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SEMA Council & Committee News: LTAA Races for Kids at Fall Nationals Reception
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Not only do the LTAA Fall Nationals Pinewood Drags provide a fun evening of camaraderie and networking, but proceeds from Pinewood racer “rentals” directly benefit SEMA Cares.
LTAA will once again host the Fall Nationals Pinewood Drags to benefit SEMA Cares as part of its annual Industry Awards Reception at the 2012 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Reception attendees “rent” a Pinewood racer in exchange for a $20 donation to SEMA Cares and compete for the title of “Top Eliminator.”
“Last year, the Fall Nationals generated more than $3,500 for SEMA Cares,” said LTAA Chairman George Lathouris of Keystone Automotive Operations. “All of which goes directly to the kids at Childhelp facilities and Victory Junction. We’re hoping to top that number again this year. Each Pinewood racer we bring to the event (more than 100) was built and signed by a child at one of the Childhelp facilities in Virginia or California. It brings the charity aspect of the event a little closer.”
Last year’s Top Eliminator champion was Wild Boar Products of Stanton, California. Can they be the first repeat winner in the history of the Fall Nationals? If you want to find out, the LTAA Fall Nationals is scheduled for Wednesday evening, October 31, from 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. in the Garden Patio North of the Las Vegas Hotel (formerly the Hilton). Pinewood racers sell out quickly; don’t be late!
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LTAA Column in SEMA Member News
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All ARMO members and their guests, and all restoration industry professionals, are invited to attend the ARMO Open Membership meeting at the SEMA Show. The meeting runs from 7:15 a.m.–9:00 a.m. in meeting room Pavilion 1 at the Las Vegas Hotel (formerly the Las Vegas Hilton).
“It’s early in the morning, I know,” said ARMO Chairman Alex Tainsh of Parts Unlimited Interiors. “But we promise lots of hot coffee, and plenty of Danishes, bagels and the like to get you started on the right foot. The meeting agenda will be a bit less structured than in years past so that we can solicit more feedback and interaction with the members in attendance.”
The open meeting is perhaps the best opportunity for anyone in the restoration industry to interact with the ARMO Select Committee and industry peers and offer input on the direction of future ARMO projects.
Is your business involved in the restoration segment and not yet an ARMO member? In addition to direct access with its 275 restoration company members, the Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) provides a number of other benefits, including education and outreach for small businesses in the restoration market, product exposure through an annual New Products Showcase and collective support of the restoration hobby.
Top Reasons to Join ARMO:
- Networking Opportunities: The primary strength of ARMO is its member companies. The organization provides multiple venues for ARMO members to interact and share ideas through its long-range planning meetings, new-products mixer at Spring Carlisle and the ARMO awards reception at the 2012 SEMA Show, as well as discussion groups on MySEMA and social media websites.
- Education: The annual ARMO education seminars at the Hotrod & Restoration Trade Show bring industry leaders and experts together to share their real-world experience with small-business owners, providing tips and insights to help them grow their businesses. The ARMO Restoration Trademark Licensing Guide provides ARMO members with the basic forms needed to begin the process of getting products licensed by an original-equipment manufacturer. The licensing guide is available through the SEMA Education Institute.
- Supporting Hobby Growth: ARMO recognizes the importance of the individual hobbyist to the industry and supports Collector Car Appreciation Day activities across the country. Every April, the ARMO New Products Showcase puts member company products directly in front of 100,000+ restoration enthusiasts each year at Spring Carlisle. In addition, ARMO’s “Take a Kid to a Car Show” (TKCS) program strives to get children involved in automotive hobbies at an early age. The interactive TKCS website provides information on how to get involved for kids and adults alike.
Contact ARMO’s staff liaison Jim Skelly at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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 September/October issue of SEMA Member News.
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Goolsby Customs' Pinewood hot-rod entry, before and after.
The 2012 Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) Reception will include a live auction to support SEMA Cares and increase awareness for the third-annual HRIA Pinewood Builder’s Challenge. Fifteen well-known builders created
one-of-a-kind miniature hot rods in the style of Pinewood derby cars.
The cars were raced at the annual SEMA Pinewood Drag Races in Pomona,
California. These cars will be on display at the annual SEMA Show
and then 12 will be placed on eBay for auction from October 30–November
8, and three will be auctioned live. All proceeds from the auction will
go to support SEMA Cares and its two children’s charities—Childhelp and
We caught up with Josh Henning of Goolsby Customs.
