SEMA eNews Vol. 13, No. 22, June 3, 2010

SEMA Council & Committee News: National Collector Car Appreciation Day Grows Nationwide

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Collector Car Appreciation Day Grows—Check for Events in Your Town

National Collector Car Appreciation Day, July 9, 2010, is just around the corner. If you are attending, promoting or know of any car shows, cruises, etc. that are scheduled on or about Friday, July 9, please forward event information to Jim Skelly at jimsk@sema.org. It doesn’t matter how big or small the event is, we want to know about it.

If you are planning an event, be sure to check out this useful information, which includes a sample press release, sample media advisory and message points about National Collector Car Appreciation Day.

National Collector Car Appreciation Day events as of 6/7/2010

ALASKA:

25th Anniversary Bear Paw Festival Car Show, Downtown Eagle River, July 9, 5:00–10:00 p.m.

CALIFORNIA:

Egge Machine and Speed Shop, Sante Fe Springs, CA, July 9, 2010*
*Post a photo or video on Egge’s Facebook page and the top 5 posts with the most comments will win a $100 Egge Machine and Speed Shop gift certificate!

Sid Waterman Classic Auto and Art Show, Gualala, CA, July 9–Aug 1*
*In celebration of Collector Car Appreciation Day, the Gualala Arts Center pushed the opening of the Art Show a week earlier than originally planned!

Hot San Jose Nights, San Jose, CA, July 9–11

Ruby’s Cruise at the Beach, Redondo Beach, CA, July 9 (and every Friday March through October)

Cruisin’ Grand, Escondido, CA, July 9 (and every Friday April through September)

Ruby’s Cruise, Whittier, CA, July 9 (and every Friday May through October)

Auburn Cruise Night, Auburn, CA, July 9 (and every 2nd Friday through Sept) 5:00–10:00 p.m.

IDAHO:

Northwest Motorfest, Boise, ID, July 9–11.
*Governor Butch Otter has proclaimed July 9, 2010, as “Northwest Motorfest Collector Car Appreciation Day” in Idaho! All attendees on Friday night will receive an official proclamation signed by Governor Otter.

KANSAS:

Collector Car Cruise-in Show, Wichita, KS, July 9 (and every Friday) West Street and Central, 5:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. Contact Frank Upton at 316/371-3000 or frank@motorntv.com

MARYLAND:

Lowes Cruise, Bel Air, MD, July 9, 2010 (and every Friday, weather permitting)

MICHIGAN:

Be Cool Cruise-in and Car Show, Essexville/Bay City, MI, July 910

Roam’N’Chariots Friday Night Cruise, Lincoln Park, MI, July 9 (and every Friday through summer)

NEW YORK:

Northern Chevelle Gathering, Grand Island, NY, July 9–11

38th Van Nats, Greenwich, NY July 8–11

NORTH CAROLINA:

Steele Rubber Products Employee Car Show, Denver, NC July 9. Public is welcome!

OHIO:

Arthritis Foundation Classic Auto Show & Cruise In, Metro Place in Dublin OH, July 9–10

Goodguys PPG Nationals, Columbus, OH, July 9–11, 2010

PENNSYLVANIA:

Carlisle All Chrysler Nationals, Carlisle, PA, July 9–11, 2010

York Reunion and Nostalgia Nationals, York, PA, July 9–10, 2010

TENNESSEE:

Music City Chevy Show, Nashville, TN, July 8–11

UTAH:

Northern Reality Cruise Night, Layton, UT, July 9
Contact 801/682-8330
Northern Reality

July Jamboree Car Show, Cedar City, UT, July 9–10


Bo Huff’s Rockabilly Car Show, East Carbon, UT

VIRGINIA:

Bull Run Streets Rods Manassas Applebee’s Cruise, Liberia Ave, Manassas,VA, July 9, 5:00–9:00 p.m.

WASHINGTON:

Collector Car Appreciation Day Cruise-In, Olympia, WA, July 9, Corvette & High Performance on Lake Blvd, 5:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Contact Larry Johnson at 360/754-7890 or at lwjohnson@corv.hp.com

CANADA:

Atlantic Nationals, Moncton, New Brunswick July 8–11.

ARMO Select Committee Elects Alex Tainsh as Chair-Elect

Alex Tainsh is a founding member of ARMO and has been an active member for 12 years. His accomplishments begin with a combined 16-year stint at P.U.I and Soffseal, and he is currently the sales and marketing manager for TrimParts.

