Member News

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    Nov 1 2014 - 11:37am

    SEMA Scholarships CommitteeThe graying of the automotive specialty-equipment market is a theme that is currently receiving attention from SEMA’s Board of Directors, and Chair-Elect Doug Evans is especially passionate about the topic. He believes that there are two important reasons to pull young people into the industry: cultivating a new generation of consumer and ensuring the future success of the market.

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    Nov 1 2014 - 11:28am

    The Young Executives Network (YEN) will maintain a strong presence at the SEMA Show in 2014, but some of the events that have become staples for members will have a new look. Each of the main initiatives geared toward young professionals will include a networking component, so members are encouraged to make plans early to join the festivities and meet with peers.

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    Nov 1 2014 - 11:19am

    The SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN) would like to remind you to sign up for the following key events taking place at this year’s SEMA Show.

    The annual Speed Networking Breakfast is open to all SEMA members and is one of the best opportunities to meet peers, prospects, vendor associates and valuable contacts in one setting. Meet more than a dozen new contacts in a fast-paced environment that is structured to keep the introductions flowing.

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    Nov 1 2014 - 10:48am

    Manufacturers Representative Network (MRN) - SEMA CouncilBuilding on the success of the sold-out 2013 Rep Technology Roundtable, SEMA’s Manufacturers’ Representative Network (MRN) will again host a collection of business-critical discussions moderated by industry thought leaders on November 2, 2014, from 3:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m. at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino (formerly the LVH), Ballrooms D–E. Through intimate roundtable discussions, attendees will have the opportunity ask questions and receive practical solutions that address real-world issues. 2014 topics include:

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    Nov 1 2014 - 10:38am

    Emerging Trends and Technology Network (ETTN) - SEMA CouncilSEMA’s Emerging Trends & Technology Network (ETTN) will take a more active role at this year’s SEMA Show. Network members were encouraged to attend the Young Executives Network reception last year, but the networks will collaborate for a joint event in 2014.

    The evening reception will run from 5:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 4, in Ballroom C of the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino (formerly the LVH) and will offer an ideal opportunity for new or prospective members to learn more about the focus and goals of the groups from volunteer leaders and veteran members.

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    Nov 1 2014 - 10:29am

    As SEMA Show attendees walk through South Hall during Show week, the creativity of the Wheel & Tire Council’s (WTC) members will be evident. In 2014, WTC will host a few main attractions for members of the segment, including a general membership meeting, a seminar and the industry awards reception. These events will ensure that members stay up to date with important developments in the council and in the industry as a whole.

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    Nov 1 2014 - 10:17am

    Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) - SEMA CouncilThe Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) hosted its annual long-range planning meeting this past summer at the SEMA Garage Industry Innovations Center in Diamond Bar, California. The meeting was scheduled to coincide with the SEMA Garage open house and the annual Installation Gala, and members of the PRO select committee and a number of at-large members met and discussed issues, challenges and opportunities affecting restylers and accessory manufacturers.

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    Nov 1 2014 - 9:55am

    Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) - SEMA CouncilThe fall and winter months are busy for members of SEMA’s Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC), as many exhibit at both the SEMA Show in Las Vegas and the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Show in Indianapolis. These shows represent two of the biggest weeks of the year for MPMC members. Though much of the council’s focus is placed on preparing a lineup of events for the December PRI Show, MPMC will also power two seminars at the 2014 SEMA Show. Eugene Zelek Jr., co-chair of the antitrust and trade regulation group for Freeborn & Peters LLP, has designed these back-to-back sessions to help members navigate the ins and outs of pricing policies.

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    Nov 1 2014 - 9:35am

    Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) - SEMA CouncilDozens of Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) manufacturers participated in the promotional opportunities available at the fifth annual New Products Showcase and stock-to-show truck build by RV 4 Wheel Drive & Performance Automotive at the Carlisle All-Truck Nationals on August 1–3, 2014.

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    Nov 1 2014 - 9:25am

    Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) - SEMA CouncilEach year at the SEMA Show, a walk through Hot Rod Alley gives attendees a snapshot of the market’s artistry. For the Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA), the week is a chance to highlight a few creations by members displayed in the council booth and at the organization’s annual reception. It’s an initiative that’s much more than just eye candy, according to HRIA Chair Rick Love.

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    Nov 1 2014 - 9:04am

    Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) - SEMA CouncilFor members of the Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO), the council-specific SEMA Show offerings are primarily about building community. The council offers many such options each year, and 2014 will be no different. Here are a few items for members to mark on their SEMA Show schedules.

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    Nov 1 2014 - 8:07am

    A huge variety of businesses are represented each year at the SEMA Show, but companies in the buyer category—identified with a red badge—who are also association members enjoy a few special benefits.

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    Sep 1 2014 - 11:42am

    To gain the most from your trip to the SEMA Show, you must have a plan in place before hitting the floor. It’s important to be intentional about what you include in your agenda, and it’s never too early to start planning. Apart from doing business, many opportunities exist to connect with others in the industry and take the next step toward engagement in the association. Here are a few things that members will want to build into their schedules.

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    Sep 1 2014 - 11:26am

    Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) - SEMA CouncilIt’s official! Four incumbents and three freshmen have joined the Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) select committee. Incumbents include Bob Carnahan; Dave Edmondson, Roadwire Inc.; Ginger Glover, Truckers Toy Store; and Ellen McKoy, EMK Marketing. Newcomers are Kimberly Callahan, Insignia Group; Mike Timmons, BedRug; and Steve Weimar, Rosen Entertainment Products. SEMA Member News recently asked the committee members about their goals and the reasons they’ve chosen to get involved.

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    Sep 1 2014 - 10:01am

    SEMA Scholarships CommitteeThe SEMA Show Student Program gives young people a glimpse of the industry as part of the association’s effort to reach out and pull in the next generation of professionals to the specialty-equipment market. Last year’s event boasted record participation by more than 400 attendees from 45 colleges and technical institutions.

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    Sep 1 2014 - 9:43am

    Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) - SEMA CouncilThe Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) welcomed three new select committee members on July 1. Chris Thomson, national sales manager for Airaid, Lee McGuire, director of marketing and operations for Skyjacker Suspensions, and Steve Whipple, vice president of sales for Edelbrock LLC, will use their platforms as council leaders to help guide the direction of the group for the good of the whole industry. The three recently shared some of their goals for their terms.

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    Sep 1 2014 - 9:42am

    Over the summer, 10 members of the Young Executives Network (YEN) embarked on the Hot Rod Power Tour to promote the network and highlight the variety of career choices available to young professionals in the automotive specialty-equipment market. The tour route began in Charlotte, North Carolina, and visited Tennessee, West Virginia, Ohio and Indiana before ending in Iowa. Amy Fitzgerald, Ian Lehn, Scott Lowe, Paul Makarucha, Brit Mansell, Jonathan Mill, Michelle “Missy” Perez, Dylan Sievers, Kirstin Stone and Jerid Suchy were chosen to participate through an application process.

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    Sep 1 2014 - 9:20am

    After celebrating its 20th anniversary milestone last year, the SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN) continues its momentum by powering numerous 2014 SEMA Show events. With an emphasis on networking and fostering the growth of the next generation of women leaders in the aftermarket industry, the SBN introduces four events that are open for registration.

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    Sep 1 2014 - 9:16am

    Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) - SEMA CouncilOn July 1, three individuals joined the select committee for the Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA). Jason Christiansen, president and CEO of Rigid Industries, Erika Garcia, national sales manager for Bolt Locks by Strattec, and Jerrod Strauss, director of sales and marketing for T-Rex Truck Products Inc., will join Todd Hoffman of A.R.E. Accessories and Kathryn Reinhardt of MagnaFlow, who were re-elected to fill the remaining two seats on the committee. SEMA Member News caught up with the three new members to share an introduction.

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    Sep 1 2014 - 8:49am

    Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) - SEMA CouncilThis year, the Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) joins the Posies Driven Dirty Tour with the goal of connecting a new generation to opportunities in the industry. The route will run October 25–November 2 from Hummelstown, Pennsylvania, to the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The tour is a natural fit with HRIA’s Futures in Hot Rodding initiative, which is an effort to encourage the industry’s next generation by identifying, communicating and promoting hot-rod-specific educational resources and career opportunities.

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    Sep 1 2014 - 8:36am

    Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) - SEMA CouncilEach year, manufacturer members of the Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) submit products to the Hot Product Showcase in order to gain exposure for their businesses. This year marked the 17th annual event at Spring Carlisle, one of the world’s largest gatherings of automotive restoration enthusiasts. The 2014 event was held April 23–26 and boasted more than 60 products from 24 ARMO-member companies.

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    Sep 1 2014 - 8:34am

    Manufacturers Representative Network (MRN) - SEMA CouncilThe recent running of the Triple Crown horse races reminded me of Secretariat, perhaps the most famous horse ever and winner of the Triple Crown back in 1973. If you haven’t seen the 2010 movie Secretariat, you need to. Both inspirational and motivational, the film provides us with some great sales and life lessons. Perhaps even more are found in the lives of the jockey, Ronnie Turcotte; the trainer, Lucien Laurin; and especially the owner, Penny Chenery.

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    Sep 1 2014 - 7:43am

    Emerging Trends and Technology Network (ETTN) - SEMA CouncilFor the first time, the Emerging Trends and Technology Network (ETTN) will partner with SEMA’s Young Executives Network (YEN) to host an after-hours reception for members at the SEMA Show. By holding the event in conjunction with YEN, ETTN hopes to provide its members with an opportunity to connect with others outside of the network. Since there is quite a bit of crossover in membership between the groups, a joint networking event is a natural fit.

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    Sep 1 2014 - 7:28am

    On July 1, two freshman members were elected to the Wheel & Tire Council (WTC) select committee. SEMA Member News interviewed Gavin Horlick of Voxx Wheel and Cheralyn Hale of Achilles Tire to learn more about their industry backgrounds and goals for their terms.

    SEMA Member News: What is your history in the industry and in the council?

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    Jul 1 2014 - 1:51pm

    A key to developing a motivated team is growing the talent that’s already in the pool. The goal of the SEMA Education Institute (SEI) is to lead the industry by offering a variety of tools to help members continue learning throughout every stage of their career paths.

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    Jul 1 2014 - 10:50am

    SEMA Scholarships CommitteeAsk professionals across the industry what they need in an employee, and they will give an assortment of answers depending on their niche and role within a company. Some employers look for a certain skill set. Often, this expertise is very specific and, as a result, elusive in the applicant pool. Tray Smith’s mail-order company, H&H Classic Parts, is like many retail businesses in that it depends on a strong sales team. Finding the right fit is not always as easy as it sounds, however.

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    Jul 1 2014 - 10:36am

    After the success of last year’s Launch Pad competition, SEMA is excited to announce that the contest will return for a second year at the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Sponsored by the Young Executives Network (YEN), the SEMA Launch Pad offers innovators under the age of 40 an industry platform to showcase their businesses and win a significant package to help them market a new automotive product or service.

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    Jul 1 2014 - 10:24am

    By Gigi Ho

    Whether it’s leading a small group, a department or an entire company, effective leaders draw upon their own unique journeys for developing keys to success. While there is no single formula, some of the most successful women in leadership positions today share some core values that can be applied to any company atmosphere. Here’s a look at two rising leaders in the industry and their takes on leading effectively.

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    Jul 1 2014 - 10:12am

    Manufacturers Representative Network (MRN) - SEMA CouncilBy John Chapin

    The e-mail came in at 9:07 p.m., and I responded immediately. The customer’s response: “Wow! That was quick. Thanks. Trying to get my staff to deliver those ‘wow’ moments myself.”

    These days, it’s easier than ever to create the “wow” response with customers, mostly because customer service, follow-up and all related business protocols leave so much...

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    Jul 1 2014 - 10:00am

    Emerging Trends and Technology Network (ETTN) - SEMA CouncilBy Regis Finn

    The Emerging Trends & Technology Network (ETTN) is still a relatively new SEMA network, but the group’s stated mission is to educate members about the latest trends, including those in marketing. One way the network accomplishes this objective is by sharing with members the way other industries operate and display at conventions and trade shows.

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    Jul 1 2014 - 9:49am

    Vehicle Dynamics for the Wheel and Tire Industry

    The partnership between SEMA and the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) is producing a great new resource for the wheel and tire industry. The Wheel & Tire Council (WTC) and CU-ICAR have been collaborating since 2013 on a vehicle dynamics research project studying the effects of plus-sized wheels and tires on the ’13 Ford F-150. Using advanced simulation models, researchers have been able to quantify the effects of various wheel/tire combinations on key areas of consumer priorities: routine and emergency handling, steering feel, ride comfort and various subsets of those categories.

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    Jul 1 2014 - 9:29am

    Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) - SEMA CouncilLook to the Future

    On the morning of July 16, 2014, SEMA-member restylers, accessory manufacturers and retailers—all of whom are involved in the restyling industry—are invited to gather at the SEMA Garage–Industry Innovations Center in Diamond Bar, California, to discuss the current state of the industry and explore new opportunities for the future. This annual Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) long-range planning meeting is a chance for all employees of PRO-member companies and potential members to network and discuss industry-related issues. Attendees can help determine the focus and direction of the council for the next year and beyond.

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    Jul 1 2014 - 9:12am

    Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) - SEMA CouncilFollowing its most recent election cycle, the Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) will soon install new leadership. Rich Barsamian, vice president for sales and marketing at GT Performance Products LLC, will take over the chair position, and Chris Douglas, marketing director for COMP Performance Group, was chosen to serve as chair-elect. Each laid out his goals for the group in recent interviews with SEMA Member News.

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    Jul 1 2014 - 9:00am

    Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) - SEMA CouncilAs always, summer is a busy time in the automotive industry, and members of the Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) council will be making the most of the sunshine and warm temperatures to accomplish projects and strengthen their businesses.

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    Jul 1 2014 - 8:51am

    Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) - SEMA CouncilThe hot-rod market is reminiscent of a time gone by, but it’s really an industry committed to giving new life to time-tested vehicles. The Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) continues to break new ground for the niche in the resources it offers and approaches it tries. While 2014 has already been a year of fresh ideas, there’s more excitement in store.

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    Jul 1 2014 - 8:28am

    Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) - SEMA CouncilThe Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) will install new leadership following its most recent election cycle. Dennis Roberts, vice president of Distinctive Industries, will take over the chair position, and Erika Wiesman, the owner of Hydro-E-Lectric Inc., was selected as chair-elect. They laid out their backgrounds and plans in recent interviews with SEMA Member News.

    Roberts has been involved in the restoration industry for more than 30 years after having been introduced to musclecars in 1970 through a ’70 Trans Am owned by a friend of his older sister. He bought a ’67 GTO as his first car in 1974 at the height of the gas shortage and became a hands-on restoration enthusiast for life.

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    Mar 1 2014 - 2:35pm

    By John Chapin

    Manufacturers Representative Network (MRN) - SEMA CouncilAfter more than 26 years as a successful salesperson, here is what I know to be true
    about sales.

    Lesson #1: If you’re looking for a 9 to 5 job with safety and security, sales is not for you. Sales really is the hardest high-paying work or the easiest low-paying work. Top salespeople are extremely hard workers; they get in early, stay late, and most work on weekends. Top salespeople go above and beyond, answer their phones off-hours and are always ready to respond at a moment’s notice.

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    Mar 1 2014 - 2:22pm

    Emerging Trends and Technology Network (ETTN) - SEMA CouncilBy Regis Finn

    The word “blog” originates from the word “weblog” (web log). In its simplest form, you can look at it as a digital online journal or a diary, but it can directly affect how high your webpage ranks. Here are some key points to keep in mind when writing blogs...

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    Mar 1 2014 - 12:48pm

    The term “engaging the customer” has been diluted with attention, but it’s more than a buzzword or concept; it’s the most important activity in a business. The definition of engage is “to bind by a promise.” Real engagement is about commitments and obligations. Interesting that Webster’s Dictionary defines engagement as “an arrangement to go somewhere”—to go somewhere like a business, a service outlet or a place to buy products.

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    Mar 1 2014 - 12:28pm

    Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) - SEMA CouncilEach year at the SEMA Show, members of the Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) staff a booth, host a reception and hold an open membership meeting. These activities give members a chance to connect with each other as well as share information about the benefits of council membership with Show attendees who are not a part of the group. When new members do join, council leadership does its best to help them get plugged in.

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    Mar 1 2014 - 11:00am

    Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) - SEMA CouncilThe Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) made the most of the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Show in Indianapolis during December, gathering together some of the motorsports industry’s leading manufacturers. The day before the show officially opened, attendees had the opportunity to meet face to face with MPMC-member manufacturers for an education day packed with workshops on installations, new products, marketing, selling techniques and tips for running a successful high-performance business.

