The MPMC named John Lambert as the council's newest spotlight volunteer. Lambert is the general manager at Hypertech, a technology leader in high-performance engine tuning computer-controlled vehicles. Get to know Lambert in his Q&A with SEMA below.
SEMA: Did you ever consider another career or industry, and what made you choose automotive manufacturing?
John Lambert: I started working at Hypertech when I was 25 years old and have loved it since day one. The automotive aftermarket was a dream to work in, and it proves daily why that dream continues.
SEMA: How long have you been volunteering for MPMC, what inspired you to volunteer and how has it impacted you?
JL: I began volunteering for MPMC in 2019 at the suggestion of several industry colleagues and mentors. I only wish I had started sooner! I have met so many great people that I respect personally and professionally. These relationships not only strengthen me as a person, but they also strengthen my understanding of how I can better serve SEMA companies as a member of the MPMC Select Committee.
SEMA: What do you see as the biggest challenges for the motorsports industry today, and where do you see the industry in five years?
JL: Supply-chain issues are the biggest immediate challenge for MPMC-member companies. I do believe this will get better over the next several years, but it does shine a light on opportunities to improve these issues with changes to local sourcing for materials, parts and labor.
SEMA: What's your favorite car-related movie? What is it that you like about that movie?
JL: I have two that I watch regularly: "Dazed and Confused" and "The Blues Brothers." "Dazed and Confused" has a killer soundtrack and cameos from several big stars that weren't at the time. It also shows kids hot rodding around in some killer rides. "The Blues Brothers" also has a great soundtrack and basically revolves around the Blues Mobile. You can't go wrong when you combine great music and cars.
SEMA: On a Saturday, where can you be found?
JL: If I have my preference, I'm usually in the shop working on my rock crawler buggy or side-by-side. I love off-roading with friends, but the hobby takes a lot of prep work to make it fun. The mechanical side is a nice break from the everyday computer interface, so that's nice.
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