Billed as the prime networking event of the year, the HRIA reception at the SEMA Show is not just any yearly get together. It's a celebration of passion – bringing together hot rod industry friends and colleagues to commemorate the progress of businesses and individuals made throughout the past year.
This year's HRIA reception was no exception. In addition to eye-catching vehicles on display and networking over cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, the event included the announcement of this year's HRIA award recipients.
QA1 was awarded with Business of the Year, honoring an exceptional contribution that the company has made to the hot rod industry.
"QA1 was nominated because of the impact they made in their customer service operations. They work closely with builders to get things set up, customize applications, and so much more. It's a level of service that is unfortunately rare today," said HRIA Chair Danny Agosta.
The Industry Recognition Award was given to Jeanette Ladina of Flaming River for her contributions to the hot rod industry over the last 10 years. Ladina started working for Flaming River as a teenager in high school and acquired independent ownership in 1990. Under her leadership she has grown the product line from 5 to 3,300 items.
George Poteet, former racer of Speed Demon 715, was inducted into the HRIA Hall of Fame for his creativity, dignity, integrity, and accomplishments that have enhanced the status of the hot rod industry.
New this year, the Evolution of Hot Rodding Award was presented to Goolsby Customs' '69 A 108 Dodge Van. This award recognizes a vehicle that pushes the boundaries of tradition, and embodies the evolving trends in the hot rod industry.
The new Design & Innovation Award was presented to the Ring Brothers' 1948 Load Master. This
award recognizes a vehicle that exemplifies the meaning of an exceptional hot rod.
"We were proud to honor outstanding individuals and businesses for their contributions and dedication to the hot rod industry," said HRIA Director Marcy Yanus. "It's through their hard work, creativity, and unwavering passion that the hot rod hobby continues to thrive and will continue to do so for generations to come."
To learn more about the SEMA Council and Network award program, visit https://sites.sema.org/cn-awards/.