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    Mar 1 2014 - 10:46am

    Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) - SEMA CouncilFor decades, the Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) and its forerunners have been sources of information, connections and advocacy for aftermarket professionals in the light-truck and off-road segments. LTAA leadership recently identified a new approach and focus to better serve the membership and industry as a whole. With this new clarity of structure and activity, LTAA is poised to be of even greater value to the aftermarket in the coming years.

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    Mar 1 2014 - 10:19am

    By Todd Ryden

    Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) - SEMA CouncilMuch of the country is past the point of dealing with cold, damp, wintery weather, which means that we’re all getting a little antsy to fire up our hot rods. Most big cities in the snow-belt offer a couple of indoor shows and even swap meets to break up the winter storage blues, but that just fuels the fire of what we’re missing out on due to a choice of regional residence.

    What really fans the fire of not being able to drive our rods several months out of the year is reading about the shows, races and events taking place in the fair-weather states...

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    Mar 1 2014 - 10:01am

    Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) - SEMA CouncilThe Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) Hot Product Showcase will take place April 24–26, once again at the Spring Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet, Corral & Auction in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. This event is an opportunity for ARMO members to display one or more products in front of one of the single largest gatherings of automotive restoration enthusiasts in the world.

    In addition to the products being placed on display in the Hot Products tent, a professional photographer will shoot each one. The photos will be available to the manufacturers and will also be used in a slideshow at the...

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    Mar 1 2014 - 9:58am

    SEMA Scholarships CommitteeYou’ve mulled it over with management. It’s consistently on the agenda at meetings. And you know that even—especially—small- and medium-sized companies are already reaping huge rewards. In fact, you’ve been contemplating creating a program for months—even years.

    But you’ve yet to actually take the next step and start an internship program at your organization.

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    Mar 1 2014 - 9:49am

    The SEMA Show Young Executives Network (YEN) Fellowship is a benefit available to SEMA-member company employees under the age of 40. In particular, the fellowship program demonstrates SEMA’s commitment to recognizing and developing talent among the next generation of specialty-equipment professionals. Fellowship participants are given the chance to attend the SEMA Show with travel expenses paid and receive hands-on experience by participating in a variety of events geared toward developing business skills and expanding professional networks.

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    Mar 1 2014 - 9:28am

    By Christina Kwan

    Heading into the 2013 SEMA Show, the SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN) re-evaluated its core mission statement, and it now reflects the group’s proactive and ongoing advocacy for women in the aftermarket industry. SBN’s mission is to provide networking, education and recognition opportunities for professional women in the automotive specialty-equipment industry that will enhance their careers and positively impact the growth of the entire automotive aftermarket.

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    Mar 1 2014 - 9:23am

    Supporting the association that represents the automotive specialty-equipment market is reason enough to join SEMA, but there are many additional reasons. Some are especially helpful to the retail segment, but wading through all the benefits SEMA offers can be overwhelming at times. For those who are wondering about the value, here are the top five reasons it pays for retailers to join the association.

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    Jan 1 2014 - 12:20pm
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    Jan 1 2014 - 12:06pm

    Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) - SEMA CouncilThe Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) announced the recipients of four prestigious awards at its PRO Night Club event, held in the Oasis Lounge at the Las Vegas Hotel on November 5. The PRO Night Club was a break from the traditional industry reception and provided guests with a premier networking opportunity with a new format in a new, fun space.

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    Jan 1 2014 - 11:39am

    Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) - SEMA CouncilThe mission of the Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) has always been to provide meaningful solutions to industry-specific issues and challenges. Within that context, MPMC directs its efforts toward providing its members with a forum in which to address industry-related issues, develop programs designed to meet the special needs of performance-parts manufacturers and offer new business and networking opportunities.

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    Jan 1 2014 - 11:28am

    SEMA Scholarships CommitteeHow do you get young people excited about the automotive specialty-equipment industry? The answer is easy: by allowing them to experience the SEMA Show!

    The 2013 SEMA Show student program brought record participation, with more than 400 students attending from approximately 45 colleges and institutions across North America. The program’s goals are simple: first, to expose the next generation to the opportunities available in the automotive aftermarket; second, to build bridges between educational partners and SEMA; and finally, to allow the students a once-in-a-lifetime experience to connect with industry leaders and influencers.

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    Jan 1 2014 - 11:21am

    Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) - SEMA CouncilThe Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) industry awards reception is the premier networking opportunity for those employed and active in the light-truck accessories market. The 2013 event was held November 6 in the Garden Patio North of the Las Vegas Hotel in conjunction with the SEMA Show. In addition to the presentation of LTAA’s industry awards, the evening was highlighted by the annual LTAA Fall Nationals Pinewood Drag Races benefitting the SEMA Cares charities.

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    Jan 1 2014 - 11:03am

    Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) - SEMA CouncilThe Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) kicked off its annual industry reception on Wednesday, November 6, with Mike Kinney of Moonlight Auctioneering Services leading the way through the council’s live auction to benefit the two charities supported by SEMA Cares: Childhelp and Victory Junction.

    The live auction featured three award-winning participants from HRIA’s Pinewood Builder’s Challenge. These cars first appeared at the annual SEMA Pinewood Drag Races as a part of the Installation Banquet & Gala Fundraiser last summer. Prior to the reception, the cars were displayed in the HRIA booth so that all Show attendees who walked through Hot Rod Alley could enjoy the creativity and craftsmanship of each one.

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    Jan 1 2014 - 10:52am

    The 2013 year was especially significant to the SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN). Celebrating the past, the present and the future, the SBN reveled in its significant growth in membership and achievements over the past 20 years.

    SBN paid homage to some of the most influential women who have shaped the aftermarket industry during a special red carpet-themed reception that was held at the Oasis Lounge at the Las Vegas Hotel.

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    Jan 1 2014 - 10:30am

    Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) - SEMA CouncilThe Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) industry awards reception took place on Tuesday evening, November 5, during the SEMA Show. According to Chair Alex Tainsh, the decision to make networking the central focus of the evening was an important step in facilitating connections among council members. Tainsh knows that many individuals join ARMO to network with others, and the annual reception is one of the best venues for interaction.

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    Jan 1 2014 - 10:16am

    One of the greatest benefits of belonging to a trade association is the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals who share the same interests and challenges every day. SEMA recognizes how important it is for members to know that they are not alone. Even beyond that, the association hopes to provide outlets for those of differing backgrounds to create partnerships. There are many chances throughout the year for members to make the most of the benefit of networking.

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    Jan 1 2014 - 10:03am

    Manufacturers Representative Network (MRN) - SEMA CouncilEach year, the Manufacturers Representative Network (MRN) presents its Sales Team Annual Recognition (STAR) award to the group selected by the general membership as the most outstanding manufacturer’s sales team.

    For 2013, Extang Corp. was honored for demonstrating best practices and a true partnership in working with professional reps. Steve Kelly accepted the award on behalf of Extang.

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    Jan 1 2014 - 9:36am

    Emerging Trends and Technology Network (ETTN) - SEMA CouncilThe Emerging Trends & Technology Network (ETTN) kicked off the Performance Warehouse Association’s (PWA) 40th annual conference in Phoenix, Arizona, with an engaging educational seminar entitled “How Mobile Is Radically Changing Your Business.” The seminar featured a diverse panel moderated by Tyler Tanaka, president of Cie Studios.

    The three panelists were Michael Beller, Source Interlink Media’s vice president of brand marketing, Tim Hayden, mobile/lifestyle marketing executive, and Michael Alvarez, director of e-commerce at Roush Yates.

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    Dec 13 2013 - 11:11am

    By Lindsay Hubley

    Every year, the Young Executives Network (YEN) presents two prestigious awards: the Vanguard Award and the Young Executive of the Year. Both recognize companies and individuals for their contributions and commitment to the development of young executives in the industry.

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    Nov 1 2013 - 2:06pm

    By Charles M. Cohon

    Manufacturers Representative Network (MRN) - SEMA CouncilReps sometimes find themselves in the crosshairs of principals looking for ways to cut costs, especially in a tough economy. In some cases, reps may face unilateral cuts in commission or unwarranted conversion of hard-earned customers into house accounts.

    So how can a rep company protect itself from being blindsided by a cost-cutting principal? One rep’s solution was to preemptively promote his company’s value proposition.

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    Nov 1 2013 - 1:54pm

    Emerging Trends and Technology Network (ETTN) - SEMA CouncilGood, clean data ensures that all parties in the distribution chain can do their jobs and that consumers get the best products possible. The challenge comes in the variance of formats that are used by different organizations to classify and store their own product data.

    Patty Putcharkan, data intelligence manager at MagnaFlow, explained that automotive product data historically has not adhered to any kind of industry standard, creating issues for organizations that need to exchange information. But Putcharkan has noticed that beginning to change.

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    Nov 1 2013 - 1:42pm

    It’s that time again! The 2013 SEMA Show is nearly upon us, and you can almost hear the hustle and bustle of the South Hall beginning to rev up as exhibitors, buyers and media prepare for what is anticipated to be a fantastic Show. A few of the must-attend events for the wheel and tire segment of the specialty-equipment industry are hosted by the Wheel & Tire Council (WTC) and include a general membership meeting and a networking and awards reception. Do not miss these opportunities to get involved, influence change and better position your business.

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    Nov 1 2013 - 11:31am

    ARMO Industry Awards Reception

    Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) - SEMA CouncilARMO leads off the week with its annual industry awards reception on Tuesday evening, November 5. The event will take place in Ballrooms D–E of the Las Vegas Hotel from 5:15 p.m.–7:30 p.m. In addition to networking opportunities, the council will take time to honor some of the individuals whose lives and work have made significant impacts on the industry.

    “We intentionally keep the reception about networking,” said ARMO Chair Alex Tainsh. “We really simplified the program a couple of years ago. We want to keep the program short and allow attendees the chance to meet and greet others in the industry.”

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    Nov 1 2013 - 11:31am

    Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) - SEMA CouncilQuick question: What happens in Vegas that doesn’t stay in Vegas? If you said the SEMA Show, you’re right on the money. With all the new innovations, ideas and opportunities they spawn and the connections made and friendships renewed, the afterglow of the Show lingers long after everyone heads home.

    As your thoughts turn to the 2013 SEMA Show, grab your smartphone and mark your calendar for activities that will be of particular interest to members of SEMA’s Professional Restylers Organization (PRO).

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    Nov 1 2013 - 10:59am

    Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) - SEMA CouncilToday, the MPMC Hall of Fame honors those who have made a significant contribution to MPMC and/or the motorsports parts manufacturing segment of the aftermarket. Each year, nominations are solicited from the MPMC general membership, and an MPMC Hall of Fame task force votes on the final selection of inductees based on stringent criteria. The formal induction ceremony will take place for this year’s honorees, detailed below, on Friday morning, December 13, at the Performance Racing Industry Show in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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    Nov 1 2013 - 10:53am

    While the annual SEMA Show is not just for those who belong to the association, there are quite a few perks to being a member when Show time comes around.

    In the past, SEMA-member exhibitors have enjoyed substantial discounts on booth space in addition to exclusive exhibitor VIP lounges in each hall. At this year’s SEMA Show, there will also be something special for member buyers. A Member Buyer Rewards (MBR) card will identify them and provide access to several exciting perks:

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    Nov 1 2013 - 10:42am

    A New Look for the LTAA Booth

    Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) - SEMA CouncilThe Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) booth will look a little different at the SEMA Show this year. When attendees first approach South Hall, they will notice five vehicles on display outside the entrance. This representation of the wide variety of LTAA-member companies and products is sure to be an eye opener for everyone. Inside the Upper South Hall, LTAA select committee members will be present at booth #34151 to interact one-on-one with attendees and answer questions. If you have never met your LTAA leadership, this is a great chance to do so.

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    Nov 1 2013 - 10:28am

    Hot Rod Alley in the Central Hall

    Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) - SEMA CouncilOne of the SEMA Show’s premier sections, Hot Rod Alley spotlights the craftsmanship and creations of a market that many consider the cornerstone of the specialty-equipment industry. Located in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, Hot Rod Alley showcases some of the industry’s brightest manufacturers displaying their latest innovations and products alongside top-notch show vehicles. Attendees will also find great examples throughout Hot Rod Alley that showcase the history of hot rodding.

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    Nov 1 2013 - 10:19am

    SEMA Scholarships CommitteeThe SEMA Show Student Program offers educators and students the opportunity to attend the annual SEMA Show. The program is designed for “qualified and motivated students.” The primary objective is to provide unique learning experiences that integrate the student’s field of study with actual business and trade-show opportunities in the automotive aftermarket industry. Students who participate in the program will:

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    Nov 1 2013 - 9:50am

    Powered by SEMA’s Young Executive Network (YEN), Launch Pad is an unprecedented opportunity to promote new products and businesses run by YEN members. This new competition offers innovators, inventors and entrepreneurs under the age of 40 an industry platform to showcase their business plans for marketing new automotive products or services. The candidates have been narrowed down to a group of five, and the competition between the final candidates (with Jarod DeAnda, the Voice of Drift, as the master of ceremonies) will be held live at the SEMA Show on Thursday, November 7, from 9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m. at the Vehicle Technology Center in the Grand Lobby of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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    Nov 1 2013 - 9:30am

    Whether you’re a complete newbie or a seasoned veteran, everyone needs to be reminded of the basics of trade-show survival. Comfortable shoes, breath mints, official SEMA Show guide, water and sleep are the essentials.

    Here are just a few tips that anyone can use to ensure a stress-free, successful SEMA show.

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    Sep 1 2013 - 11:20am

    Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) - SEMA CouncilThe Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) welcomes two new volunteers to the Select Committee as a result of this year’s election cycle. Ben Tucker is vice president of Camaro Central and Muscle Car Industries, two companies that specialize in Camaro and Firebird restoration parts. Mark Cotter is in charge of sales and new-product development at Repops, a manufacturer of reproduction parts for classic musclecars. SEMA Member News recently asked both of them what they are looking forward to in their “freshman” terms on the Select Committee. Cotter was literally on the run and had to be brief with his responses. Nonetheless, he assured us that he is anxious to see how to best serve the restoration market through the ARMO council.

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    Sep 1 2013 - 11:16am

    The Manufacturers Representative Network (MRN) will present several events in conjunction with the 2013 Performance Warehouse Association (PWA) Conference, to be held September 22–25 in Phoenix.

    MRN General Membership Meeting: Exclusive to manufacturer representatives, the MRN will hold an open meeting for both members and nonmembers (interested in learning more about the network) September 22 from 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. The event is free to attend, but you must be registered to attend the PWA event.

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    Sep 1 2013 - 11:13am

    Join members of the SEMA family for good food, drink and conversation at a networking mixer to be held September 24, 2013, from 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., in conjunction with the Performance Warehouse Association (PWA) Conference in Phoenix. The conference takes place September 22–24, and you must be registered with PWA to attend the mixer, which is quickly becoming a PWA tradition and is a great evening “starter” after a full day of meetings. The mixer is sponsored by the Manufacturers Representative Network (MRN), Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC), Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) and Young Executives Network (YEN), but all industry professionals are welcome to attend!

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    Sep 1 2013 - 11:04am

    Emerging Trends and Technology Network (ETTN) - SEMA CouncilMobile devices are creating a commerce revolution. The Internet modernized sales and marketing a decade ago, but today’s companies need more than a website altered to fit smartphones. Smart businesses and smart marketers must learn to develop mobile-specific tools and techniques.

    The new Emerging Trends & Technology Network (ETTN) will be hosting a Mobile Trends seminar at the 2013 Performance Warehouse Association (PWA) Conference, to be held September 22–25 in Phoenix. “How Mobile Is Radically Changing Your Business” will offer attendees the latest facts about the burgeoning mobile market and strategies for capturing sales using these cutting-edge devices.

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    Sep 1 2013 - 10:47am

    This year marks SEMA’s 50th birthday—a remarkable milestone for the association. Many trace the specialty-equipment market’s official beginning to 1928 when George Wight opened the Bell Auto Parts speed shop, but the roots go much deeper. People have been looking for ways to travel faster and in more style and comfort since the invention of the automobile.

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    Sep 1 2013 - 10:39am

    Three years ago, SEMA teamed with Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) to offer SEMA members access to product-development analysis, testing, simulation resources and engineering talent. John Waraniak, SEMA’s vice president of vehicle technology, sees this as an unprecedented opportunity for members.

    “Technology is integral to both the relevance and the future of SEMA and the performance aftermarket,” he said. “To ignore its impact is a fundamental mistake. The association’s vehicle technology programs and initiatives are investments in SEMA’s collective future.”

