I have been in the industry for more than 20 years. I worked many of those years for Weld Wheel Industries as the vice president and as a board member. I am currently the president and owner of BMF Wheels. I took a huge risk starting my company, and the experience has truly broadened my view of the industry and SEMA. BMF Wheels is now a very successful, trendsetting company and a great example of the SEMA membership.
I believe I am uniquely qualified for the SEMA Board. I have had both the experience of working at a large company and the experience of starting my own business from scratch. SEMA was built in large part on small innovative companies that grew their sales and reputations inside the scope of SEMA’s mission statement. I think I am a perfect example of what SEMA can do for any business in the automotive aftermarket. As a business owner that struggled greatly during the startup, I can honestly say that I wouldn't be where I am today without the benefits that come from SEMA membership.
I have spent my entire life surrounded by the most influential and innovative people in our industry.
I feel very lucky to have had so many excellent mentors in my professional life that were, and are, icons in the automotive aftermarket—the most significant being my father, Greg Weld.
I have been involved with SEMA directly for several years through the YEN and WTC. I have had the privilege of serving on the WTC for the past six years as a Select Committee member. More recently, I served on the Pro Panel discussion for the WTC Learn & Show event, and I have been on the SEMA Show Committee for the past year.
If elected, I plan to focus on legislation that affects the automotive aftermarket; mentor programs that ensure the future and relevance of SEMA; and technology to better serve the SEMA membership. I feel I owe a lot to our industry and hope to have the chance to serve it as it has served me.