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SEMA Announces Board of Directors Election Results

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.

Major SEMA Show Program Expands to Give Exhibitors Greater Product Promotion

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.

Expanded Powersports Area Gives Manufacturers Increased Exposure

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.

Hundreds to Honor Leaders, Volunteers at SEMA Gala

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.

SEMA Joins Effort to Combat Online Piracy

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. 

Washington State Enacts SEMA Street Rod/Custom Vehicle Bill Into Law

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. 

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