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    Sep 04 2014
    SEMA-opposed legislation to prohibit motor-vehicle repair facilities from modifying an exhaust system to “produce noise in excess of OEM stock decibel levels” has been introduced in Michigan.
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    Sep 04 2014
    Exhibitors are welcome to supply content for the SEMA Show Daily—the exclusive, official publication of the SEMA Show—and post their press releases in the SEMA Show Online Media Center.
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    Sep 01 2014
    Four Expert Tips for Building Online Buzz for Your Booth Starting TodayThe latest registration statistics for this year’s SEMA Show indicate a more than 5% increase in the number of buyers planning to hit the Show floor on Tuesday–Friday, November 4–7. With more buyers than ever coming to the Show, an exhibitor’s obvious goal is to entice as many of them into the company booth as possible. You’ll likely do this with new-product introductions, updates to signature product lines, booth demonstrations, project-vehicle reveals and even, perhaps, celebrity appearances. However, all of those tactics do little good if you don’t build buzz about them ahead of time.
    SEMA News—September 2014

    EVENTS

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    Sep 01 2014
    Arguably one of the greatest hockey players ever to pick up a stick, Wayne Gretzky is also credited with one of the most insightful quotes ever about focus and achievement: “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.” This simple thought captures the essence of staying ahead of the game: Think ahead, pay attention to where things are going, and go for it! Whether you are anticipating future trends in automotive accessories and performance or you’re staying on point with business technology, it’s critical to always be looking forward.
    SEMA News—September 2014

    BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY

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    Sep 01 2014
    For decades now, SEMA members have expressed concern about the aging of the automotive specialty segment and the number of young enthusiasts entering the marketplace and our workforce. Addressing those concerns, SEMA has developed a number of initiatives, many of which have matured and grown. There has been expansion of the SEMA Young Executive Network (YEN), now 1,300 strong; development of a robust student program that brings 500-plus automotive students to the SEMA Show each year; and substantial support of other productive youth-oriented automotive programs, such as Hot Rodders of Tomorrow.
    SEMA News—September 2014

    CHRIS KERSTING

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    Sep 01 2014
    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.
    SEMA Member News—September/October 2014

    Members: Three Important Stops to Include in Your SEMA Show P

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    Sep 01 2014
    It’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.
    SEMA Member News—September/October 2014

    Speaking Out: New Select CommitteeMembers Share Goals and Vis

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    Sep 01 2014
    Charger SRT8, Ford Ranger, Dodge Challenger SRT8 and Chrysler 300S.
    SEMA News—September 2014

    INDUSTRY NEWS

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    Sep 01 2014
    Advice for First-Time (and Even Long-Time) ExhibitorsMore than 130,000 automotive industry professionals will attend the 2014 SEMA Show, November 4–7, at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), and more than 60,000 of them will be buyers searching the aisles for products to carry in their retail outlets and installation centers. Historically, 87% of those buyers plan to purchase products from the Show’s exhibitors. With some forethought, a bit of research and a successful strategy, even first-time exhibitors can take full advantage of those sales opportunities at what has become the largest annual gathering of small businesses in the United States.
    SEMA News—September 2014

    EVENTS

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    Sep 01 2014
    Jotech Motorsports’ Formula for Success: Love What You Do and See Projects ThroughJotech Motorsports, located in a 14,000-sq.-ft. facility in an industrial complex three miles off I-635 in Garland, Texas, has been in business for 20 years. The company started in a small, 800-sq.-ft. shop averaging $30,000 in monthly sales of Honda and Acura products. It has since grown to a $150,000–$300,000-per-month business with seven employees.
    SEMA News—September 2014

    BUSINESS