Describe the inspirations behind the design of your pinewood car.
Our inspiration came from the old drag racers, such as Tony Nancy, Tommy
Ivo and Don Garlits, and their wild paint jobs and overall look. These
guys had style and helped transform fast cars into cool cars!
Describe some of the materials and resources you used to build your car.
We tried to build this Pinewood much like a kid in the ’60s would have
(if they had access to a cool painter). The body was made from the wood
out of the kit, then the other parts were just built from whatever else
we could find. Sometimes it's good to leave all the modern niceties
behind and get back to the ways they used to have to do it.
Why is it important for you to participate in the Pinewood Challenge?
The Pinewood challenge is important because of the huge honor of being recognized with all these great builders who are working together for charity. And come on, whose arm do you really have to twist to get someone to play with a toy car?
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The Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) is sponsoring two exciting events at the upcoming 2012 PRI Show in Orlando, Florida. All motorsports industry professionals are invited to attend.
MPMC Engine Builder Seminar
- Thursday, November 29, 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
- “Alternative Fuels and Power Enhancers: New Business Opportunities for Engine Builders”
Are you an engine builder? Do you think about experimenting with one or more alternative fuels but have no idea where to start? Are superchargers and turbochargers full of mystery? In this MPMC-sponsored seminar, a panel of engine builders, accomplished in these very subjects, will share their experiences to help you decide if one or more of these avenues may be right for your business. This promises to be an exciting exchange for engine builders of all experience levels. Seating is limited; RSVP for the MPMC Seminar to reserve your space.
MPMC Hall of Fame Breakfast
Friday, Nov 30, 8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
Join MPMC as it inducts four new members into the MPMC Hall of Fame. Network with fellow motorsports parts manufacturers and enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast. This year’s inductees are Jim Cozzie, Keith Dorton, Ron Funfar and Chris Thomson. RSVP for the MPMC Hall of Fame Breakfast.
MPMC Business Guidelines Manual
MPMC-member companies are reminded that the Business Guidelines Manual is now available online through the SEMA Education Institute (SEI). The pdf document is available for viewing, downloading and printing, and is full of information relevant to start ups and long-standing business alike. It was originally written by MPMC members, and by having it available online, the council hopes to continue that tradition by welcoming suggestions for changes or additional content.
You may access the Business Guidelines Manual through the MPMC link on the eLearning Center of SEI. If you have not done so already, simply enroll as an eLearner and you’ll be on your way. Enrollment takes only a few seconds, and helps SEI track use and engagement. If you have any questions, contact Jim Skelly at email@example.com.
MPMC Hall of Fame 2012MPMC has announced four inductees to the MPMC Hall of Fame, class of 2012. Congratulations to: Jim Cozzie, Keith Dorton, Run Funfar and Chris Thomson.
The four will be formally recognized at the annual MPMC Hall of Fame breakfast, Friday, November 30, 2012, at 8:00 a.m. at the PRI Show in Orlando. Inductees are selected by a special task force from nominations received from the MPMC membership.
“Once again, the task force has selected four very deserving individuals for induction into the MPMC Hall of Fame,” said MPMC Chairman Vic Wood of Hedman. More information on each of the inductees will appear in future issues of SEMA eNews.
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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 September/October issue of SEMA Member News.
For information about MPMC, contact Jim Skelly.
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Exclusively for professionals, sales agents and representatives, attendees of the Rep Technology Roundtable will learn how to take advantage of a technological economy and be more profitable. Attendees also will have the opportunity to ask questions and receive practical solutions that address critical areas, such as software applications, business efficiency, eCommerce, web development and product data from such experts as SEMA Data Co-op CEO Jon Wyly; eTool Developers President and Founder Luanne Brown; UPSHIFT Marketing, Principal Bernard Bolisig; and Cie Studios Vice President of Business Development Tyler Tanaka.
At a Glance
- Sunday, October 28 – Rep Technology Roundtable: 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Las Vegas Hotel (formerly the Hilton) Ballroom D
- Monday, October 30 – The Truth about Sales & Marketing: Who Works for Whom? 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Las Vegas Convention Center, Room N257
- Wednesday, October 31 – How NOT to be a Showroom for Amazon: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Las Vegas Convention Center, Room N258
- Tuesday, October 29 – Friday, November 2: The Rep Center, located in the SEMA Members Lounge, Las Vegas Convention Center, Rooms N245 to N251
For more information, contact Zane Clark at 909-978-6696.
