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SEMA Councils: Opportunities to Learn, Grow and Inspire

By Amanda Gubbins

 SEMA Garage—Industry Innovations Center
The purpose of the SEMA Garage is to assist members with product development by providing a resource containing tools and hosting events designed to reduce the time needed to go from prototype to final product.
Three upcoming council and network events will allow members the chance to learn, interact and affect change for the Emerging Trends & Technology Network (ETTN), Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) and Wheel & Tire Council (WTC).

ETTN Emerging Trends Tour and Industry Discussion (January 20, 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.)

ETTN will host an industry discussion and networking event Monday, January 20, at the SEMA Garage, focused on trends impacting the specialty-equipment market. Attendees will tour the Garage in Diamond Bar, California, and watch live demonstrations to learn about the many ways this new member benefit will help manufacturers test, measure and develop new products. All SEMA members are invited to participate.

Register today to save your spot. For more information about ETTN or the meeting, contact Senior Manager of Networks Bryan Harrison.

MPMC General Membership Meeting (January 20, 2:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.)

MPMC will also host a general membership meeting Monday, January 20, in Santa Ana, California. One hundred MPMC members will already be on-site for the Media Trade Conference, giving members the perfect opportunity to spend a couple of hours discussing the future of the council and brainstorming during an interactive goal-setting session. All employees of MPMC-member companies are invited to attend, even if they are not exhibiting at the Media Trade Conference.

For more information about the event, contact Council Director Jim Skelly. RSVP to reserve your spot.

WTC Industry Discussion (February 5, 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.)

Members of the wheel and tire industry will gather at the SEMA Garage Industry Innovations Center Wednesday, February 5. The day will include a tour of the updated SEMA Garage, an address by SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting, discussions of the latest developments from WTC's partnership with Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research, updates on the progress of the SAE J3010 certification and discussions and resources related to the protection of intellectual property.

All employees of WTC-member companies are invited to attend and help direct the council’s future focus. Register today to save your seat.

For more information about this event, contact Senior Manager of Councils Clayton Drescher.

Council and network memberships help companies and individuals connect with peers and build a community at events like these, while also offering educational and professional development opportunities throughout the year. No matter what niche a SEMA member belongs to, there is a group for them. Learn more at