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    Sep 1 2013 - 9:49am

    Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) - SEMA CouncilIt’s official! Four industry veterans were recently elected to their first terms on the Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) Select Committee. They are Kevin McGowan of Auto Trim Restyling, Josh Poulson of Auto Additions, Chris Sepanski of 3M Automotive Division and Jeff Varick of Brandmotion. We asked them to share their vision as they assume their roles.

    SEMA Member News: Briefly describe your industry background.

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    Sep 1 2013 - 9:45am

    Each year, the SEMA Show offers a wide range of product displays, exhibits and educational seminars. For industry veterans, the Show also provides a great chance to reconnect and network with friends and colleagues. The members of the SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN) have been busy planning a full calendar of events for the 2013 SEMA Show to provide just such networking opportunities. Attend one or attend them all; each provides a unique format and opportunity.

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    Sep 1 2013 - 9:35am

    SEMA Scholarships CommitteeThe SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund is dedicated to fostering the next generation of automotive aftermarket industry leaders and innovators. Scholarship awards range from $2,000–$3,000, with $5,000 going to the top student. Assistance is available for career paths in the automotive industry in accounting, engineering, racecar driver/crew, administration, information technology, sales/marketing, advertising, manufacturing, technicians, design/graphics, photo/journalism and transportation. In addition, a full-tuition scholarship, valued at up to $29,400, is awarded to one student attending Ohio Technical College.

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    Sep 1 2013 - 9:22am

    Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) - SEMA CouncilThe Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) welcomes two freshman members to its Select Committee this year. Manny Grijalva is the vice president of marketing and sales at MSD, and Robert Wityczak is an account manager from Magnaflow. SEMA Member News caught up with both of them just long enough to get their thoughts on joining the committee.

    SEMA Member News: What is your history in the industry and in MPMC?

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    Sep 1 2013 - 9:09am

    Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) - SEMA CouncilAndrew Schroeder became the Light Truck Industry Alliance (LTAA) chair-elect on July 1. Schroeder started working part-time at Ben Murphy & Associates, a national rep agency, about 15 years ago. He had very limited knowledge of the business in the beginning, but he learned and took on more responsibility as he assisted in many different departments. Eight years ago, Schroeder moved into his current position of vice president.

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    Sep 1 2013 - 8:26am

    Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) - SEMA CouncilFor the first time, Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) Education Day will be held in conjunction with Detroit Autorama, the 60-year-old custom-car show that takes place each March at Cobo Hall in Detroit. The Education Day program will consist of 24 sessions, each led by an executive from a hot-rod parts manufacturer who will educate attendees about products features, benefits and installation guidelines.

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    Jul 1 2013 - 11:50am

    Manufacturers Representative Network (MRN) - SEMA CouncilBy now you have likely heard about the SEMA Data Co-op (SDC), which officially launched its full production system April 1 after a year-long beta phase. Open to all suppliers and receivers, this information repository makes the development, safe storage and universal export of industry product data simple and affordable for all members. It makes updating and maintaining information easy for suppliers and is a source of multiple brands of product data in standard or customized formats for customers.

    More than 340 companies have joined the SDC since its launch, and membership is still growing at a rapid pace. Whether you already have a system in place to organize your data or need a little help getting started, the SDC is right for you. It may sound a little intimidating at first, but an expert help desk ensures that live training and technical assistance are available if you get stuck.

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    Jul 1 2013 - 11:25am

    Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) - SEMA CouncilEarlier this year, the Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) and Performance Racing Industry (PRI) announced a new education program for the 2013 PRI Show in Indianapolis. Patterned directly after the already successful Hot Rod Industry Alliance Education Day for the hot rod segment, MPMC Education Day will feature 15 MPMC-member manufacturers presenting one-hour seminars to the buyers and race teams attending the PRI Show.

    “Many of the industry’s most recognizable manufacturers will offer face-to-face workshops on installations, new products, marketing, selling techniques and tips for running a business serving the high-performance industry,” said MPMC Chairman Vic Wood of Hedman. “Not only does this event provide an unparalleled educational experience, but it also allows attendees the opportunity to network and build relationships with industry leaders and peers. “

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    Jul 1 2013 - 11:04am

    Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) - SEMA CouncilThe 2013 Carlisle Truck Nationals will once again be home to the Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) New Product Showcase on August 2–3, 2013. The New Product Showcase is recognized as a valuable benefit by an increasing number of LTAA-member companies. Participation has grown from 17 companies and 32 products at the inaugural event in 2010 to 27 companies and 52 products in 2012.

    “It’s a tremendous value,” said Melanie White, chair of LTAA and vice president of Hellwig Products. “The Carlisle Truck Nationals is one of the largest light-truck enthusiast gatherings in the country. The Showcase provides LTAA-member companies with the opportunity to put their products in front of the very folks who might use them, without even being there. In this day of online everything, there’s still nothing better to a consumer than touching, feeling and seeing shiny or go-fast things in person.”

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    Jul 1 2013 - 10:57am

    The SEMA Young Executives Network (YEN) is helping young entrepreneurs by announcing the first-ever “SEMA Launch Pad” competition. This new competition offers executive-level innovators under the age of 40 a platform to showcase their business plans for marketing new automotive products or services.

    Five finalists will have their business plans reviewed by industry leaders at the 2013 SEMA Show in Las Vegas in front of a live audience. The winning company will be awarded 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, web design, graphic design and PR consultation packages and much more. Even entrants who don’t win may be promoted to thousands of industry professionals curious to learn more about their innovative products or services.

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    Jul 1 2013 - 10:45am

    Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) - SEMA CouncilSummer brings the sights and sounds of hot rods to the streets for cruise nights and weekend events. For the Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA), every other summer marks the beginning for a new chairman and chair-elect. This year, the group can thank Rick Love of Vintage Air for the outstanding leadership and goals he established as chair and welcome Del Austin and John McLeod as chair and chair-elect respectively.

    Austin and McLeod are getting behind the wheel of a Select Committee on the move. Austin will be steering the committee through the many challenges that the industry is facing, including legislation issues, investigating counterfeit and inferior hot-rod products and providing information to help HRIA members grow their businesses.

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    Jul 1 2013 - 10:33am

    SEMA Scholarships CommitteePatrick Hill’s father Jim was the head of marketing and public relations for Crane Cams for nearly 40 years, so Patrick got to know many of the automotive editors, writers and advertising folks his dad worked with. The aftermarket magazine business appealed to the younger Hill—especially the relationships and camaraderie—and he knew that he wanted to make a career there.

    Patrick’s dad encouraged him to learn about cars and performance parts, and other industry professionals he encountered also mentored him. While Patrick was attending college—first at Daytona Beach Community College and then at the University of Central Florida (UCF)—Bill Holland, a long-time SEMA member and owner of Holland Communications, strongly suggested he apply for a SEMA scholarship. Patrick received a scholarship award and ultimately earned his bachelor’s degree in 2004. We spoke with him about his experiences and his advice for others.

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    Jul 1 2013 - 10:19am

    Not Just Another Woman in the Industry…

    It wasn’t long ago that when a male called a business to get his questions answered regarding automotive performance products and he heard a female voice on the other end, his attitude and the tone in his voice would shift to “she has no idea” and he would say, “Just have one of your guys give me a call about this.”

    For many of us, it has been a tough and long road to find the right balance of confidence, knowledge, professionalism and respect. Although we never wanted to be “one of the guys,” we’ve worked hard for acceptance, appreciation and respect. Our passion for our industry and its advancement is what has driven us to make meaningful contributions.

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    Jul 1 2013 - 10:06am

    William Blake is quoted as saying, “Execution is the chariot of genius.” Today we often quote Nike’s slogan: “Just Do It.” One of my favorite quotes goes like this, “When all was said and done, more was said than done.” These three quotes/slogans share a common thread—the idea that thoughts should lead to actions. Of course, activity is often confused with productivity.

    Productivity is measured; it’s usually planned in advance with intervals that measure progress. Because my primary business is marketing and my primary involvement with SEMA is the Wheel & Tire Council (WTC), this article will discuss a few simple techniques about marketing wheels and performance tires. I’ve recently witnessed two retailers re-focus and re-target their businesses. One is a significant countrywide retailer whose primary business focus is performance tires and wheels; the other is a tire retailer that rarely sells wheels. Here’s what they did.

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    Jul 1 2013 - 10:01am

    Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) - SEMA CouncilThe ARMO New Product Showcase became the ARMO “Hot” Product Showcase for 2013, and the simple name change paid immediate dividends in terms of participation. A record 71 products from 32 ARMO companies were on display at the event, which was held at Spring Carlisle April 25–27.

    “Everyone likes to see new products,” said ARMO Chairman Alex Tainsh. “But our overall participation from year to year was always dependent on which companies actually had a ‘new’ product. So we decided to change the name for 2013 to ‘Hot’ products. Instead of restricting a company to new stuff, we basically said: ‘Send us whatever it is you want to push; whatever is hot.’ It appears that the plan worked because we had record participation, and the products were as cool as ever.”

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    Jul 1 2013 - 9:30am

    Emerging Trends and Technology Network (ETTN) - SEMA CouncilWelcome to the Emerging Trends and Technology Network (ETTN), SEMA’s newest network, which is an evolution of the Street Performance Council (SPC) and even earlier Sport Compact Council.

    In recent times, the SPC experienced success on the cutting edge of emerging trends and technology and often led the way for other SEMA councils and member companies. While this proved to be of great value to members, it was not easy to draw an intuitive connection with the council’s name and mission. “Street performance” was just too broad, and the council was more narrowly focused on exploring cutting-edge technology. Therefore, it made sense to change the name from SPC to ETTN and reboot.

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    Jul 1 2013 - 9:16am

    SEMA is best known for its annual SEMA Show. It’s the one week each year that the automotive specialty-equipment industry converges on Las Vegas and where the latest and greatest products are debuted. So what does SEMA do the other 360 days a year?

    In addition to providing business resources and cost-savings programs that impact the bottom line for its member companies, SEMA has educational tools and networking opportunities that help enhance the careers of individual staff.

    Whether the member company is a manufacturer, a retailer, a jobber, a distributor, a rep or an installer, SEMA has tools available for member companies and their employees. The following is an overview of the diversity of SEMA’s business resources and solutions.

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    Jul 1 2013 - 9:14am

    Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) - SEMA CouncilDevoting one’s time, talent and energies on behalf of worthwhile activities is at the core of the success of SEMA’s councils, and the Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) is no exception. Over the years, PRO has amassed an impressive array of accomplishments, thanks to the dedicated efforts, vision and enthusiasm of its members—volunteers who serve on the Select Committee and as members at large.

    For Scott Wolin, director of sales and marketing at AVG-OEAM, a personal passion for the council, its mission and the restyling industry has long served as a motivating force behind his many years of involvement with PRO. A longtime select committee member and a former PRO chairman, Wolin is now poised to assume the role of chair-elect on July 1. He recently shared his thoughts on a range of topics with SEMA Member News.

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    May 2 2013 - 10:22am

    The May issue of SEMA News magazine doubles as the annual SEMA Membership Directory, and SEMA encourages you to keep this copy on your desk throughout the year to use as your reference tool in locating SEMA-member companies.

    The membership directory is also available online. The online membership directory is continually updated to include new SEMA members. In addition, the online version of the membership directory lists members’ staff personnel, and you can contact them via e-mail through your MySEMA account. For those who prefer a hard copy, the membership directory can be downloaded as a PDF file.

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    May 2 2013 - 10:22am

    The May issue of SEMA News magazine doubles as the annual SEMA Membership Directory, and SEMA encourages you to keep this copy on your desk throughout the year to use as your reference tool in locating SEMA-member companies.

    The membership directory is also available online. The online membership directory is continually updated to include new SEMA members. In addition, the online version of the membership directory lists members’ staff personnel, and you can contact them via e-mail through your MySEMA account. For those who prefer a hard copy, the membership directory can be downloaded as a PDF file.

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    Mar 1 2013 - 2:35pm

    The Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) and the SEMA Education Institute (SEI) recently launched an innovative, online product-training program, the SEMA Product Training Center. This new joint program allows manufacturers to efficiently and effectively provide product training to hundreds or even thousands of resellers throughout the industry for what they might spend to reach only a handful using traditional means. LTAA helped develop this web-based training solution to complement each manufacturer’s existing training while keeping costs down.

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    Mar 1 2013 - 2:19pm

    Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) - SEMA CouncilAs a manufacturer, you invest a lot of time and money into bringing new products to market. There’s the concept for a great new hot-rod product itself followed by research and design time, prototypes, testing and, eventually, the manufacturing. Immediately following that process is the marketing side of the equation, where expenses can really add up. There are packaging costs, promotion and introduction, catalogs, literature and advertising dollars. By the time a new product ships, most companies have a substantial investment at stake and plan (or hope) for a return on the investment in the near future.

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    Mar 1 2013 - 12:21pm

    The SEMA Young Executives Network (YEN) Fellowship program helped to fund travel expenses to the 2012 SEMA Show for 10 member-company employees under the age of 40. The participants were asked to take part in a number of specific Show events—including the SEMA Awards Banquet, YEN Reception and SEI education seminars—focused on developing their business skills and expanding their professional networks. Nine of them provided a few words to SEMA Member News about their experiences.

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    Mar 1 2013 - 11:59am

    SEMA Scholarships CommitteeThe SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund, which is dedicated to fostering the next generation of automotive leaders and innovators, awards approximately 75 scholarships every year. These awards help prepare the industry’s next generation for today’s competitive market through financial assistance for students attending various universities, colleges and/or vocational schools in the United States. In fact, the fund has yielded more than $1.5 million in scholarships since 1984.

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    Mar 1 2013 - 11:57am

    Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) - SEMA CouncilIt may be early in the year, and many of you are just now dusting off your collector cars and hot rods in preparation for the cruising months ahead, but the fourth annual Collector Car Appreciation Day, July 12, 2013, will be here before we know it. Matt Agosta of Steele Rubber Products prepared the following column right after the holidays, but his message still rings true and gets us in the right frame of mind to celebrate our collective passion.

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    Mar 1 2013 - 11:35am

    By Marla Moore and Nan Gelhard

    In 1993, a small group of the automotive specialty-equipment industry’s businesswomen transformed the SEMA Women’s League, a group catering to the wives of SEMA exhibitors, into the SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN). They became a group focused on women’s success in the automotive aftermarket.

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    Mar 1 2013 - 11:28am

    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.

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    Mar 1 2013 - 11:22am

    Wheel & Tire Council (WTC) - SEMA CouncilBy 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.

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    Mar 1 2013 - 11:08am

    Street Performance Council (SPC) - SEMA CouncilBy 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.

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    Mar 1 2013 - 10:30am

    Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) - SEMA Council

    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.

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    Mar 1 2013 - 9:52am

    Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) - SEMA CouncilHall 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.

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    Jan 1 2013 - 2:35pm

    Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) - SEMA CouncilThe 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.

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    Jan 1 2013 - 12:57pm

    Manufacturers Rep Council (MRC) - SEMA CouncilThe 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.

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    Jan 1 2013 - 12:45pm

    Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) - SEMA Council“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.”

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    Jan 1 2013 - 12:11pm

    Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) - SEMA Council“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.”

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    Jan 1 2013 - 11:30am

    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.

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    Jan 1 2013 - 11:25am

    Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) - SEMA CouncilThe 2012 SEMA Show featured a night to remember for hot-rodding professionals. The Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) kicked off its annual industry reception in dramatic fashion, as Mike Kinney of Moonlight Auctioneering Services led the way through the council’s first-ever live auction to benefit the two charities supported by SEMA Cares: Childhelp and Victory Junction Camp. The live auction featured three participants from HRIA’s Pinewood Builder’s Challenge and got the crowd of nearly 700 into a bidding frenzy.

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    Jan 1 2013 - 11:05am

    Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) - SEMA Council“The presentation of the awards is still the focal point of the evening,” said ARMO Chairman Alex Tainsh of Parts Unlimited Interiors. “However, we are getting great feedback on our increased emphasis on networking and socializing. Being on Tuesday night, the first night of the Show, it’s the perfect time for folks to sit down, catch up with each other and just relax. We ran out of food, shut the bars down at 7:30 p.m., and folks were still there after we packed up and left. I think they like the new format!”

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    Jan 1 2013 - 10:51am

    SEMA Scholarships CommitteeThe SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund has increased its award amounts to aid students who are seeking careers in the automotive industry. The Top Student award has been raised from $4,000 to $5,000. Scholarships for students attending four-year programs have been increased from $2,000 to $3,000. The awards for students attending two-year programs will rise from $1,000 to $2,000. And the Loan Forgiveness awards will also rise from $1,000 to $2,000.

