SEMA eNews Vol. 10, No. 23, June 7, 2007

DATES ANNOUNCED FOR MEDIA TRADE CONFERENCE AND OTHER SEMA COUNCIL AND COMMITTEE NEWS

The latest news from SEMA councils and committees:

Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC)

  • The 11th annual MPMC Media Trade Conference is set for Tuesday, January 22–Thursday, January  24, 2008, at the Embassy Suites Hotel LAX South in Los Angeles. For more information on the MPMC Media Trade Conference, contact Paul Moritz at paulm@sema.org.

  • MPMC members have the unique opportunity to help shape the future of the automotive aftermarket by choosing appropriate representatives to serve on the select committee as their eyes, ears and voice.

Nominees for 2007 MPMC Select Committee Election

  • Rich Barsamian, Grant Products International Inc. – Incumbent
  • Ed Burgy, CORSA Performance – Incumbent
  • Billy Carroll, Wilson Manifolds
  • Bob Engel, Auto Meter Products Inc.
  • Kyle Fickler, Aeromotive Inc.
  • Geoffrey Gerko, Mr. Gasket Performance Group
  • Joe Hige, Turbonetics Inc.
  • Ryan Hunter, SCE Gaskets Inc. – Incumbent
  • Marla Moore, Hypertech Inc. – Incumbent
  • Dan Qualls, Total Seal Inc.
  • Bob Ritzman, B&M Racing & Performance Products Inc. – Incumbent
  • Todd Ryden, MSD Ignition – Incumbent
  • John Sonnefeldt, Eaton Performance Products

Election ballots were mailed to all MPMC members in May. Member are encouraged to check their inboxes for numbered ballots. The deadline to submit ballots is Friday, June 15. Your vote and voice is important to the forward motion of the MPMC. Vote now!

If you have any questions, please contact Paul Moritz at 909/396-0289 ext. 112, or paulm@sema.org. To learn more about the MPMC, visit www.sema.org/mpmc.

More SEMA council and committee news:

Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO)

The following council members are the candidates for the ARMO Select Committee elections. There are six open seats for this year’s election. For information and how to vote, contact Jan Desma at jand@sema.org.

ARMO Select-Committee Candidates

  • Melvin Benzaquen, Classic Restoration Enterprises, Inc.
  • Todd Bidwell, Parts Unlimited, Inc. (Incumbent)
  • Ken DeVries, Trader National Publishing
  • Steven Moskowitz, Antique Automobile Club of America, Inc.
  • Roger Niehaus, Auto Custom Carpets, Inc. (Incumbent)
  • Sandy Patterson, Primedia (Incumbent)
  • Curt Patterson, AMAA (Incumbent)
  • Jim Vinarski, Carlisle Productions Inc. (Incumbent)
  • Mark Vogt, Classic Industries/OER

To learn more about ARMO, visit www.sema.org/armo or contact Jan Desma at jand@sema.org.

Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA)

The following council members are the candidates for the HRIA Select Committee elections. There are six open seats for this year’s election. For information and how to vote, contact Jan Desma at jand@sema.org.

HRIA Select-Committee Candidates

  • Del Austin – Street Thunder magazine (Incumbent)
  • Tommy Daniels – Yearwood Speed & Custom (Incumbent)
  • Dick Dixon – Automotive Education Alliance, Inc.
  • Mike Kinney – Las Vegas Rod & Custom
  • Rick Love – Vintage Air Inc. (Incumbent)
  • Bob Millard – Championship Auto Shows
  • Ross Ortman – Dakota Digital Inc. – (Incumbent)
  • Brian Reese – Comp Performance Group
  • Eric Saltrick – Steele Rubber Products
  • Janeen Webb - Primedia

To learn more about the HRIA, visit www.sema.org/hria or contact Jan Desma at jand@sema.org.

Light-Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA)

  • The DVD: “Why Paint Colors Vary?” This valuable resource is now available. LTAA members now have a valuable new tool that will help educate consumers about the challenges of the paint color-matching process. Available for dealers and installers to play in their waiting areas, the video is presented in a professional format and brings a consistent message on why paint colors vary. The LTAA “Why Paint Colors Vary?” DVD is available to LTAA council members free of charge (or $49.95 for non-LTAA members). Other tools available from LTAA are the CHMSL and altered-height CDs. For details or to place an order, contact Staci Perricone at 909/396-0289, ext. 104, or e-mail stacip@sema.org.

