SEMA eNews Vol. 12, No. 13, April 2, 2009

More Than 3,000 Students Attend Detroit Autorama Career Day and Other Council and Committee News

2009 Detroit Autorama Student Career Day a Success!


More than 3,000 students attended the Detroit Autorama Student Career Day.

The fourth annual Detroit Autorama Student Career Day was held March 6, 2009. There were more than 3,000 students and their instructors from 62 schools on hand for this great event. Special speakers included Chip Foose, Troy Trepanier, Dave McClelland, Nate Pritchett ("Pinks TV"), Chris Baxter (Milan Dragway), Brent Wallace (BASF), S. Kellie Colf (SEMA SBN, SEMA HRIA, Eaton Detroit Spring), Mark Heaton (Baker College), Nicky Morse (Racing Chef, JEGS), Ashley Webb (daughter of Dan Webb, builder and fabricator), Bob Medved (State Farm Insurance) and J.P. Guterruiz (19-year old Top Dragster driver).

The purpose of these speakers is to enlighten the students of the many opportunities available in the automotive aftermarket.

International Show Car Association (ISCA) General Manager Bob Millard said, "By the end of our 2009 show season, we will have had approached more than 15,000 students at 18 of our GM Performance Parts shows nationwide."

Companies like Miller Electric (welding), Baker College, Meguiar's, Clean Tools, Summit Racing, Classic Instruments, JEGS, plus many other local sponsors have helped make this program the largest of its kind in the country.

Millard added, "For 2010, we hope to have our Student Career Day Program available in more than 25 cities across the country."

If you have any interest in participating, please contact Bob Millard at 248/371-1600 or bob@theisca.com.
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Click on the logo to visit ARMO's website.

Free Marketing for ARMO Members

Once again, the ARMO New Products Showcase will be held at the Spring Carlisle in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, from Wednesday to Sunday, April 22–26, 2009. This is a fantastic opportunity to introduce your creative and innovative products to hobbyists and the industry for FREE!

This year, there will be no judging, but rather a focus on simply showcasing the products entered. Entries will be photographed at Spring Carlisle and the photos, product descriptions and company name will be displayed in the ARMO booth at the 2009 SEMA Show.

Please review the information on the ARMO New Products Showcase entry form. Entries are due by Wednesday, April 15, 2009. Please direct questions and submit forms to Jan Desma at jand@sema.org.

ARMO Column in SEMA Member News

Read ARMO's column featured in the March/April issue of SEMA Member News by clicking here.

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Click on the logo to visit HRIA's website.


HRIA Column in SEMA Member News

 

Read HRIA's column featured in the March/April issue of SEMA Member News by clicking here.

 

For more information about HRIA, contact Jan Desma at jand@sema.org.

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Click on the logo to visit LTAA's website.

LTAA Long-Range Planning Meeting Moves to Pasadena

 

Mark your calendar for the annual LTAA Long-Range Planning Meeting, which is moving to a new time and location. The Long-Range Planning Meeting will be held on Thursday, July 30, from 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. at the Westin Hotel in Pasadena, California. The meeting is being held in conjunction with the annual Council Leadership Seminar and SEMA Installation Banquet & Gala Fundraiser.

“The LTAA Long-Range Planning Meeting is typically held in the East or Midwest,” said LTAA Chairman Ron DiVincenzo. “It was slated for Orlando in March, in conjunction with the TSTC. When that got postponed, we had to look elsewhere. This will be our first time on the West Coast and perhaps we can meet face-to-face with some West Coast LTAA members who would otherwise not attend the Long-Range Planning Meeting.”

Detailed information will be mailed to all LTAA member companies shortly. You may also contact LTAA staff liaison Jim Skelly at jimsk@sema.org for more information.


George Lathouris Named LTAA Chair-Elect


The LTAA Select Committee has named Keystone’s George Lathouris as its chair-elect. Lathouris will assume his new responsibilities on July 1, when Kelly Kneifl assumes the duties of chairman from current Chairman Ron DiVincenzo. Congratulations to George!

 

LTAA Column in SEMA Member News

 

Read LTAA's column featured in the March/April issue of SEMA Member News by clicking here.

 

For more information about LTAA, contact Jim Skelly at jimsk@sema.org.

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Click on the logo to visit MRC's website.

Manufacturers Seeking Rep List Now Available

Manufacturers’ representatives are encouraged to contact Staci Bostock at stacib@sema.org to request the Manufacturers Seeking Rep List, which is available at no cost. Compiled using information collected from manufacturers prior to the 2008 SEMA Show, the listing contains details on manufacturers currently seeking the services of manufacturers’ representatives along with the lines available and company contact information. The list was originally available in the MRC Rep Center during the week of the 2008 SEMA Show.

 

MRC Column in SEMA Member News

 

Read MRC's column featured in the March/April issue of SEMA Member News by clicking here.

 

For information about MRC, contact Staci Bostock at stacib@sema.org.

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Click on the logo to visit MPMC's website.

MPMC Column in SEMA Member News

Read MPMC's column featured in the March/April issue of SEMA Member News by clicking here.

 

For information about MPMC, contact Jim Skelly at jimsk@sema.org.

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Click on the logo to visit PRO's website.

PRO Long-Range Planning Meeting

The annual PRO Long-Range Planning Meeting is slated for Thursday and Friday, June 18–19, 2009, in Detroit. The Crown Plaza Hotel, minutes from the Detroit Metro Airport, will once again host the event and is offering a blocked-out room rate of only $115 for meeting attendees. Lunch is included both days, with a continental breakfast also included on Friday morning.

The Long-Range Planning Meeting begins at 11:00 a.m. Thursday morning, continues through lunch and then moves into breakout groups in the afternoon. The breakout groups continue on Friday. Everyone will reconvene mid-morning on Friday for breakout reports and a box lunch before adjourning at 1:00 p.m., in time for those early afternoon flights back home.

There is no better opportunity to share ideas and plan for solutions than at the PRO Long-Range Planning Meeting. Official meeting notices will go out shortly with more details. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact Jim Skelly at jimsk@sema.org .


PRO Business Development Guidebook Now On Sale

 

In today’s ever-changing marketplace, staying ahead of the competition is more important and challenging than ever. To be successful, you not only need an effective business strategy, but also the tools and resources to help your company excel and stand out from the pack. The PRO Business Development Guidebook is your handy reference guide.

 

Beginning with an overview of the importance of having a business plan—including tips on how to develop a business plan and the many purposes it can serve—the manual offers chapter-by-chapter strategies for making your business a success.

 

From understanding the basics of business finance and the importance of quality and service and how to make them hallmarks of your business, to building knowledge and skills among your employees to branding your restyling business as a market leader, the guidebook offers information critical to the day-to-day and long-term operation of your business.

 

Whether you’re starting your own restyling business or already own one—be it mobile or brick and mortar—you’ll find the answers that you’ve been looking for in the guidebook. PRO Council members contributed much of the information contained in the guidebook, drawing on their experience and knowledge to present a valuable business tool.

 

To order the PRO business guidebook, contact Jim Skelly at jimsk@sema.org.

 

PRO Column in SEMA Member News

 

Read PRO's column featured in the March/April issue of SEMA Member News by clicking here.

 

For information about PRO, contact Jim Skelly at jimsk@sema.org.

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Click on the logo to visit SPC's website.

SPC Column in SEMA Member News

Read SPC's column featured in the March/April issue of SEMA Member News by clicking here .

 

 

For information about SPC, contact Paul Moritz at paulm@sema.org.

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Click on the logo to visit WTC's website.


WTC Long-Range Planning Meeting

Attend the WTC Long-Range Planning Meeting and help shape the course of the council’s agenda. It’s time to voice your opinion.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2009, from 10:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m. at:

 

SEMA Headquarters
AAA Building—Second Floor
1577 South Valley Vista Dr.
Diamond Bar, CA 91765

 

RSVP by Friday, May 8, 2009 to Paul Moritz at paulm@sema.org.

WTC Column in SEMA Member News

 

Read WTC's column featured in the March/April issue of SEMA Member News by clicking here.

For information about WTC, contact Paul Moritz at paulm@sema.org.

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Click on the logo to visit SBN's website.


Discover the SEMA Mentoring Program—Powered by the SBN

 

“I’ll get by with a little help from my friends…” - Joe Cocker

Everyone needs help or expert advice from time to time, and SEMA’s Mentoring Program is an excellent resource to get answers to all your questions. Whether you need to know more about SEMA, market information for a start-up company or advice on how to approach your boss about a new position, the SEMA Mentoring Program can help.

“Ask A Mentor” is perfect for one-time questions. You can expect multiple SEMA mentors to provide online guidance and answers to your industry-related questions.

Short-term Assistance/Guidance is for help with a specific project or task. A SEMA council/committee mentor with the expertise you seek will be paired up with you to provide guidance with your project.

Long-term Relationship is helpful for developing your professional career. In this program segment you will be paired with a SEMA council/committee mentor who will provide guidance and assistance for ongoing career development or a long-term project.

So whether you just need an answer to a question or you want to cultivate a mentoring friendship, the SEMA Mentoring Program—Powered by the SBN is available to help. After all, we can all use a little help from our friends.

 

For more information on the SEMA Mentoring Program, click here.

 

SBN Column in SEMA Member News

Read SBN's column featured in the March/April issue of SEMA Member News by clicking here.

For information about SBN, contact Jan Desma at jand@sema.org.
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Click on the logo to visit YEN's website.


Congratulations to Gregory Parker!

 

Gregory Parker from Martin & Company Advertising has been elected chair-elect of the Young Executives Network (YEN). Parker has served on the YEN Select Committee since 2005 and has been chairman of the SEMA Silent Auction Task Force.

Join YEN

Did you know that the SEMA Young Executives Network 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 SEMA Young Executives Network for FREE. If you are interested in becoming part of the team, please visit our website at www.sema.org/yen.

 

YEN Member of the Month Spotlight

 

Did you know that 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 www.sema.org/yen.

 

Discover The SEMA Mentoring Program—Powered by the SBN

 

“I’ll get by with a little help from my friends…” - Joe Cocker

 

Everyone needs help or expert advice from time to time, and SEMA’s Mentoring Program is an excellent resource to get answers to all your questions. Whether you need to know more about SEMA, market information for a start-up company or advice on how to approach your boss about a new position, the SEMA Mentoring Program can help.

 

“Ask A Mentor” is perfect for one-time questions. You can expect multiple SEMA mentors to provide online guidance and answers to your industry-related questions.

 

Short-term Assistance/Guidance is for help with a specific project or task. A SEMA council/committee mentor with the expertise you seek will be paired up with you to provide guidance with your project.

 

Long-term Relationship is helpful for developing your professional career. In this program segment you will be paired with a SEMA council/committee mentor who will provide guidance and assistance for ongoing career development or a long-term project.

 

So whether you just need an answer to a question or you want to cultivate a mentoring friendship, the SEMA Mentoring Program—Powered by the SBN is available to help. After all, we can all use a little help from our friends.

For more information on the SEMA Mentoring Program, click here.

YEN Column in SEMA Member News

Read YEN's column featured in the March/April issue of SEMA Member News by clicking here.

For information about YEN, contact Paul Moritz at paulm@sema.org.