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    Jan 1 2013 - 10:30am

    Each year, the SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN) recognizes top individuals for their contributions to women in industry. The organization honored the winners of these awards at the 2012 SEMA Speed Networking Breakfast Powered by SBN on November 1, 2012, at the Las Vegas Hotel during the SEMA Show. The honorees for 2012 included Ford Motor Company, winner of the Athena Award; Doug Evans of Source Interlink Media, winner of the Mentor of the Year Award; and Lauren Fix of Classic Tube/Automotive Aspects, winner of the Woman of the Year Award.

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    Jan 1 2013 - 9:49am

    Typically more than 200 businesses join the association during the SEMA Show. Special Show incentives and discounts make SEMA membership a no-brainer for many companies. But even though the SEMA Show and the deadline for Show-only incentives to join have passed, SEMA wants to extend the SEMA Show satisfaction guaranteed offer to you. Join SEMA today, and if you are not completely satisfied with your membership, simply let us know within three months and SEMA will refund your membership dues in full.*

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    Jan 1 2013 - 9:34am

    Leaders in the wheel and tire industry met poolside at the Renaissance Hotel for their annual reception and networking mixer during the 2012 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The Wheel & Tire Council (WTC) Select Committee, adorned in Hawaiian shirts, greeted guests with leis and invited them to enjoy libations, hors d’oeuvres and the company of their peers.

    The evening also served to honor the 2012 WTC Hall of Fame inductee. The SEMA WTC Hall of Fame was founded to honor and recognize those outstanding individuals in the wheel and tire industry whose creativity, dignity, integrity, industriousness and accomplishments on a national basis have enhanced the status of the industry while significantly contributing to its growth, progress and professionalism.

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    Jan 1 2013 - 9:21am

    Street Performance Council (SPC) - SEMA CouncilWe 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.

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    Nov 1 2012 - 1:39pm

    Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) - SEMA CouncilPlanning to attend the 2012 edition of the SEMA Show? As in years past, Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) members can expect to find a number of activities of particular interest. So grab your Blackberry or iPhone and mark your calendar.

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    Nov 1 2012 - 11:46am

    Manufacturers Rep Council (MRC) - SEMA CouncilSunday, October 28, 2012, marks the unofficial start of the 2012 SEMA Show, and the Manufacturers’ Rep Council (MRC) will be ready to go. As in years past, MRC will be hosting an educational session and awards recognition Sunday afternoon from 3:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m. in Ballroom D of the Las Vegas Hotel (formerly the Las Vegas Hilton). The Rep Conference, as it had come to be known, has been given a makeover and is now called the Rep Technology Roundtable.

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    Nov 1 2012 - 11:07am

    Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) - SEMA CouncilIn 1994, a small group of original SEMA-member manufacturing companies formed the World Motorsports Society. Their goal was to refocus collective efforts specifically on issues facing motorsports parts manufacturers. Chuck Blum, then president of SEMA, quickly recognized the potential of a segment-focused group and brought it under the SEMA banner as the Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) in 1995.

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    Nov 1 2012 - 10:46am

    Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) - SEMA CouncilA new element was added to this year’s Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) New Product Showcase in the form of a vehicle buildup. Dubbed “Stock Jeep to Show Jeep,” the event featured a mountain of LTAA member company products being installed on a ’12 Jeep Rubicon in front of a live audience during the Carlisle Truck Nationals in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The Truck Nationals, which took place on August 3–5, is one of the largest light-truck enthusiast gatherings in the country.

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    Nov 1 2012 - 9:17am

    Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) - SEMA CouncilHot Rod Alley in the Central Hall

    One of the SEMA Show’s premier sections, Hot Rod Alley spotlights the craftsmanship and creations of a market that many consider the cornerstone of the specialty-equipment industry. Located in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), Hot Rod Alley showcases some of the industry’s brightest manufacturers displaying their latest innovations and products alongside top-notch show vehicles. Attendees will also find great examples throughout Hot Rod Alley that showcase the history of hot rodding.

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    Nov 1 2012 - 9:02am

    Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) - SEMA CouncilCollector Car Appreciation Day 2013 is still several months away, but there may be no better time to remind everyone in the restoration and other automotive specialty-equipment segments of this important celebration. In this issue of SEMA Member News, two Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) members explain in their own words how they use Collector Car Appreciation Day to not only celebrate with other enthusiasts, but also educate the non-enthusiast public about the importance of preserving our automotive heritage.

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    Nov 1 2012 - 8:50am

    The 2012 SEMA Show Young Executives Network (YEN) Industry Awards Reception will take place on October 30, in Pavillions 1–2 of the Las Vegas Hotel (formerly Las Vegas Hilton) from 5:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. The reception provides an outstanding opportunity for young executives to network, renew established relationships and create new ones. It also allows the organization to recognize top individuals in two categories for their industry contributions.

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    Nov 1 2012 - 8:45am

    SEMA Member Logo DownloadIf you’re attending the 2012 SEMA Show on October 30 through November 2 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, be sure to stop by the Association Center located in the Grand Lobby between the North and Central Halls. The Association Center will be located just east of its usual location, closer to the glass doors.

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    Nov 1 2012 - 8:37am

    SEMA Scholarships CommitteeThe SEMA Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce that it will once again be auctioning an engine on eBay in conjunction with the SEMA Show to benefit the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund (SMSF), an organization dedicated to fostering the next generation of automotive leaders and innovators. Proceeds will help provide assistance to university, college and trade-school students seeking careers in the automotive industry. Ed Pink Racing Engines of Van Nuys, California, will again be responsible for the build.

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    Nov 1 2012 - 8:04am

    The year 2012 has been a landmark for women in the automotive industry. The SEMA Mustang Build Powered by Women has turned the eyes of the world toward the efforts of women in the industry. Here’s a look at some of the women who broke through the barriers and paved the way for those who followed.

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    Nov 1 2012 - 7:49am

    Wheel & Tire Council (WTC) - SEMA CouncilEvery SEMA Show takes on a life of its own and is remembered for the cars, the new products, the exhibits and, of course, the parties. For the Wheel & Tire Council’s (WTC) Show planning committee, the decision was made to focus on what the organization’s membership continually says are the primary benefits of being a part of the group: education and networking.

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    Nov 1 2012 - 7:32am

    Street Performance Council (SPC) - SEMA CouncilWe discussed the importance of attending consumer-based shows and events in the May/June 2012 issue of SEMA Member News. In this issue, we’ll look at inexpensive ways to promote your business on the web.

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    Sep 1 2012 - 2:00pm

    Wheel & Tire Council (WTC) - SEMA CouncilThe Wheel & Tire Council (WTC) Select Committee is a group of elected volunteers who serve as advocates for their industry niche. In this role, they commit their time, experience and unique perspective in order to help guide association resources for the betterment of the industry. With this in mind, and as the result of the recent elections, WTC is positioned strongly to influence meaningful change and help promote the wheel and tire segments of the specialty-equipment market. WTC is proud to announce the new members of the committee.

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    Sep 1 2012 - 11:32am

    Part 1: Attending Consumer Events

    Street Performance Council (SPC) - SEMA CouncilWhether yours is a young manufacturing company, retail store or repair shop, you know that a good marketing plan is vital to the growth of your business. In this series of articles, we will address the ins and outs of marketing, beginning this time with the importance of attending consumer events.

    Consumer events put you in front of potentially thousands of new customers where you can hear firsthand what people think of your products or services. Feedback can help you improve existing products or give you ideas for new ones, and walking an event can open your eyes to developing trends.

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    Sep 1 2012 - 10:56am

    Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) - SEMA CouncilThe Professional Restyler’s Organization (PRO) Select Committee is a group of elected volunteers who serve as advocates for their industry niche. In that role, they commit their time, experience and unique perspective in order to help guide association resources for the betterment of the industry. The ability to effectively represent PRO’s membership necessitates that the individuals who serve approach council business with a broad understanding of the issues that impact member companies on both a short- and long-term basis. With this is mind, and as the result of the recent elections, PRO is positioned to strongly influence meaningful change and help promote the restyling and accessory segments of the specialty-equipment market. PRO proudly welcomes the new Select Committee members.

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    Sep 1 2012 - 9:56am

    Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) - SEMA CouncilChris Douglas of COMP Performance Group and Mike Crutchfield of Coker Tire are serving their freshman terms as Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) Select Committee members. Chris Fairless, the other new face on the committee, previously served as chairman of the Manufacturers’ Rep Council prior to moving to his current position at Magnaflow Exhaust. Fairless was unavailable at press time, but below are some comments from Douglas and Crutchfield.

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    Sep 1 2012 - 9:38am

    Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) - SEMA CouncilCompany Descriptions and History: 100% strictly wholesale warehouse distributor (WD). Founded in 1937 as Meyer Body building truck bodies and later distributing truck parts and equipment; became Meyer Distributing in 1983.

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    Sep 1 2012 - 9:24am

    Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) - SEMA CouncilA hot rod is anything that will make your parents/wife/partner roll their eyes and shake their heads, wondering if you will ever grow up. Anything that turns money into noise, speed and trouble while making you smile. It is also anything mechanical that teaches you new skills and makes new friends. Any automobile that is modified in order to improve reliability, safety, speed, power, economy, appearance, comfort, handling and braking to be more attuned to the specific desires of the owner/builder. Since those attributes are subject to individual taste, the variety of types of automobile and modifications will be endless, but they are all hot rods, regardless of the year, make, style or age/preferences of the owners.

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    Sep 1 2012 - 8:50am

    Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) - SEMA CouncilAlong with incumbents Lenny Schaeffer of Chop Shop Customs and Matt Agosta of Steele Rubber Products, the Automotive Restoration Manufacturers Organization (ARMO) welcomed three new members to its Select Committee as a result of elections in the spring. Tray Smith is the vice president and co-owner of H&H Classic Parts, a large retailer of restoration parts specializing in Chevrolet products. Erika Woody is the owner of Hydro-E-Lectric, a manufacturing company that produces parts to keep convertible tops and power windows functioning on all types of cars from ’46–present. Jim Pennekamp is the national sales manager at TrimParts, one of the original ARMO manufacturer members.

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    Sep 1 2012 - 8:47am

    Recent council elections brought some new faces to the Young Executives Network (YEN) Select Committee. Here are a few facts about the new members as well as an incumbent.

    Matt Cartwright has served in a variety of automotive markets, including auto body, auto detailing, auto and truck sales and, most recently, specialty-equipment truck accessories. He started as an inside sales rep with Meyer Distributing in 2009 and quickly used his extensive sales training and unique abilities to ascend to his current position as prospect and lead-development director.

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    Sep 1 2012 - 8:27am

    If you are reading this article, you are most likely a subscriber to SEMA News magazine, and you undoubtedly value the industry-specific information that only SEMA can provide. In addition to reading the monthly publication, SEMA members can maximize their ability to connect with industry professionals and receive beneficial information by providing SEMA with up-to-date and accurate contact information.

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    Sep 1 2012 - 8:08am

    SEMA Scholarships CommitteeThe SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund is dedicated to fostering the next generation of automotive aftermarket industry leaders and innovators.

    A total of $130,000 was awarded to 69 scholarship recipients for 2012, and $15,000 was awarded to 15 loan-forgiveness recipients. Over the life of the fund, $1.5 million has gone to 1,000 deserving students since it was started in 1984.

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    Sep 1 2012 - 7:51am

    Sponsored by the SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN), the SEMA Networking Breakfast combined awards presentation and speed-networking event is the quickest way to meet peers, industry leaders and vendor associates who could be instrumental to your business or career. It is open to men and women from all segments of the industry, and it sells out a month before the SEMA Show.

    The SBN also gives special recognition at the breakfast to individuals or companies that are making extraordinary strides in the advancement of women and newcomers through three awards: 2012 SBN Athena, Mentor of the Year and Woman of the Year.

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    Sep 1 2012 - 4:33am

    Manufacturers Rep Council (MRC) - SEMA CouncilThe Internet, data and industry consolidation have greatly impacted the role of manufacturer agents and how this critical segment delivers value for manufacturers, warehouse distributors (WDs) and accounts. These issues require a progressive Select Committee that will approach council business with a long-term vision to provide the council membership with sustainable solutions. A necessary step in assuring future viability is building a group of volunteers who are committed and willing to ask the hard questions. Through the recent Select Committee elections, the Manufacturers’ Rep Council (MRC) has solidified its foundation with the reelection of four incumbents.

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    Jul 1 2012 - 11:30am

    SEMA Scholarships CommitteeAnnounced in May, the SEMA Mustang Build Powered by Women is a collaboration between Ford Motor Co. and SEMA. Lead by the SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN) a ’13 Mustang GT donated by Ford will be completely modified utilizing the contest-winning design from start to finish by women. Beginning with three concepts developed by female designers and concluding with women volunteers performing the hands-on modifications, the project is meant to shine the light on females working in the automotive aftermarket and encourage more women to pursue careers in the industry.

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    Jul 1 2012 - 11:17am

    Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) - SEMA CouncilMore than 50 products from 25 ARMO-member companies were on display at the 2012 ARMO New Product Showcase. The annual event is held as part of Spring Carlisle, one of the largest restoration events in the country. The Showcase was open this year on Thursday through Saturday, April 26–28.

    “Carlisle is the natural venue for this event,” said ARMO Chair-Elect Dennis Roberts of Distinctive Industries. “Upward of 100,000 restoration enthusiasts come to Spring Carlisle, and these are the people who use our products. East Coast dealers and distributors who don’t get to the SEMA Show also attend this event, and the New Product Showcase gives them a chance to see our latest offerings.”

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    Jul 1 2012 - 10:55am

    SBN Member NewsWhat started as a brief conversation at the 2010 SEMA Show has blossomed into the most ambitious project ever undertaken by the SBN. The goal: raise awareness of women in the industry while inspiring the next generation of women to pursue careers in the automotive aftermarket. SBN Select Committee member JoAnn Bortles had been part of an all-woman motorcycle-building team. She approached SBN Chair Marla Moore with the idea of an all-woman car build for charity.

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    Jul 1 2012 - 10:46am

    It’s been just over a year since SEMA announced its partnership with Express Merchant Processing Solutions (EMPS), powered by First Data, to provide a credit-card processing discount solution to SEMA-member companies.

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    Jul 1 2012 - 10:16am

    Wheel & Tire Council (WTC) - SEMA Council“Getting to the Know the WTC” (Wheel & Tire Council) provides a glimpse into the challenges and opportunities confronting the wheel and tire segment of the automotive specialty-equipment industry. By reaching out to WTC retailers across the United States, the council is better poised to continue its efforts to build programs and services that deliver tangible benefits where the rubber meets the road.

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    Jul 1 2012 - 9:52am

    Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) - SEMA CouncilThe Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) is a diverse council comprised of manufacturers, warehouse distributors, service providers, media and, of course, restylers. Local restylers, installers and retailers are often the best source in identifying challenges and opportunities and in gauging the pulse of industry. In order to get a glimpse of what these businesses are experiencing, PRO recently asked a few of its members to share a little about their business and the industry.

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    Jul 1 2012 - 8:53am

    Manufacturers Rep Council (MRC) - SEMA CouncilThere are few segments of the automotive specialty-equipment industry that are as engrained in the distribution channel as manufacturers representatives. Reps are critical to understanding the markets through their territories and the professional relationships they cultivate over time. Given the fact that they work closely with manufactures, warehouse distributors and retail accounts, their industry insights and perspectives lend key perspective to the state of the industry. The Manufacturers’ Rep Council (MRC) recently asked a few of its members to offer their thoughts on the challenges and opportunities confronting reps and the industry.

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    Jul 1 2012 - 8:33am

    Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) - SEMA CouncilVic Wood and Rich Barsamian moved into the leadership roles of the Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) as chairman and chair-elect in July. SEMA Member News recently caught up with both of them to get acquainted and to see what might be in store for the council over the next couple of years.

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    Jul 1 2012 - 8:07am

    Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) - SEMA CouncilThe annual Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) New Product Showcase at the Carlisle Truck Nationals has proven to be a popular member benefit in just its first two years. But in the best SEMA tradition, the LTAA Select Committee keeps working on the format and is introducing a new element for 2012. During the weekend, a Jeep Rubicon will be customized with many of the same products that will be on display in the New Product Showcase tent. The build will take place right on the Carlisle Fairgrounds property.

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    Jul 1 2012 - 7:53am

    Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) - SEMA CouncilThe debate surrounding the definition of a “hot rod” has been raging for as long as people have been into cars. We asked a group of Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) friends to help us define hot rodding in their own words. From the legends of our industry to the next generation, it is clear that hot rodding has less to do with the vehicle and more to do with an attitude and lifestyle.

