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SEMA HOT RODDERS CHALLENGE COUNCILS TO A CHARITY BUILD-OFF AND OTHER COUNCIL AND COMMITTEE NEWS


Click the logo to visit HRIA's website.

A Message From HRIA Chair-Elect Dennis Overholser

Fellow Council Leaders:

HRIA has purchased two Pinewood cars for the upcoming Pinewood Drag Race at the Gala. Each committee person has chipped in with a donation, and two committee members are building the cars. After the races the cars will be donated to the two charities—one for each charity—for the kids to enjoy. I challenge each of you to do the same: To not only help the kids with a cash donation, but the more cars we can give them, the more fun they can have in the future.

Dennis Overholser,
HRIA Chair-Elect

HRIA Column in SEMA Member News
Read HRIA's column featured in the May/June issue of SEMA Member News by clicking here.

For more information about HRIA, contact Jan Desma at jand@sema.org.

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Click the logo to visit ARMO's website.

ARMO Column in SEMA Member News
Read ARMO's column featured in the May/June issue of SEMA Member News by clicking here.

For more information about ARMO, contact Jan Desma at jand@sema.org.

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Click the logo to visit TORA's website.

Webinar CD Added to TORA’s List of Member Benefits

TORA, in conjunction with the SEMA Education and Marketing departments, has created a CD compilation of SEMA webinars. Having access to webinars on line is a great SEMA member benefit, but listening to one still requires sitting down at the computer and downloading. With this CD, TORA members can listen to 11 TORA relevant seminars without the need for internet access. You can listen in the car or on a plane. If you are savvy enough to convert and load the files onto your iPod, you can even listen while tearing up the treadmill! The 11 seminars included on the CD are:

1. Making sure your web store is open for business
2. Secrets to marketing a highly effective website
3. How reps can help installers sell to car dealers
4. Your customer doesn’t live here any more
5. How manufacturers can communicate more effectively with distributors and customers
6. The mindset of leadership - timeless qualities of a successful leader
7. Lean Manufacturing - how to eliminate waste in manufacturing and distribution
8. Management strategies for the most challenging situations
9. Six Sigma - the secret weapon of success
10. Financial management for the non-financial manager
11. Get Paid: Avoiding slow/non paying customers and collecting debt.

For a copy of the TORA Education & Training Benefits Webinar CD, TORA members can simply contact Staci Bostock at stacib@sema.org. The 11 seminars featured on the CD are but a small sampling of what’s available from the SEMA website. On the SEMA homepage, click on “Shows and Events” then “webinars”. You can search the webinars by author or by topic.

TORA Column in SEMA Member News
Read TORA's column featured in the May/June issue of SEMA Member News by clicking here.

Select Committee Election Update
Select Committee Nominations are now closed. The list of nominees will be reviewed by the TORA election task force, and a ballot will be mailed to all TORA members in the next few weeks. Please keep an eye out for this mailing, and above all, VOTE!

For information about the TORA, contact Jim Skelly at jimsk@sema.org.  

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Click the logo to visit MPMC's website.

New Chair-Elect
Kyle Fickler of Aeromotive Inc. was elected to the position of MPMC chair-elect during a Select Committee meeting held on January 25, following the annual MPMC Media Trade Conference. Fickler is a current member of the MPMC Select Committee and will take over duties as Chair-Elect on July 1. On that same date, current chair-elect Bill Floyd becomes chairman of MPMC when Lisa Chissus’ two-year term as MPMC chairperson ends.

MPMC Column in SEMA Member News
Read MPMC's column featured in the May/June issue of SEMA Member News by clicking here.

For information about MPMC, contact Jim Skelly at jimsk@sema.org.

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Click the logo to visit MRC's website.

MRC Column in SEMA Member News
Read MRC's column featured in the May/June issue of SEMA Member News by clicking here.

For information about MRC, Jan Desma at jand@sema.org.

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Click the logo to visit PRO's website.

Select Committee Election Update
Select Committee nominations are now closed. The list of nominees is being reviewed by the PRO elections task force, and a ballot will be mailed to all PRO members in the next few weeks. Please keep an eye out for this mailing, and above all, VOTE!

PRO Column in SEMA Member News
Read PRO's column featured in the May/June issue of SEMA Member News by clicking here.

