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U.S. Senator Bob Corker Highlights SEMA Town Hall in Chattanooga

By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff
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Pictured left at the front of the audiance is U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), who was the featured speaker during SEMA's recent Town Hall event at Coker Tire in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) was the featured speaker during SEMA's Town Hall event at Coker Tire Co. Inc. in Chattanooga, Tennessee, April 4. The senator, a Chattanooga resident and former mayor, is a long-time friend of Coker Tire’s CEO Corky Coker. Prior to taking questions from the audience, Sen. Corker addressed tax reform and the impact of the Affordable Care Act on small businesses. The Town Hall was a valuable opportunity for SEMA members to connect with Sen. Corker and to showcase the economic impact our industry has both in the local community and nationwide.

“Whether it's the laws or the people who make the laws, things in our nation's capital are always changing,” said SEMA Vice President of Government Affairs Steve McDonald. “SEMA's Political Action Committee (SEMA PAC) helps our members keep pace by supporting the congressional lawmakers who understand the value of what we do. Make your voice heard this election year by visiting SEMAPAC.com and becoming SEMA PAC Approved today. The more people who join, the louder our voice and the greater our ability to impact change.”

With an important election just around the corner, it's critical that SEMA members continue to get engaged in the political process. This summer, members of the U.S. Congress will spend more time back in their home districts. These "district work periods" are an excellent opportunity to bring your elected representative right to your front door.

Chris Kersting, Bob Corker, Corky Coker, Doug Evans
From left: SEMA President & CEO Chris Kersting; U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN); Corky Coker of Coker Tire and SEMA Chairman-elect Doug Evans.  

The SEMA Government Affairs team has developed the Congressional District Site Visit Program that pairs you with your elected officials through one-on-one meetings. The visits, coordinated entirely by SEMA staff, include informative plant tours, meetings with senior executives and business roundtable discussions that put you face-to-face with your federal decision makers on your home turf.

To learn more about these programs, contact SEMA PAC Manager Christian Robinson at christianr@sema.org.

SEMA's Town Hall Meetings provide both members and prospective members with the opportunity to learn about the association's current programs and objectives, while networking with automotive aftermarket professionals from the same geographic region. These personal interactions give members a chance to share common business challenges and opportunities. As SEMA staff interacts with attendees, they also gain valuable feedback, which helps identify how current benefits can enhance members' business operations to better meet their needs.

For more information or to learn more about the association's upcoming Town Halls, contact Andrea ‘AJ’ Carney at 909-978-6697 or andreac@sema.org.