reps in the automotive aftermarket industry has changed from the Manufacturers’ Representatives Council to the Manufacturers’ Representatives Network (MRN). The new name reflects the group’s desire to better serve the needs of the membership by becoming an individual-based professional network, compared to its previous agency-based membership format.
“MRN is very excited about these changes and feels this will best serve, promote and elevate our industry,” said MRN Chairman Thomas Jourdan of True High Performance Sales.
SEMA Member News—January/February 2013
Changes: The Network for Professional Agents and Representatives
“The LAX Embassy Suites in El Segundo, where we have held so many of these events, notified SEMA staff very early on that their facility would be under major renovations during the same time as our conference,” said MPMC Chairman Vic Wood of Hedman Performance. “We are grateful to them for being proactive with the information and allowing us time to search out alternatives. After careful research, staff suggested we move the event to the Santa Ana Embassy Suites. The facility offers different challenges but also different opportunities. We are very excited to try this new venue.”
“We benefitted from the fact that SEMA was holding its own reception in the same location the following night,” said LTAA Chairman George Lathouris of Keystone Automotive Operations. “They set up their stage and some of the lighting a day in advance, giving us a fantastic atmosphere and the best reception venue of the entire Show.”
The YEN Vanguard Award is presented to an individual, business, organization or sanctioning body that has had a positive affect on the careers of young executives within the automotive industry. The following criteria are used in determining each candidate: Must be a current or past member of SEMA (no age requirement), and must have demonstrated exceptional service, integrity and business ethics. The Vanguard Award is presented to a person, company or sanctioning body that has influenced the professional growth and/or cultivation of talent for young executives through its actions, mentoring, visions and/or contributions for the past, present and future.