What Does it Mean to be a Sales Professional?
SEMA’s Manufacturers' Rep Council (MRC) hosts a discussion group on Linkedin for professional reps and sales agents. Recently, MRC asked the question, “In one word, what does it mean to be a sales professional?”
The list as submitted by members of the Linkedin group includes:
Join the conversation; join MRC at www.sema.org/li-mrc. For more details on how to get involved or to learn how professional reps and agents can help your business, contact Zane Clark at 909-978-6696.
Need Help Getting Your Product to Market?
The SEMA Show offers exhibiting companies an array of tools and resources to ensure that their experience delivers value at and beyond the Show. For manufacturers with an established or new product line, the challenge often becomes how to best take advantage of the notoriety and exposure the Show can bring by getting their products to market effectively and efficiently. Many companies utilize an in-house sales team to accomplish this, while others opt to partner with a professional manufacturers' representative.
For the latter, and for those evaluating their sales strategy, SEMA’s Manufacturers' Rep Council (MRC) supports the Manufacturers' Representative Matching program during the Show. Located in the Exhibitor Services Manual, the Manufacturers' Representatives Matching Form connects manufacturers to MRC reps looking for new product lines. The completed forms are kept secure in the Rep Center, where MRC members can review and contact participating manufacturers to schedule a meeting.
In order to take advantage of this program, forms must be received by October 12, 2012. Enroll now by completing the Manufacturers' Representatives Matching Form.
Download The Top 10 Reasons for Hiring an Independent Sales Rep today. For more information, contact Zane Clark at 909-978-6696.
All-Star Line-up Set for the Rep Technology Roundtable
Exclusively for reps, this year’s SEMA Show will kick-off with a powerhouse session. On Sunday, October 28, 2012, attendees will learn how to take advantage of a technological economy and be more profitable. Technology, data and eCommerce have greatly impacted the way reps do business. Starting with a panel discussion moderated by Bryan Shirley, CPMR, attendees will then take part in intimate roundtable discussions led by such industry experts as:
- SEMA’s Data Co-op CEO Jon Wyly
- eTool Developers President and Founder Luanne Brown
- UPSHIFT Marketing Principal Bernard Bolisig, (formerly of Amazon.com's Performance Parts Category)
- Cie Studios Vice President of Business Development Tyler Tanaka
Attendees will have the opportunity ask questions and receive practical solutions that address critical areas, such as software applications, business efficiency, eCommerce, web development and product data.
Date: Sunday, October 28, 2012
Time: 3:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Location: Las Vegas Hotel, Ballroom D
Price: MRC member: Free; SEMA member: $15; Non-member: $25
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 Column in SEMA Member News
Read MRC's column featured in the September/October issue of SEMA Member News.
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The 2012 SEMA Show will feature a must-attend, interactive hands-on demonstration and installation conference, Thursday, November 1, from 11:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Previously held at such notable technical schools as the University of Northwestern Ohio and Wyotech, the Technical Skills & Training Conference (TSTC) is a one-day event geared at sharpening installation skills and providing shops with ideas for new business opportunities. Hosted by the Professional Restylers Organization (PRO), TSTC will feature five work stations covering critical growth markets from industry-leading manufacturers.
Vehicle: RAM 1500 Crew Cab
11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m. – Go Rhino!/Big Country
1:15 p.m.–2:15 p.m. – Cal Trend Automotive Products
2:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. – Rosen Entertainment
Vehicle: Chevrolet Cruze
11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m. – 3M
1:15 p.m.–2:15 p.m. – Brandmotion
2:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. – Kicker
Vehicle: Chevrolet Camaro
11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m. – Eagle Enterprises
1:15 p.m.–2:15 p.m. – 3M
2:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. – Roadwire Leather Interiors
Vehicle: Ford Mustang
11:45 a.m.–1:45 p.m. – Classic Design Concepts
1:45 p.m.–4:45 p.m. – Katzkin, Check Corp.
