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Click on the logo to visit SBN's website.

Be a part of what some have called “The Most Productive Event at the SEMA Show.”
Get your company more exposure today by sponsoring the SEMA Speed Networking Breakfast—Powered by SBN.
 
Sponsorship includes many exciting benefits:

  • Breakfast tickets (additional available at $10 each)
  • Scholarship fund donation
  • Eligibility to place items in goody bags that will be distributed to all breakfast attendees
  • Logo in the event’s looping PowerPoint presentation
  • Small logo on advance promotional material and on-site handouts
  • Thank-you recognition at event
  • Recognition in applicable SBN news vehicles—electronic and print—prior to and after the event
  • Company name linked to your corporate website on breakfast webpage
  • Handout of pre-registered attendees

Come join us for the breakfast, see the Woman of The Year and Athena Awards, and stay for Speed Networking, all while supporting the worthy cause of the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund.
 
Sponsor companies need not be SBN members. All SEMA member companies are eligible.

Click here to download the sponsorship form.

Sponsorship deadline: Friday September 5, 2008
 
Attendee breakfast tickets can also be purchased by clicking here.

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.

SEMA Speed Networking Breakfast—Powered by SBN

Check out this video of SBN members in action during the valuable SEMA 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 July/August issue of SEMA Member News by clicking here.

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

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ARMO Special Projects in Motion

The ARMO Select Committee wants to hear from you. We are looking to celebrate, honor and recognize outstanding industry individuals and businesses during the council reception at the 2008 SEMA Show. Who should receive these prestigious awards? 
 
The nomination process is underway for the council's Business of the Year and Person of the Year honors. Candidates should meet all criteria.
 
Click here to download and print a Business of the Year nomination form.
Click here to download and print a Person of the Year nomination form.
 
All nomination forms are due on Friday, August 15, 2008—so don’t delay!

Sponsorships are being accepted for the ARMO Industry Awards Reception. Now is the time to participate in this great opportunity to show your support of the restoration market, its community, its people and its businesses. Click here to download and print a sponsorship form.
 
For more information, contact any Select Committee member or Jan Desma, 909/396-0289, ext. 134, or e-mail jand@sema.org.

ARMO Council Announces Election Results
       
 
Effective July 1, 2008, Jim Barber of Classic Automotive Restoration Specialists Inc. took the reigns as ARMO chairman, with Laura Bergan of American Collectors Insurance Inc. taking the chairman-elect seat.
 
ARMO welcomes its newly elected leaders and looks forward to working closely with them. Join us in welcoming:

  • Ken DeVries – AutoTrader Classics
  • Michael Manning – American Autowire
  • Sal Perez – American Muscle Car

ARMO welcomes back its returning members:

  • Jeff Broadus – Car Collector magazine
  • Kim Mitchell – Eaton Detroit Spring Inc.
  • Sheila Perkins – Bradley David Productions
  • Alex Tainsh – TrimParts Inc.

ARMO thanks its retiring member Walter Vaughan of Steele Rubber Products for his years of dedication and volunteer service to the ARMO membership.
 
Contact Chairman Barber and Chairman-Elect Bergan or any of the Select Committee members with any questions or to introduce yourself to them. Jan Desma, SEMA council relations director and staff liaison for ARMO, can be reached at 909/396-0289, ext. 134 or e-mail jand@sema.org.

ARMO Column in SEMA Member News

Read ARMO's column featured in the July/August issue of SEMA Member News by clicking here.

ARMO Select Committee Elections

If you have any questions about the election, contact Jan Desma at 909/396-0289, ext. 134, or jand@sema.org.

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

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HRIA Special Projects in Motion

The HRIA Select Committee is looking to celebrate, honor and recognize outstanding industry individuals and businesses during the council reception at the 2008 SEMA Show. 

Who should receive these prestigious awards?  We want to hear from you.
 
The nomination process is underway for the council's Business of the Year and Industry Recognition of an Individual honors. Candidates should meet all criteria.
 
Click here to download and print a Business of the Year nomination form.
Click here to download and print an Industry Recognition of an Individual nomination form.
 
All nomination forms are due on Friday, August 15, 2008, so don’t delay!

