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  • SEMA Show attendees have the opportunity to preview the 2014 SEMA Show Directory, making Show planning easier and more productive.

    The SEMA Show Directory is a valuable resource to help plan and navigate the features of the SEMA Show and its more than 2,000 exhibitors. In addition to the directory, take a moment to also click through other pre-show tools including a preview of the Show's feature vehicles, a celebrity appearance schedule and a SEMA Show Guide for buyers. The 2014 SEMA Show is set for Tuesday–Friday, November 4–7, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Chris Kersting

  • Chris Kersting, SEMA President and CEO For much of 2014, SEMA members have generally reported having a good year and, for some, a great year. I’ve observed that the SEMA Show is a barometer of industry strength, reflected by participation and investment in the Show. This year’s pre-Show registration indicates that the SEMA Show will be an outstanding springboard for growth opportunities in 2015.

    This marks the fifth straight year that the Show has had increased participation levels since the lows of the recession in 2009. This makes for a larger Show, but more important than size is how many innovative manufacturers are taking the opportunity...

Events

  • Vehicles of the 2014 SEMA ShowIn addition to being one of the world’s largest trade events, the SEMA Show is a car show like no other. Vehicles of the 2014 SEMA ShowAutomotive specialty-equipment manufacturers from throughout the world exhibit their wares on some of the most finely crafted vehicles in existence, and many are on display for the first time anywhere.

    The feature vehicles shown in this listing and online will appear in exhibitor booths and in display areas throughout the Las Vegas Convention Center and the adjacent outdoor grounds. Check them out in person—and, in many cases, see how they turned out—when you get to the SEMA Show!

  • Visit the official Las Vegas website at www.lasvegas.com for a huge listing of activities, shows, tours and more.

    Playing in the Recreational Mecca

    The annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas is, first and foremost, one of the world’s largest automotive trade events, and business is the number-one priority. But that doesn’t preclude a ton of fun on the side—especially given all the opportunities the city presents. The following items are a few highlighted attractions, but be sure to visit the official city website at www.lasvegas.com for its huge listing of activities, shows, tours and more. You can even download a guide to the city at the site or order a hard copy. The breadth of possibilities is amazing!

  • The SEMA Cruise at the close of the Show on Friday has become a popular annual event. It culminates this year in SEMA Ignited, a new public event at The LINQ near the Quad at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. Both events give buyers opportunities to see the vehicles and products currently exciting consumers.Get the Most From Your 2014 Experience

    Larger than ever for 2014, this year’s SEMA Show promises to connect buyers with more than 2,300 exhibitors while offering an exciting look at more than a million square feet of industry innovation both inside and outside the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). With thousands of products, display vehicles, booths and business-enhancing activities to choose from, how do buyers begin to navigate this massive world of opportunity? The key, said SEMA Show Director Tom Gattuso, is to strategize beforehand and hit the ground running.

  • SEMA Show attendees have the opportunity to preview the 2014 SEMA Show Directory, making Show planning easier and more productive.

    The SEMA Show Directory is a valuable resource to help plan and navigate the features of the SEMA Show and its more than 2,000 exhibitors. In addition to the directory, take a moment to also click through other pre-show tools including a preview of the Show's feature vehicles, a celebrity appearance schedule and a SEMA Show Guide for buyers. The 2014 SEMA Show is set for Tuesday–Friday, November 4–7, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

  • The following celebrities and industry personalities represent a sample of of the hundreds scheduled to appear at the 2014 SEMA Show. To view the entire real-time celebrities and industry personalities list, visit here.

Industry News

  • Discover New Business With First-Time Exhibitors, Celebrate at the SEMA Banquet, Toyo Tires Treadpass, Gold Pavilion Features New Exhibitors and “Overhaulin’” With Chip Foose, Omix-ADA Jeep Giveaway, New Products Showcase and Join the SEMA Cruise—Get Ignited!

Member News

  • SEMA Scholarships CommitteeThe graying of the automotive specialty-equipment market is a theme that is currently receiving attention from SEMA’s Board of Directors, and Chair-Elect Doug Evans is especially passionate about the topic. He believes that there are two important reasons to pull young people into the industry: cultivating a new generation of consumer and ensuring the future success of the market.

  • The Young Executives Network (YEN) will maintain a strong presence at the SEMA Show in 2014, but some of the events that have become staples for members will have a new look. Each of the main initiatives geared toward young professionals will include a networking component, so members are encouraged to make plans early to join the festivities and meet with peers.

  • The SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN) would like to remind you to sign up for the following key events taking place at this year’s SEMA Show.

