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SEMA Again Secures U.S. Senate Resolution Designating July 12th As “Collector Car Appreciation Day”

The U.S. Senate passed Senate Resolution 176 (S. Res. 176) designating July 12, 2013 as "Collector Car Appreciation Day." The Resolution was requested by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) and its Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) and Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) Councils. The date marks the fourth commemoration in what has become an annual event to celebrate and raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society.


June 21, 2013

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SEMA Again Secures U.S. Senate Resolution Designating July 12th As "Collector Car Appreciation Day"

New Research Shows $31 Billion in Automotive Parts, Accessories Sales

Sales of automotive specialty equipment products continue to climb, with sales in 2012 reaching $31 billion according to the 2013 SEMA Annual Market Report. The figure represents a four percent increase over the previous year, and marks the third consecutive year of growth.


June 20, 2013

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-- Sales Represent Four Percent Increase Over Previous Year; Third Consecutive Year of Growth --

Historic Vehicles Drive Anti-Ethanol Message to Congress

Joined by Congressional leaders and industry experts, members of the SEMA Action Network (SAN) participated in the “Fuel for Thought” Rally on Capitol Hill. The event raised awareness of the corrosive effects of ethanol-blended gasoline on automobile engines and the dangers of consumer misfueling. Hosted by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) in partnership with the SAN, the event drew car enthusiasts and motorcycle riders from across the nation.

June 19, 2013

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Historic Vehicles Drive Anti-Ethanol Message to Congress

SEMA Board of Directors Election Results

Doug Evans of Source Interlink Media has been elected the Chairman-elect of SEMA and joins two newly elected Board members to help lead the association for the 2013-2015 term.


June 14, 2013

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Launch Pad Video Guidelines

You must meet the eligibility requirements and have filled out the application to be eligible to submit your video.

Both the application and video must be submitted by July 1, 2014 - 5:00 p.m. PDT.

Video Submission:

Alain Eboli, YEN Member Insights, May 2013

Alain Eboli, SEMA YEN Member of the Month Spotlight, Member Insight, Automotive News, Aftermarket News, May 2013

Alain Eboli is a graduate of Southern Polytechnic State University in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a father to a 4-year-old son who also shares a strong interest in cars and trucks. Alain's role is Engineering Manager for Omix-ADA/Rugged Ridge/Alloy USA, the largest independent manufacturer of Jeep replacement parts and accessories.

How long have you been in the automotive aftermarket? What other industries have you worked in?

I have been with Omix-ADA/Rugged Ridge/Alloy USA for about 5 years with a brief period of about 6 months where I worked for Newell Rubbermaid's Graco Childrens Products brand. I returned to Omix in August of 2012 to fill the role of Engineering Manager. Prior to my initial employment with Omix, I worked as a Design Engineer designing LED billboard structures and other signage solutions for outdoor applications, stadiums and arenas.

What does it take to create innovative products?

It's much easier to invent than it is to innovate. Creating innovative products starts with understanding the consumer and the problems they face.

SEMA Young Executives Announce “Launch Pad” Contest

The SEMA Young Executives Network (YEN) has announced a new competition that offers executive-level innovators under the age of 40 a platform to showcase their business plans for marketing a new automotive product and service. The “SEMA Launch Pad” contest will earn the grand-prize winner a package of advertising tools to help take his or her business to the next level.Through this competition, five finalists will have their business plans peer reviewed by industry leaders at the 2013 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The grand-prize winner will earn an array of prizes, including a 10x10-ft. booth at the 2014 SEMA Show, an ad in Hot Rod or 4 Wheel & Off Road magazine, a Family Events sponsorship package and more. Even if companies don’t win the grand prize, they will still benefit from the opportunity to be promoted to thousands of industry professionals eager to learn more about innovative products and services.

SEMA News—June 2013


The 2013 SEMA Show is expected to attract more than 60,000 buyers from throughout the world.

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