Vehicle: Ford Focus
11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m. – Cal Trend Automotive Products
1:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. – Webasto Products North America
Register now! Free with SEMA Show registration. For more details, contact Zane Clark at 909-978-6696
CDC installs a hood system during the 2011 TSTC at Wyotech’s Blairsville, Pennsylvania, campus.
Classic Design Concepts Joins the PRO Garage
Since 1990, Classic Design Concepts (CDC) has been an innovator in the design and manufacturing of quality systematic restyling components. Using OE-certified materials and manufacturing procedures that meet or exceed OE standards, CDC’s classic restyling designs offer factory fit and finish with a one-of-a-kind appeal.
PRO’s Technical Skills & Training Conference (TSTC), free with Show registration, is a roll-up-your-sleeves opportunity to sharpen technical skills, gain product knowledge and interact with key suppliers at five learning centers. Product categories include graphics, window and paint protection film, side steps, sunroofs, mobile electronics, custom interiors, heated seats, vehicle connectivity and more. Among the participating PRO-member manufacturers will be 3M, Brandmotion, CalTrend Automotive Products, Check Corp., Eagle Enterprises, Katzkin Leather, Kicker, Roadwire Leather Interiors, Rosen Entertainment Systems, Webasto Product North America, Go Rhino! and Big Country.
Registration is free with SEMA Show registration.
For event details, contact Zane Clark at 909-978-6696.
Industry colleagues network during PRO’s 2011 Novemberfest reception.
The SEMA Show PRO Experience
The SEMA Show is just around the corner and the Professional Restylers Organization (PRO)
has several exciting events and activities scheduled for your benefit.
From hands-on training to education and networking, PRO has something
to benefit every individual and business. Take a look at the PRO “At-a-Glance” calendar, register and save the dates:
- Tuesday, October 30, 2012: NovemberFest—SEMA’s version of the famed Octoberfest. PRO’s premier networking event that honors the industry.
- Thursday, November 1, 2012: Technical Skills & Training Conference (TSTC) at the PRO Garage. Live, interactive installation demonstrations that promote business efficiency and profitability.
- Thursday, November 1, 2012: Breakfast Meeting. Membership and interested guests discuss council business and industry opportunities over breakfast.
- Tuesday, October 30–Friday, November 2, 2012: Visit the PRO booth located in North Hall booth #12661 and learn how PRO can help your business.
To learn more, contact Zane Clark at 909-978-6696.
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 September/October issue of SEMA Member News.
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Fellow SBNer Susan Carpenter has been working hard in updating the SBN members map, including adding new members and member location changes.
This map serves a great purpose. It allows SBN to find fellow members in our area so we can make connections year round. So check out the SBN members map and get to networking!
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The SEMA Mustang Build Powered by Women, featuring a ’13 Ford Mustang GT donated by Ford Motor Co., will be unveiled at this year’s SEMA Show. Pictured here are two Magnaflow employees installing a Magnaflow exhaust.
30 SEMA-Member Companies Supply Products for the SEMA Mustang Build Powered by Women
The all-female vehicle customization project known as the SEMA Mustang
Build Powered by Women, featuring a ’13 Ford Mustang GT donated by Ford
Motor Co., is on target for the unveiling of winning design “High Gear”
at this year’s SEMA Show,
Tuesday, October 30, 2012. The vehicle, which was painted at L&G
Enterprises and customized at Source Interlink Media’s headquarters in
El Segundo, California, will be auctioned on eBay immediately following
the reveal with proceeds slated for the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Foundation—an organization dedicated to fostering the next generation of automotive aftermarket leaders and innovators.
Forty aftermarket manufacturers, retailers and suppliers provided more than 50 high-performance components for this historic all-female SEMA Mustang Build. Custom installations and vehicle modifications include an E-Force Supercharger System from Edelbrock; front and rear brakes from Wilwood; a complete coilover suspension from H&R; sway bars from Whiteline USA; an exhaust system from MagnaFlow; a stereo system from Kicker; P Zero tires from Pirelli and Forgeline GA1R wheels with a custom finish. In addition to the customization of a Ford Mustang GT by an all-female build team, many of the products donated to the build came from women-owned companies.
“It was amazing to experience the huge amount of support offered by the SEMA-member companies,” stated Susan Carpenter, SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN) product coordinator. “The response was overwhelmingly positive in support of the scholarship fund and to raise awareness of women in the automotive aftermarket. Many of the companies not only provided product at no charge, but also sent female representatives to install their product onsite.”
