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  • Recently SEMA News caught up with National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Chairman Ed Tonkin. Tonkin, a multifranchise dealer in Portland, Oregon, discussed the opportunities specialty-equipment sales represent for dealerships as well as the SEMA Dealer Day taking place at this year’s SEMA Show.
  • Today’s business environment is changing quickly. The SEMA Show provides an unparalleled opportunity to learn first-hand what trends will affect your business. A key component of the Show is the top-notch education and training provided by the SEMA Education Institute (SEI).
  • The SEMA Show is all about innovation and creativity. For a taste of what’s coming at the 2010 event, check out the more than 100 new products previewed here.
  • The 2010 SEMA Show is mere weeks away, but the Show organizers have been working diligently since the Las Vegas Convention Center’s doors closed last year to bring even more value to attendees. In addition to the traditional offerings—more than 1,800 exhibitors, 1,500 industry-changing product innovations and dazzling vehicle displays—this year’s SEMA Show boasts more than a dozen new or improved features.

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Accessory Sales Opportunities

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SEMA News, October 2010, Events - Accessory Sales Opportunities

Recently SEMA News caught up with National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Chairman Ed Tonkin. Tonkin, a multifranchise dealer in Portland, Oregon, discussed the opportunities specialty-equipment sales represent for dealerships as well as the SEMA Dealer Day taking place at this year’s SEMA Show.

SEMA News: We are seeing an increased level of interest from new-car dealerships looking to get involved in selling specialty-equipment accessories. What role do you see accessory sales playing for dealerships going forward?

Ed Tonkin: Sales of specialty-equipment accessories represent a $27-billion-a-year market, and it’s growing.

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Business Technology Symposium

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SEMA News, October 2010, Events - Business Technology Symposium

As a part of SEMA’s Leadership Days, the 2010 Business Technology Symposium (BTS), sponsored by SEMA’s Street Performance Council (SPC) and held Friday, July 23, at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, California, drew 113 specialty-equipment industry attendees, from business owners to IT professionals. A host of industry experts presented eight sessions, including panel discussions that provided attendees with the knowledge and skills needed to move their businesses forward in the Internet age.

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Car Enthusiasts Celebrate Inaugural Collector Car Appreciation Day

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SEMA News, October 2010, Events - Car Enthusiasts Celebrate Inaugural Collector Car Appreciation Day

On July 9, 2010, collector-car enthusiast organizations across the nation gathered to celebrate the first-ever Collector Car Appreciation Day, as designated by U.S. Senate Resolution 513 (S. Res. 513). Events ranging from car cruises and shows to small-business open houses and special offers were held to honor the cultural and educational importance of collector cars. Car clubs, enthusiast organizations and affiliated businesses hosted more than 100 events in more than 40 states to commemorate this special day.

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Hottest Vehicles at the Show? How About the Exhibitors’ Choice?!

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SEMA News, October 2010, Chris Kersting - Hottest Vehicles at the Show? How About the Exhibitors’ Choice?!

The SEMA Show is without a doubt one of the strongest indicators of emerging trends in the automotive industry. Each year, SEMA exhibitors must decide which vehicles will be their “canvass” of choice to highlight the innovative and exciting new products they’ve worked so hard to bring to market. Naturally, exhibitors will select the vehicles for their booths that they believe are the hottest and provide the best opportunity to attract buyers and media at the Show. So why not capture that selection—that “vote”—in an all-new SEMA industry award program? The idea makes great sense, and that’s why this year’s SEMA Show will feature a new award centerpiece: the “SEMA Award: Hottest Truck, Hottest Car and Hottest 4x4-SUV.”

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New Products Showcase

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SEMA News, October 2010, Business - New Products Showcase

Ben Mizban is the president of T-Rex Grilles in Corona, California. The company has regularly participated in the SEMA Show New Products Showcase. Recently, Mizban offered his insight and advice on getting the most from the program.

SEMA News: Please tell us a little bit about yourself and T-Rex Grilles.

Ben Mizban: I opened JBM Sport Truck Accessories, my first business, in 1986 in the city of Orange and grew it into one of the largest retailer/mail-order companies in California by 2001.

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Retail Store Displays

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Retail stores should be well-organized and use clear, easily understood signage so that shoppers can find the products they are looking for while also being led to special offers and promotional items. But unless you have vast experience in the design of retail spaces, it’s undoubtedly best to work with a consultant in setting up your store for maximum accessibility and the resultant sales.

