SEMA Show Issues Open Call for Speakers

By Della Domingo

Seminar applications are now being accepted for the 2015 SEMA Show.

Business and industry experts are invited to submit applications to present a seminar at the 2015 SEMA Show, taking place November 3–6, in Las Vegas. The association is especially interested in experts within a few key topics, including “How to Protect a Business From Online Hackers” and “How Today’s Kids Will Regard Cars and Trucks.”

The annual trade show, which features new products and innovations that enhance a vehicle’s styling and performance, is where more than 130,000 industry professionals gather each year to do business. In addition to connecting buyers and sellers, an important element of the SEMA Show is the education program.

“The SEMA Show is about helping businesses succeed, whether it is by connecting manufacturers with buyers or providing participants with information that will help their businesses,” said Peter MacGillivray, SEMA vice president of communications and events. “The seminars give SEMA Show participants greater return on their investment.”

The SEMA Show education program typically includes more than five-dozen sessions. While topics address basic business practices, such as accounting, marketing and social media, the 2015 program will emphasize issues that are of greatest concern to businesses in the automotive aftermarket. Experts who can contribute to the following topics are preferred:

  • Is the Internal Combustion Engine Dead? Myths vs. Reality
  • The Cyber Security Arms Race: Protecting Your Business Against Hackers
  • 5 Things Every Business Needs to Know About the Cloud
  • The E.V. Highway: The Business of High-Performance Electrical
  • 7 Ways Women are Better Bosses Than Men
  • What Will Your Kid's Hot Rod Be?

All speakers should be able to focus on industry issues and not a specific company position or agenda.

“We’re seeking industry leaders who have proven expertise,” said Zane Clark, SEMA director of education. “The goal is to provide Show participants with top-rated information that will help them in their businesses.”

Applications for speaker submissions are available until February 18. Speaker entries will be answered no later than April 25. For more details, contact SEMA Education Director Zane Clark at or 909-978-6743.