Established in 1995, the Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) was the first SEMA council. Not coincidentally, many of today’s MPMC member companies were also original SEMA members when the association was formed in 1963 as the Speed Equipment Manufacturers Association. As SEMA grew to represent companies in virtually all facets of the automotive aftermarket, speed and performance manufacturing companies formed MPMC as a means of focusing volunteer efforts on their own niche of the industry. Today, MPMC remains the only SEMA council dedicated solely to manufacturers.
Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) member companies once again showed off their latest products at the second annual LTAA New Product Showcase. The event was part of the Carlisle Truck Nationals on August 5–7, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The Carlisle Truck Nationals hosts one of the largest gatherings of truck enthusiasts in the country. In addition to hands-on exposure in front of this crowd, each product entered in the showcase is professionally photographed, and the photos and product descriptions are posted in a gallery on the LTAA webpages (www.SEMA.org/ltaa). The photos are also presented in a video in the LTAA booth and during the LTAA Fall Nationals Awards Reception at the SEMA Show.
Whether your company is a long-standing SEMA member or you decide to join while at the 2011 SEMA Show, there are benefits you should take advantage of while you’re in Las Vegas.
Membership in the Young Executives Network (YEN) provides an opportunity for young professionals to network with influential industry leaders and other SEMA members in various market niches. It also gives them a unique chance to listen and learn, and it provides the industry with a youthful point of view. Joining YEN is the first step to becoming one of the future leaders of the automotive specialty-equipment market.
Hot Rod Alley may be one of the smaller sections of the annual SEMA Show, but it is also one of the oldest. A trip through Hot Rod Alley reveals innovations, products and history that have been the foundation for many of the other areas of the Show.
The hot-rod market looks to make a big rebound in 2012, as seen by the variety of new products that will be featured in this area. According to SEMA research reports, the number of unique buyers indicating an interest in the hot-rod market has increased 54% over the same period in 2010. There is also a renewed interest hot rods among a younger audience, with nearly half of the hot-rod enthusiasts at the Show under the age of 41.
Collaboration is a frequently used term, but rarely do we get the chance to participate professionally in true collaborative efforts. I have made it one of the Street Performance Council’s (SPC) goals to better partner with SEMA, our sister councils and outside organizations in order to bring about the advancement of our unique individual groups.
Every two years, in accordance with guidelines established by the SEMA Board of Directors, council Select Committee members are charged with choosing a current committee member to serve as chair-elect. This year, Jeff Fink of Advantage Truck Accessories was declared the winner when the votes were tabulated for the Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) position.
“Paying for a high-quality education is a challenge for many, particularly in today’s tough economy,” said Jamie Eriksen, SEMA education director. “SEMA is pleased to play a part in helping students prepare for careers in an innovative and exciting industry.”
The 10th annual Manufacturers Rep Council (MRC) Rep Conference returns to Las Vegas and will take place during the 2011 SEMA Show. Join the MRC for an open and interactive session addressing the industry’s biggest challenges in a turbulent economy. It’s an event that all WDs, manufacturers and reps will not want to miss!