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Industry Honors Motor State Distributing, Bob Cook Sales, Painless Performance, Rich Barsamian

The SEMA Show focuses the spotlight on the parts and technologies of the specialty-equipment market and all of the professionals who represent the heartbeat of the industry. The Show also serves as the industry's stage to honor those whose tireless efforts and contributions have shaped an industry and a hobby enjoyed by millions throughout the world.

Below are the recipients of awards presented during the 2011 SEMA Show Industry Awards Banquet that took place last Thursday, during Show week.

SEMA Warehouse Distributor of the Year: Motor State Distributing

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Quality performance parts and accessories, prompt, courteous service, and fair pricing were important in 1964, when the company started as a part-time venture in George Lane's tiny garage. Today these attributes still guide day-to-day operations at Motor State Distributing.

SEMA Manufacturers' Rep Agency of the Year: Bob Cook Sales

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Bob Cook Sales was created in June of 1979 with a goal to provide superior representation on behalf of its manufacturer clients to the automotive aftermarket. Through a quality mix of performance and accessory products, Bob Cook Sales covers the mass retail, farm stores, fleet accounts, imports, restoration, speed and performance, expediters, export, accessory boutiques, race teams, NASCAR teams, traditional warehouse and jobbers, performance distributors and jobbers and street-rod markets.

PWA Manufacturer of the Year: Painless Performance

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PWA presents its Manufacturer of the Year Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to the specialty-equipment industry and in appreciation of conscientious efforts in support of the warehouse distributor concept of merchandise distribution.

PWA Person of the Year: Rich Barsamian, Advanced Clutch Technology

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PWA presents its Person of the Year Award in recognition of outstanding contribution and in appreciation of their conscientious dedication as an individual member to the specialty-equipment industry.