Members of the HRIA select committee are volunteers who work collaboratively within subcommittees and task forces to develop industry-specific tools and resources. For an inside look, SEMA News Magazine recently interviewed two subcommittee chairs. These are their edited comments.
Josh Mishler, Education Days Subcommittee
The industry has given me so much. It has provided an enjoyable career and introduced me to amazing individuals. When I became aware of HRIA, I wanted to be involved.
Being from the younger crowd, I knew youth involvement would be a major facet in advancing the industry. That I could help by inviting the next generation of hot rodders was very appealing.
Education Days is a wonderful initiative. The two-day event is part of the National Street Rod Association Street Rod Nationals and features 12 presenting companies. It provides member manufacturers with the opportunity for face time with consumers and hobbyists alike.
As we look to expand the reach of Education Days and further education about the industry, we're focused on hosting a panel discussion at the Grand National Roadster Show in 2023. Details are being worked out. We hope to bring in students from area high schools and trade schools.
We are a voice for everyone who is an HRIA member. Attending open meetings is a great way to meet others in the industry, grow your connections, and brainstorm issues many of us share. If you have a passion for this industry, we would be glad to have you on our team.
Jeff Grantmeyer, Membership Subcommittee
Borgeson Universal was an HRIA member before I started in 2008. When attending trade shows, I always attended open meetings and Education Days as an attendee and a presenter. This gave me a good idea of what HRIA was about. In 2018, I threw my hat in the ring for the select committee elections.
The role of the subcommittee is to provide a key point of contact for HRIA-member companies as well as member retention and recruitment. HRIA engages with member companies through social media with our member spotlights, which feature a member company or an individual.
Additionally, we have virtual and in-person meetups and open meetings throughout the year.
As a select committee, we advise SEMA as to what resources the industry needs and help to deliver those resources. Membership benefits include manufacturer seminar opportunities at Education Days, the feature-vehicle program at the SEMA Show, and access to SEMA market reports specific to the hot-rod industry. Other benefits in the works will be rolled out soon.
We are always looking to add more members to strengthen and expand our industry. We are always looking for new volunteers to join our select committee.