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    Jul 1 2012 - 7:30am

    Members of the Young Executives Network (YEN) have access to the group’s YEN Member Insights. They are interview-style articles on topics that are sure to be helpful to young executives who may gain insights from the experience and knowledge of other members and can in turn be featured in the spotlight, giving them and their companies great exposure. The following are some of the YEN Member Insights from the recent past.

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    May 1 2012 - 2:25pm

    The May issue of SEMA News magazine doubles as the annual SEMA Membership Directory, and SEMA encourages you to keep this copy on your desk throughout the year to use as your reference tool in locating SEMA-member companies.

    The membership directory is also available online. The online membership directory is continually updated to include new SEMA members. In addition, the online version of the membership directory lists members’ staff personnel, and you can contact them via e-mail through your MySEMA account.

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    May 1 2012 - 1:51pm

    Wheel & Tire Council (WTC) - SEMA CouncilAs members of WTC, the expectation is that you take off your company hat and put on your industry one. Through the collaborative efforts and experience of the select committee and membership, the WTC will continue to provide relevant education, monitor regulatory policies as they come down the pike, and work with the likes of the Society of Automotive Engineers and the Tire Industry Association to assure that our segment of industry is represented and building a prosperous future.

    —David Insull, Director Marketing & Procurement, Wheels & Accessories, American Tire Distributors

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    May 1 2012 - 1:31pm

    Street Performance Council (SPC) - SEMA CouncilAny company or individual who claims to be an automotive enthusiast will thrive in the SPC. I feel that this is one of the most worthy and satisfying councils SEMA has to offer. If you are an action-oriented individual and would like to expand your networking status while
    serving our industry, SPC will meet your objectives.

    —Roger Tibbetts, National Account Manager,K&N Engineering Inc.

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    May 1 2012 - 11:17am

    Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) - SEMA CouncilI believe that being a member of PRO keeps Auto Trim Restyling at the forefront of all that’s current in our industry. Staying in the loop and staying ahead of our competitors is the difference between a restyler and a PRO restyler.

    —Kevin McGowan, President, Auto Trim Restyling

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    May 1 2012 - 11:03am

    Manufacturers Rep Council (MRC) - SEMA CouncilI feel strongly about being involved in the MRC for two main reasons. One being that it helps our fellow manufacturers’ representatives by being more proactive with changes in our industry. A second important benefit/reason for being involved is that I am personally using what I learn in my committee activities every day. It is helping me to be a better representative.

    Bill Eagan, Performance Rep, Airheart Sales

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    May 1 2012 - 10:13am

    Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) - SEMA CouncilEven with a record number of exhibitors at the Media Trade Conference, MPMC continues to find new ways to deliver member value. Based upon the success of our seminar at the 2011 PRI show, we will host two events in 2012, with member-specific topics intended to help them make better business decisions. Our Hall of Fame ceremony at the PRI show continues to grow in stature, and our Business Guidelines Manual is now available online through the SEI. If you manufacture parts used in motorsports, it’s a great time to be involved in the Motorsports Parts Manufacturer’s Council.

    — Kyle Fickler, VP Of Sales, Weld Racing LLC

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    May 1 2012 - 9:47am

    YEN is growing very rapidly and is one of the best ways to open yourself to networking and education opportunities. I encourage any young person in this industry to sign up. You will then be plugged into a network of young executives that is over 800 strong, and you can start getting involved by joining our Member Resource Pool, attending a YEN Mixer or attending the big YEN reception at SEMA. It doesn’t matter the extent to which you get involved at first; it just matters that you take that first step to find out how rewarding the experience can be.

    —Lee McGuire, Director of Marketing & Operations, Skyjacker Suspensions

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    May 1 2012 - 9:39am

    Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) - SEMA CouncilBelonging to LTAA has given us an edge in business by taking advantage of the social networking, education and technical information offered. In giving back to society, LTAA has been at the front in supporting SEMA’s charitable efforts such as SEMA Cares and SEMA scholarships. LTAA’s Pinewood Derby raises money for children in need and provides a competitive and fun experience for LTAA members.

    —Joel Ayres, VP Sales & Marketing, Bedslide

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    May 1 2012 - 9:02am

    Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) - SEMA CouncilHRIA is comprised of a group of industry professionals who volunteer their time to develop initiatives that will benefit the hot rodding industry and the future of its livelihood. The partnership between HRIA and Hotrod & Restoration is extremely special because technical, business and new-product education is crucial for our market segment growth. That is what the HRIA Education Day at the Hotrod & Restoration Trade Show is all about.

    —Travis Weeks, Publisher/Producer, Hot Rod & Restoration

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    May 1 2012 - 8:48am

    SEMA Scholarships CommitteeSEMA is dedicated to fostering the industry’s next generation of leaders and innovators. Its goal is to expand awareness of the automotive specialty-equipment aftermarket, provide scholarships and loan-forgiveness awards to the best and brightest students and give groups from colleges and universities the opportunity to attend the SEMA Show.

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    May 1 2012 - 8:38am

    Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) - SEMA CouncilI strongly support the ARMO council and the tasks it fulfills. It is a great watchdog for our hobby and always has innovative ideas for education, youth involvement and government and OEM affairs. The great thing about the energetic council is that members can volunteer their time in order to help with subcommittee tasks. By joining ARMO, you will have great interaction among fellow businesses that will greatly enhance your own.

    David A Mihalko Jr., President, Restoration Specialties & Supply Company Inc.

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    May 1 2012 - 8:14am

    As a member of the SBN select committee, I’ve had the pleasure of working with a group of amazing women who are not only driven to succeed but lots of fun as well! Our networking breakfast during the SEMA Show is now the highlight of my SEMA experience. It’s gratifying to watch hundreds of attendees make worthwhile business connections in such a short period of time.

    —Camee Edelbrock, PR/Social Media Manager, Schiefer Media Inc.

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    Mar 1 2012 - 12:25pm

    During the 2011 SEMA Show, the Young Executives Network (YEN) initiated a new program. The SEMA Show YEN Scholarship Program brought three young professionals to the annual trade show through a program aimed to help fund individuals’ travel expenses. The “scholarship” was made available to only SEMA- and YEN-member company employees who were under the age of 40. Participants were asked to participate in specific Show events (the Industry Awards Banquet, the YEN reception, educational seminars, etc.) as part of their obligation to SEMA and their employers.

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    Mar 1 2012 - 11:39am

    Julia Johnson is a woman after my own heart and one of many trailblazers and difference makers in our industry. She always loved cars but was kind of intimidated by them, so she put her interest aside until she received a class schedule from Skyline College of San Bruno, California. Intrigued, she enrolled in the automotive aftermarket program there, received enthusiastic support from her teachers because of her passion for the industry and is now an instructor for the program herself. Her mission is to let women know that they’re equally as capable as men in the automotive industry and that a car’s inner workings aren’t as complicated as they seem.

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    Mar 1 2012 - 11:00am

    Street Performance Council (SPC) - SEMA CouncilIf you’ve read previous Street Performance Council (SPC) articles in SEMA Member News or happened to overhear conversations about SEMA volunteer work, you know that collaboration between the various SEMA councils is an important goal and objective of Tyler Tanaka as incoming chairman. This has also been an initiative of SEMA Chairman of the Board Paul “Scooter” Brothers, and Tanaka was pleased to report that the SPC Select Committee answered that challenge with the first joint SPC/Young Executives Network (YEN) council reception at the 2011 SEMA Show.

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    Mar 1 2012 - 10:21am

    Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) - SEMA CouncilIn 2011, the Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) continued its efforts to advance the restyling and customization segment of the automotive specialty-equipment industry. To better understand and appreciate some of the ways in which PRO worked to benefit the industry, take a look at the accompanying pictorial year in review.

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    Mar 1 2012 - 9:44am

    Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) - SEMA CouncilThe Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) held its annual Hall of Fame induction at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show in Orlando, Florida, during an 8:00 a.m. breakfast ceremony on Friday, December 2, 2011. Based on an overflow crowd at the inaugural event in 2010, the 2011 ceremony was moved to a larger venue.

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    Mar 1 2012 - 9:23am

    Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) - SEMA CouncilThe third edition of the LTAA New-Product Showcase will take place August 3–5, 2012, at the Carlisle Truck Nationals in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The Showcase provides LTAA-member manufacturers with the opportunity to display their latest light-truck product(s) in front of one of the largest gatherings of truck enthusiasts in the country.

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    Mar 1 2012 - 9:05am

    Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) - SEMA CouncilHot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) companies are among the leaders in being actively involved in legislation and regulations related to the automotive industry. The best way to get involved is to stay informed about legislation in the state you live in. The SEMA Action Network (SAN) provides up-to-date information on legislation impacting the industry and the automotive hobby. The SAN is a partnership of enthusiasts, vehicle clubs and members of the automotive specialty-equipment industry who have joined forces to promote hobby-friendly legislation and oppose unfair laws.

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    Mar 1 2012 - 8:44am

    Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) - SEMA CouncilFor several years, the Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) has participated in the Hotrod & Restoration Trade Show in Indianapolis by presenting two education seminars on Saturday morning of the event. Owing to the success and growing attendance at these seminars, Travis Weeks, producer/publisher of Hotrod & Restoration, asked ARMO to “double up” and present four seminars.

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    Mar 1 2012 - 4:46am

    Wheel & Tire Council (WTC) - SEMA CouncilFor SEMA’s Wheel and Tire Council (WTC), 2011 was a year marked by change and fueled by opportunity. In February, the council hosted an interactive conference in conjunction with its annual Long-Range Planning meeting at the SEMA offices in Diamond Bar, California. Learn & Show, as it was called, provided manufacturers with the opportunity to showcase their products to a local audience comprised of retailers, wholesale distributors and media.

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    Jan 1 2012 - 3:30pm

    On November 3, the SEMA Speed Networking Breakfast, Powered by the SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN), was sold out once again and well attended by both men and women. The breakfast has become the premiere event for networking and provided an avenue for the SBN to celebrate and honor the distinguished careers of three important people.

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    Jan 1 2012 - 3:04pm

    Wheel & Tire Council (WTC) - SEMA CouncilFor the Wheel & Tire Council (WTC), SEMA Show week started with a very successful general membership meeting that included a presentation on technology by SEMA’s Vice President of Vehicle Technology John Waraniak and another by Tim Dietz of Standards Testing Labs, who discussed the history and future of testing standard J2530.

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    Jan 1 2012 - 2:40pm

    Street Performance Council (SPC) - SEMA CouncilBrian Reese will become the chairman of the Street Performance Council (SPC) at the conclusion of Tyler Tanaka’s term as the current chairman. Under Tanaka’s tutelage, Reese will spend the next two years learning the ropes and developing the skills to steer the council’s Select Committee.

    SEMA Member News recently took advantage of the opportunity to ask Reese about his goals now and in the coming years, and we opened the discussion by looking at the decision to combine the SPC reception with the Young Executive Network (YEN) reception and move them to a new night.

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    Jan 1 2012 - 12:49pm

    Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) - SEMA CouncilAs the doors opened for the third installment of the Professional Restylers Organization’s (PRO) NovemberFest reception, attendees were greeted by the select committee, whose members were on hand to welcome guests with a glass stein emblazoned with the increasingly recognizable barmaid logo. From there, the who’s who of the restyling community was treated to German fare consisting of a variety of bratwurst, chicken schnitzel and apple strudel.

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    Jan 1 2012 - 12:34pm

    Manufacturers Rep Council (MRC) - SEMA CouncilFor most attendees, the SEMA Show doors do not open until Tuesday morning. For others, arriving early provides additional time for meetings, networking and education. Understanding this, the Manufacturers’ Rep Council (MRC) once again held its annual rep conference on the Sunday afternoon before the Show opening. Each year, the three-hour event begins with a fully catered networking mixer followed by an awards ceremony, and it concludes with an educational presentation.

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    Jan 1 2012 - 12:24pm

    Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) - SEMA CouncilMotorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) volunteers and SEMA staff are busy readying for another MPMC Media Trade Conference. The 15th annual gathering takes place January 24–26, 2012, at the Embassy Suites LAX South in El Segundo, California.

    The MPMC Media Trade Conference is a truly unique event that features three days of prescheduled 30-minute meetings between 100 MPMC member manufacturers and editorial staffs from national and international media. The meetings run from 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. each day. There is a 30-minute break in the morning, another break in the afternoon and a one-hour lunch. This schedule provides up to 42 meeting slots over the three days, but additional meetings are often held during breaks, through the lunch period and even after hours.

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    Jan 1 2012 - 11:53am

    Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) - SEMA CouncilThe Light-Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) booth display in upper South Hall at the 2011 SEMA Show in Las Vegas included five outstanding trucks, each sponsored by an LTAA-member company. Not only did the vehicles depict LTAA-member company products in “real life” installations, but each also represented a $1,500 donation to SEMA Cares, for a total of $7,500.

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    Jan 1 2012 - 11:20am

    Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) - SEMA CouncilMore than 500 hot-rodding enthusiasts crowded the Las Vegas Hilton’s ballroom to hear the distinguished voice of industry legend Dave McClelland announce the Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) award honorees during the 2011 SEMA Show. The standing-room-only audience was treated to an amazing evening that featured the national anthem and presentation of the colors by Nellis Air Force Base, an invocation by Wade Kawasaki, premier networking, a lineup of world-class cars ranging from a ’31 Ford Model A Truck to a ’64 Corvette Coupe and, of course, an awards ceremony that recognized a who’s who of the hot-rodding world.

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    Jan 1 2012 - 10:44am

    Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) - SEMA CouncilThe annual Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) industry awards reception had a new look and a larger venue this year, and judging from the reactions of the crowd, the changes were successful. The larger space permitted ARMO to bring a vehicle inside the room for atmosphere and made moving around the room and visiting friends at various tables more convenient.

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    Jan 1 2012 - 10:07am

    SEMA Member Logo DownloadSigning up 200 new member companies at the 2011 SEMA Show was the easy part. There were special Show incentives and discounts for retailers that made SEMA membership a no-brainer for many companies. The goal for SEMA’s membership team now is to retain those members. How do we do that? The same way we retain other SEMA members: Connect them with SEMA’s membership resources and programs.

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    Jan 1 2012 - 8:53am

    The annual Young Executives Network (YEN) reception—combined for the first time this year with the Street Performance Council (SPC) reception—was held Tuesday night, November 1, at the Las Vegas Hilton, Pavilion 1&2, during the 2011 SEMA Show. The reception allowed attendees the opportunity to network with peers and industry leaders, including members of the SEMA Board of Directors, SEMA staff and SEMA Hall of Fame members.

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    Jan 1 2012 - 8:39am

    SEMA Scholarships CommitteeHurst, Street Scene Equipment, Dodge and SEMA teamed up to build a custom Dodge Charger and a Dodge Avenger to benefit the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund (SMSF).

    Each year, the SMSF distributes between $100,000 and $150,000 in scholarships to deserving students who plan to pursue careers in the automotive industry. The distributions include awards for vocational schools and two-year, four-year and post-graduate work, with a percentage designated for the families of employees of SEMA-member companies. There is also a Loan Forgiveness Program to help repay student loans for employees of SEMA-member firms. This year, two eBay auctions contributed a record-breaking amount to the SMSF.

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    Nov 1 2011 - 4:20pm

    HRIA LogoHot Rod Alley may be one of the smaller sections of the annual SEMA Show, but it is also one of the oldest. A trip through Hot Rod Alley reveals innovations, products and history that have been the foundation for many of the other areas of the Show.

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    Nov 1 2011 - 2:20pm

    SEMA Scholarships CommitteeEach year, the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund distributes between $100,000–$150,000 in scholarships to deserving students who plan to pursue careers in the automotive industry. The distributions include awards for vocational schools and two-year, four-year and postgraduate work, with a percentage designated for the families of employees of SEMA-member companies. There is also a Loan Forgiveness Program to help repay student loans for employees of SEMA-member firms. This year, three eBay auctions will contribute significant awards to the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund.

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    Nov 1 2011 - 2:01pm

    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.

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    Nov 1 2011 - 1:54pm

    Wheel & Tire Council (WTC) - SEMA CouncilIt is that time again! The 2011 SEMA Show is nearly upon us, and you can almost hear the hustle and bustle of the South Hall beginning to rev up as exhibitors, buyers and media all prepare for what is anticipated to be a fantastic Show. The Show offers so many opportunities for attendees that it is often difficult to schedule your time and take advantage of everything. A few of the must-attend events for the wheel and tire segment of the specialty-equipment industry are hosted by the Wheel & Tire Council (WTC) and include a general membership meeting, networking, the awards reception and educational programming. Do not miss these opportunities to get involved, influence change and better position your business.

