Councils and Networks Honor Award Winners at SEMA Show

By Amanda Gubbins

Chuck Blum was honored with the ARMO Hall of Fame Award at the ARMO reception during last week's SEMA Show.

A council and network tradition at the SEMA Show is to recognize individuals and businesses who have contributed significantly to their industry niche. This year, the councils and networks celebrated a wide range of achievements. Congratulations to each of the 2013 award recipients:

Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO)

ARMO Business of the Year – Dennis Carpenter Reproductions
ARMO Hall of Fame – Chuck Blum, Chuck Blum and Associates
ARMO Person of the Year – Jim Pennekamp, TrimParts Inc.

Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA)

HRIA Hall of Fame – Dennis Overholser, Painless Performance Products
HRIA Industry Recognition of an Individual – Rick Love, Vintage Air
Goodguys Trendsetter Award – Goolsby Customs
ISCA Legends in Hot Rodding – George Barris, Barris Kustom Industries
NSRA Achievement Award – International Car Show Association

Truck and Off-Road Alliance (TORA)

TORA Best Product Under $500 – BedRug and BedTred for Jeep JK from BedRug and Advantage Truck Accessories
TORA Best Product Over $500 – Leer Locker from Truck Accessories Group Leer
TORA Chairman’s Award – George Lathouris, Keystone Automotive
TORA Industry Recognition – Bob Smeigh, RV 4 Wheel Drive & Performance Automotive
TORA Retailer of the Year – Dy Ramirez and Mike Townsend, Pickup Outfitters

Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC)

MPMC Hall of Fame – Earl Gaerte, World Motorsports Society
MPMC Hall of Fame – Dennis Overholser, Painless Performance Products
MPMC Hall of Fame – Bob Ritzman, McLeod Racing

Manufacturers’ Representative Network (MRN)

MRN Hall of Fame – Steve Bolio, Seve Bolio and Associates
MRN Sales Team Annual Recognition (STAR) Award – Extang Corp.

Professional Restylers Organization (PRO)

Jim Borre Lifetime Achievement – Van Woodell, Weathers Auto Supply
Nat Danas Person of the Year – Mike Stanifer, Innovative Creations Inc.
PRO Manufacturer of the Year – 3M
PRO Restyler of the Year – Rob Riley and Foster Lee, Car Stereo Plus

SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN)

SBN Champion Award – Joel Ayres, Bedslide/Takit Inc.
SBN Legacy Award – Martha Doyle
SBN Legacy Award – Amy Faulk
SBN Legacy Award – Terry Kohl
SBN Legacy Award – Zan Martin
SBN Legacy Award – Ellen McKoy
SBN Legacy Award – Bernice Sanders
SBN Legacy Award – Charlie Van Cleve-Schmidt
SBN Mentor of the Year – Lauren Fix, Automotive Aspects
SBN Rising Star – Raquel Rangel
SBN Woman of the Year – Marla Moore, Coker Tire

Wheel & Tire Council (WTC)

WTC Hall of Fame – Corky Coker, Coker Tire

Young Executive’s Network (YEN)

SEMA Launch Pad Winner – Jonathan Mill, E-Stopp
SEMA Launch Pad Volunteer Recognition – Lindsay Hubley,
Vanguard Award – Vic Wood, Aeromotive Inc.
Young Executive of the Year – Robert Wityczak, MagnaFlow