It is customary
for the YEN Member Spotlight to showcase the life and career of a young, up and
coming YEN member but let’s face it, we work in and industry that thrives on
breaking norms and thinking outside the box. With that in mind, this YEN Member
Spotlight focusses on Derrick Johnstone of Alliance Sales, who’s odometer has
rolled over the 40 year limit for YEN. All joking aside, Derrick continues to
stay involved through Manufacturer’s Representative Network (MRN) where he is a
current Select Committee Member. I had an opportunity to talk with him at the
2012 SEMA Show and find out what this former YEN member is all about.
Whenever I ask somebody how they got involved in the industry there is usually a
pretty interesting backstory and Derrick’s is no different. He was pretty much
born into it as his father, Dave Johnstone, was an instrumental in the Vancouver
drag racing scene and is an inductee of the Greater Vancouver Motorsports
Pioneer Society (2012) as a racer, car builder and car show producer.
Applications for automotive scholarships are now available through the 2013 SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund (SMSF) at www.sema.org/scholarships. Students preparing for careers in the auto or auto parts industries may be eligible for financial awards of up to $5,000.
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.
For its December issue each year, SEMA News puts out a call to
the leaders of the association’s councils and networks to seek their
views about what might be in store in the near term. These industry
professionals provide responses based on what their organizations and
their companies are seeing within their marketplaces. Their responses
are instructive and should provide helpful insights for businesses in
every segment of the marketplace.