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    Nov 1 2011 - 1:42pm

    Street Performance Council (SPC) - SEMA CouncilTo help kick off its annual Leadership Days, held July 27–29, SEMA introduced automotive businesses to the latest technological trends and opportunities with the Business Technology Symposium (BTS). Held at the Renaissance Hotel in Long Beach, California, the day-long gathering presented participants with solid education, proven strategies and best practices from experts in the fields of online marketing, multimedia sales and eCommerce.

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    Nov 1 2011 - 1:33pm

    Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) - SEMA CouncilThere is no better place to kick off your SEMA Show week in Las Vegas than at the third annual NovemberFest awards reception on Tuesday evening, November 1. The event—open to all council members and guests who’d like to learn more about the Professional Restylers Organization (PRO)—will be held at the Las Vegas Hilton, Ballroom B, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

    The festivities include a salute to recipients of the prestigious PRO awards: Restyler of the Year, Manufacturer of the Year, Nat Danas Person of the Year and the Jim Borré Lifetime Achievement honoree. To R.S.V.P., visit the PRO webpages at www.SEMA.org/pro, or stop by PRO booth #12461 located in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) to pick up free tickets on-site.

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    Nov 1 2011 - 1:20pm

    Manufacturers Rep Council (MRC) - SEMA CouncilAs plans are made and schedules set for the 2011 SEMA Show, it is important to remember the conferences, meetings and networking opportunities designed specifically to address the manufacturers’ rep segment of the specialty-equipment industry. One of the most important is the Manufacturers’ Rep Council (MRC) Rep Conference and Awards Ceremony, which will take place on Sunday, October 30, 3:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m., at the Las Vegas Hilton Pavilions 1–2.

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    Nov 1 2011 - 11:51am

    Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) - SEMA CouncilEstablished in 1995, the Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) was the first SEMA council. Not coincidentally, many of today’s MPMC member companies were also original SEMA members when the association was formed in 1963 as the Speed Equipment Manufacturers Association. As SEMA grew to represent companies in virtually all facets of the automotive aftermarket, speed and performance manufacturing companies formed MPMC as a means of focusing volunteer efforts on their own niche of the industry. Today, MPMC remains the only SEMA council dedicated solely to manufacturers.

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    Nov 1 2011 - 11:42am

    Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) - SEMA CouncilLight Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) member companies once again showed off their latest products at the second annual LTAA New Product Showcase. The event was part of the Carlisle Truck Nationals on August 5–7, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The Carlisle Truck Nationals hosts one of the largest gatherings of truck enthusiasts in the country. In addition to hands-on exposure in front of this crowd, each product entered in the showcase is professionally photographed, and the photos and product descriptions are posted in a gallery on the LTAA webpages (www.SEMA.org/ltaa). The photos are also presented in a video in the LTAA booth and during the LTAA Fall Nationals Awards Reception at the SEMA Show.

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    Nov 1 2011 - 11:10am

    Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) - SEMA CouncilMembers of the Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) and other automotive restoration industry professionals have many opportunities to network at the 2011 SEMA Show. Mark your Show calendar now; you don’t want to miss any of them.

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    Whether your company is a long-standing SEMA member or you decide to join while at the 2011 SEMA Show, there are benefits you should take advantage of while you’re in Las Vegas.

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    Membership in the Young Executives Network (YEN) provides an opportunity for young professionals to network with influential industry leaders and other SEMA members in various market niches. It also gives them a unique chance to listen and learn, and it provides the industry with a youthful point of view. Joining YEN is the first step to becoming one of the future leaders of the automotive specialty-equipment market.

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    Oct 26 2011 - 11:31am

    Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) - SEMA CouncilHot Rod Alley may be one of the smaller sections of the annual SEMA Show, but it is also one of the oldest. A trip through Hot Rod Alley reveals innovations, products and history that have been the foundation for many of the other areas of the Show.

    The hot-rod market looks to make a big rebound in 2012, as seen by the variety of new products that will be featured in this area. According to SEMA research reports, the number of unique buyers indicating an interest in the hot-rod market has increased 54% over the same period in 2010. There is also a renewed interest hot rods among a younger audience, with nearly half of the hot-rod enthusiasts at the Show under the age of 41.

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    Sep 1 2011 - 11:14am

    Street Performance Council (SPC) - SEMA CouncilCollaboration is a frequently used term, but rarely do we get the chance to participate professionally in true collaborative efforts. I have made it one of the Street Performance Council’s (SPC) goals to better partner with SEMA, our sister councils and outside organizations in order to bring about the advancement of our unique individual groups.

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    Sep 1 2011 - 10:36am

    Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) - SEMA CouncilEvery two years, in accordance with guidelines established by the SEMA Board of Directors, council Select Committee members are charged with choosing a current committee member to serve as chair-elect. This year, Jeff Fink of Advantage Truck Accessories was declared the winner when the votes were tabulated for the Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) position.

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    Sep 1 2011 - 10:12am

    SEMA Scholarships CommitteeStudents preparing for careers in the automotive industry were eligible to receive financial awards ranging from $1,000–$4,000 through the 2011 SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund.

    “Paying for a high-quality education is a challenge for many, particularly in today’s tough economy,” said Jamie Eriksen, SEMA education director. “SEMA is pleased to play a part in helping students prepare for careers in an innovative and exciting industry.”

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    Sep 1 2011 - 10:06am

    Manufacturers Rep Council (MRC) - SEMA CouncilThe 10th annual Manufacturers Rep Council (MRC) Rep Conference returns to Las Vegas and will take place during the 2011 SEMA Show. Join the MRC for an open and interactive session addressing the industry’s biggest challenges in a turbulent economy. It’s an event that all WDs, manufacturers and reps will not want to miss!

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    Sep 1 2011 - 9:51am

    SEMA councils and committees hold elections every June for Select Committee members who will begin their terms in July. Select Committee members are dedicated volunteers who are elected by the members of the council to serve in various leadership capacities for the benefit of fulfilling their council’s or committee’s mission statement. Without the help of these brilliant and tireless volunteers, advancements on behalf of our members could not be possible.

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    Sep 1 2011 - 9:43am

    Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) - SEMA CouncilSEMA Member News caught up with two of the newest Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) Select Committee members recently to ask them a few questions about their involvement in the industry and what they see ahead in MPMC. In this month’s edition we hear from Jim Hughes of Hughes Performance and Kelli Wilmore of MasterCraft Safety. Jack McInnis of Dart Machinery will finish out this series in the next installment of SEMA Member News.

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    Sep 1 2011 - 9:20am

    Wheel & Tire Council (WTC) - SEMA CouncilSelect Committees are elected by the members of their councils to serve two-year terms. They participate in monthly conference calls and meetings that are held at various trade events throughout the year. Each Select Committee member volunteers for at least 20 hours throughout the year, and some volunteer even more. Some share their experience and vision; some provide creative solutions to challenges their member companies face; others get their hands dirty and get it done. Each Wheel & Tire Council (WTC) Select Committee member is supported by his or her company in the council’s efforts. For that we say “thank you” to those companies!

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    Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) - SEMA CouncilKelly Kneifl’s term as Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) chairman ended in the spring, and George Lathouris of Keystone Automotive Operations assumed the chair position. Earlier in the year, LTAA chose Melanie White of Hellwig Products as the new chair-elect. SEMA Member News caught up with each of these busy truck-accessory professionals to ask them about their plans for the next two years.

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    Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) - SEMA CouncilTammy Holland has been involved in the automotive aftermarket industry for more than 14 years in the sales communications division of COMP Performance Group. During that time, she has served on many SEMA committees and received numerous SEMA awards, including the 2004 SEMA Young Executive of the Year. Holland has been instrumental in recognizing the importance of growing the next generation of executives in the industry by helping to establish an award for those individuals that support the growth of the industry’s younger executives. She includes Ron Coleman and Scooter Brothers of Comp as her personal mentors, and her favorite aspect of the hot-rod hobby is the people.

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    Sep 1 2011 - 8:24am

    Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) - SEMA CouncilIf you are in the automotive restoration industry and are looking for an edge in business, there is no better time to join the Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO). In the first six months of 2011, ARMO launched four new and/or improved member benefits.

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    Every year, American businesses spend billions of dollars on credit card processing. Even an average small business accepting credit card payments spends thousands each month. Knowing how much these costs impact member businesses, SEMA sought a solution.

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    Jul 1 2011 - 2:20pm

    Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) - SEMA CouncilThe 2011 Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) Media Trade Conference (MTC) returned to the Embassy Suites LAX South after a one-year detour in 2010. This marks the eighth time in the last nine years that the event was hosted at the location in El Segundo, California, and by all accounts, the return proved to be the right move after record-setting rains during the 2010 event at a facility with an open-air setting.

    “This property continues to serve the event well,” said MPMC Chairman Kyle Fickler of Weld Racing Inc. “The layout lends itself to our purposes, and it’s completely under a roof—something we will never again take for granted after last year! The hotel staff was very attentive to our needs, responded to feedback from previous years and was very accommodating to last-minute changes on site. It’s cliché, but 2011 was definitely the best Media Trade Conference yet!”

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    Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) - SEMA CouncilThe Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) and its member companies are gearing up for the second annual LTAA New Product Showcase. Carlisle Events will once again host the Showcase at the Carlisle Truck Nationals, August 5–7, 2011, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Last year’s inaugural event drew 35 products from 15 LTAA-member companies, including two fullsize display trucks. This year’s event promises to be even bigger and better.

    “The event came together very quickly last year,” said LTAA Chair-Elect Melanie White of Hellwig Industries. “Even with minimal time to market it, the response from our members was very positive, and the post-event feedback made it easy to plan for a second event in 2011. If you are an LTAA-member company and have not signed up a new product or products, there is still time to get in. Registration is online and takes just a few minutes.”

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    Jul 1 2011 - 1:52pm

    Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) - SEMA CouncilCustomer service is nothing more than communication. We are not selling just metal, chrome, rubber or plastic. We are selling information and services.

    So what does the customer really want from you? Well, think about what you would want if you were the customer. You are perfectly willing to pay a fair price for a product that you have decided best serves your purpose. Your selection criteria may range widely based on price, quality, delivery, features, reputation and so on. When you are ready to make a purchase, you have formed expectations about all of these categories. All you want is to have those expectations fulfilled.

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    Jul 1 2011 - 12:09pm

    Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) - SEMA CouncilLike other SEMA councils and committees the Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) came to be out of necessity. As SEMA membership grew to encompass all aspects of the automotive specialty-equipment market, industry leaders recognized the need for a volunteer group to focus on the specific needs of the restoration market.

    In early 1991, Jim Wirth attended a SEMA management conference and was impressed by the way SEMA-member companies were working for the betterment of the automotive aftermarket. Already heavily involved in the restoration industry as an enthusiast and the founder of the Springfield Auto Swap Meet and Car Show, Wirth suggested to several friends that restoration companies could benefit from a similar organization. By the end of that year, ARMO was formed and recognized as a SEMA committee.

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    Lee McGuire, director of marketing and operations for Skyjacker Suspensions, will assume the chairmanship of the Young Executive’s Network (YEN) in July. She has been involved in the automotive specialty-equipment industry for eight years and will attend her ninth SEMA Show in November. She became a member of YEN in 2005 and, after a Loan Forgiveness Award that same year from the SEMA Scholarship Fund, determined that she should serve the industry as a way to give back. She says that being a volunteer and serving on the YEN Select Committee have been great experiences. She recently answered a few questions about her passions and goals.

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    Jul 1 2011 - 9:06am

    SEMA Scholarships CommitteeThe SEMA Education Institute (SEI) has added a new SEMA Social Media Course to its comprehensive online library, which is designed to help industry professionals develop career-advancing skills. The six-session course, available for a limited time without charge at www.SEMA.org/eLearning, begins with Social Media Foundations, an introduction to the social-media concept. The five subsequent sessions describe how automotive specialty-equipment companies can leverage outrageously popular social media channels to help promote and market their businesses.

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    Jul 1 2011 - 8:51am

    Marla Moore has been involved in the automotive specialty-equipment industry for 30 years, working with mentors that included SEMA icons such as Mark Heffington, Ron Coleman, Scooter Brothers, Jim McFarland and Amy Faulk. In fact, it was Faulk—a founding member of both the Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) and the SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN)—who encouraged Moore to become active with SEMA.

     

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    Jul 1 2011 - 8:40am

    Wheel & Tire Council (WTC) - SEMA CouncilOver the past 100 years, tires and the wheels that support them have gone through significant changes as a result of technical innovations in design, technology and materials. No single factor affects the handling and safety of a car more than the tires and wheels it rides on and how the two work together as a unit.

    One nagging question has been whether rims designed for bias-ply tires can handle the stresses placed on them by radial-ply tires. The answer depends on how the rim was originally designed and built as well as the number of cycles on it and how it has been used. Most importantly, it depends upon the construction of the tire and how it transmits the vehicle’s load. A new white paper, now available under the “WTC Resources” box on www.SEMA.org/WTC, describes how bias and radial tires differ in working with the rim to provide a safe ride.

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    Jul 1 2011 - 8:27am

    Street Performance Council (SPC) - SEMA CouncilThe next chairman of the Street Performance Council (SPC) has been involved with the organization since it was a fledgling committee trying to get attention for tuner manufacturers and enthusiasts. Tyler Tanaka, vice president of business development for PostRelease, a developer of next-generation interactive entertainment and rich Internet applications, has been an active participant in the automotive aftermarket for more than 20 years. Foreseeing the importance of forums and social networks, he became an early adopter and firsthand user. SEMA Member News recently engaged in a Q&A session with this forward-thinker.

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    Jul 1 2011 - 7:53am

    Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) - SEMA CouncilIn the years since the Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) first burst on the industry scene, it has taken the lead in providing valuable tools and resources to its members. But to understand how and why PRO came to be calls for a look at where it began—and how far it’s come.

    Originally known as customizing, restyling emerged as an outgrowth of the soft trim industry as new suppliers entered the market in the ’70s and ’80s. Among the first products introduced into the market were body-side moldings, vinyl pinstripes and graphics, sunroofs, ground effects and roof treatments.

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    Jul 1 2011 - 7:37am

    Manufacturers Rep Council (MRC) - SEMA CouncilWith the fierce competition of today’s automotive specialty-equipment industry, independent manufacturers’ representatives play an important role in bringing products to market. But reps need representation, too, in order to make their voices heard in this challenging yet rewarding industry. The Manufacturers’ Rep Council (MRC) provides that exclusive representation.

    Working together, members strive to uphold the segment’s professional image and address its vital interests. MRC’s primary objective is to provide a forum for manufacturers’ representatives for the purpose of increasing their impact as an industry, exploring issues of common interest and concern, increasing their collective knowledge and elevating the overall image of the profession. MRC leadership has made a concerted effort to expand its involvement at industry events so that the MRC can get the best feel for the pulse of the industry and promote rep services.

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    By the time you read this, I will be close to completing my term as the chairman of the SEMA Young Executives Network (YEN). As I reflect back, one phrase rises to the top of every thought: Just do it.

    I didn’t know anything about the industry when I accepted a new position with a leading accessories distributor in the southeastern market in 2003, but I took a chance hoping that I could begin a new and different career path. I realized that I loved this industry after only a few months of learning the ropes from some well-known industry veterans and then attending my first PWA Conference and SEMA Show.

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    How can the industry help attract and “train up” the next-generation workforce? One way is to connect with colleges, universities and trade-school programs to offer paid or unpaid internships to qualified, enthusiastic students. There is great value in offering these opportunities to students who are evaluating which industries they should pursue. And it’s also an effective way for a company to identify candidates for future employment. Moreover, it can infuse a company with new energy and innovative ideas.
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    Tammy Holland has been involved in the automotive specialty-equipment industry for more than 14 years with Comp Performance Group in sales communications, and she has been active in the industry since 1999. She is the mother of two children, 20-year-old Brittany and 15-year-old Draven, and she currently serves as the chairman of the SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN). SEMA Member News took a few minutes recently to talk with her about her commitment to the industry and her journey within it.

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    The Wheel & Tire Council (WTC) started in roughly 1996–1997 as the Wheel Industry Committee (WIC). Larry Anderson was essentially the founder; he pushed for years to create this thing and managed to get many companies—competitors, no less—in the same room for the greater good. That is no doubt why he was the first chairman and the first recipient of the WTC Person of the Year award.

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    If that sounds overstated, consider that worldwide shipments of smartphones in 2010 alone—mobile phones running a BlackBerry, Android, Apple, Palm or Windows operating system with advanced features, such as Internet access—were 270 million units, a 55% increase over 2009. Tablet devices, such as the Apple iPad, are rapidly becoming a significant force in mobile marketing, with forecasted 2011 sales between 35 million and 70 million units. In fact, more people are projected to access the Internet with a mobile device than with a computer by 2013.