“From the beginning, we felt that the build would have a lot of great energy,” commented Lindy Jewell of H&R Special Springs. “I knew our suspension would be a perfect addition to this amazing project. We encourage and support these unique ideas to broaden aftermarket awareness.”
The SEMA Mustang Build Powered by Women, scheduled for completion in late August, involves five primary teams and team leaders, including the Powertrain Team (JoAnn Bortles), Paint and Body Team (Theresa Contreras), Undercarriage Team (Mollie Lewis), Interior and Stereo System Team (Kristin Cline) and the Quality Assurance Team (Jennifer LaFever).
“Being a part of this project has been thrilling,” stated Coelette Chenier, marketing coordinator, MagnaFlow. “With the help of my team member, Laurie Paolone, I learned how to successfully install an exhaust system as well as several other products. Now, I feel like I can do anything, and someday I’m going to customize a vehicle of my own.”
For a complete list of the supporting SEMA-member companies as well as a list of SBN team members and their bios, visit www.sema.org/SEMAMustangBuild. Follow the build progress online at www.youtube.com/MotorTrend and www.HOTROD.com.
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 September/October issue of SEMA Member News.
For information about SBN, contact Bryan Harrison.
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Each year, the Street Performance Council (SPC) recognizes individuals for their contributions to the street performance industry of the special-equipment market. The winners of these awards will be recognized at the 2012 SEMA Show SPC & YEN Awards Reception taking place Wednesday, October 31, 2012, from 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. at the Las Vegas Hotel. RSVP today!
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 September/October issue of SEMA Member News.
For information about SPC, contact Bryan Harrison.
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2012 WTC Long-Range Planning Meeting.
Networking at the 2011 WTC SEMA Show Reception.
Every SEMA Show takes on a life of its own and is remembered for the cars, new products, exhibits and, of course, parties. For the Wheel & Tire Council’s (WTC) Show planning committee, the decision was made to focus on what the organization’s membership continually says are the primary benefits of being a part of the group—education and networking.
WTC At a Glance
- WTC Meeting and Presentation: Monday, October 29, 2012: WTC presents, “Turning ‘Real’ Trends Into ‘Real’ Revenue” and “Finishing the Plus-Sizing Job: Pressure, Labeling and TPMS,” from 2:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m., LVCC Room S227.
- WTC Industry Awards and Networking Reception: Tuesday, October 30, 2012, from 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. at the Renaissance Hotel Pool.
- WTC-powered session, “Selling Like a PRO,” Wednesday, October 31, 2012, from 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., LVCC Room N258.
- WTC-powered session, “Recruit, Train and Hire Superstars,” Thursday, November 1, 2012, from 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m., LVCC Room N258.
For more details, contact Zane Clark at 909-978-6696.
The Wheel and Tire Council (WTC) will present two SEMA Show sessions, Monday, October 2.
WTC Offers Two SEMA Show Sessions for Wheel and Tire Professionals
On Monday, October 29, the Wheel & Tire Council (WTC) will present two sessions focused on improving your business. According to Kelly Austin, WTC education chair, “WTC’s focus in delivering educational content is to be timely, relevant and meaningful." In response to the membership's desire to address issues, such as marketing, emerging trends, TPMS and tire safety, the WTC will host two sessions Monday, October 29, from 2:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m. at the Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall room S227.
In “Turning REAL Trends into REAL Revenue,” President and Founder of Exsell Marketing Wayne Williams will share the latest trends in the wheel and tire industry. Williams has more than 30 years’ experience in the automotive aftermarket and is the “counter intelligence” columnist for Modern Tire Dealer. The presentation will incorporate an overview of Google Insights and how this powerful tool can benefit your business by understanding what people search for and how they are searching for your products and your competitors.
The second session, “Finishing the Plus-Sizing Job: Pressure, Labeling and TPMS,” will be presented by Dr. John W. Daws, Daws Engineering. Dr. Daws specializes in the analysis of tire failure and has published papers on the forensic analysis of tire separation and the fitment of plus-size tires to vehicles and its relationship to vehicle handling and stability. Guests will get an understanding of tire-pressure requirements in various plus-sizing alternatives, learn about the vehicle's pressure labeling to conform to DOT safety requirements and good business practices. Dr. Daws will also clarify the impact of tire pressure and labeling requirements with respect to TPMS.