Throughout his many years with ARMO, he has worked passionately to promote the "Take a Kid to a Car Show" program and, most notably, headed up the Colton Camaro project. When asked about future projects, Tainsh reiterated the importance of young enthusiasts and the preservation of the restoration market.

As Tainsh begins his two-year term as chair-elect, Laura Bergan will assume chairwoman duties July 1.

Are you on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter? ARMO Is!

Be sure to follow ARMO on all of your favorite social networking sites. To find these sites, go to www.sema.org/armo and use the links in the top right-hand corner.

ARMO Column in SEMA Member News

Read ARMO's column featured in the May/June issue of SEMA Member News.

For more information about ARMO, contact Jim Skelly.



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Have you ever wondered how to get more involved in the SEMA Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) Council?

What exactly do the council leaders do throughout their term? Very simply, the Select Committee is elected by members of the council to serve a two-year term. 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, others provide creative solutions to challenges our member companies are facing and others get their hands dirty and get it done. Each Select Committee member is supported by their company in their HRIA efforts and for that we say, “thank you” to those companies!

The leaders of the HRIA gathered together earlier this year in San Antonio, Texas, for its annual Long Range Planning meeting. This meeting focused on bringing value to the HRIA member companies. The past 18 months have been extremely challenging for all of our companies and the council is dedicated to utilizing SEMA’s resources to further benefit each HRIA member.

Guiding the group’s effort was the council’s mission statement to “ensure the future prosperity and betterment of the hot-rod industry.” A handful of exciting objectives are being developed for the council over this year and next. If you are passionate and have an interest in being involved, there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer for a task force with a limited investment of time that provides a great way to network and share your ideas. Please reach out to the task force chair if you want to participate or have comments.

Education Task Force
John Menzler (Comp Cams) chairs this task force and can be reached at jcmenzler@aol.com. The education task force is charged with developing successful programs for members to enhance their businesses. Education Day at the Hotrod & Restoration Trade Show is a prime example of how dedicated volunteers can make a difference and advance the industry.

Legislative Task Force
Del Austin (Egge Machine Company) chairs this group and can be reached at del@egge.com. The sustainability of our industry is predicated on awareness and activism. This task force is both proactive and reactive to legislative issues at the local, state and national levels and works closely with SEMA in championing these efforts.

Membership Task Force
Vince Sica (Powermaster/MCI) chairs this group and can be reached at vsica@powermasterperformance.com. The success of any council or initiative is dependent upon its members. This task force focuses on growth, promotion and retention. It is important that we mentor new members on council activities, events, meetings and benefits.

Publicity Task Force
Eric Saltrick (Steele Rubber Products) chairs this group and can be reached at esaltrick@steelerubber.com. The purpose of this group is to disseminate information to the public about HRIA’s activities, events and newsworthy items. This will not only provide information to members, but also create more awareness and communication between the council activities and general hobbyist and enthusiast.

Youth Awareness Task Force
Kerry Hopperstad (Hopperstad Customs) chairs this group and can be reached at hopperstadcustoms@T6wireless.com. The focus of this group is to bring youth awareness and the hobby to younger generations to ensure the future prosperity and longevity of this industry segment.

There are so many other things the council leadership does throughout the year, including host the annual HRIA Reception at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, present industry awards to our hot rod colleagues and elect council leadership. You are the expert at what your business needs, and this council wants to deliver. Feel free to get in touch with us or come to one of our HRIA events. Our hope is that, if you haven’t been a part of HRIA yet, you will be in 2010 and beyond.

Are you on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter? HRIA is!

Be sure to follow HRIA on all of your favorite social networking sites. To find these sites, go to www.sema.org/hria and use the links in the top right-hand corner.

HRIA Column in SEMA Member News

Read HRIA's column featured in the May/June issue of SEMA Member News.

For more information about HRIA and how to join, contact Zane Clark or call 909/978-6696.

 



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Are you on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter? LTAA Is!

Be sure to follow LTAA on all of your favorite social networking sites.

To find these sites, go to www.sema.org/ltaa and use the links in the top right-hand corner.

LTAA Column in SEMA Member News

Read LTAA's column featured in the May/June issue of SEMA Member News.

For more information about LTAA, contact Jim Skelly.



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Are you on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter? MPMC Is!