    The annual Speed Networking Breakfast is open to all SEMA members and is one of the best opportunities to meet peers, prospects, vendor associates and valuable contacts in one setting. Meet more than a dozen new contacts in a fast-paced environment that is structured to keep the introductions flowing.

  • Manufacturers Representative Network (MRN) - SEMA CouncilBuilding on the success of the sold-out 2013 Rep Technology Roundtable, SEMA’s Manufacturers’ Representative Network (MRN) will again host a collection of business-critical discussions moderated by industry thought leaders on November 2, 2014, from 3:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m. at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino (formerly the LVH), Ballrooms D–E. Through intimate roundtable discussions, attendees will have the opportunity ask questions and receive practical solutions that address real-world issues. 2014 topics include:

  • Emerging Trends and Technology Network (ETTN) - SEMA CouncilSEMA’s Emerging Trends & Technology Network (ETTN) will take a more active role at this year’s SEMA Show. Network members were encouraged to attend the Young Executives Network reception last year, but the networks will collaborate for a joint event in 2014.

    The evening reception will run from 5:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 4, in Ballroom C of the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino (formerly the LVH) and will offer an ideal opportunity for new or prospective members to learn more about the focus and goals of the groups from volunteer leaders and veteran members.

  • As SEMA Show attendees walk through South Hall during Show week, the creativity of the Wheel & Tire Council’s (WTC) members will be evident. In 2014, WTC will host a few main attractions for members of the segment, including a general membership meeting, a seminar and the industry awards reception. These events will ensure that members stay up to date with important developments in the council and in the industry as a whole.

  • Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) - SEMA CouncilThe Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) hosted its annual long-range planning meeting this past summer at the SEMA Garage Industry Innovations Center in Diamond Bar, California. The meeting was scheduled to coincide with the SEMA Garage open house and the annual Installation Gala, and members of the PRO select committee and a number of at-large members met and discussed issues, challenges and opportunities affecting restylers and accessory manufacturers.

  • Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) - SEMA CouncilThe fall and winter months are busy for members of SEMA’s Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC), as many exhibit at both the SEMA Show in Las Vegas and the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Show in Indianapolis. These shows represent two of the biggest weeks of the year for MPMC members. Though much of the council’s focus is placed on preparing a lineup of events for the December PRI Show, MPMC will also power two seminars at the 2014 SEMA Show. Eugene Zelek Jr., co-chair of the antitrust and trade regulation group for Freeborn & Peters LLP, has designed these back-to-back sessions to help members navigate the ins and outs of pricing policies.

  • Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) - SEMA CouncilDozens of Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) manufacturers participated in the promotional opportunities available at the fifth annual New Products Showcase and stock-to-show truck build by RV 4 Wheel Drive & Performance Automotive at the Carlisle All-Truck Nationals on August 1–3, 2014.

  • Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) - SEMA CouncilEach year at the SEMA Show, a walk through Hot Rod Alley gives attendees a snapshot of the market’s artistry. For the Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA), the week is a chance to highlight a few creations by members displayed in the council booth and at the organization’s annual reception. It’s an initiative that’s much more than just eye candy, according to HRIA Chair Rick Love.

  • Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) - SEMA CouncilFor members of the Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO), the council-specific SEMA Show offerings are primarily about building community. The council offers many such options each year, and 2014 will be no different. Here are a few items for members to mark on their SEMA Show schedules.

  • A huge variety of businesses are represented each year at the SEMA Show, but companies in the buyer category—identified with a red badge—who are also association members enjoy a few special benefits.

Peoples And Places

  • A Message From Nate SheltonThe 2013 SEMA Show was by all accounts a record breaker. More people attended, there were more international visitors and more booth space was taken than ever before in SEMA’s history. I’m happy to report that the 2014 Show is on track to exceed all of those numbers. This year has been a great year for business, and we are all hoping for an even better 2015—and the 2014 SEMA Show is the right place to kick it all off.

    This year’s Show promises to have more fabulous new project cars, custom builds and incredible vehicle debuts than ever before. But what really excites me is the number of first-time exhibitors we will see this year, and the even bigger news will be all of the creative and innovative new products that will be on display at the Show.

  • Roy LittlefieldTIA Executive Vice President

    On behalf of the Tire Industry Association (TIA), welcome to the 2014 Global Tire Expo—Powered by TIA. The Global Tire Expo (GTE) continues to be a world-class show that is unmatched in the industry. From discovering new products to networking, I hope that you will take advantage of all the opportunities that GTE has to offer.

    I am excited that the Global Tire Expo continues to experience growth and am pleased to welcome many new exhibitors. TIA has worked closely with our valuable partner SEMA to ensure this year’s show will be a tremendous success.

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