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Neil Tjin, YEN Member Insights, March 2015


YEN Member Insight – Neil TjinNeil Tjin is the president of Tjin Edition and the automotive marketing director at Vortech Engineering in Channel Islands, California.

How did you get into the industry?
I started tinkering with cars in 1996. It started out as a hobby and I was able to turn it into a profession in the early 2000's. I started out as the marketing director at Toucan Industries, and then I became the executive editor at Hot Compact and Imports magazine and B/Scene Magazine in 2003. In 2010, I became the automotive marketing director at Vortech Engineering. And, we started the Tjin Edition Road Show in 2004.

When did you start Tjin Edition and what is it all about?
Tjin Edition started out as a car club/business in 2003, when we did our first OEM build for Scion. In 2004, we expanded the Tjin Edition brand into the Tjin Edition Road Show, and this is year will be our 11th year on the road.

YEN Turns Attention to Live Chat Program

The Young Executives Network (YEN) held its first live chat with Formula Drift founder and CEO Jim Liaw. The live chat was held on October 24, 2014, via the YEN Facebook page and was a huge success. Questions came from YEN members far and wide and featured many topics, and they brought insights into the growth and continued success of aftermarket companies. Much of the focus was on how to get the most out of a company’s SEMA Show investment.
SEMA Member News—March/April 2015 

YEN Turns Attention to Live Chat Program

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National Collector Car Appreciation Day

Date: 
Jul 10 2015 8:00am - 5:00pm
State: 
Nationwide
The SEMA Action Network (SAN) announced July 10, 2015 as “Collector Car Appreciation Day.” The date marks the sixth commemoration in what has become an annual event to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society. The SAN is again working to secure a congressional resolution to recognize the day’s significance.

SEMA Installation Gala

Date: 
Jul 24 2015 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Timezone: 
PDT
Facility: 
Millennium Biltmore Hotel
City: 
Los Angeles
State: 
California
The annual Installation Banquet serves as the venue where we thank our association's outgoing board members and welcome those who have been newly elected.
SEMA Gala Installation Banquet Fundraiser

The annual Installation Banquet serves as the venue where we thank our ass

YEN Live Chat with Rich Barsamian

Date: 
Jan 16 2015 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Timezone: 
PDT
Facility: 
YEN Facebook Page
Join SEMA’s Young Executive Network (YEN) on January 16, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. EST (12:00 p.m. PST) for a Live Chat with Advanced Clutch Technology (ACT) VP of Sales & Marketing and the 2014 SEMA Person of the Year, Rich Barsamian.
Join SEMA’s Young Executive Network (YEN) on January 16, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.

Networking Mixer Powered By SBN, YEN & MPMC

Date: 
Jan 22 2015 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Timezone: 
PDT
Facility: 
Embassy Suites Santa Ana – Orange County Airport North
City: 
Santa Ana
State: 
California
For those of you traveling to the MPMC Media Trade Conference or working in the greater Los Angeles/Orange County area, we have great news!

YEN at the 2014 SEMA Show

The Young Executives Network (YEN) hosted a joint networking reception with the Emerging Trends & Technology Network (ETTN) on Tuesday, November 4, at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The event featured casino tables, specific areas showcasing emerging technologies, an awards ceremony and refreshments. Two of YEN’s annual awards were also presented at the event.
SEMA Member News—January/February 2015

YEN at the 2014 SEMA Show

Fresh Formats and Locations for YEN Events at the SEMA Show

The Young Executives Network (YEN) will maintain a strong presence at the SEMA Show in 2014, but some of the events that have become staples for members will have a new look. Each of the main initiatives geared toward young professionals will include a networking component, so members are encouraged to make plans early to join the festivities and meet with peers.
SEMA Member News—November/December 2014

Fresh Formats and Locations for YEN Events at the SEMA Show<

Michael Chapin and Eric Coomer, YEN Member Insights, October 2014


YEN Member Insight – Michael Chapin and Eric Coomer, RxSpeed.comAt the 2012 SEMA Show Awards Banquet, Michael Chapin and Eric Coomer sat down for dinner at the YEN member table. Focused on their respective ventures, the two like-minded gasoline junkies stayed in contact for another year and found several more overlapping likes and interests. Fast forward to 2014, when an opportunity arose to collaborate in a new business launch—RxSpeed.com—a search engine for aftermarket parts.

What kind of SEMA resources have you found to be valuable?

Chapin: Besides the obvious fact that we met while networking with YEN, Eric and I use SEMA’s market reports and resources to convey to the outside world the scale and dynamic of this marketplace. For most non-car people, it’s an industry that hides in plain sight. Few expect to hear that 24 million Americans spend $33 billion annually. The market segmentation reports draw clear lines in the sand to help people understand who buys parts for necessity and who buys them for fun.

Coomer: The background and education SEMA provides on the industry’s data revolution, and more specifically the SEMA Data Co-op, have by far been the most helpful in educating myself and others about the need for standardized product data. It wasn’t very long ago that every small business was told they needed a website in order to survive, and now in 2014, getting your products seen and sold online carries that same message. Clear business communication doesn’t end with conversation, but continues with every file and piece of data you exchange.

YEN Live Chat with Jim Liaw

Date: 
Oct 24 2014 12:00pm - 12:15pm
Timezone: 
PDT
Facility: 
YEN Facebook Page
Join SEMA's Young Executive Network (YEN) on October 24, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. PDT for a Live Chat with Formula Drift Holdings President and Co-founder Jim Liaw. 
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