Nate Shelton of B&M Automotive Group has been elected chairman-elect of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) and will join five newly elected Board members to help lead the association in the 2011–2012 term. Shelton will fill the position that was held for the past two years by Scooter Brothers of Comp Performance Group. Brothers begins serving his role as Chairman at the association’s summer board meeting in July. The newly elected Board volunteers include Tim Martin of K&N Engineering; Steve Wolcott of ProMedia LLC; Jim Chick of Bestop Inc.; J.R. Moore of Performance Warehouse; and Greg Adler of Transamerican Auto Parts.
Upgrades to the 2011 SEMA Show New Products Showcase will result in a bigger
and more comprehensive display, with a component for "Featured Products,"
greater product promotion through both traditional and social media outlets,
and a new, larger area in the upper level of South Hall. Along with other
aspects of the 2011 SEMA Show, the Showcase also will be referred to and themed
as "Ideas Alive." The concept references the SEMA Show's history and ability to
bring ideas for new products to life.
With hundreds of SEMA Show exhibitors offering products for the powersports
market, SEMA Show organizers are expanding the Powersports & Utility
Vehicle section of the 2011 event. Through manufacturer kiosks that will be
placed in the Powersports & Utility Vehicle section, exhibitors with booths
in one of the Show's 11 other sections will be able to increase awareness,
market their products and effectively reach powersports buyers in the most
logical and appropriate area of the Show.
Diamond Bar, Calif. (June 8, 2011) - Hundreds of leaders and professionals from the SEMA industry will gather to honor noteworthy icons and volunteers during the 2011 SEMA Installation Banquet & Gala Fundraiser on Friday, July 29, at the Renaissance Hotel in Long Beach, California. The annual event serves as the industry's premier celebration where newly elected Board of Directors are sworn in and SEMA Hall of Fame inductees are introduced for the first time.
Diamond Bar, Calif. (May 19, 2011) - The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) is working with the Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy (CACP), U.S. Chamber of Commerce, labor organizations, large employers, and small businesses to support legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate to help shut down rogue websites that sell counterfeit goods. Entitled the "Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act" (PROTECT IP), the bill would authorize the Justice Department to obtain court orders requiring search engines in the United States to stop displaying links to domain names.
The growing collision repair section of the 2011 SEMA Show is now branded
"Collision Repair and Refinish." The area will be one of 12 floor
sections featured at the 2011 SEMA Show, Tuesday - Friday, November 1-4, 2011,
in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Gray Baskerville, Art
Chrisman, Chris Economaki and John Towle will be inducted into the SEMA Hall of
Fame, an honor that recognizes an elite group of individuals for raising the
stature or growth of the automotive specialty-equipment industry.
Washington, D.C. (April 22, 2011) - A number of prominent organizations have formed the "Save the Salt Coalition" to protect the Bonneville Salt Flats (BSF) from continued deterioration due to salt brine removal from potash mining. The Coalition is now working with government officials, mine operators and others to develop a permanent program to replenish the salt.
Mark your calendar! The 2011 Business Technology Symposium will be July 27, 2011 at the Renaissance Hotel, Long Beach, California.
Washington, D.C. (April 20, 2011) - Washington joined the growing list of states to enact SEMA model legislation to amend the vehicle titling and registration classification for street rods and create a classification for custom vehicles.. The bill was approved by the Washington State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Christine Gregoire. Under the new law, a street rod is defined as an altered vehicle manufactured before 1949 and a custom as an altered vehicle at least 30 years old and manufactured after 1948. Importantly, kit cars and replica vehicles will be assigned a certificate of title bearing the same model year designation as the production vehicle they most closely resemble.