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MRC Chair-Elect Chris Fairless Has an Idea How to Strengthen the Role of Manufacturers' Reps: Get Involved!

Chris Fairless has been involved in the automotive specialty-equipment industry for 32 years, combining 10 years in retail and wholesale for Van Iderstine Speed Centers with five years in manufacturing for Russell Performance and 17 years as a manufacturers' representative. He recently became a principal with SS Sales & Marketing. Fairless joined the Manufacturers Rep Council (MRC) 17 years ago, serving on many task forces and subcommittees as well as the MRC Select Committee. He was chosen as the council's chair-elect in July 2010.

A Few Words With the Chair-Elect

   
   

Chris Fairless has been involved in the automotive specialty-equipment industry for 32 years, combining 10 years in retail and wholesale for Van Iderstine Speed Centers with five years in manufacturing for Russell Performance and 17 years as a manufacturer’s representative. He recently became a principal with SS Sales & Marketing.

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.

MRN Volunteer Opportunities

What exactly do the council/network leaders do throughout their term? Very simply, the Select Committee is elected by the members of the council to serve a two-year term. They participate in monthly conference calls and meetings that are held at various trade events throughout the year. Each Select committee member volunteers for at least 20 hours throughout the year and some volunteer even more. Some share their experience and vision, others provide creative solutions to challenges our member companies are facing, and others get their hands dirty and get it done.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) is made up over 7,000 member companies. These companies span the supply chain to incorporate all of the key suppliers, WDs, retailers, jobbers, services providers and more. As a member company representative, you have the unique opportunity to get engaged in the inner-workings of the trade association. SEMA-sponsored programs focus both on the industry and types of member businesses and includes such offerings as promotional programs and events, industry training, research efforts and more.

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