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SEMA Installation Gala—Celebrate the Industry's "Leaders and Legends"

By Della Domingo

At last year's Installation Gala, SEMA thanked Immediate Past Chairman Paul "Scooter" Brothers for his service to the industry.

Leaders and volunteers from the automotive accessories industry will be honored during the annual SEMA Installation Gala, Friday, July 18, at the Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center in Pomona, California.

Among the individuals being recognized are the 2014 SEMA Hall of Fame inductees: Nile Cornelison, Jim Cozzie, John Menzler and Fred C. Offenhauser. Others being recognized during the gala include the newly elected SEMA Board members, Greg Adler and Tim Martin, and those concluding their term as SEMA Board members, JR Moore and Steve Wolcott.

“We’re fortunate to have an industry filled with passionate, hard-working individuals,” said Chris Kersting, SEMA president and CEO. “And we’re even more fortunate to have volunteers who go above and beyond in assisting the industry. It’s our privilege to pay tribute to some of these amazing leaders during the upcoming SEMA Installation Gala.”

Themed “Leaders and Legends,” the 2014 SEMA Installation Gala will feature up-and-coming industry leaders and esteemed icons from the automotive accessories world. The celebration will include dinner and a cocktail reception where the SEMA Pinewood Drag Races will take place. The race, which features more than 200 gravity-powered toy cars made from a block of wood, plastic wheels and metal axles, is a fundraiser for SEMA Cares—an industry group that supports various children charities.

Tickets to the SEMA Installation Gala are available at, or by contacting Jamie Eriksen at or 909-978-6737. Details about the SEMA Pinewood Drag Races are available from Susan Alfonso at or 909-978-6687.