Sponsorships are being accepted for the HRIA Industry Awards Reception. Participate in this great opportunity to show your support of the hot-rod community, its people and its businesses. Click here to download and print a sponsorship form.
 
For more information contact any Select Committee member or Jan Desma, 909/396-0289 ext. 134 or e-mail jand@sema.org.
 
HRIA Announces New Leadership Team

Effective July 1, 2008, the council welcomed its newest members to the select committee. Please join us in welcoming: 

  • Sandie Denton – Made For You Products
  • Kerry Hopperstad – Hopperstad Customs

HRIA welcomes back its returning members:

  • Ed Capen – Goodguys Rod & Custom Association
  • John McLeod – Classic Instruments Inc.
  • John Menzler – Comp Performance Group
  • Stacy Tucker – Detroit Speed and Engineering Inc.

HRIA thanks its retiring members Yogi Somerville of Yogi’s Inc. and Chico Kodama of Mooneyes USA Inc. for their years of dedication and volunteer service to the HRIA membership.

Jeanette Ladina of Flaming River Industries Inc. and Dennis Overholser of Painless Performance continue in their leadership roles as chairman and chairman-elect, respectively.  

Contact Chairman Ladina and Chairman-Elect Overholser or any of the Select Committee members with any questions or to introduce yourself to them.

Jan Desma, SEMA council relations director and staff liaison for HRIA, can be reached at 909/396-0289, ext. 134 or e-mail jand@sema.org.

HRIA Column in SEMA Member News

Read HRIA's column featured in the July/August 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 on the logo to visit TORA's website.

TORA Welcomes New Select Committee Members 

Bill Cole of Yankee Custom Truck Caps, Brad Leach of Tom’s Camperland and Melanie White of Hellwig Products all joined the TORA Select Committee effective July 1, 2008. “I am extremely pleased with the election results,” said TORA Chairman Ron DiVincenzo.

“Bill Cole has been in the industry for many years, not only as a business owner, but as an active force in the TORA. Bill was on the original Board of Directors of TCAA when it all started, and we are grateful that he has the dedication to step up and serve on the Select Committee once again. Brad and Melanie, while representing the 'younger generation,' also have lifetimes of experience, each having grown up in family-operated businesses. I’m very excited about the coming year for TORA.”

Webinar CD added to TORA’s List of Member Benefits

The TORA, in conjunction with the SEMA education and marketing departments, has created a CD compilation of SEMA webinars. Having access to webinars online 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 to them 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 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 topic.

TORA Column in SEMA Member News

Read TORA's column featured in the July/August issue of SEMA Member News by clicking here.

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MPMC Welcomes New Select Committee Members
Jason Bruce of Advanced Flow Engineering, Marc Erickson of Auto Meter and Ron Johnson of ADDCO Manufacturing are the latest additions to the MPMC Select Committee roster. This is Marc’s first term on the Select Committee, but Jason and Ron both have previous experience with MPMC.

“Ron Johnson was a previous chairman of MPMC,” said current Chairman Bill Floyd. “And we are very pleased to have him back on the committee. His experience and history, both in MPMC as well as the industry, is invaluable to us. We have a very good mix of industry veterans and young guns on the Select Committee this year. I am very fortunate to have such a strong team to work with during my tenure as chairman.”


2007 MPMC Media Trade Conference

Media Trade Conference Exhibitor Registration Now Open!

Exhibitor Registrations for the 2009 MPMC Media Trade Conference are now being accepted! A downloadable registration form is available on the MPMC webpage, www.sema.org/mpmc. Each MPMC member company will also receive a link to the registration form via e-mail and a hard copy via U.S. Postal Service. If you do not receive either the e-mail or hard-copy version, or if you have any questions, please contact Jim Skelly, the MPMC council liaison, at jimsk@sema.org. You should also e-mail Jim to request confirmation that your application has been received. The 2009 MPMC Media Trade Conference is on January 20–22 at the Embassy Suites LAX South, next to Los Angeles International Airport.