Be sure to follow MPMC on all of your favorite social networking sites. To find these sites, go to www.sema.org/mpmc and use the links in the top right-hand corner.

Take a Friend to a Race Fan Page

The MPMC Motorsports Awareness campaign, highlighted by the Take a Friend to a Race program, now has its very own Fanpage on Facebook

. If you’re not a fan yet, you should be!

MPMC Column in SEMA Member News

Read MPMC's column featured in the May/June issue of SEMA Member News.

For information about MPMC, contact Jim Skelly.


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MRC Long-Range Planning Meeting

MRC will host its annual Long-Range Planning meeting at the Arizona Grand Resort on Tuesday, September 28, 2010, from 6:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. Dinner will be served. All reps are welcome and encouraged to participate in this open and interactive forum.

Participate in the meeting: Be part of the present—be part of the future—address issues faced daily by reps in all segments of the automotive industry.

For meeting coordinators to be able to accommodate food and beverage, attendees are asked to take a moment and download the RSVP form, call 909/978-6693 or e-mail stacib@sema.org by September 15, 2010.

MRC Volunteer Opportunities

Have you ever wondered how to get more involved in the MRC?

What exactly do the council leaders do throughout their term? Very simply, the Select Committee is elected by the members of the council to serve a two-year term. 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, others provide creative solutions to the challenges that member companies face and others get their hands dirty and get it done. Each Select Committee member is supported by their company in their MRC efforts, and for that we say “thank you” to those companies!

The leaders of the MRC gathered at the 2009 PWA Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, for its annual long-range planning meeting. This meeting focused on bringing value to the MRC-member companies. The last 18 months have been extremely challenging for all of our companies, and the council is dedicated to utilizing SEMA’s resources to further benefit each MRC member.

Guiding the group’s effort was the council’s mission statement to provide market information, education and support to members concerning new and emerging trends. A handful of exciting objectives are being developed for the council for 2010. If you are passionate and have interest in being involved, there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer for a task force with a limited investment of time but provides a great way to network and share your ideas. Please reach out to the task force chair if you want to participate or have comments.

Awards Task Force
Irv Cohen (SS Sales & Marketing) chairs this task force and can be reached at irvco@msn.com or you can contact the SEMA MRC Liaison, Staci Bostock at stacib@sema.org. The Awards Task Force was formed to review the criteria for the MRC Hall of Fame and STAR Award (Sales Team Annual Recognition). The MRC Hall of Fame Award was designed to honor outstanding persons in the segment of the automotive industry known as manufacturers’ representatives. It is the most prestigious award presented by the council to dedicated individuals who enhanced the stature of, or significantly contributed to the manufacturers’ rep profession or the council’s growth. The MRC STAR Award will be presented to the most outstanding manufacturer’s sales team voted upon by the general membership of MRC.

Elections & Scholarship Task Force
The council chair-elect chairs this task force. The Elections Task Force reviews and approves the council nominations submitted, conduct interviews with perspective candidates and creates the final slate of candidates. The Scholarship Task Force creates the criteria and selects the recipient for the MRC-sponsored SEMA scholarship.

Membership Task Force
Bunyan “Les” Rudd (Bob Cook Sales) chairs this task force and can be reached at lesrudd@bobcooksales.com or you can contact the SEMA MRC Liaison, Staci Bostock at stacib@sema.org. The importance of knowing our members and what industry challenges each member faces is very important. The Membership Task Force was formed to enhance the value for the MRC member. The Membership Task Force is slated to research, identify and/or produce three new member cost-saving benefits, work to develop programs that enhance the professionalism of the rep industry, develop a plan to improve the value of becoming a member of the MRC and engage members at large to get involved with the MRC.

Rep Conference & LRP Task Force
Chris Fairless (Fairless Sales & Marketing) chairs this task force and can be reached at cfairless@FairlessSalesMarketing.com or you can contact the SEMA MRC Liaison, Staci Bostock at stacib@sema.org. The Rep Conference Task Force researches and selects industry-specific topics and speakers that would appeal to all manufacturers, WDs and reps. The LRP Task Force works closely with the MRC chairman, Membership Task Force chairman and SEMA staff liaison to develop a long-range planning format and subject matter.

