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YEN: Starting Point for Business Leaders of the Future

The cornerstone of the Young Executives Network (YEN), a SEMA committee, is providing opportunities to network and learn from others with the specialty-equipment industry. Membership in YEN is open to all SEMA-member company employees under the age of 40 at no cost.

Greg Parker, marketing and creative consultant with Martin & Company Advertising, is now taking the lead as the chairman of YEN. SEMA Member News recently spoke to Parker about his new role as chairman.

A Trip Back to Bonneville Salt Flats for Speedweeks 1964

October 1964 was a busy month on the Bonneville Salt Flats. During the span of just a few weeks, the land-speed record changed hands no fewer than five times. 

Racing News: Jean Todt Replaces Max Mosley as FIA President

Racing news: Jean Todt has been elected FIA President, replace Max Mosley; HVM Racing team owner says Robert Doornbos will remain as one driver for the two-car operation, seeks replacement for second driver E.J. Viso; Elliott Sadler to switch to Ford this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, entire team will move to Fords during off-season; and more.

Racing News: IHRA Announces Major Changes to Nitro Jam Series

Racing news: The International Hot Rod Association plans major overhaul of its Nitro Jam racing series; British driver Jenson Button clinched his first Formula One World Driving Championship, first for Brawn Racing; Formula One racers Rubens Barrichello and Nico Rosberg will essentially switch places next season; and more.

NHRA: 'The Sarge' Looks to Wrap Seventh Title in Vegas

Driver news, championship countdowns and details on coming attractions from the NHRA.

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

 LTAA Column SMN

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.

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