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Industry Welcomes New Board Members, 2010 Hall of Fame Inductees

  2010 SEMA Installation Banquet-Van Woodell
  2010 SEMA Hall of Fame inductee Van Woodell has served three consecutive two-year terms on the SEMA Board.

More than 500 members of the industry joined the SEMA Installation Banquet & Gala Fundraiser in Pasadena, California, July 23, to honor 2010 SEMA Hall of Fame inductees Van Woodell, Chuck Schwartz and Richard "Dick" McMullen and to raise money for children's charities Childhelp and Victory Junction Gang Camp. They also came to thank members for their service to the SEMA Board of Directors as well as welcome new members to the Board.

The day's activities kicked-off with the 2010 Business Technology Seminar (BTS), a series of panel discussions and seminars sponsored by SEMA's Street Performance Council (SPC) focused on harnessing the power of the Internet to help specialty-equipment businesses grow.

Topics ranged from the fundamentals of online marketing, improving product data standards for better distribution, using video to promote products and creating a savvy Internet marketing budget.

After the BTS 2010 wound down, a cocktail reception kicked-off the evening's banquet festivities. Emcee Dave McClelland hosted the ceremonies honoring SEMA Hall of Fame inductees and incoming and outgoing Board members. The program also featured thoughts from SEMA Cares Committee Chairman Joel Ayres.

2010 Installation Banquet & Gala Fundraiser-Chuck Schwartz  
2010 SEMA Hall of Fame inductee Chuck Schwartz reflected on 28 years of serving as producer of the SEMA Show.  

Fundraising for Childhelp and Victory Junction didn't stop at the Gala, however. Several donors from the industry and the SEMA Board of Directors answered SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting's challenge to shave his head for a $10,000 pledge to Childhelp and Victory Junction.

Similar to last year when Ayres, his wife Cindy, Show 'N Shine organizer Mike Spagnola and SEMA Vice President of Communications and Events Peter MacGillivray were sheared for charity, Kersting ended up on the business end of hair clippers before the night was through.

SEMA thanks all for their extraordinary volunteer efforts and encourages all who would like to volunteer for next year's event to contact SEMA Special Events Administrator Lisa Moreno at


2010 SEMA Installation Banquet & Gala Fundraiser
SEMA Hall of Famers at Show N Shine
SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting (left) and Chairman-Elect Paul "Scooter" Brothers (right) welcome first-time SEMA Board Member John Hotchkis of Hotchkis Performance. SEMA Hall of Famers Van Woodell, Harry Hibler, Louis Senter and Ron Funfar gather at at the Show 'N Shine.
Famous Rhodes from eBay Motors discusses organizing product data to an industry standard during the 2010 Business Technology Seminar. At the BTS 2010, Tyler Tanaka offered ways for businesses to tap into the marketing potential of social media.
2010 SEMA Show N Shine 2010 SEMA Show N Shine-Chip Foose

The Show 'N Shine car show drew nearly 120 cars and trucks and 900 spectators.

Chip Foose returned as Grand Marshal of the Show 'N Shine and shared his time—and artistic talents—with a long line of admirers.
2010 SEMA Pinewood Drag Races 2010 SEMA Installation Banquet & Gala Fundraiser-Kersting
The third-annual Pinewood Drag Races highlighted the creativity and ingenuity of industry enthusiasts and passionate kids. SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting made good on his pledge: The industry came up with $10,000 for Childhelp and Victory Junction Gang Camp and Kersting sat down to the clippers.