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Gearing Up for Leadership Days

We’re about a month away from when SEMA will pause to recognize the efforts of its Board of Directors and celebrate the election of 19 new Board members as well as four Hall of Fame inductees at the SEMA Installation Banquet & Gala Fundraiser. As the outgoing Board members are honored for their service, the newly elected directors will be introduced and welcomed by SEMA members. This year’s event will be held at a new venue on Friday, July 29, 2011, at the Renaissance Hotel in Long Beach, California. It is the culmination of SEMA Leadership Days—three days filled with activities that celebrate the spirit of the industry and its members.

SEMA News—July 2011

Gearing Up for Leadership Days

It’s the Time of Year When SEMA Recognizes Its Leaders and Gives Back

Chicago Auto Show 2011

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This year’s Chicago Auto Show took place as usual in the colossal McCormick Place exhibition center, debuting musclecars, new truck models and quite a few customs and concepts enthusiasts will appreciate. For the army of media in attendance, the talk of the show might have been Chevrolet’s unveiling of the Camaro ZL1.

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Media Frenzy

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      An unusually popular event, the Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) Media Trade Conference (MTC), brings together writers and editors from all over the world with racing and high-performance parts manufacturers. Those not familiar with the MTC event can think of it as “speed dating” between manufacturers and media. It’s designed to facilitate rapid exchange of information between the parties at hand.

SEMA News—April 2011

Writers and Editors Candid Feedback on the MPMC Media Trade Conference: What They Think and Why

By John Stewart

Tire Industry Debut

This year’s SEMA Show included a specially designed, purpose-built headquarters for the tire industry. A show within a show, the Global Tire Expo—Powered by Tire Industry Association (TIA) was created to focus attention on tire-industry innovations and opportunities. Judging by the positive reactions of all involved, the Expo concept turned out to be a great idea.

SEMA News—February 2011

SEMA Show Welcomes Inaugural Global Tire Expo—Powered by TIA

A Golden Ticket

A special group of enthusiasts entered the Las Vegas Convention Center on the final day of the 2010 SEMA Show. Despite the trade-only attendance rule, this select group was granted a “golden ticket” through the SEMA Opinion Leader Program.

SEMA News—February 2011

Enthusiasts Enter the 2010 SEMA Show, and Tell All

By Carr Winn

In the Round: Market Trends in Tires and Wheels

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The economy and the environment have been the major drivers for many markets over the last three years, and they have also been consistent topics of conversation among tire and wheel experts. The tire industry underwent a sort of accordion buckling in inventory as the economic slowdown led consumers to balk at anything other than critical expenditures and then pent-up demand caused a sudden resurgence.

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Mike Spagnola Named 2010 Person of the Year

“I’ve long considered myself lucky to work in an industry I love and serve as an advocate for issues that have such a tremendous impact on the future of the automotive aftermarket,” Spagnola said.

SEMA News—February 2011

With More Than 30 Years in the Industry, Spagnola Is Recognized for His Work With SEMA and Charity

Innovation on Display

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At the 2010 SEMA Show there were more than 2,000 new products submitted for consideration in the New Products Showcase—shattering all previous records. Presented in 15 categories, the New Product Awards highlight the industry’s innovation and represent the first of many accolades for the winners.

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Best of the 2010 SEMA Show

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More than 114,000 industry professionals gathered in Las Vegas during the week of November 2–5 for the 2010 SEMA Show, and the tone was decidedly optimistic. Exhibitors, buyers, media and other professionals were there to learn, collaborate, network and explore, sharing their passion in order to build their businesses and celebrate their shared experiences. The SEMA Show provides a window into the future of the industry as well as the hottest cars and best parts for 2011.

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Building for a Cause

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All of the custom-designed pinewood cars from the Builder’s Race—part of the annual HRIA-sponsored Pinewood Drag Races that were held in conjunction with SEMA’s Leadership Days on Saturday, July 24, 2010, in Pasadena, California—will be autographed by the builders and displayed at the 2010 SEMA Show. They will then be bid on for auction via eBay, and the proceeds will go to children’s charities Childhelp and Victory Junction Gang Camp.

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