It is a great privilege and an honor to serve on the SEMA Board of Directors as it is a vehicle by which to give back to this industry which has been my home since 1978. I am asking for your vote for a second term on the board.
It has been an interesting and rewarding 34-year journey, from servicing traditional jobbers and warehouse distributors in Southern California, heavy-duty fleets in Texas, performance distributors and volume retailers while vice president of sales for Edelbrock, and now president and owner of Painless Performance Products in Fort Worth. This rich cross-section of experience in every facet of the aftermarket has provided the perspective needed to embrace the challenges before us.
Wherever there is challenge, there is opportunity. In the years ahead we must confront an aging demographic, technological hurdles, shifting distribution patterns, legislative obstacles, infringement upon intellectual property rights, regulatory burdens and more. Turning these challenges into opportunities will require a board of directors for SEMA that is responsive to and understanding of the needs of its members.
For that reason, I enthusiastically supported the recent board realignment which, once complete, will result in a leaner, more agile board.
Many important issues remain on top of the board's agenda, from implementation of the SEMA Data Pool to youth outreach, to maximizing the role of the councils, not to mention the recent acquisition of the PRI Show. The hands-on experience gained over the past two years, as well as my appointment to the board’s Executive Committee, will enable me to more effortlessly assist transition through these ongoing challenges.
I take great pride in Painless Performance being held in such high regard in the industry, having been recognized as Manufacturer of the Year by the Performance Warehouse Association in 2002, 2010 and 2012, as well as in my personal recognition as a two-time recipient of PWA’s Person of the Year. I look forward to continuing to serve our industry by providing our membership with the leadership and vision you expect and deserve.