To learn more about the LTAA, visit www.sema.org/ltaa or contact Monica Terlouw at monicat@sema.org.

Manufacturers' Representatives Council (MRC)

  • MRC members should mark their calendars for the following upcoming council activity:

    2007 MRC Rep Conference
    September 26–27, 2007
    Phoenix, Arizona

To learn more about the MRC, visit www.sema.org/mrc or contact Jan Desma at jand@sema.org.

Professional Restylers Organization (PRO)

To learn more about PRO, visit www.sema.org/pro or contact Ellen McKoy at ellenm@sema.org.

Sport-Compact Council (SCC)

Members of the SCC have the unique opportunity to help shape the future of the automotive aftermarket by choosing appropriate representatives to serve on the select committee as their eyes, ears and voice.

Nominees for 2007 SCC Select Committee Election

  • Ross Berlanga, KTC Media Group
  • Ed Burgy, CORSA Performance – Incumbent
  • Jim Liaw, Formula Drift
  • Kirk Miller, AEM – Incumbent
  • Ahad Mirza, Auto Meter Products
  • Oliver Rachlein, Eibach Springs Inc.
  • Albert Reda, Vibrant Performance
  • Brian Reese, Competition Cams Inc.
  • Malen Reger, Motovicity Distribution – Incumbent
  • Gary Rubio, Performance Motorsport Inc.
  • Richard Schroeder, Eagle Vista Productions – Incumbent
  • Tyler Tanaka, Turbonetics, Inc. – Incumbent
  • James Yim, K&N Engineering Inc.

Election ballots were mailed to all SCC members in May. Members are encouraged to check their inboxes for numbered ballot. The deadline to submit ballots is Friday, June 15. Your vote and voice is important to the forward motion of the SCC. Vote now!

If you have any questions, please contact Paul Moritz at 909/396-0289 ext. 112, or paulm@sema.org.

  • Tracie Nuñez, Advanced Clutch Technology, was elected chairman-elect of the SCC. Nuñez will start her role on July 1 when current chairman-elect, Eric Breslow, Power Slot/Power Performance Group, takes over as SCC chairman.

To learn more about the SCC, visit www.sema.org/scc or contact Paul Moritz at paulm@sema.org.

Wheel & Tire Council (WTC)

  • George Gillespie, Safety Compliance Engineer responsible for OVSCs tire-related standards, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), delivered a presentation at the 2006 SEMA Show regarding NHTSA's enforcement activity relative to tires for passenger vehicles and trucks. Gillespie provided overview and status of the agency's recent initiatives to increase tire safety, including compliance and enforcement actions for Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (FMVSS No. 138) and passenger and light-truck tires (FMVSS No. 139). He also discussed the current increased enforcement to address concerns related to imported tires. SEMA members can now get a copy of Gillespie's PowerPoint presentation by contacting Paul Moritz at 909/396-0289, ext. 112 or paulm@sema.org.

To learn more about the WTC, visit www.sema.org/wtc or contact Paul Moritz at paulm@sema.org.

SEMA Businesswomen's Network (SBN)

Members of the SBN have the unique opportunity to help shape the future of the automotive aftermarket by choosing appropriate representatives to serve on the select committee as their eyes, ears and voice.

Nominees for 2007 SBN Select Committee Election

  • Emily Bailey, Racemark International
  • Savitri Dhiman, Wheel to Wheel Powertrain
  • Melissa Lawrence, Power TV Media
  • Kristine Lindahl, ARP
  • Nancy Loetfering, TD3 Products
  • Marla Moore, Hypertech Inc. - Incumbent
  • Kristy Neukam, Meyer Distributing
  • Linn Remling Mills, Street Thunder Magazine
  • Jan Sica, Vince Sica and Associates
  • Kathryn Wakeford, TEN Magazine
  • Trina Wilson, Direct Communications

Election ballots were mailed to all SBN members in May. Members are encouraged to check their inboxes for numbered ballots. The deadline to submit ballots is Friday, June 15. Your vote and voice is important to the forward motion of the SBN committee. Vote now!

