Omix-ADA, a leading manufacturer of high-quality Jeep, truck and off-road accessories, donated $50,000 to SEMA Cares at its Off Road Success Center during the 2013 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, November 5–8.
The 2013 International Happy Hour marked the second year that the U.S. Department of Commerce used the SEMA Show as the venue to present U.S. Department of Commerce Export Achievement Awards to SEMA members who have made impressive gains in international sales.
Hundreds of SEMA Show exhibitors were recognized by an international panel of automotive experts participating in the 2013 SEMA Show Global Media Awards Program. Marking the 10th consecutive year, the program consists of a prestigious group of international journalists serving as judges.
On the evening of Wednesday, November 6, the Gran Turismo Awards put on its 11th annual award ceremony at the Haze Nightclub inside the Aria in Las Vegas. Held during the SEMA Show, the 2013 GT Awards sought to find the best cars from five different categories (Best Truck or SUV, Hot Rod, Domestic Automobile, Asian Import and European Import) by calling on experts from the automotive media and industry professionals.
The 2013 SEMA Show is history and has left no doubt that the automotive specialty-equipment industry is stronger than ever. While final attendance figures are being audited, organizers report that more than 126,000 credentials were issued prior to the event, with thousands more processed onsite. The numbers represented a 7% increase over the previous year, and the highest in SEMA Show history.
George Lathouris of Keystone Automotive Operations was named the 2013 SEMA Person of the Year. The award was presented to Lathouris—a 36-year marketing veteran and current senior category manager for Keystone in Scranton, Pennsylvania—during the SEMA Industry Awards Banquet at the 2013 SEMA Show.