Registration is only available to MPMC member companies. Exhibitor registration will close on August 15, 2008, at which time all registrations will be assigned a random number. Exhibitors with six or more years of seniority, who complete the registration process by August 15, 2008, are guaranteed an exhibitor suite. The remaining suites will be assigned by the random number tagged to the registration. (Receipt date of application has no bearing on whether or not you are assigned a suite.) Due to the logistics of the event, only 100 exhibitor suites are available. Any company that does not receive a suite assignment will be placed on a waiting list in random number order. More details of the registration process are available on the form itself.

MPMC Column in SEMA Member News

Read MPMC's column featured in the July/August issue of SEMA Member News by clicking here.

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

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Click on the logo to visit MRC's website.

MRC Award Nominations

The Manufacturers Rep Council Select Committee is looking to celebrate, honor and recognize outstanding industry individuals and businesses during the council reception at the SEMA Show. Who should receive these prestigious awards? We want to hear from you.

The nomination process is underway for the Hall of Fame and STAR Awards (Sales Team Annual Recognition). Candidates should meet all criteria.

Click here for Hall of Fame nomination form.
Click here for STAR Award nomination form.

All nomination forms are due on Friday, August 29, 2008—so don’t delay!

MRC Rep Conference - TOWN HALL
 
SEMA and the Manufacturers Rep Council cordially invite you to participate in the SEMA/MRC Town Hall. The topic is Unilateral vs. Minimum Advertised Pricing Programs.

Registration is now open for the MRC Rep Conference Town Hall, designed specifically for manufacturers, WDs and representatives.

Join us to hear how development, implementation and management of these programs work. Our panelists include antitrust experts representing both the manufacturer and customer view. Scheduled panelists are:

  • Barbara Sicalides - Partner in the Philadelphia office of Pepper Hamilton Law Firm
  • Lee H. Simowitz - Partner in the Washington DC office of Baker Hostetler
  • Jon Wyly - Executive Vice President of Arrow Speed Warehouse
  • Tim Martin - Vice President of communication at K & N Engineering Inc.

Please join us for open bar and appetizers compliments of the MRC Select Committee and PWA. Reserve your seat by clicking here to download a copy of the registration form or contact Staci Bostock at mrc@sema.org, or call 909/396-0289, ext. 104.

The New MRC     

Effective July 1, 2008, Joel Rosenthal of Gantt-Thomas & Associates Inc. moved into the position of chairman of the MRC, with Wade Cobb of Hapco LLC as his wing-man and chairman-elect. We look forward to working closely with MRC’s newly elected members:

  • Tommy Jourdan – True High Performance Sales
  • Les Rudd – Bob Cook Sales

We welcome back returning Select Committee members:

  • Bill Chamberlain – JSC&A
  • Evan Mecham – Evan Mecham & Associates

And we thank the following retiring members for their years of volunteer service and dedication to the MRC:

  • Bob Bader – Hapco
  • Mark Adin – PSKB
  • Zane Shaffer – Wes-Coast Marketing
  • Alex Walker – Bob Cook Sales

MRC re-evaluated and decreased the amount of seats on the Select Committee thus allowing more focus on membership participation. The council has 14 leaders on the Select Committee serving its membership.
 
Please feel free to contact Chairman Rosenthal and Chairman-Elect Cobb or any of the Select Committee members with any questions or to introduce yourself to them. Staci Bostock, SEMA council relations coordinator and staff liaison for MRC, can be reached at 909/396-0289, ext. 104 or e-mail stacib@sema.org.
 
MRC Column in SEMA Member News

Read MRC's column featured in the July/August issue of SEMA Member News by clicking here.

For information about MRC, contact Staci Bostock at stacib@sema.org.