To register, visit WTC Meeting and Presentation.
For more information, contact Zane Clark at 909-978-6696.
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
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YEN members are welcome to participate in all the networking opportunities at the 2012 SEMA Show. Below is a list of all the Show's YEN-sponsored functions:
Student Welcome Lunch: Welcome and connect with students for the Student Program Welcome Lunch
Location: Las Vegas Convention Center, N242
Date: Monday, October 29
Time: 12:30p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Welcome Lunch Agenda:
12:30 p.m. Faculty checks in and picks up Show credentials (students receive goody bags)
12:30 p.m. Pizza and salad buffet
1:00 p.m. Welcome
1:10 p.m. Introduce HRIA Panel
2:30 p.m. Program Concludes
YEN Long Range Planning (LRP) Open Meeting:
All YEN Members are welcome to join us for this open portion of the LRP to share your ideas and opinions on the direction of the committee.
Location: Las Vegas Convention Center Room N221
Date: Monday, October 29
Time: 5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
YEN Networking Lunch Opportunity: Join YEN members in the SEMA Member Lounge at two reserved tables for networking over lunch. Lunch can be purchased in the lounge.
Location: Las Vegas Convention Center, SEMA Members Lounge (Room N251)
Date: Tuesday, October 30–Friday, November 2
Time: 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. each day
Seminar: Are Young Enthusiasts Disappearing? Powered by the Young Executives Network (YEN)
Location: Las Vegas Convention Center, Room N255
Date: Tuesday October 30
Time: 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Seminar: REAL CRM: How the Aftermarket's Top Companies Talk to Their Customers, Powered by the Young Executives Network (YEN)
Location: Las Vegas Convention Center, Room N258
Date: Tuesday 10/30
Time: 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
YEN Networking & Awards Reception: Join us for the largest young professional automotive networking event and awards presentation.
Location: Las Vegas Hilton, Pavilion 6 & 8
Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Time: 5:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Café SEMA: In the Know with a Cup of Joe!
YEN members are encouraged to attend the event. Chair-elect Dan Kahn from Kahn Media will be one of the experts.
Event Description: Experts. Networking. Danish and Coffee. In 60 minutes: Get direct access to top industry experts, obtain answers to your questions and learn from those who are “in the know.” You will make new connections that will impact your business and you’ll leave with a wealth of information. Event is limited to the first 100 participants. Register today!
Location: Las Vegas Convention Center, SEMA Members Lounge (Room N251)
Date: November 2, 2011
Time: 9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
RSVP Now for YEN Reception at the 2012 SEMA Show
Each year, the SEMA Young Executives Network (YEN) recognizes the top individuals for their contributions to the industry. The winners of these awards will be recognized at the 2012 SEMA Show YEN Industry Awards Reception taking place October 30, 2012, from 5:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. at the Las Vegas Hotel. Check out the previous year's award winners.
The Young Executive of the Year Award is presented to an individual who has had a positive impact on the industry. The YEN Vanguard Award is presented to the individual, business, organization or sanctioning body that has had a positive effect on a young executive's career within the automotive industry.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 September/October issue of SEMA Member News.
For information about YEN, contact Bryan Harrison.
Join the SEMA Council Family
SEMA hosts 10 distinct councils and committees that represent focused niches within the specialty-equipment industry. These groups are comprised of elected volunteers (Select Committee) who guide and direct council activities while representing the membership at large. Although each council acts independently and represents a different segment, they are all focused on the betterment of the industry as a whole.
The value councils provide SEMA and the industry is beyond refute. It is inspiring to witness a diverse collection of company representatives, many of which are direct competitors, come together and develop educational, training, youth awareness and networking events that are, at the core, designed to give back and promote business. An equally important council function is to ensure that SEMA sustains a pulse on the industry and maintains a presence with its members.
The question is often asked, “Why should my company join a council?”
The answer is simple. SEMA councils open the doors and provide you
exposure to industry leaders, decision makers, trendsetters and a
community of like-minded individuals who share your passion and desire
to see business succeed and prosper. Once the doors are open, it is your
responsibility to take advantage of the benefits by becoming actively
Learn more today.