After celebrating its 20th anniversary milestone last year, the SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN) continues its momentum by powering numerous 2014 SEMA Show events. With an emphasis on networking and fostering the growth of the next generation of women leaders in the aftermarket industry, the SBN introduces four events that are open for registration.
The SEMA Data Co-op (SDC) has recruited three new staff members to fill critical roles as the organization grows. The focus for these new hires includes systems development, member recruitment and product data services.
Name: Sue Wilkerson
Company: Champion Cooling Systems
Address: 32373 Corydon St., Lake Elsinore, CA 92530
What does your company do?
We manufacture all-aluminum radiators for classic cars, hot rods and trucks, as well as plastic-aluminum replacement radiators for newer model cars and trucks.
What is your position?
I oversee all sales and marketing activity for the company.
What is the most satisfying aspect of your job?
Meeting owners of lovingly restored classic cars, interviewing them and photographing their prize possessions.
How long have you been involved with the aftermarket industry?
Whether it’s leading a small group, a department or an entire company, effective leaders draw upon their own unique journeys for developing keys to success. While there is no single formula, some of the most successful women in leadership positions today share some core values that can be applied to any company atmosphere. Here’s a look at two rising leaders in the industry and their takes on leading effectively.
Leaders and volunteers from the automotive accessories industry will be honored during the annual SEMA Installation Gala, Friday, July 18, at the Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center in Pomona, California.
Results of the 2014 SEMA Board of Directors election are in, with two new members joining the group.
The SEMA Data Co-op (SDC) enhanced its product data management tools to make it easier and faster for auto accessory suppliers to process their files. The new tools, which were introduced last month, will reduce the time it takes to load and validate large files from days to hours.
The photo cove in the SEMA Garage-Industry Innovations Center opened for business last month, as celebrity builders Pete Chapouris and Jimmy Shine of So-Cal Speed Shop utilized the studio to photograph a celebrated project car they are building for rock guitarist Billy Gibbons.
Nile Cornelison, Jim Cozzie, John Menzler and Fred Offenhauser will receive the industry's highest honor and be inducted into the SEMA Hall of Fame-an elite group of leaders who shaped and inspired the $31 billion automotive specialty-equipment market.
Election materials for this year's SEMA Board of Directors election have been emailed to the primary contacts at all eligible SEMA-member companies. The voting period is May 14-June 10, 2014.