You're invited to attend the opening press conference/breakfast of the 2011 SEMA Show, where the industry's hottest vehicle models will be announced as the 2011 SEMA Award Winners.
Tim Odom, President of AAM/Parts Pro, will moderate a panel discussion of manufacturers and resellers who will share their experiences on getting data into “shareable condition” and how it increased their bottom lines.
Among the many celebrities making special appearances at the 2011 SEMA Show will be Chip Foose, award-winning automotive designer and television celebrity. SEMA Show attendees will be able to meet Foose as he signs autographs in the Ideas Alive: Featuring the New Products Showcase area on several days during the week.
The U.S. Department of Commerce named SEMA as one of the five recipients of the Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP) for 2011. As a result, SEMA will receive $500,000 in matching funds over the next three years to support U.S. manufacturers that export automotive specialty-equipment products to booming emerging international markets. The grant is intended to stimulate U.S. exports of specialty-equipment products as part of the Administration's National Export Initiative, which aims to double U.S. exports by 2014 in support of several million U.S. jobs.
The 2011 SEMA Show will feature a one-day program specifically designed to teach car dealers best practices for integrating accessories at dealerships for increased revenue. Called Dealer Day, the program recognizes that accessories influence more than one million vehicle sales - a finding confirmed by a recent AutoPacific study.
The SEMA Education Institute (SEI)
will once again host the SEMA Online Marketing Conference
at the 2011 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Monday, October 31. The paid conference, sponsored by
eBay Motors, will kick off the SEMA Show (November 1-4) by gathering top
Internet marketing experts and educators from throughout the U.S. to share
their knowledge and proven strategies for online marketing success.
The deadline to submit a product for the SEMA Show New Products Showcase and
receive a discounted price is October 7. While the first product-category
submission is still free after October 7, each additional product category
submitted is $150 (as opposed to $75). Entries submitted onsite are accepted
based on space availability.
The SEMA Board of Directors recently approved a motion to decrease the size
of the Board. The initiative reflects their consensus that a smaller Board
would improve the quality of discussion and reduce cost, and is now being voted
upon by SEMA’s entire membership.
Don’t miss this exclusive event for dealership principals and top managers. Dealer Day will teach you how to tap into the profitable $28.6 billion accessories market. Learn proven strategies on how to identify pitfalls and maximize opportunities.
Among the more than 2,000 companies that will be exhibiting at the 2011 SEMA Show are 528 first-time exhibitors. While the new exhibitors can be found throughout the Las Vegas Convention Center, the majority of the first-time exhibitors are from the restyling, racing & performance and truck sections of the Show.