For information about PRO, contact Jim Skelly at jimsk@sema.org.

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Click the logo to visit WTC's website.

Congratulations to the Newly Elected WTC Select Committee Members
 
Linda Blumer - SenDel Wheel/TIRECO Inc.
Barry Horlick - Voxx Products Inc.
Jim Husted - Discount Tire Co
David Insull - American Tire Distributors
Bob Riegel - Bridgestone/Firestone - Incumbent
Carl Robinson - Mickey Thompson Performance Tires - Incumbent
Brandon Stotsenburg - Mobile Awareness LLC - Incumbent
Shelly Urwiler - Ultra Wheel

WTC Column in SEMA Member News
Read WTC's column featured in the May/June issue of SEMA Member News by clicking here.

For information about WTC, contact Paul Moritz at paulm@sema.org.

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Click the logo to visit SBN's website.

Congratulations to the Newly Elected SBN Select Committee Members
 
The ballots are in and the votes have been counted for elections of the 2008 SBN Select Committee. With record voter turnout and a slate of excellent candidates, the SBN Select Committee elected to add two seats bringing the count to 17. It was an exciting and close race. We now have two new members of the Select Committee and five returning incumbents. I would like to welcome our two newest members:

Daytona Dayton, President, Daytona & Friends Global Enterprises Inc.
Rose Kawasaki, Vice President, Sales & Marketing; Exports International.

And we are glad to see the return of our five incumbents:
Lee McGuire - Skyjacker Suspensions
Bianca Hennings - Window Canvas
Tracy Teuscher - The Buzz Maker!
Lauren Fix - Classic Tube
Leslie Maxwell - The Marx Group.

Their two-year terms begin July 1, 2008. We look forward to an exciting future for the SBN with many new and improved programs.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the elections.

Discover the SEMA Mentoring Program—Powered by the SBN
 
“I’ll get by with a little help from my friends…” - Joe Cocker
 
Everyone needs help or expert advice from time to time, and SEMA’s Mentoring Program is an excellent resource to get answers to all your questions. Whether you need to know more about SEMA, market information for a start-up company or advice on how to approach your boss about a new position, the SEMA Mentoring Program can help.
 
“Ask A Mentor” is perfect for one-time questions. You can expect multiple SEMA mentors to provide online guidance and answers to your industry-related questions.
 
Short-term Assistance/Guidance is for help with a specific project or task. A SEMA council/committee mentor with the expertise you seek will be paired up with you to provide guidance with your project.
 
Long-Term Relationship is helpful for developing your professional career.  In this program segment you will be paired with a SEMA council/committee mentor who will provide guidance and assistance for ongoing career development or a long-term project.
 
So whether you just need an answer to a question or you want to cultivate a mentoring friendship, the SEMA Mentoring Program—powered by the SBN is available to help. After all, we can all use a little help from our friends.

For more information on the program, click here.

Speed Networking Breakfast—Powered by SBN
Check out this video of SBN members in action during the valuable Speed Networking Breakfast—Powered by SBN held annually at the SEMA Show. Check out the video by clicking here

SBN Column in SEMA Member News
Read SBN's column featured in the May/June issue of SEMA Member News by clicking here.

For information about SBN, contact Paul Moritz at paulm@sema.org.

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Click the logo to visit SPC's website.

Improve Your Online Presence and Message at SEMA's Internet Symposium

Discover better ways to connect with your customers through the SEMA Internet Symposium on July 25, in Irvine, California. 

From everyday products to specialty items, the Internet has changed the way customers research and buy. To meet the needs of the more empowered consumer, businesses need to take advantage of opportunities through the Internet to deliver product messages and drive sales. Whether your company is ready to learn the fundamentals or prepared for focused Internet solutions, take advantage of the 2008 SEMA Internet Symposium on July 25.

The symposium’s curriculum covers broad-based topics, such as Internet marketing and understanding legal rights online, as well as more advanced subjects, such as pay-per-click web design and web-based customer relationship management. The event is facilitated by SEMA’s Street Performance Council, and course descriptions, complete information and registration for the SEMA Internet Symposium are available by clicking here.

The 2008 SEMA Internet Symposium is held in conjunction with the SEMA Installation Banquet & Gala Fundraiser. For more information on the gala and its related fundraising activities, click here.

