In 2011, the Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) continued its efforts to advance the restyling and customization segment of the automotive specialty-equipment industry. To better understand and appreciate some of the ways in which PRO worked to benefit the industry, take a look at the accompanying pictorial year in review.
The Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) held its annual Hall of Fame induction at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show in Orlando, Florida, during an 8:00 a.m. breakfast ceremony on Friday, December 2, 2011. Based on an overflow crowd at the inaugural event in 2010, the 2011 ceremony was moved to a larger venue.
The third edition of the LTAA New-Product Showcase will take place August 3–5, 2012, at the Carlisle Truck Nationals in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The Showcase provides LTAA-member manufacturers with the opportunity to display their latest light-truck product(s) in front of one of the largest gatherings of truck enthusiasts in the country.
Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) companies are among the leaders in being actively involved in legislation and regulations related to the automotive industry. The best way to get involved is to stay informed about legislation in the state you live in. The SEMA Action Network (SAN) provides up-to-date information on legislation impacting the industry and the automotive hobby. The SAN is a partnership of enthusiasts, vehicle clubs and members of the automotive specialty-equipment industry who have joined forces to promote hobby-friendly legislation and oppose unfair laws.
For several years, the Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) has participated in the Hotrod & Restoration Trade Show in Indianapolis by presenting two education seminars on Saturday morning of the event. Owing to the success and growing attendance at these seminars, Travis Weeks, producer/publisher of Hotrod & Restoration, asked ARMO to “double up” and present four seminars.
For SEMA’s Wheel and Tire Council (WTC), 2011 was a year marked by change and fueled by opportunity. In February, the council hosted an interactive conference in conjunction with its annual Long-Range Planning meeting at the SEMA offices in Diamond Bar, California. Learn & Show, as it was called, provided manufacturers with the opportunity to showcase their products to a local audience comprised of retailers, wholesale distributors and media.
On November 3, the SEMA Speed Networking Breakfast, Powered by the SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN), was sold out once again and well attended by both men and women. The breakfast has become the premiere event for networking and provided an avenue for the SBN to celebrate and honor the distinguished careers of three important people.
For the Wheel & Tire Council (WTC), SEMA Show week started with a very successful general membership meeting that included a presentation on technology by SEMA’s Vice President of Vehicle Technology John Waraniak and another by Tim Dietz of Standards Testing Labs, who discussed the history and future of testing standard J2530.
Brian Reese will become the chairman of the Street Performance Council (SPC) at the conclusion of Tyler Tanaka’s term as the current chairman. Under Tanaka’s tutelage, Reese will spend the next two years learning the ropes and developing the skills to steer the council’s Select Committee.
SEMA Member News recently took advantage of the opportunity to ask Reese about his goals now and in the coming years, and we opened the discussion by looking at the decision to combine the SPC reception with the Young Executive Network (YEN) reception and move them to a new night.
As the doors opened for the third installment of the Professional Restylers Organization’s (PRO) NovemberFest reception, attendees were greeted by the select committee, whose members were on hand to welcome guests with a glass stein emblazoned with the increasingly recognizable barmaid logo. From there, the who’s who of the restyling community was treated to German fare consisting of a variety of bratwurst, chicken schnitzel and apple strudel.