If you have any questions, please contact Paul Moritz at 909/396-0289 ext. 112, or paulm@sema.org.

  • Get expert advice on a business-related problem. The SEMA Mentoring program, powered by the SBN, is available to all employees of SEMA-member companies. Ask a one-time question or be matched with an established leader. Visit www.sema.org/mentoring for details.

To learn more about the SBN, visit www.sema.org/sbn.

Young Executives Network (YEN)

Members of the Young Executives Network have the unique opportunity to help shape the future of the automotive aftermarket by choosing appropriate representatives to serve on the select committee as their eyes, ears and voice.

Nominees for 2007 YEN Select Committee Election

  • Mike Bolio, Scafidi-Bolio & Associates
  • Ashley Chalk, Daytona International Speedway – Incumbent
  • Casey Coker, Coker Tire Company
  • S. Kellie Colf, Eaton Detroit Spring – Incumbent
  • Zac Compton, Classic Instruments Inc.
  • Jamie Cook, Wangs International/Pilot Automotive
  • Bob Engel, Auto Meter Products Inc.
  • Jason Fink, Advantage Truck Accessories, Inc.
  • Nick Gramelspacher, Meyer Distributing – Incumbent
  • Bianca Hennings, Window Canvas – Incumbent
  • Derrick Johnston, Alliance Sales
  • Brett Kinsfather, K&N Engineering, Inc. – Incumbent
  • Greg Parker, P&E Distributors, Inc. – Incumbent
  • Shawn Pitts, Considine Sales & Marketing
  • Eric Saltrick, Steele Rubber Products
  • Douglas Schriefer, Barry Grant, Inc.
  • Melanie White, Hellwig Products
  • Robert Wityczak, Grant Products International Inc.
  • Mandi Woodell, Weather Auto Supply – Incumbent

Election ballots were mailed to all YEN members in May. Members are encouraged to check their inboxes for numbered ballots. The deadline to submit ballots is Friday, June 15. Your vote and voice is important to the forward motion of the YEN committee. Vote now!

If you have any questions, please contact Paul Moritz at 909/396-0289 ext. 112, or paulm@sema.org.

  • Did you know that the annual SEMA Show Silent Auction, hosted by the SEMA Young Executives Network, raised more than $70,000 for the SEMA Scholarship Fund in 2006? If you are interested in donating an item or becoming involved in the 2007 Silent Auction, please visit our website at www.sema.org/yen.
  • Did you know that YEN has more than 500 members networking in the industry and is the largest SEMA committee? If you are employed by a SEMA-member company and are under the age of 39, then you can join the YEN for free. If you are interested in becoming part of the team, visit the YEN website at www.sema.org/yen.
  • Bianca Hennings, Window Canvas, was selected for the YEN Silent Auction Task Force Chairman. Hennings will assume the position when the current chairman, Dave Williams, Rampage Products, finishes his term with the YEN Select Committee in July. The SEMA Silent Auction, that is managed by the YEN, has raised more than $100,000 for the SEMA Scholarship Fund in the past three years. If you are interested in participating in the SEMA Silent Auction on any level, visit www.sema.org/yen for additional information.
  • Did you know that YEN sponsors networking events and mixers at most of the major trade shows and conferences? If you are interested in becoming a member of the SEMA Young Executive’s Network, please visit our website at www.sema.org/yen.
  • Becoming involved in SEMA at an early age will help you work your way to the top. Did you know that current SEMA Chairman of the Board, Mitch Williams, was once a member of YEN? If you are interested in becoming a YEN member, visit our website at www.sema.org/yen.
  • Lance Packard, Painless Performance, was elected YEN chairman-elect. Packard will assume the position when current chair-elect, Laurel Dasher, Uni-Marketing LLC, takes over as YEN chairman on July 1.
  • Did you know that the YEN has a Member of the Month Spotlight on the SEMA website and that anyone can be nominated? To view previous selections or to make a nomination, visit our website at www.sema.org/yen.

To learn more about the YEN, visit www.sema.org/yen or contact Paul Moritz at paulm@sema.org.