George Lathouris of Keystone Automotive Operations was named the 2013 SEMA Person of the Year. The award was presented to Lathouris—a 36-year marketing veteran and current senior category manager for Keystone in Scranton, Pennsylvania—during the SEMA Industry Awards Banquet at the 2013 SEMA Show.
The WD-40/SEMA Cares Foose Ford F-150 off-road truck that was revealed at the 2013 SEMA Show last week is now available through a raffle at $50 per ticket.
A council and network tradition at the SEMA Show is to recognize individuals and businesses who have contributed significantly to their industry niche. This year, the councils and networks celebrated a wide range of achievements.
The 2013 Mothers Shine Award was presented to George Poteet of Memphis, Tennessee, for his ’69 Ford Torino Talladega "GPT Special." Aftermarket industry veteran John Naderi hosted the ceremony this year, which was held last week at the Mothers Polish SEMA Show booth.
General Motors presented the automaker's Chevrolet Design Awards at the 2013 SEMA Show. The awards are bestowed annually and recognize specialty-equipment companies for creativity and innovation, as well as performance styling and product design.
In just its second year at the SEMA Show, and just a little more than 18 months since its founding, the SEMA Data Co-op (SDC) reports having met with more than 140 different companies in its Show booth last week. Those meetings, described as "very productive" by SDC CEO Jon Wyly, resulted in approximately 40 new members with many other strong prospects expected to join by the first of the year.
Nearly 3,700 individuals were approved for media credentials for the 2013 SEMA Show, giving exhibiting manufacturers unprecedented coverage in television, radio and Internet publications worldwide.
Once again, the annual SEMA Cruise was a crowd favorite, helping exhibitors, builders, Vegas locals and enthusiasts get one last look at the vehicles that dominated the 2013 SEMA Show. The SEMA Cruise is the only part of the Show that is open to consumers.