There are so many other things the council leadership does throughout the year, including host the annual MRC Rep Conference and General Membership Awards Ceremony at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, present industry awards to our manufacturers' rep colleagues and elect council leadership. Feel free to visit the MRC Rep Center at SEMA Show for more information on the council. You are the expert at what your business needs, and this council wants to deliver. Feel free to get in touch with us, or come to one of our MRC events. Our hope is that if you haven’t been a part of MRC yet, you will be in 2010 and beyond.

MRC Rep Conference Coming to Vegas!!

The 9th annual MRC Rep Conference moves to Las Vegas at the 2010 SEMA Show. Bryan Shirley, president and CEO of the Manufacturers’ Agents National Association will host an open and interactive session titled “Survival of the Fittest! Is that You?” The economy has redefined the new automotive aftermarket…now it’s time to redefine yourself!

The MRC Rep Conference will convene at the Las Vegas Hilton on Sunday, October 31, 2010, from 4:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m. The early-bird price for SEMA members is $49 ($69 for non-members). Online event registration is now available! For additional information, contact SEMA Council Liaison Staci Bostock at 909/978-6693 or stacib@sema.org.

Are you on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter? MRC is!

Be sure to follow MRC on all of your favorite social networking sites. To find these sites, go to www.sema.org/mrc and use the links in the top right-hand corner.

MRC Names Chris Fairless New Chair-Elect

The MRC Select Committee has named Chris Fairless of Fairless Sales & Marketing to the position of chair-elect. Fairless is a current MRC Select Committee member and will take over duties as chair-elect on July 1. Fairless stated, “I’m honored to be selected as MRC’s chair-elect. I’m looking forward to the future challenges and the opportunities. I’m excited to be involved with SEMA and MRC and hope to inspire more people in our industry to get involved. There are great opportunities ahead!” When Fairless assumes chair-elect duties on July 1, current chair-elect Wade Cobb of HAPCO will become chairman of MRC, when Joel Rosenthal’s two-year term as MRC chairman ends. At that time, Rosenthal will assume his new role as the MRC immediate past chairman/advisor.

MRC Column in SEMA Member News

Read MRC's column featured in the May/June issue of SEMA Member News.

For information about MRC, contact Staci Bostock.



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Have you ever wondered how to get more involved in the SEMA Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) Council?

What exactly do the council leaders do throughout their term? Very simply, the Select Committee is elected by members of the council to serve a two-year term. 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, others provide creative solutions to challenges our member companies are facing and others get their hands dirty and get it done. Each Select Committee member is supported by their company in their PRO efforts, and for that we say “thank you” to those companies!

The leaders of the PRO gathered earlier this year in Lima, Ohio, for its annual Long-Range Planning meeting. This meeting focused on bringing value to the PRO-member companies. The past 18 months have been extremely challenging for all of our companies, and the council is dedicated to utilizing SEMA’s resources to further benefit each PRO member.

Guiding the group’s effort was the council’s mission statement to “address the challenges facing the restyling segment of the automotive aftermarket and to develop effective strategies for dealing with industry-specific issues.” A handful of exciting objectives are being developed for the council over this year and next. If you are passionate and have an interest in being involved, there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer for a task force with a limited investment of time that provides a great way to network and share your ideas. Please reach out to the task force chair if you want to participate or have comments.

Education Task Force
Brian Champa (Check Corporation) and Bill North (Webasto Product North America) co-chair this task force and can be reached at bchampa@checkcorp.com or bill.north@webasto-us.com. The education task force is charged with developing successful programs for members to enhance their businesses. The Technical Skills & Training Conference (TSTC) recently launched, and the group is tasked with expanding the number of events each year to ensure that training and education become primary drivers for our industry.

NovemberFest Task Force
Mike Stanifer (Innovative Creations Inc.) chairs this group and can be reached at mike@icionline.com. The SEMA Show in Las Vegas provides the backdrop for critical networking functions. This group focuses on making PRO’s awards reception the place to be and offering a fun forum to bring passionate members with common interests together.

Membership Task Force
Joey Johnston (Tops & Trends) chairs this group and can be reached at joey@topsandtrends.com. The success of any council or initiative is dependent upon its members. This task force focuses on growth, promotion and retention. It is important that we mentor new members on council activities, events, meetings and benefits.

ProPledge Task Force
David Stringer (Insignia Group) chairs this group and can be reached at dstringer@insigniagroup.com. The purpose of this group is to promote industry standards and to improve the perception of aftermarket installations throughout the restyling industry. ProPledge offers dealers a warranty program and is committed to delivering quality products and services.