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    Two years ago, Karl Stearns assumed the position of Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) chairman after having served two years as chair-elect. At the same time, Eldon Bracken was chosen by his peers on the Select Committee to serve in the chair-elect slot.

    Flash forward to 2011. The pendulum has gone full swing. Stearns is stepping down and will serve as chairman emeritus. Bracken is stepping up to chairman, and Jeff Fink is preparing to take over as chair-elect.

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    More courts throughout the United States are ruling that employees have the right to rely on representations made before hiring and during the working relationship. As a result, discharged employees are suing—and winning lawsuits against—ex-employers for breach of oral agreements promising secure employment and even jobs for life. But employers can avoid these situations.

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    The Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) changed the date of its annual Long-Range Planning (LRP) meeting. The change represents just one of the things MPMC Chairman Kyle Fickler and Chair-Elect Vic Wood are implementing in hopes of charting a course for MPMC’s future.

    “Vic and I are committed to building MPMC’s value to the members and to helping the council develop a clear path into the future, with goals and plans,” said Fickler. “For the past several years, we’ve held our LRP on the Friday after the Media Trade Conference (MTC).

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    Invis-A-Rack is a new company, is a new SEMA/LTAA member and has a brand-new, innovative product. The Invis-A-Rack is a collapsible rack that can be used to transport construction material for a job or a canoe for a camping trip when needed. When not in use, the Invis-A-Rack folds out of sight to return the truck to a personal-use vehicle. SEMA Member News recently spoke with Donny McCall, the company’s president.

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    First unveiled in 2002, the Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) Take a Kid to a Car Show (TKCS) program has consistently delivered a simple message to restoration enthusiasts the world over: Take a Kid to a Car Show. Through the program, car show promoters, organizers and enthusiasts may download public service ads (PSA) and announcements in various sizes and with various images and messaging.

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    If you’re in the know, you were definitely one of the 130 people in attendance at the first SEMA Town Hall meeting held February 4 in Phoenix, Arizona. The first in a series of similar events to be held around the country, the “in” crowd networked beside vintage vehicles, provided SEMA with direction on how to better serve the automotive aftermarket and enjoyed entertainment by an a cappella group who specialized in singing classic Beach Boys songs.

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    Chris Fairless has been involved in the automotive specialty-equipment industry for 32 years, combining 10 years in retail and wholesale for Van Iderstine Speed Centers with five years in manufacturing for Russell Performance and 17 years as a manufacturer’s representative. He recently became a principal with SS Sales & Marketing.
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    The inaugural Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) New Products Showcase event, held at the All Truck Nationals in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, on August 6–8, 2010, proved to be a hit with both the LTAA participants and event attendees. This brand-new LTAA member benefit gave participating companies the opportunity to display products in front of one of the largest gatherings of truck enthusiasts in the country.
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    There may be nothing more American than a hot rod! As the rest of the world continues to adopt elements of our unique cultural identity, there are few things left that are truly American. Classic hot rods and musclecars are 100% American made. Unfortunately, these vehicles have long struggled to find their place in the law. Too often, a lack of knowledge and experience on the part of legislators has led to bad laws that negatively impact our industry and the hobby. However, the staff and membership of SEMA and the Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) can have a direct impact on safeguarding the tradition of hot rodding in America.
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    Spring is in the air, which means time is running out for Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) member companies to register products for the ARMO New Products Showcase. This annual event is held each year at Spring Carlisle in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The New Products Showcase affords ARMO-member companies the opportunity to display their product(s) in front of one of the single largest gatherings of automotive restoration enthusiasts in the world. The 2010 Spring Carlisle event featured 2,000 collector and special-interest vehicles for sale and 8,100 vendor spaces.
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    The Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) inducted four inaugural members to its Hall of Fame during a casual breakfast gathering at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Show in Orlando, Florida, on Friday, December 10, 2010. The four inductees were recognized as not only founding members of the MPMC, but also as active members of SEMA, the council and the industry. The affair began at 8:00 a.m., but upward of 100 people had no problem with the early call to share the special moment with the inductees.
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    SEMA is on the move, and if you’re in the industry, you’ll want to know about it. The association’s presence this year at town hall meetings across the country is part of an important new strategic direction. Through the first six months of 2011, members of the SEMA staff will be visiting Scottsdale, Arizona, Fort Worth, Texas, and Charlotte, North Carolina, to join with local SEMA-member companies in hosting a series of relaxed, casual, grassroots gatherings of members. These town hall meetings will serve a number of purposes, including:
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    Today’s business environment is changing quickly. Training and information are essential to a company’s success. Realizing this several years ago, the SEMA Board of Directors created the SEMA Education Institute (SEI) as a strategic commitment to meet the industry’s need for personal training and professional development.
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    Mar 1 2011 - 10:15am
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    Students preparing for careers in the automotive industry may be eligible to receive financial awards ranging from $1,000–$4,000 through the 2011 SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund. The scholarship application, which is due April 1, 2011, and requires college transcripts and letters of recommendation, is now available at www.sema.org/scholarships.
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    When this industry began more than 75 years ago, the men were racing ’32 roadsters across the dry lakes of Southern California while the women were racing around the house, making sure they had a clean place to live and food on the table. Today, women are as much a part of this industry as the men, with roles that include driving race cars, managing businesses, building project vehicles and more.
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    Mar 1 2011 - 9:26am
       
       
    A few years ago, SEMA and its Wheel & Tire Council (WTC) worked with the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) to develop an industry testing practice for aftermarket wheels. SAE J2530 (Aftermarket Wheels Performance Requirements and Testing Procedures) outlines performance and sampling guidelines, testing procedures and marking requirements for aftermarket wheels used on cars, light trucks and multipurpose vehicles.
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    Mar 1 2011 - 9:11am
     
       
    Because “social media” are such buzzwords these days, a lot of people think that these new channels somehow exist in a different dimension of the space-time continuum and that different rules and laws of physics apply. Yes, social media channels are immediate. Yes, social media channels are broadcast platforms for the hitherto voiceless. And, yes, everybody is doing it. But when it comes to customer service and building and protecting your business reputation, the same principles apply in social media as in all other channels of communication between you and your customers.
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    Mar 1 2011 - 8:58am
       
       
    Serving on the Select Committee or as chairman of a council is a huge honor. It signifies that you’ve earned the confidence and respect of your peers. It also gives you an opportunity to be closely involved in the issues affecting your industry and to have a part in shaping how those issues are addressed. I’ve been privileged to serve as a member of the Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) Select Committee since 2000. I’ve also joined the ranks of the few who have become the chairman of PRO. As I’ve worked for the council for the last few months of my term as chairman, I wanted to share some thoughts on volunteer leadership.
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    Feb 1 2011 - 10:46am
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    Each year, a group of dedicated employees of SEMA-member companies recruits new SEMA and council members. Through the SEMA Ambassador Program, members have an ideal way to develop relationships within the industry and to recruit new members.
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    Feb 1 2011 - 10:46am
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    The annual ARMO Industry Awards Reception played to a packed house at the Las Vegas Hilton during the 2010 SEMA Show. Dennis Gage, host of the TV show “My Classic Car,” once again emceed the event. Gage is a lifelong car enthusiast and longtime supporter of ARMO. He served as ARMO’s board liaison during his three terms on the SEMA Board of Directors.
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    Feb 1 2011 - 10:46am
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    Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) member companies met at the Las Vegas Hilton during SEMA Show week to give out the annual HRIA awards to industry leaders and legends. The most influential hot-rodding companies in the industry hand out their awards at this event along with HRIA’s Hall of Fame awards. HRIA wishes to thank all of the sponsors of this great event.
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    Feb 1 2011 - 10:46am
    Official LTAA LogoLTAA’s annual industry awards reception took on an entirely new look at the 2010 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Playing off LTAA’s longtime support of Victory Junction Gang Camp, LTAA hosted the first-ever LTAA Fall Nationals Pinewood Drags. A six-lane Pinewood Track was assembled right in the reception hall and, in keeping with the racetrack theme, hamburgers and hot dogs were the main fare.
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    Feb 1 2011 - 10:46am
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    Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) volunteers and SEMA staff are busy readying for the 14th annual MPMC Media Trade Conference, which takes place on January 25–27, 2011. The event returns to its longtime home this year at the Embassy Suites LAX South hotel in El Segundo, California, after a one-year hiatus in 2010.
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    Feb 1 2011 - 10:46am
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    The annual Manufacturers’ Rep Council (MRC) awards ceremony was held at the Las Vegas Hilton prior to the opening of the 2010 SEMA Show. The event attracted a packed room of manufacturers’ representatives gathered to witness the induction of Jim Considine Jr. into the SEMA MRC Hall of Fame and the presentation of the Sales Team Annual Recognition (STAR) award to TruXedo.
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    Feb 1 2011 - 10:46am

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    There’s nothing quite like the SEMA Show to pump up enthusiasm and provide a venue in which to rub shoulders with industry movers and shakers. To kick off the week, the Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) hosted the second annual NovemberFest reception at the Las Vegas Hilton on Tuesday, November 2. PRO used the gala occasion for the 16th consecutive year to salute key players who have made outstanding contributions to the restyling industry.

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    Feb 1 2011 - 10:46am
       
    The SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN) announced its annual awards to three deserving industry professionals at the SEMA Networking Breakfast, Powered by the SBN, on Thursday, November 4, 2010, at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The SBN Woman of the Year award was presented to S. Kellie Colf from AfterMarketer Club. Wade Kawasaki from Exports International received the coveted Athena Award, and John Menzler from Comp Performance Group was honored with Mentor of the Year.
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    Feb 1 2011 - 10:46am
     

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    The SEMA Show Student Program gives students access to the event’s Education Days sessions, key industry events and the opportunity to walk the Show floor and volunteer to work in exhibitors’ booths. Thirty national and international schools took part in the student program at the 2010 SEMA Show, with more than 620 students and faculty participating in a wide range of events.
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    Feb 1 2011 - 10:46am
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    Each year, the Street Performance Council (SPC) honors the industry’s top businesses and individuals for their contributions to the street performance sector of the specialty-equipment market. The winners of these awards were recognized at the 2010 SEMA Show SPC Awards Reception, which took place on November 3, 2010, at the Las Vegas Hilton during the SEMA Show.
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    Feb 1 2011 - 10:46am
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    SEMA Show week is time to network, plan and honor those individuals who have made significant contributions to their respective segments of the industry. The Wheel and Tire Council (WTC) hosted its Industry Awards Reception against the backdrop of the Renaissance Hotel pool and Envy Cellar. This special evening was made possible through the generous sponsorships of Mickey Thompson Performance Tires, Ultimate Wheel & Tire Plus Sizing Guide, the Law Offices of Douglas A. Frymer, Standards Testing Labs and Tru-Align. The tropical-themed event culminated with the Lifetime Achievement and Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
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    Feb 1 2011 - 10:46am
       
