Each year at the SEMA Show, members of the Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) staff a booth, host a reception and hold an open membership meeting. These activities give members a chance to connect with each other as well as share information about the benefits of council membership with Show attendees who are not a part of the group. When new members do join, council leadership does its best to help them get plugged in.
PRO Member News
The Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) announced the recipients of four prestigious awards at its PRO Night Club event, held in the Oasis Lounge at the Las Vegas Hotel on November 5. The PRO Night Club was a break from the traditional industry reception and provided guests with a premier networking opportunity with a new format in a new, fun space.
Quick question: What happens in Vegas that doesn’t stay in Vegas? If you said the SEMA Show, you’re right on the money. With all the new innovations, ideas and opportunities they spawn and the connections made and friendships renewed, the afterglow of the Show lingers long after everyone heads home.
As your thoughts turn to the 2013 SEMA Show, grab your smartphone and mark your calendar for activities that will be of particular interest to members of SEMA’s Professional Restylers Organization (PRO).
It’s official! Four industry veterans were recently elected to their first terms on the Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) Select Committee. They are Kevin McGowan of Auto Trim Restyling, Josh Poulson of Auto Additions, Chris Sepanski of 3M Automotive Division and Jeff Varick of Brandmotion. We asked them to share their vision as they assume their roles.
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Devoting one’s time, talent and energies on behalf of worthwhile activities is at the core of the success of SEMA’s councils, and the Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) is no exception. Over the years, PRO has amassed an impressive array of accomplishments, thanks to the dedicated efforts, vision and enthusiasm of its members—volunteers who serve on the Select Committee and as members at large.
For Scott Wolin, director of sales and marketing at AVG-OEAM, a personal passion for the council, its mission and the restyling industry has long served as a motivating force behind his many years of involvement with PRO. A longtime select committee member and a former PRO chairman, Wolin is now poised to assume the role of chair-elect on July 1. He recently shared his thoughts on a range of topics with SEMA Member News.
By Ellen McKoy
Four freshman members have joined the Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) Select Committee. They are Dave Edmondson of Roadwire Automotive Innovation, Ginger Glover of Truckers Toy Store, Donna Green of Retro USA and Jerry Redding of EchoMaster. We recently asked them about their backgrounds and the reasons they’ve chosen to get involved.
The evening’s festivities for 2012—hosted by PRO and supporting sponsors—included hors d’oeuvres and liquid libations plus a ceremony honoring the 2012 PRO awards recipients in four categories: Restyler of the Year, Manufacturer of the Year, Nat Danas Person of the Year and Jim Borré Lifetime Achievement. The awards are detailed in the accompanying photos and captions.
Planning to attend the 2012 edition of the SEMA Show? As in years past, Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) members can expect to find a number of activities of particular interest. So grab your Blackberry or iPhone and mark your calendar.
The Professional Restyler’s Organization (PRO) Select Committee is a group of elected volunteers who serve as advocates for their industry niche. In that role, they commit their time, experience and unique perspective in order to help guide association resources for the betterment of the industry. The ability to effectively represent PRO’s membership necessitates that the individuals who serve approach council business with a broad understanding of the issues that impact member companies on both a short- and long-term basis. With this is mind, and as the result of the recent elections, PRO is positioned to strongly influence meaningful change and help promote the restyling and accessory segments of the specialty-equipment market. PRO proudly welcomes the new Select Committee members.
The Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) is a diverse council comprised of manufacturers, warehouse distributors, service providers, media and, of course, restylers. Local restylers, installers and retailers are often the best source in identifying challenges and opportunities and in gauging the pulse of industry. In order to get a glimpse of what these businesses are experiencing, PRO recently asked a few of its members to share a little about their business and the industry.