On the Monday prior to the 2014 SEMA Show, the Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) hosted a Media Preview, giving nearly 200 journalists a head start on their truck, SUV and off-road coverage for the week. The goal was to allow council members to meet one on one with media reps, making contacts and introducing new products without sacrificing valuable floor time with buyers. Each of the 18 manufacturer participants was chosen from an application pool by lottery to set up temporary exhibit space within the Media Center in the Las Vegas Convention Center
The Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) has been hard at work behind the scenes over the past few months. Quite a few exciting changes are in store for the group, as the leadership has solicited feedback from members to determine the future focus and goals of the council.The council’s goal-setting process began more than a year ago when members met to discuss the group’s priorities at a general membership meeting during the 2013 SEMA Show. Taking attendees’ concerns into careful consideration, the select committee met again this past fall to discuss the question, “Who is ARMO?” The committee also took a survey designed to illuminate the strengths of the group
The SEMA Garage provides SEMA-member businesses with access to the high-tech tools and equipment they need to get their products off the drawing board and into customers’ hands, whether they’re accessories or performance products. It is the only known facility of its kind in the United States, and manufacturers are invited to visit the garage to view the possibilities firsthand.A total of 12 VIP Tours with about 15 guests each were scheduled for 2015. The currently scheduled dates are March 3, 10 and 17, with more to follow through the month of June. Each tour will last from 9:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m., beginning with a breakfast. Members will then be led on a tour of the Garage, including demonstrations of the FaroArm coordinate measuring machine and...
Members of the Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) often discuss how to engage the next generation, but sometimes a single individual can be the catalyst. A few up-and-coming builders recently reflected on the lessons they’ve learned so far and confirmed what HRIA members have been saying for years: community-building is a huge priority.Randy Bolin is an independent builder from Jonesboro, Arkansas. His father, a metal fabricator, was the first to spark his interest in building vehicles, but many other mentors have also...
This past fall, SEMA Education partnered with the automotive technology department at Cypress College for a career workshop, where nearly 200 students had a chance to interact with industry heavy-hitters in a variety of companies and fields that included everything from engineering andmanufacturing to sales and marketing.
The Young Executives Network (YEN) hosted a joint networking reception with the Emerging Trends & Technology Network (ETTN) on Tuesday, November 4, at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The event featured casino tables, specific areas showcasing emerging technologies, an awards ceremony and refreshments. Two of YEN’s annual awards were also presented at the event.
SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN) had a rewarding 2014. With the annual SEMA Speed Networking Breakfast as the backdrop, SBN presented its Athena Awards to three deserving individuals who have significantly contributed to the support and advancement of women in the specialty-equipment industry.
The Manufacturers’ Representative Network (MRN) hosted a collection of business-critical discussions for reps on November 2 at the SEMA Show. Through roundtable discussions, attendees had the opportunity to ask questions and receive practical solutions that addressed real issues. The event also included a group discussion on trending topics. The discussions included:
By Marla MooreThe Emerging Trends & Technology Network (ETTN) is excited to offer SEMA members a Professional Development Program (PDP) to enhance leadership skills, improve task skills and provide insight into the latest trends and technical advancements.
Amid the hustle and bustle of the 2014 SEMA Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center, members of the Wheel & Tire Council (WTC) took the time one evening to network, reunite with old friends, enjoy food and beverages, and honor two members by welcoming them into the WTC Hall of Fame.