New Council Name

The SEMA Board of Directors has approved Street Performance Council (SPC) as the replacement for the Sport-Compact Council (SCC) name. The council’s current Select Committee recommended the change to better serve its members in the extremely diverse street-performance industry. The council is committed to maintaining its mission statement and current objectives—to provide market information, education and support members concerning new and emerging trends. This council name represents a broader market and provides new growth and educational opportunities for the diverse council membership.

SPC Chairman Eric Breslow remarks, “As SEMA itself has expanded to include different facets of the automotive aftermarket, the street-performance parts manufacturers and distributors didn’t have an exclusive council representing their interests. Some gravitated to the Sport-Compact Council, but with our new name, member benefits and initiatives, we welcome those diverse companies with open arms.” 

A Message From SPC Chairman Eric Breslow

Dear SPC Member:

In today's volatile economy, member companies must exploit every opportunity to get product messages in front of the end consumer and drive that all-important purchase dollar to their coffers. All levels of commerce have unprecedented access to product knowledge via the Internet. Take advantage of another exclusive SEMA-member benefit and attend the 2008 Internet Symposium, July 25, 2008, in Irvine, California.

Your SPC Select Committee has been busy developing this year's Internet Symposium. Thanks to attendee suggestions from last year, the day's events have been split into two separate tracks. One for people who are seeking a broad "50,000-ft." view of understanding how the Internet impacts an individual business, and a more focused track for in-depth Internet solutions.

It is the mission of SPC to make sure that our valued members have the first opportunity to sign up. Last year we sold out in just one week. For the schedule and online registration, click here.

See you in July.

Best regards,
Eric Breslow, SPC Chairman

SPC Column in SEMA Member News
Read SPC's column featured in the May/June issue of SEMA Member News by clicking here.

For information about SPC, contact Paul Moritz at paulm@sema.org.

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Click the logo to visit YEN's website.

Congratulations to the Newly Elected YEN Select Committee Members
 
Tim Watts - Superlift Suspension Systems - Incumbent
Fred Snow - Hella Inc. - Incumbent
Rachel Fernandez - TruXedo by Shur-Co Automotive
Lee McGuire - Skyjacker Suspensions - Incumbent

Join YEN
Did you know that the SEMA Young Executives Network has more than 500 members networking in the industry and is the largest SEMA committee? If you are employed by a SEMA-member company and are under the age of 39, then you can join the SEMA Young Executives Network for FREE. If you are interested in becoming part of the team, please visit our website at www.sema.org/yen.

YEN Member of the Month Spotlight
Did you know that YEN has a Member of the Month Spotlight on the SEMA website and that anyone can be nominated? To view previous selections or to make a nomination, visit www.sema.org/yen.

SEMA Silent Auction
Efforts for the 2008 SEMA Silent Auction are beginning NOW! To learn more about the silent auction and how it has raised nearly $150,000 for SEMA scholarships in the last two years, visit the SEMA Silent Auction website at www.semasilentauction.com.
 
Discover The SEMA Mentoring Program—Powered by the SBN
 
“I’ll get by with a little help from my friends…” - Joe Cocker
 
Everyone needs help or expert advice from time to time, and SEMA’s Mentoring Program is an excellent resource to get answers to all your questions. Whether you need to know more about SEMA, market information for a start-up company or advice on how to approach your boss about a new position, the SEMA Mentoring Program can help.
 
“Ask A Mentor” is perfect for one-time questions. You can expect multiple SEMA mentors to provide online guidance and answers to your industry-related questions.
 
Short-term Assistance/Guidance is for help with a specific project or task. A SEMA council/committee mentor with the expertise you seek will be paired up with you to provide guidance with your project.
 
Long-Term Relationship is helpful for developing your professional career.  In this program segment you will be paired with a SEMA council/committee mentor who will provide guidance and assistance for ongoing career development or a long-term project.
 
So whether you just need an answer to a question or you want to cultivate a mentoring friendship, the SEMA Mentoring Program—Powered by the SBN is available to help. After all, we can all use a little help from our friends.

For more information on the program, click here.

YEN Column in SEMA Member News
Read YEN's column featured in the May/June issue of SEMA Member News by clicking here.

For information about YEN, contact Paul Moritz at paulm@sema.org.