The election results are in for the ETTN select committee. Each of the newly elected and re-elected members will serve a two-year term, 2018-2020. These volunteer leaders assist in guiding the direction and key initiatives of each group, while giving a voice to the industry.

The ETTN leadership extends congratulations and welcomes the following winners:

Ben Knaus- Hellwig Products, Director of Engineering/Operations

7 Years in the Industry

Ben Knaus has worked in the automotive industry for over 7 years. He started with Hellwig Products right out of school as an R&D Engineer, moving to Director of Engineering and now is Hellwig's Director or Operations/Engineering. Ben has always been an enthusiast and loved cars and trucks way before he worked in the industry. His love started in off-roading with his 1985 Toyota Pickup but rapidly expanded to trucks, muscle cars and now pretty much anything with wheels. He feels incredibly lucky to work in this industry and to have the opportunity to help the industry through volunteering with SEMA and serving on the ETTN Select Committee.


Robert Simons- Edelbrock, VP of Engineering

18 years in the industry

Robert has been with Edelbrock for 10 years, initially as manager of the supercharger program, and later taking over responsibility for all R&D. As V.P. of R&D he’s responsible for managing 28 mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, and technicians, overseeing all design, calibration, compliance & testing. He holds 6 US patents including the E-Force supercharger and EFI Fuel Sump. Prior to Edelbrock, Simons served as the Powertrain Engineering Manager at Saleen Inc., where he was responsible for all powertrain systems for Saleen vehicles. His 7 years at Saleen included such milestones as the launch of the S7 super car, 1 U.S. patent, and the design of the Series VI supercharger system. Prior to Saleen, Simons was an engineer with the DOD, at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, working on MEMS technology for 5 years. Simons earned his BSME from the University of Maryland, and is currently completing his MBA at USC.