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Town Hall Meetings: See You There

    SEMA is on the move, and if you’re in the industry, you’ll want to know about it. The association’s presence this year at town hall meetings across the country is part of an important new strategic direction. Through the first six months of 2011, members of the SEMA staff will be visiting Scottsdale, Arizona, Fort Worth, Texas, and Charlotte, North Carolina, to join with local SEMA-member companies in hosting a series of relaxed, casual, grassroots gatherings of members. These town hall meetings will serve a number of purposes, including:

SEMA Member News—March/April 2011

 

Through the first six months of 2011, members of the SEMA staff will be visiting Scottsdale, Arizona, Fort Worth, Texas, and Charlotte, North Carolina

SEMA Education Institute

        Today’s business environment is changing quickly. Training and information are essential to a company’s success. Realizing this several years ago, the SEMA Board of Directors created the SEMA Education Institute (SEI) as a strategic commitment to meet the industry’s need for personal training and professional development.

SEMA Member News—March/April 2011

The Industry’s One-Stop Shop for Personal and Professional Development

 


SEMA Scholarship Application Now Available

        Students preparing for careers in the automotive industry may be eligible to receive financial awards ranging from $1,000–$4,000 through the 2011 SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund. The scholarship application, which is due April 1, 2011, and requires college transcripts and letters of recommendation, is now available at www.sema.org/scholarships.

SEMA Member News—March/April 2011

SEMA Scholarship Application Now Available

 


We’ve Come a Long Way Baby!

        When this industry began more than 75 years ago, the men were racing ’32 roadsters across the dry lakes of Southern California while the women were racing around the house, making sure they had a clean place to live and food on the table. Today, women are as much a part of this industry as the men, with roles that include driving race cars, managing businesses, building project vehicles and more.

SEMA Member News—March/April 2011 

We’ve Come a Long Way Baby!

  Camee Edelbrock

Camee Edelbrock 

J2530 and the Industry

        A few years ago, SEMA and its Wheel & Tire Council (WTC) worked with the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) to develop an industry testing practice for aftermarket wheels. SAE J2530 (Aftermarket Wheels Performance Requirements and Testing Procedures) outlines performance and sampling guidelines, testing procedures and marking requirements for aftermarket wheels used on cars, light trucks and multipurpose vehicles.

SEMA Member News—March/April 2011

Standards for Making Safer Wheels

 

The SAE and WTC have done a great job in developing a testing standard to establish a set of industry-recommended minimum guidelines for the wheel industry.  

A Few Tips on Social Media Customer Service

      Because “social media” are such buzzwords these days, a lot of people think that these new channels somehow exist in a different dimension of the space-time continuum and that different rules and laws of physics apply. Yes, social media channels are immediate. Yes, social media channels are broadcast platforms for the hitherto voiceless. And, yes, everybody is doing it. But when it comes to customer service and building and protecting your business reputation, the same principles apply in social media as in all other channels of communication between you and your customers.

SEMA Member News—March/April 2011

Message From the Chair

        Serving on the Select Committee or as chairman of a council is a huge honor. It signifies that you’ve earned the confidence and respect of your peers. It also gives you an opportunity to be closely involved in the issues affecting your industry and to have a part in shaping how those issues are addressed. I’ve been privileged to serve as a member of the Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) Select Committee since 2000. I’ve also joined the ranks of the few who have become the chairman of PRO. As I’ve worked for the council for the last few months of my term as chairman, I wanted to share some thoughts on volunteer leadership.

SEMA Member News—March/April 2011

Message From the Chair

YEN Announces Award Winners

    The annual Young Executives Network (YEN) reception was help on Tuesday night, November 2, at the Renaissance Hotel pool deck during the 2010 SEMA Show. The reception allowed attendees the opportunity to network with peers and industry leaders, including members of the SEMA Board of Directors, SEMA staff and SEMA Hall of Fame members.

SEMA Member News—January/February 2011

  Greg Parker presented the 2010 Young Executive of the Year award to Darron Shubin

MPMC Readies for Media Trade Conference

    Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) volunteers and SEMA staff are busy readying for the 14th annual MPMC Media Trade Conference, which takes place on January 25–27, 2011. The event returns to its longtime home this year at the Embassy Suites LAX South hotel in El Segundo, California, after a one-year hiatus in 2010.

SEMA Member News—January/February 2011

  MPMC Media Trade Conference offers networking opportunities unparalleled in the industry

WTC at the 2010 SEMA Show

        SEMA Show week is time to network, plan and honor those individuals who have made significant contributions to their respective segments of the industry. The Wheel and Tire Council (WTC) hosted its Industry Awards Reception against the backdrop of the Renaissance Hotel pool and Envy Cellar. This special evening was made possible through the generous sponsorships of Mickey Thompson Performance Tires, Ultimate Wheel & Tire Plus Sizing Guide, the Law Offices of Douglas A. Frymer, Standards Testing Labs and Tru-Align. The tropical-themed event culminated with the Lifetime Achievement and Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

SEMA Member News—January/February 2011 

  TIA President Mike Berra Jr., Wayne Croswell.  
 

TIA’s yearly passing of the gavel, symbolizing the transfer of the organization’s presidency, took place on November 1 as part of TIA’s pre-Expo events. New TIA President Mike Berra Jr.

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