2016 Launch Pad finalist profiles.
MPMC members attending the annual PWA conference are encouraged to join the council for a general membership meeting, Sunday, September 11.
The top-10 finalists in the 2016 SEMA Launch Pad: Powered by YEN competition will pitch their business ideas in front of a live audience and a panel of industry judges.
The Young Executives Network (YEN) is hosting its annual reception at the 2017 SEMA Show. This dynamic event is a great networking opportunity and is highly anticipated amongst the industry’s young professionals. Come out for an evening of food, drinks, and connecting with leading young professionals in the industry.
YEN Select Committee members will be on hand to discuss opportunities to get more involved in the Network’s initiatives and the event will honor top young professionals for their outstanding accomplishments within the industry. The network names one leading professional as “Young Executive of the Year” and celebrates an individual who actively supports young people in the industry by presenting them the “YEN Vanguard” award.
The event will take place Tuesday, October 31 in the Westgate Paradise Center 5:00pm- 7:30pm.
The Media Trade Conference brings together editorial staff from all over the world with racing and high-performance parts manufacturers for three days of face-to-face, 30-minute meetings.
The Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) Builder’s Challenge is designed to showcase the talents of builders by giving them the opportunity to create one-of-a-kind pinewood hot rods.
Tell us about yourself.
First, the love of cars and trucks has always defined me as a person. The lifestyle, culture, and utility of a pickup truck is a love I share with 50 million other truck owners in the USA. My uncle gave me my first pickup truck at the age of seven, where I began to learn about trucks and making forts! Also where I made my first custom tonneau cover, with my father. At the age of 17 I started my first business while working towards college degree in biology. I quickly fell in love with “being my own boss” and building a business from the ground up. With no more than $500 in my pocket, my first business grew and eventually sold when I was decided to invest my time and entrepreneurial knowledge in crafting tonneau covers. That is when I started TruXmart Tonneau Covers, in May, 2011.
Who/what are your major influencers?
My influence are my superheroes; my father and my COO, Steve Raivio. These two great people guided and supported me in growing as a businessman. My father taught me to never give up and to face each obstacle as something that will make me stronger, smarter, and better. Steve Raivio taught me everything about ethical growth, customer service, and to always learn something new, each week, month, and year. I wouldn’t be where I am, today, if not for them.
From nearly 80 competitors, the top 13 young automotive entrepreneurs have been named in the fourth annual SEMA Launch Pad Presented by YEN competition.
There is still time to register for the Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) annual Education Day, August 4, at the NSRA Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky.