Marla Moore of Hypertech was named the 2012 SEMA Person of the Year during the SEMA Show Industry Awards Banquet held last week in Las Vegas. Moore, who is currently the chair of the SEMA Businesswomen's Network (SBN), has been involved with the specialty-equipment industry for more than 30 years.
Moore is no stranger to volunteer work for the industry, having held seats on the select committees of the SBN and SEMA's Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC). She was formerly a part of the SEMA Scholarship Fund Select Committee, and she contributes to a number of other industry organizations.
Throughout her career, Moore has worked closely with industry mentors that included SEMA icons such as Mark Heffington, Ron Coleman, Scooter Brothers, Jim McFarland and Amy Faulk. In fact Faulk, who is a founding member of both the MPMC and the SBN, was one of the people who strongly encouraged Moore to get involved and become active with SEMA.
Moore grew up helping her dad work on vehicle projects, rebuilding one car or another. While she did have two brothers, it was Moore who was the one who would turn wrenches with her father. At a young age, she was hooked on anything that was fast—cars, bikes or boats.
In a recent interview with SEMA Member News, Moore recalls that one of the brightest moments in her life was when she brought her dad to the SEMA Show and was able to introduce him to all his automotive heroes: Carroll Shelby, Jack Roush, Vic Edelbrock Jr., Mark Heffington, Scooter Brothers and so many others.
One of Moore's recent accomplishments with the SBN includes her work as task force chairman for the SEMA Mustang Build Powered by Women.