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PRO Welcomes New Select Committee Members
Five new members joined the PRO Select Committee roster, effective July 1, 2008. “We lost a total of five outstanding Select Committee members this year,” said PRO Chairman Chuck Blum. “We will miss their experience on the Select Committee. But at the same time, we picked up five new members who are talented and eager to contribute, and I look forward to working with them in the coming year.”  A complete roster of the PRO Select Committee may be found on the PRO Council homepage at www.sema.org/pro. The five newest Select Committee members are:

  • Mike Bolio - Scafidi Bolio & Associates
  • Stefan Majlinger - Katzkin Leather
  • Shari McCullough-Arfons - McCullough Public Relations
  • Doug Perez - Automotive Essentials
  • Dale R. Sterwart - 3M Automotive Division

Record Attendance Highlights Annual PRO Long Range Planning Meeting
The Professional Restylers Organization held its annual Long Range Planning Meeting at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Detroit, June 12–13, with a record 40 members in attendance. “This is the largest attendance that I can remember in recent history,” commented PRO Chairman Chuck Blum. “Not only was I impressed by the attendance numbers, but the participation by all the attendees was inspiring. This meeting proves once again that PRO Council members are committed to the restyling industry, and they believe in the networking and collaboration opportunities provided by PRO.”

PRO Open Meeting at SEMA Show 2008!
PRO will hold an open meeting during the 2008 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The meeting is open to all PRO Council members, and will be in meeting rooms N219-222, located in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Now more than ever, PRO needs input from all its members. So please plan to attend on Thursday morning at the Show, and bring all your ideas with you!

What: PRO Open Meeting
When: Thursday, November 6, 2008, 7:30 am to 9:30 am
Where: Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall, rooms N219-222

PRO Column in SEMA Member News

Read PRO's column featured in the July/August issue of SEMA Member News by clicking here.

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

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Congratulations to the Newly Elected SPC Select Committee Members

We look forward to working closely with SPC’s newly elected members:

  • Josh Biggers - Steve Millen Sportparts Inc.
  • Glen Howard - Crane Cams Inc.

We welcome back returning Select Committee members:

  • Len Monserrat - BLE Products
  • Josh Peterson - National Hot Rod Association

Thank you to the following retiring members for their years of volunteer service and dedication to the SPC:

  • Matt Patrick - ZEX/Competition Cams Inc.
  • Michael Meyers - NOPI

Reminder SPC Members
Nominations are being accepted for the SPC Business of the Year, Person of the Year, Presidents Award and Industry Icon Award. Your nominations and support are important to your council. The awards will be presented at the SPC reception held during the SEMA Show on Wednesday, November 5, 5:00–7:00 p.m., at the Las Vegas Hilton, Pavilion 6. 

Nominations are due Friday, August 15, 2008.
 
If you have any question on the SPC awards, contact Paul Moritz at 909/396-0289, ext. 112 or paulm@sema.org.
 
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.”

SPC Column in SEMA Member News

Read SPC's column featured in the July/August issue of SEMA Member News by clicking here.

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

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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 July/August issue of SEMA Member News by clicking here.

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

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Click on the logo to visit YEN's website.

Reminder YEN Members

YEN Awards
Nominations are being accepted for the YEN Young Executive of the Year Award and Vanguard Award. Your nominations and support are important to your committee. The awards will be presented at the YEN reception held during the SEMA Show.
 
Young Executive of the Year Award

The Young Executives Network Young Executive of the Year Award is presented to an individual who has had a positive impact on the industry. The recipient of the award is chosen by how closely he/she meets the following criteria.

  • Must be a member of the Young Executives Network.
  • Must have demonstrated exceptional service, integrity, professional growth and business ethics throughout the last 12 months.
  • Must have demonstrated exemplary performance and/or provided growth for his/her company or industry through his/her actions, visions and/or contributions for the present and future. 

Click here to download the nomination form.

Vanguard Award

The Young Executives Network Vanguard Award is presented to the individual, business, organization or sanctioning body that has had a positive affect on a young executive’s career within the automotive industry. The following criteria are used in determining each candidate:

  • Must be a current or past member of SEMA (no age requirement).
  • Must have demonstrated exceptional service, integrity and business ethics.
  • The Vanguard Award is presented to a person, company or sanctioning body that has influenced the professional growth, and/or cultivation of talent for young executives through its actions, mentoring, visions and/or contributions for the past, present and future. 

 Click here to download the nomination form.

Return all nominations by Friday, August 15, 2008.
 
If you have any question on the SPC awards, contact Paul Moritz at 909/396-0289, ext. 112 or paulm@sema.org.

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 over 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 July/August issue of SEMA Member News by clicking here.

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