Young Executives Network

Mission Statement

The Young Executives Network’s mission is to cultivate young talent in the automotive aftermarket through implementation of education and networking programs. More...


LAUNCH Your Business

SEMA YEN Launch PadThe SEMA Young Executives Network (YEN) celebrates young entrepreneurs by announcing the "SEMA Launch Pad" contest. This competition offers executive-level innovators under the age of 40 an industry platform to showcase their business plan for marketing a new automotive product or service. Through this competition, five finalists will have their business plans peer-reviewed by industry leaders at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

Announcements

  • Posted on:
    Sep 01 2015

    Now in its fourth year, the SEMA News 35 Under 35 roster has become a much-anticipated annual feature. In the following pages, we are again pleased to present 35 young trendsetters who are bringing exciting new ideas and renewed enthusiasm to every segment of the automotive specialty-equipment industry.

    Pouring through the nominations, SEMA News looks for candidates who are already making a significant industry impact through their leadership within their organization or business. Entrepreneurship, commitment, insight, innovation, integrity, responsibility, demonstrated skill, involvement and success within the marketplace weigh heavily in our decision-making.

  • Posted on:
    Sep 01 2015

    Chris KerstingIn the specialty automotive industry, we can point to hundreds of successful businesses that were built through the energy and vision of a once-young person who persisted through a career lasting decades. And it’s equally common to find that, as entrepreneurs secure their businesses, they begin to concern themselves with the problem of staying relevant in a changing world and how their businesses might benefit from the next generation of innovators.

  • Posted on:
    Sep 01 2015

    YEN Hot Rod Power TourEight Young Executives Network (YEN) members rode along on the YEN Power Tour in June, a journey of more than 1,500 miles from Madison, Wisconsin, to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In addition to visiting each of the seven stops scheduled for the Hot Rod Power Tour, the YEN program added a twist of its own: Josh Backes, Tim Brueggeman, Jared Chavez, Cathy Clark, Matthew Davis, Keith McWilliams, Troy Spackman and Tyler Wesely each became advocates for the network and the industry, highlighting the variety of career choices available in the automotive specialty-equipment market. By the end of the week, the participants had become good friends.

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