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This microsite contains biographical information and statements by candidates running for position on the SEMA Board of Directors. You are urged to review the background information provided and to cast qualified votes for the candidates of your choice.

The remarks and opinions expressed by each candidate are solely his or her statements. SEMA does not take responsibility for the accuracy or content of any of the candidates' messages. The statements made by the candidates do not necessarily represent the views of SEMA.

Voting will be conducted through an online voting service from May 12 through May 26, 2020. You will be receiving an email in your inbox “From: SEMA Election Coordinator <mailto:noreply@directvote.net> that will provide an electronic ballot. It will include a security code unique to each member company. All votes must be returned using the link provided. Each company may vote for candidates on the ballot in any of the categories. Voting credentials are sent via email to the primary contact for each SEMA member company. If you have questions about your company's primary contact, please email Timothy Johnson (timothyj@sema.org). If you have not received an email "From: SEMA Election Coordinator " by May 12, please check your Spam Filter or Junk Mail Folder.

Thank you for participating in this election. Your vote is important to the future leadership of SEMA.

Distributors/Retailers (one open seat):


John Evankovich

Sam's Club

Ted Wentz III

Quadratec

CANDIDATES (listed alphabetically)

John Evankovich - Director, Sam's Club

My name is John Evankovich, and I have been employed with Sam's Club for more than 30 years, starting as a tire installer. Now I oversee the nationwide operations of nearly 600 Sam's Club Tire & Battery Centers. As a SEMA Board of Directors member, I will be an agent of change. My focus will revolve around preparing SEMA members to adapt and grow in a fast-changing and uncertain environment.

Focus Points
Engage Our Youth: Define the next generation of customers and employees to enter the industry through engaging the consumer of tomorrow to share the passion we all have to own and modify the performance of the vehicles we love.

Government Affairs: Utilize the strength, expertise and experience of the SEMA member base to collectively address governmental and regulatory issues Membership Increase: Elevate the awareness of existing SEMA programs, and provide guidance to develop value within future programs that will grow the SEMA member base.

Experience
Retail: Working in retail for more than 30 years, I can relate to the challenges of developing an engaged workforce and to the importance of empowering that workforce through training.

Membership: My experience in a membership organization will assist in developing value-based initiatives that increase new membership and renewals. Industry Organizations: As a past president in 2019 of the Tire Industry Association I have the experience to inspire collaboration and speed of execution within the SEMA Board of Directors.

Legislation/Regulation: I have firsthand experience working with task forces to reduce government overreach. I have been an active leader in various government relations projects and lobbying efforts.

Personal
I have numerous interests but none more important than my devotion to my wife Angela and my children. Driving and improving the performance of any type of vehicle has always been a passion that is shared by my entire family. My passion for cars, trucks, bikes and boats fuels my desire to be a student of the business, to continually learn.

I believe in being truthful and direct, which reflects in my leadership. I have worked in the industry for more than 30 years and have a proven record of success. Over the years I have gained the trust and respect of numerous industry contacts. A key factor in my success over the years has been to embrace change as opportunity.

I humbly ask for your support and the opportunity to lead SEMA with integrity and enthusiasm.

Ted Wentz III - CEO, Quadratec

My name is Ted Wentz, and I am running for the distributor/retailer seat on the SEMA Board of Directors. As an entrepreneur, distributor, car guy and second-generation CEO of Quadratec, I understand the challenges we are all facing during this unprecedented time. I have fought on the front lines of our industry's battle against counterfeit goods and changing market forces and understand what it takes to grow sales in this newly challenging environment. At Quadratec, we sell accessories from hundreds of off-road brands and we work with those companies daily to ensure their success.

After 9/11, I served at the Department of Homeland Security in a variety of roles, including leading a pandemic task force. Later, I moved to the private sector and started my own company before returning to run the family business. While in graduate school, I gained valuable experience on the OEM side of the business while working for Toyota Motor Sales marketing department. As a result, I believe I am uniquely qualified to help our industry navigate this unprecedented time and help our members continue to prosper.

I began training for my current role as CEO as a young boy working on vintage British sports cars and Jeeps with my father. He taught me about cars, tools, driving, business and how to mix all those things together. Later, earning an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the University of North Carolina's Kenan Flagler Business School gave me the tools needed to rally teams and tackle complex challenges like those facing SEMA today. When not leading Quadratec, you can find me spending time with my family, on the racetrack or on the trail. I am an active member of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and BMW Car Club of America (BMW CCA) racing both open-cockpit and closed-cockpit cars. Working for one of the world's leading off-road brands, it should come as no surprise that I also love four-wheeling with friends and colleagues.

For more information about my campaign, please visit Ted4SEMA.com, or visit me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Ted4SEMA and on Instagram @Ted4SEMA.