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SEMA News—July 2014

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Get to Know the 2012–2015 SEMA Board Candidates

Eleven industry professionals are vying for positions on the 2012–2015 SEMA Board of Directors.

The 2011–2013 SEMA Board of Directors Candidates

Nineteen industry professionals are vying for a position on the 2011–2013 SEMA Board of Directors. The SEMA Board provides strategic direction to the association and plays a critical role in shaping the future of the automotive specialty-equipment industry. Election materials were mailed to the primary contacts at eligible SEMA-member companies within the corresponding categories May 17. The voting process, which is entirely electronic this year, will be ongoing until voting closes June 14. Election results will be published in an upcoming issue of SEMA News. Meet the Candidates for Chairman-Elect Category Doug Evans; Source Interlink Media and Nate Shelton; B&M Automotive Group

SEMA News—June 2011

Get to Know the Nominees

Nineteen industry professionals are vying for a position on the 2011–2013 SEMA Board of Directors. The SEMA Board provides strategic direction to the association and plays a critical role in shaping the future of the automotive specialty-equipment industry.

SAE Considers Registration Requirement for Aftermarket Wheel Safety Standard, J2530

A few years ago, SEMA and its Wheel & Tire Council (WTC) worked with the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) to develop an industry testing practice for aftermarket wheels. SAE J2530 (Aftermarket Wheels Performance Requirements and Testing Procedures) outlines performance and sampling guidelines, testing procedures and marking requirements for aftermarket wheels used on cars, light trucks and multipurpose vehicles. The document identifies three main areas of testing, including cornering and radial fatigue and impact strength. A manufacturer can purchase J2530 specifications from SAE and test at its own internal lab or at any testing facility of its choosing, so long as that facility maintains the necessary equipment to perform the tests.

LTAA Chair-Elect George Lathouris: "Now Is Not the Time to Stand on the Sidelines"

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George Lathouris was chosen as the chair-elect for the Light-Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) and will succeed Kelly Kneifl when the latter's term expires. Lathouris is currently the senior category manager for Keystone Automotive's wheel and tire division and has spent the past 31 years in the automotive specialty-equipment industry.

Lathouris began his career working in a warehouse for American Speed Equipment on Long Island, New York, and worked his way to the position of national sales and advertising manager. He opened warehouse distribution in Colorado for Dick Cepek in 1992 and became the company's purchasing manager in Los Angeles in 1994. He then moved back to the East Coast in 1995 and became the eastern regional sales manager for Deflecta Shield and, eventually, Lund Industries. He took a position as national satellite sales and national sales manager for Keystone Automotive in 1999, which led to his current position.

Lathouris was approached several years ago by Ron DiVincenzo and Charley Holden to get involved with LTAA, since lifted trucks and Jeeps had long been his passion in the business. He has served the LTAA for the past four years and is proud to have been selected as the council's chair-elect. SEMA Member News recently spoke to him about his goals for the coming term.

ARMO Highlights New Products Showcase at Carlisle

ARMO Chairman Jim Barber recaps the council's New Products Showcase at Carlisle, as well as educational programs specific to the restoration industry and sponsorship opportunities for council members at the 2009 SEMA Show.

YEN - Tim Watts

“Where do I begin?” This is a question we inevitably ask ourselves at one time or another, usually when presented with far too many options or an abundance of information.

SEMA Member News - July/August 2009

An Interview With the Newest Member of the SEMA Board of Directors

By Brett Kinsfather

SEMA NEWS-JULY 2009-MEMBER NEWS-YEN  

Tim Watts

 

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