There are so many other things the council leadership does throughout the year. You are the expert at what your business needs, and this council wants to deliver. Feel free to get in touch with us or come to one of our PRO events. Our hope is that if you haven’t been a part of PRO yet, you will be in 2010 and beyond.

Are you on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter? PRO Is!

Be sure to follow PRO on all of your favorite social networking sites. To find these sites, go to www.sema.org/pro and use the links in the top right-hand corner.

PRO Column in SEMA Member News

Read PRO's column featured in the May/June issue of SEMA Member News.

For information about PRO, contact Zane Clark or call 909/978-6696.



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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.

Visit the SEMA Mentoring Program now.

Are you on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter? SBN is!

Be sure to follow SBN on all of your favorite social networking sites. To find these sites, go to www.sema.org/sbn and use the links in the top right-hand corner.

SBN Column in SEMA Member News

Read SBN's column featured in the May/June issue of SEMA Member News.

For information about SBN, contact Nathan Ridnouer.



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The following is a message from SPC Chairman Tracie Nuñez:

Have you ever wondered what exactly do the council leaders do throughout their term? Very simply, the Select Committee is elected by the members of the council to serve a two-year term.

Each Select Committee member volunteers for at least 20 hours throughout the year and some volunteer even more. Each Select Committee member is supported by their company in their Street Performance Council (SPC) efforts, and for that we say, “thank you!"

The leaders of the SPC gathered together earlier this year at SEMA headquarters in Diamond Bar, California. This meeting focused on bringing value to the SPC-member companies and utilizing SEMA’s resources to further benefit each SPC member. Guiding the group’s effort was the council’s mission statement “to provide market information, education and support to members concerning new and emerging trends.”

If you are passionate and have interest in being involved, there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer for a task force with a limited investment of time. Please reach out to the task force chair if you want to participate or have comments.

Membership Task Force
Ed “Blake” Burgy from Mr. Gasket chairs this task force and can be reached at eburgy@mrgasket.com. The importance of knowing our members and what industry challenges each member has is very important. The SPC membership task force is responsible for communicating directly with our members, keeping them up to date on SPC happenings and making sure that we are meeting their needs.

Communications Task Force
Baadal “Bottle” Deliwala from Titan Motorsports chairs this group and can be reached at bottle@titanmotorsports.com. Regular submissions to SEMA Member News and eNews will contain relevant street performance market information written or researched by the SPC council membership. If you want to contribute your ideas, drop an e-mail to Bottle. Better yet, draft an article on a topic pertinent to the mission and focus of the council and we’ll see that it gets published with your byline.

Research Task Force
Albert Reda from Vibrant Performance chairs this group and can be reached at areda@vibrantpower.com. Several key factors are changing significantly due to the economy: consumer buying habits, distribution channels and vehicles. The council has hosted several focus panels in the past with jobbers and consumers answering questions about current trends. The data is compiled and distributed to members, illustrating the differences between what is perceived as current buying trends and what is actually happening.

RASR (Racer’s Against Street Racing) Task Force
Regis Finn at B&M Racing and Performance Parts chairs the groups and can be reached at rfinn@bnracing.com. RASR is an SPC initiative that exists to provide leadership and support to promote the anti-street racing message. We need plenty of industry support and passion to reignite this message to our local communities.

Technology Task Force
Gigi Ho at Digital Performance chairs this group and can be reached at gigiho@digitalperformance.com. The Business Technology Symposium has been successfully developed and hosted by the SPC for the last three years as the Internet Symposium. The 2010 SPC Business Technology Symposium will be held on July 23, in Pasadena, California, as part of the 2010 SEMA Leadership Days with some very exciting educational sessions. The group will also define and develop relevant educational webinars and articles to help our members take advantage of new opportunities.

There are many other things the council leadership does throughout the year: host the annual SPC Mixer at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, present industry awards to our street-performance colleagues and elect council leadership. You are the expert at what your business needs, and this council wants to deliver. Feel free to get in touch with us or come to one of our SPC events. My hope is that if you haven’t been a part of SPC yet, you will be in 2010.

Find the Business Possibilities Through the SPC

Participate in the automotive aftermarket at a whole new level by joining the SPC.