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Business

  • Retail stores should be well-organized and use clear, easily understood signage so that shoppers can find the products they are looking for while also being led to special offers and promotional items.
  • Ben Mizban is the president of T-Rex Grilles in Corona, California. The company has regularly participated in the SEMA Show New Products Showcase. Recently, Mizban offered his insight and advice on getting the most from the program
  • As the automotive industry emerges from the economic downturn, it’s clear that the iconic American industry needs to spread its global wings to thrive again—and to help drive the U.S. economic recovery overall.

Chris Kersting

  • The SEMA Show is without a doubt one of the strongest indicators of emerging trends in the automotive industry. Each year, SEMA exhibitors must decide which vehicles will be their “canvass” of choice to highlight the innovative and exciting new products they’ve worked so hard to bring to market.

Education

  • Today’s business environment is changing quickly. The SEMA Show provides an unparalleled opportunity to learn first-hand what trends will affect your business. A key component of the Show is the top-notch education and training provided by the SEMA Education Institute (SEI).
  • A total of $111,000 is being distributed to 67 individuals through the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund, a program administered by SEMA to foster leadership opportunities in the automotive specialty-equipment marketplace and to support educational goals for students.

Events

  • On July 9, 2010, collector-car enthusiast organizations across the nation gathered to celebrate the first-ever Collector Car Appreciation Day, as designated by U.S. Senate Resolution 513 (S. Res. 513). Events ranging from car cruises and shows to small-business open houses and special offers were held to honor the cultural and educational importance of collector cars.
  • As a part of SEMA’s Leadership Days, the 2010 Business Technology Symposium (BTS), sponsored by SEMA’s Street Performance Council (SPC) and held Friday, July 23, at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, California, drew 113 specialty-equipment industry attendees, from business owners to IT professionals.
  • Recently SEMA News caught up with National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Chairman Ed Tonkin. Tonkin, a multifranchise dealer in Portland, Oregon, discussed the opportunities specialty-equipment sales represent for dealerships as well as the SEMA Dealer Day taking place at this year’s SEMA Show.
  • More than 500 members of the industry attended the annual SEMA Installation Banquet & Gala Fundraiser in Pasadena, California, July 23, to honor 2010 SEMA Hall of Fame inductees Van Woodell, Chuck Schwartz and Richard “Dick” McMullen and to raise money for children’s charities Childhelp and Victory Junction Gang Camp.
  • Returning champions were vanquished, former challengers made strong showings and the industry’s leading ladies brought home two inaugural trophies at the third-annual SEMA Pinewood Drag Races.
  • Collectors, enthusiasts and gearheads of all stripes came out for the second annual SEMA Show ’N Shine car show, July 24, at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, California. 
  • SEMA News-October 2010On July 9, 2010, collector-car enthusiast organizations across the nation gathered to celebrate the first-ever Collector Car Appreciation Day, as designated by U.S. Senate Resolution 513 (S. Res. 513). Events ranging from car cruises and shows to small-business open houses and special offers were held to honor the cultural and educational importance of collector cars.
  • The SEMA Show is all about innovation and creativity. For a taste of what’s coming at the 2010 event, check out the more than 100 new products previewed here.
  • The 2010 SEMA Show is mere weeks away, but the Show organizers have been working diligently since the Las Vegas Convention Center’s doors closed last year to bring even more value to attendees. In addition to the traditional offerings—more than 1,800 exhibitors, 1,500 industry-changing product innovations and dazzling vehicle displays—this year’s SEMA Show boasts more than a dozen new or improved features.

From The Hill

  • Congressman Steve Cohen took a few hours out of his busy August schedule to visit with management and employees at the COMP Cams’ headquarters in Memphis, Tennessee. Rep. Cohen participated in a roundtable discussion about small-business issues with COMP’s executive team and then toured the facility, including the machine shop and research and development (R&D) department.

Government Affairs

  • Law and Order is an update of some of the most recent federal and state legislative and regulatory issues that could potentially impact the automotive specialty-equipment industry. These include issues affecting small-business owners and their employees.

Industry News

International

  • The U.S. government estimates that less than 1% of U.S. small businesses currently export, even though there’s huge demand for high-quality, American-made products.

Internet

  • While anecdotes abound about professionals who have lost job opportunities over something they’ve posted online, new research reveals that we’re all much more at risk than previously known.

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SEMA Heritage

  • When Petersen Publishing Company photographer Eric Rickman shot this photo of Vic Edelbrock Sr. in February of 1958, the Edelbrock Equipment Company (as it was known then) had already earned its reputation for manufacturing quality speed equipment, thanks to 20 years of hands-on development and testing of countless engines.