    The annual Young Executives Network (YEN) reception was help on Tuesday night, November 2, at the Renaissance Hotel pool deck during the 2010 SEMA Show. The reception allowed attendees the opportunity to network with peers and industry leaders, including members of the SEMA Board of Directors, SEMA staff and SEMA Hall of Fame members.
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    Nov 1 2010 - 9:16am
    SEMA Member News-SEMA AmbassadorsEach year, a group of dedicated employees of SEMA-member companies recruits new SEMA and council members. Through the SEMA Ambassador Program, members have an ideal way to develop relationships within the industry and to recruit new members.
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    Nov 1 2010 - 9:16am
    SEMA Member Logo | SEMA.org Editor’s Note: The following listings are provided by the SEMA Membership Services Department. The data has been compiled and verified by member services. Should you have any questions regarding a listing, call the SEMA Membership Department at 909/396-0289.
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    Nov 1 2010 - 9:16am
    Official Armo LogoAutomotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) member companies were once again given the opportunity to show their newest and hottest products to buyers at Spring Carlisle, held April 21–25, 2010, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
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    Nov 1 2010 - 9:16am
    Official HRIA LogoJeff Major is the founder and owner of Bed Wood & Parts in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. His involvement in SEMA and the Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) is a great example of the value and assets that the association and its councils can bring to each member.
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    Nov 1 2010 - 9:16am
    Official LTAA LogoThe Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) will have an expanded presence in South Hall for the 2010 SEMA Show, with five trucks on display to showcase more LTAA member products than ever before.
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    Nov 1 2010 - 9:16am
    Official MPMC LogoEstablished in 1995, the Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) was one of the first SEMA councils. Not so coincidentally, many of today’s MPMC-member companies were also original SEMA members when the association was formed in 1963 as the Speed Equipment Manufacturers Association.
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    Nov 1 2010 - 9:16am
    Official MRC LogoThe Manufacturers’ Rep Council (MRC) has announced that the ninth-annual MRC Rep Conference, previously held in conjunction with the Performance Warehouse Association Conference, will be moved to the SEMA Show for 2010.
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    Nov 1 2010 - 9:16am
    Official PRO LogoAs summer ebbs and autumn fast approaches, thoughts quickly turn to Las Vegas and the 2010 SEMA Show. And Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) members can once again expect to find activities of particular interest.
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    Nov 1 2010 - 9:16am
    Official SBN LogoEvery year, the SEMA trade show convenes at the Las Vegas Convention Center during the first week of November with thousands of booths and project vehicles as well as hundreds of industry notables to meet and greet.
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    Nov 1 2010 - 9:16am
    Official Yen LogoJoel Ayres is the sales manager of the Truck Accessories Group (TAG), parent company of such well-known brands as Leer, Century, Pace Edwards, Raider and State Wide Aluminum.
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    Nov 1 2010 - 9:16am
    Official SPC LogoDid you know someone who was a social magnet when you were younger? What was it that allowed that person to be so up-to-date and connected?
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    Nov 1 2010 - 9:16am
    Official WTC LogoAs the 2010 SEMA Show in Las Vegas nears, each of the councils is working feverishly to ensure that its industry reception is a success. Some of these gatherings, such as the one put on by the Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA), are long-standing traditions that have become synonymous with the Show.
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    Nov 1 2010 - 9:16am
    The year 1990 seems like a lifetime ago. That year brought our industry the Ford Explorer and the Acura NSX. Chevrolet started using the song “Like a Rock” in its advertising campaigns.
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    Sep 1 2010 - 3:10pm
    SEMA Member Logo | SEMA.orgThe following listings are provided by the SEMA Membership Services Department. The data has been compiled and verified by member services. Should you have any questions regarding a listing, call the SEMA Membership Department at 909/396-0289.
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    Sep 1 2010 - 3:10pm
    Official Armo LogoAlong with incumbents Ken DeVries, Sal Perez and Sheila Perkins, the Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) membership elected four new members to the Select Committee for 2010–2011. While “new” to the council in terms of the most recent elections, each of the four brings his or her own long history in the automotive aftermarket.
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    Sep 1 2010 - 3:10pm
    Official HRIA LogoBrian Downard was recently elected to the Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) Select Committee. He has been working in the automotive industry since 1984. He got his start in his father’s shop, Downard’s Automotive Specialties. After graduating from Kent State University, he went to work with Summit Racing in the company’s tech department.
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    Sep 1 2010 - 3:10pm
    Official LTAA LogoFounded in 1946, Hellwig Products Inc. has been a successful manufacturer of springs and suspension components for the automotive aftermarket for more than 60 years. One key to the Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) member company’s continued success is to always move forward and look to the future.
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    Sep 1 2010 - 3:10pm
    Official MPMC LogoThe Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) Select Committee has a considerably new look for 2010–2011. Along with new Chairman Kyle Fickler and Chair-Elect Vic Wood, elections produced six new members. Can’t tell the players without a program? Well, here they are.
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    Sep 1 2010 - 3:10pm
    Official MRC LogoLife is full of mile markers. July 1, 2010, marked an important mile marker for the Manufacturers’ Rep Council (MRC), when we welcomed four new members to the Select Committee. As the road of business winds through years 2010 and 2011, the interests of manufacturers’ reps are attended to by the leadership body of the council.
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    Sep 1 2010 - 3:10pm
    Official PRO LogoAs chairman of the Professional Restylers Organization (PRO), my job is more than just being a figurehead. Those who reach this position work hard to attain it and have a strong passion for the industry they represent. They need to have a good handle on the immediate needs of the council and industry but also have a vision of the future.
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    Sep 1 2010 - 3:10pm
    Official SPC LogoSelect Committee members are called on to serve and guide the council forward. The Street Performance Council (SPC) thanks the Select Committee members for all their hard work and contributions. We welcome the following new members to our team.
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    Sep 1 2010 - 3:10pm
    Official WTC LogoIn an effort to strengthen business relationships and promote the tire segment within SEMA, the Wheel & Tire Council (WTC) voted unanimously during its Long-Range Planning meeting to designate a seat for the Tire Industry Association (TIA).
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    Sep 1 2010 - 3:10pm
    Official SBN LogoThe SEMA Networking Breakfast is your ticket to one of the most sought-after networking events at the SEMA Show. Sponsored by the SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN), this combined awards breakfast and speed networking event—open to all SEMA members—is a hot item that sells out fast.
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    Sep 1 2010 - 3:10pm
    Official Yen LogoThe 2011 Select Committee elections process was especially grueling for the Young Executives Network (YEN) this year, as we had a slate of top-notch individuals vying for only three vacant seats. These three individuals will play a key role in bringing new ideas to the YEN leadership and guiding the strategic direction of the group of young executives.
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    Jul 1 2010 - 11:23am
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    Over the past 18 months, our nation has experienced what many have identified as a modern depression. Business owners from all industries have experienced lower earnings and a real threat toward their corporate survival. Those with strong capital are avoiding disaster, but often not until a major reduction in work force has to be implemented.
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    Jul 1 2010 - 11:23am
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    The following listings are provided by the SEMA Membership Services Department. The data has been compiled and verified by member services. Should you have any questions regarding a listing, call the SEMA Membership Department at 909/396-0289.
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    Jul 1 2010 - 11:23am
    Official ARMO LogoARMO Immediate Past Chairman Jim Barber has been appointed to serve on the vehicle classification review committee by the North Carolina DMV. The committee was established pursuant to the enactment into law of SEMA-model legislation to create a vehicle registration classification for street rods, replicas and custom vehicles.
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    Jul 1 2010 - 11:23am
    Official HRIA LogoOn Saturday, July 24, some of our industry’s greatest hot-rod builders will square off in a one-of-a-kind race. More than 20 well-known hot rodders are designing and building their own small pinewood cars to be raced at the annual SEMA Pinewood Drag Races in Pasadena, California.
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    Jul 1 2010 - 11:23am
    Official LTAA LogoIf you are reading the July issue of SEMA Member News, congratulations on maintaining your SEMA and council membership during the past two years of tough times. I am confident that the Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) and the industry are now on the upswing.
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    Jul 1 2010 - 11:23am
    Kyle Fickler, the incoming chairman of the Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC), and Vic Wood, incoming chair-elect, are industry veterans. Each has been active in a variety of SEMA and MPMC positions, and SEMA Member News recently solicited their views about the future of the council and its membership.
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    Jul 1 2010 - 11:23am
    As a kid, incoming Manufacturers’ Rep Council (MRC) Chairman Wade Cobb owned every Matchbox and HotWheels car known to man. When he grew older, he worked part-time at a speed shop in Pauline, Kansas, moving from the back shop to the front, selling carburetors, headers and superchargers.
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    Jul 1 2010 - 11:23am
    A critical initiative for each council is its long-range planning (LRP) meeting. The LRP takes place annually and is designed to discuss industry issues and then formulate a strategy that will drive council goals.
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    Jul 1 2010 - 11:23am
    SPC Official LogoRASR. You’ve heard of the acronym, but what does it stand for? Racers Against Street Racing. The program was created by a coalition of auto manufacturers, aftermarket parts companies, retailers, distributors, professional drag racers, sanctioning bodies, race tracks and automotive magazines.
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    Jul 1 2010 - 11:23am
    WTC Official LogoAs with most associations, SEMA’s strength comes from its members. Too often, however, a person joins an association without a meaningful understanding of how he can best benefit from the services and programs provided.
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    Jul 1 2010 - 11:23am
    The Young Executives Network (YEN) will be 20 years old in 2010. While the creation of the group was discussed and planned in the late-’80s, the Young Executives Council (as it was known originally) didn’t become recognized as a member group until 1990.
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    Jul 1 2010 - 11:23am
    SBN LogoIn doing my research for this article, I started first by looking to see how women in leadership roles view themselves in other male-dominated industries. I also wanted to see how the leadership styles of men and women differ from each other and, given a male-dominated industry, if one or the other style would be more advantageous.
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    May 3 2010 - 9:15am
    SEMA Member Logo | SEMA.orgThe following listings are provided by the SEMA Membership Services Department. The data has been compiled and verified by member services.
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    May 3 2010 - 9:15am
    ARMOTime to move forward, as all things must change. This is my last writing as your chairman, a title that I have been honored to hold, although I do not intend to disappear.
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    May 3 2010 - 9:15am
    LTAALTAA, and the industry its members represent, has a long history of innovation and adaptation. Many people mark the introduction of the first steel truck cap as the beginning of the entire light-truck accessories industry, and G&M Manufacturing was around at the beginning.
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    May 3 2010 - 9:15am
    A critical mission of the Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) is to support and develop the hot rodders of today and tomorrow. The HRIA Youth Awareness Program was developed to promote activities that expose teenagers and young adults to both the hobby and industry of hot rodding.
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    May 3 2010 - 9:15am
    MPMCIn spite of record-setting rains that fell on Southern California for five consecutive days, the 13th annual MPMC Media Trade Conference (MTC) was deemed another outstanding success.
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    May 3 2010 - 9:15am
    MRCThe Manufacturers’ Rep Council (MRC) has announced that the 9th annual MRC Rep Conference, previously held in conjunction with the Performance Warehouse Association Conference, will be moved to the SEMA Show for 2010.
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    May 3 2010 - 9:15am
    PROThe restyling industry represents a unique yet diverse segment that is predicated upon personal choice. By nature, restyling allows a consumer to manifest his style or self-expression.
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    May 3 2010 - 9:15am
    SPCHave you marked your calendar yet? The date is Friday, July 23, 2010. The 2010 SEMA Business Technology Symposium, organized and sponsored by the Street Performance Council (SPC), is fast approaching.
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    May 3 2010 - 9:15am
    SEMA MEMBER NEWS-MAY 2010-WTCThe Wheel & Tire Council (WTC) is comprised of roughly 150 motivated companies that span the tire, wheel and accessory markets. The council is governed by a 17-person Select Committee elected from the general membership.
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    May 3 2010 - 9:15am
    SEMA SBNWhat did more than 830 million people do last October? According to the March 2010 issue of National Geographic, that’s the number of people who visited social networking sites, which are popping up all over the Internet.
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    May 3 2010 - 9:15am
    SEMA Scholarships Committee Over the past seven years, the association has hosted the SEMA Student Program to give students and educators the opportunity to attend the annual SEMA Show. Once again, SEMA is looking forward to partnering with schools to bring students to SEMA Show 2010.
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    May 3 2010 - 9:15am
    Many of us are familiar with the names given to our generations. Strong names like the Seniors (1946 and Older) or The Baby Boomers (1946 to 1966) and the ever-so-cool Generation X (1966 to 1980).
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    Mar 1 2010 - 5:31pm
    The automotive specialty-equipment industry is slow to change. We get set in our ways and find it hard to look outside the box.
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    Mar 1 2010 - 5:31pm
    For most members of the Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO), business slows somewhat at the end of the year, allowing us time to catch up on various projects and plan for the upcoming New Year.
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    Mar 1 2010 - 5:31pm
    Regardless of where you live, winter months involve preparing your car, truck or street rod for the upcoming spring and summer car season.
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    Mar 1 2010 - 5:31pm
    Spring is in the air, and that means the annual Light-Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) Select Committee elections are underway.
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    Mar 1 2010 - 5:31pm
    As reported in the last issue of SEMA Member News, the Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) hosted a panel discussion/seminar titled “Motorsports Marketing: How to Measure Your Return” as part of SEMA Education Days at the SEMA Show.
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    Mar 1 2010 - 5:31pm
    The annual Manufacturers’ Rep Council (MRC) awards ceremony and general membership meeting was held at the Las Vegas Hilton prior to the opening of the 2009 SEMA Show.
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    Mar 1 2010 - 5:31pm
    The biggest news from the Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) is the inaugural Technical Skills & Training Conference (TSTC).
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    Mar 1 2010 - 5:31pm
    Have you ever wondered how to get involved in the Street Performance Council (SPC)? Select Committee members are elected by the council to serve two-year terms.
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    Mar 1 2010 - 5:31pm
    One of the many valuable benefits available to SEMA and WTC members is the SEMA Installer Certification Program.
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    Mar 1 2010 - 5:31pm
    The return on investment for participating as a mentor or mentee in the SEMA Mentoring Program administered by the SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN) is surprisingly easy to gauge.
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    Mar 1 2010 - 5:31pm
    Applications for the 2010 SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund and the SEMA Loan Forgiveness Program are now officially being accepted. Plan for your academic future and your automotive career by taking advantage of these incredible SEMA opportunities.
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    Mar 1 2010 - 5:31pm
    Did you know that Facebook has more than 300 million registered users? If it were a country, it would be the fourth-largest in the world.
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    Mar 1 2010 - 5:31pm
    The following listings are provided by the SEMA Membership Services Department. The data has been compiled and verified by member services.
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    Jan 4 2010 - 6:07pm
    The following listings are provided by the SEMA Membership Services Department. The data has been compiled and verified by member services.
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    Jan 4 2010 - 6:07pm
    I am writing this article at the close of the 2009 SEMA Show. Almost everyone I spoke with stated that customer traffic was up...
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    Jan 4 2010 - 6:07pm
    The annual Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) awards banquet was held at the Las Vegas Hilton on Wednesday evening, November 4, at the SEMA Show.
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    Jan 4 2010 - 6:07pm
    Once again, the LTAA booth at the SEMA Show was able to raise $3,000 for Childhelp and the Victory Junction Gang Camp.
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    Jan 4 2010 - 6:07pm
    The Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) hosted a motorsports marketing panel discussion in the Las Vegas Convention Center on Monday, November 2, at the 2009 SEMA Show.
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    Jan 4 2010 - 6:07pm
    The Manufacturer’s Rep Council (MRC) conducted its 2009/2010 Long-Range Planning (LRP) meeting on September 12, 2009.
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    Jan 4 2010 - 6:07pm
    The inaugural Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) industry awards reception at the 2009 SEMA Show was, by all accounts, a resounding success.
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    Jan 4 2010 - 6:07pm
    There was a full house during the Street Performance Council (SPC) annual mixer at the 2009 SEMA Show.
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    Jan 4 2010 - 6:07pm
    The SEMA Wheel and Tire Council (WTC) announced the establishment of a WTC Hall of Fame on Wednesday, November 5, 2009.
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    Jan 4 2010 - 6:07pm
    The annual SEMA Speed Networking Breakfast—Powered by the SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN), has become one of the favorite events at the SEMA Show.
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    Jan 4 2010 - 6:07pm
    “This is my first Camaro!” said Ernie Feist, a long-time car fan and owner of Feist Engineering, a municipal and civil engineering firm in Monroe Township, New Jersey. He took delivery of his brand-new, special-edition Hurst Camaro on November 15.
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    Jan 4 2010 - 6:07pm
    In what has become a must-attend event at the SEMA Show, the Young Executives Network (YEN) reception provided a great opportunity for members to interact after a busy day on the Show floor.
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    Nov 1 2009 - 4:57pm
    Over the past few years, SEMA has sought to reach out to its members in order to hear what they have to say about their businesses and how the association may better serve them, especially during tough economic times.
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    Nov 1 2009 - 4:57pm
    I know that this statement is repeated every year, but it is hard to believe that it’s time for the SEMA Show.
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    Nov 1 2009 - 4:57pm
    SEMA recently hosted the annual Installation Banquet & Gala Fundraiser in Pasadena, California.
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    Nov 1 2009 - 4:57pm
    SEMA Show 2009 attendees are invited to stop by the Light-Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) booth # 30073 located in the South Hall.
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    Nov 1 2009 - 4:57pm
    When the 13th annual Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC)Media Trade Conference opens on January 19, 2010, it will be in a new home for the first time in six years.
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    Nov 1 2009 - 4:57pm
    The Manufacturers’ Rep Council (MRC) is ramping up for the 2009 SEMA Show.
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    Nov 1 2009 - 4:57pm
    The Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) is pleased to announce NovemberFest, the PRO industry awards reception and celebration at the SEMA Show.
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    Nov 1 2009 - 4:57pm
    A primary mission of the Street Performance Council is to bring the latest trends and educational programs to SEMA members.
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    Nov 1 2009 - 4:57pm
    It didn’t take the Wheel & Tire Council (WTC) very long to accept SEMA’s offer to move its annual industry reception from the Las Vegas Hilton to the Renaissance Hotel.
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    Nov 1 2009 - 4:57pm
    Make plans now to attend the SEMA Speed Networking Breakfast—Powered by the SBN, which is scheduled for Thursday, November 5, from 7:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
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    Nov 1 2009 - 4:57pm
    SEMA is once again ready to help pay tuition for the future of the industry by offering scholarships to today’s brightest students attending various universities, colleges and/or vocational schools in the United States and Canada.
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    Nov 1 2009 - 4:57pm
    The annual Young Executives Network (YEN) reception will be held on Tuesday, November 4, from 5:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. during the 2009 SEMA Show.
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    Sep 1 2009 - 5:29pm
    Greetings, members! Summer is coming to a close, and the year seems to be moving along very fast.
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    Sep 1 2009 - 5:29pm
    The Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) is one of the most successful SEMA councils—successful because every member of this unique industry niche has a passion for the American automobile, a love for hot rodding and a commitment to the hot rod community.
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    Sep 1 2009 - 5:29pm
    George Lathouris has been chosen chair-elect for the Light-Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) and will succeed Kelly Kneifl when the latter’s term expires.
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    Sep 1 2009 - 5:29pm
    Vic Wood has spent the majority of his career in or around the automotive specialty-equipment industry, including appointments to the board of directors of the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association and The Australian National Drag Racing Association.
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    Sep 1 2009 - 5:29pm
     
     
    Life is full of mile markers. July 1, 2009, was an important one for the SEMA Manufacturers Rep Council (MRC), as we welcomed four new members to the select committee.
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    Sep 1 2009 - 5:29pm
    As a result of recent elections, the Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) is proud to welcome five new members to the select committee.
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    The Street Performance Council (SPC) has been the driving force in supporting this industry segment with education, networking and information on existing and emerging market trends.
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    Tim Dietz, who has assumed leadership of the Wheel & Tire Council (WTC), has been a test engineer at Standard Testing Laboratories Inc. for 20 years.
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    Congratulations to former SBN Chairwoman Zan Martin for her recent election to the SEMA Board of Directors.
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    The cornerstone of the Young Executives Network (YEN) is providing opportunities to network and learn from others within our industry.
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    "Shipping is a necessary evil in my day-to-day business. I just have to live with it.”

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    One of the many benefits SEMA offers its members is access to the SEMA Credit Reporting Group (SCRG).
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    The following listings are provided by the SEMA Membership Services Department. The data has been compiled and verified by member services. Should you have any questions regarding a listing, call the SEMA Membership Department at 909/396-0289.
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    It’s hard to believe another summer is here. For most of our members, this is the busiest time of year, as car shows and swap-meet events are in full swing.
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    The Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) Select Committee is made up of dedicated individuals who address the issues members of the council face daily.
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    Kelly Kneifl is the sales manager for TruXedo and assumes the chairmanship of the Light-Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) on July 1.
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    A new feature of the Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) Media Trade Conference (MTC) is online exhibitor registration.
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    The Eighth Annual SEMA Manufacturers Rep Council (MRC) Rep Conference and Town Hall Meeting will take place during the Performance Warehouse Association (PWA) Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.
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    The Street Performance Council (SPC) has gone through some significant changes during the tenure of outgoing Chairman Eric Breslow.
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    Okay, maybe not so long ago. It was about 2000.
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    In each issue of SEMA Member News, “The SBN Insider” will feature the latest news and professional developments from our 270-plus members as a unique platform to get to know each other in a more personal way.
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    The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund helps to pay the tuition for students who plan to enter automotive careers.
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    “Where do I begin?” This is a question we inevitably ask ourselves at one time or another, usually when presented with far too many options or an abundance of information.
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    In this issue of SEMA Member News for the Professional Restylers Organization (PRO), we welcome the new leadership of the council: Chairman Karl Stearns and Chair-Elect Eldon Bracken.
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    Elections for a seat on the SBN select committee will take place the week of May 18, 2009.
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    Elections for a seat on the HRIA select committee will take place the week of May 18, 2009.
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    Elections for a seat on the ARMO select committee will take place the week of May 18, 2009.
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    An important goal of the Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) is to provide its members with ongoing opportunities to meet and discuss industry issues; gain valuable information and hands-on experience; and make important contacts within our industry. Our general membership meetings and the annual Hotrod & Restoration Education & Training Day presented by the HRIA provide a great chance for council members to meet on a regular basis.