The purpose of SEMA councils is to help our member companies succeed and prosper. In the SPC, our mission is to provide market information, education and support to our members concerning new and emerging trends. Whether it’s the latest business technology, forecasting sales, future marketing solutions or up and coming vehicle platforms, we give you and your company the chance to see what’s on the horizon.

Then we’ll help you understand and acquire the skills, tools and technologies to lead the way. The SPC has the most diverse membership of any SEMA council, and that will allow you to network with other professionals from every facet of our industry and gain insights into areas you may not have previously considered. Find out about the parts, people, technologies, strategies, trends and, most important, possibilities.

This is your chance to give something back to the industry, your profession and to grow personally along the way. Join the SPC today and become an active member of the specialty equipment and automotive market — Tracie Nuñez, Advanced Clutch Technology, SPC Chairman

Are you on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter? SPC is!

Be sure to follow SPC on all of your favorite social networking sites. To find these sites, go to www.sema.org/spc and use the links in the top right-hand corner.

SPC Column in SEMA Member News

Read SPC's column featured in the May/June issue of SEMA Member News.

For information about SPC, contact Nathan Ridnouer.



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Have you ever wondered how to get more involved in the SEMA Wheel and Tire (WTC) Council?

What exactly do the council leaders do throughout their term? Very simply, the Select Committee is elected by members of the council to serve a two-year term. 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, others provide creative solutions to challenges our member companies are facing and others get their hands dirty and get it done. Each Select Committee member is supported by their company in their WTC efforts, and for that we say “thank you” to those companies!

The leaders of the WTC gathered earlier this year at SEMA headquarters in Diamond Bar, California, for its annual Long-Range Planning meeting. This meeting focused on bringing value to the WTC-member companies. The past 18 months have been extremely challenging for all of our companies and the council is dedicated to utilizing SEMA’s resources to further benefit each WTC member.

Guiding the group’s effort was the council’s mission statement to “identify common problems and opportunities relating to the wheel and tire industries that the council, as an interested body of companies, can address for the common good.” A handful of exciting objectives are being developed for the council over this year and next. If you are passionate and have an interest in being involved, there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer for a task force with a limited investment of time that provides a great way to network and share your ideas. Please reach out to the task force chair if you want to participate or have comments.

Science and Technology Task Force

Tim Dietz (Standards Testing Laboratories Inc.) and can be reached at tdietz@stllabs.com. This group focuses on aftermarket and OEM advances that affect our industry. From creating wheel standards to improved processes for tire-pressure monitoring systems and electronic stability control, the Science and Technology Task Force plays a pivotal role in the industry’s advancement.

Education Task Force
Kelly Austin (Ultra Wheel Company) chairs this group and can be reached at kelly@mail.ultrawheel.com. The education task force is charged with developing successful programs for members to enhance their businesses. The WTC Task Force is responsible for partnering with the SEMA Educational Institute to create and promote online learning resources.

Communication and Marketing Task Force

Doug Frymer (Law Offices of Douglas A. Frymer) chairs this group and can be reached at legal@starshieldarmor.com. This group focuses on membership outreach, growth and retention. It is imperative that councils effectively communicate services provided by WTC and SEMA to our members. Communication and services ensure that there is proper dialogue between leadership and membership.

SEMA Show Task Force

David Insull (American Tire Distributors) chairs this group and can be reached at dinsull@atd-us.com. The SEMA Show in Las Vegas provides the backdrop for critical networking functions. This group focuses on making WTC’s awards reception an ideal place to get together, honor one another and network with all those who share a common passion.

There are so many other things the council leadership does throughout the year. You are the expert at what your business needs and this council wants to deliver. Feel free to get in touch with us or come to one of our WTC events. Our hope is that, if you haven’t been a part of WTC yet, you will be in 2010 and beyond.

Are you on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter? WTC is!

Be sure to follow WTC on all of your favorite social networking sites. To find these sites, go to www.sema.org/wtc and use the links in the top right-hand corner.

WTC Column in SEMA Member News

Read WTC's column featured in the May/June issue of SEMA Member News.

For information about WTC and how to join, contact Zane Clark or call or 909/978-6696.



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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.

Are you on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter? YEN is!

Be sure to follow YEN on all of your favorite social networking sites. To find these sites, go to www.sema.org/yen and use the links in the top right-hand corner.

YEN Column in SEMA Member News

Read YEN's column featured in the May/June issue of SEMA Member News.

For information about YEN, contact Nathan Ridnouer.