SEMA Show 2011: Beyond the Show Floor!

SEMA Member News—November/December 2011

SEMA Show 2011: Beyond the Show Floor!

“I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had ceased to
be one.”

—Mark Twain

When the doors open for this year’s SEMA Show at 9:00 a.m., November 1, eager attendees will swarm the Las Vegas Convention Center floor with maps in hand, comfortable shoes on their feet and a bundle of business cards in their briefcases. It will begin a week of meet-and-greet, show-and-tell and shaking hands.

Be sure to seize the opportunities and make plans to include the events listed below to add even more value to your SEMA
Show experience.

Registration is required for many of these events. To get your tickets, go to www.SEMAShow.com/register

Sunday, October 30 

Manufacturers’ Rep Conference—Las Vegas Hilton
3:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Open to all warehouse distributors, manufacturers and manufacturers’ reps, this interactive session will address the industry’s biggest challenges. (SEMA members $49; non-members $69.)

Monday, October 31

Exhibitor Appreciation Party—Renaissance Hotel
5:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

If you’re an exhibitor, you’ll certainly deserve a little TLC by this time. Come as you are and enjoy complimentary food and beverages courtesy of SEMA.

Online Marketing Conference—Las Vegas Convention Center
9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Open to anyone employed in the automotive aftermarket industry, this conference will take the mystery out of online marketing and provide valuable tools to best optimize your company’s online messages and reach. (Before October 17: SEMA members $119; non-members $219.)

Tuesday, November 1

ARMO Industry Awards
Reception—Las Vegas Hilton
Ballroom C
5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m

For members and guests of the Automotive Restoration Manufacturers Organization.

PRO Industry Awards Reception—Las Vegas Hilton, Ballroom B
5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
For members and guests of the Professional Restylers Organization.

SPC/YEN Industry Awards
Reception—Las Vegas Hilton, Pavilions 1–2,
5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

For members and guests of the Street Performance Council and the Young Executives Network.

WTC Industry Awards Reception—Las Vegas Renaissance
5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m

For members and guests of the Wheel & Tire Council.

Wednesday, November 2

NHRA Breakfast—Las Vegas
Hilton, 7:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m.

One of the more popular annual gatherings at the SEMA Show, the NHRA breakfast is free and open to all SEMA Show participants.

HRIA Industry Awards
Reception—Las Vegas Hilton
Ballroom A–B, 5:15 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

For members and guests of the Hot Rod Industry Alliance.

LTAA Industry Awards Reception—Las Vegas Renaissance
Ballroom 2–3,
5:15 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

For members and guests of the Light Truck Accessory Alliance.

Thursday, November 3

SEMA Speed Networking
Breakfast—Las Vegas Hilton
7:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.

The Speed Networking Breakfast, powered by the SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN), provides the opportunity to exchange ideas and explore new business opportunities in a fast-paced format. SBN will also recognize contributors to the industry with the presentation of the Athena, Woman of the Year and Mentor of the Year awards. A hot breakfast, coffee, juice and goodie bag are included, but tickets sell out every year, so get yours today! (SEMA members $35; non-members $49.)

SEMA Show Banquet
Las Vegas Hilton
7:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m.

Open to all SEMA Show participants, the SEMA Show banquet is the premier awards ceremony of the year. With entertainment by stand-up comedian and actor Sinbad, this year’s banquet will be one of the best!

Friday, November 4

Café SEMA: In the Know With a Cup of Joe—
Las Vegas Convention Center Room N251, 8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.

Held in the SEMA Member Lounge, this exciting, all-new event is free to all SEMA members. Café SEMA will give direct access to experts who will be ready to answer questions and offer feedback on a variety of important business topics. To choose your topic for discussion, register online at http://fs20.formsite.com/Stacib/form8/index.html.

SEMA Cruise and Car Show—
The “Gold Lot” across from the
Las Vegas Convention Center
4:00 p.m.

Featuring SEMA Show display vehicles as they exit the convention center, the cruise will culminate in a car show that will include awards, giveaways, entertainment and seating. Free, and open to the public.

For more information about these events, go to www.sema.org/events/sema-calendar.

Have a great SEMA Show!