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SEMA Council & Network News: New Matching Program Connects Reps and Manufacturers

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No matter what niche you're in—rods, restoration, racing, restyling, reps, trucks or wheels and tires—there's a SEMA council or professional network that's right for your company. SEMA councils and networks offer members a variety of market-specific programs and activities designed to provide educational and networking opportunities while promoting their particular industry segment.

Visit MRN's website. 

New Matching Program Connects Reps and Manufacturers

As a manufacturers' rep, are you looking for new lines to carry? The Manufacturers' Rep Network (MRN) may have the solution for you. The network has announced a new benefit for SEMA manufacturer members and MRN members, entitled the Manufacturer Representative Matching Program. The intention is to create an easier approach to connect reps to manufacturers. Through this program, MRN members can enroll to receive notifications of manufacturers seeking representation.

One person per agency can opt in to receive immediate notification of manufacturers seeking representation. Each notification sent will include the basic information to evaluate the opportunity and the contact information to follow-up directly with the manufacturer. This program will boost reps’ network for new sales opportunities and give them a chance to showcase their agency. On the flip side, the program will save manufacturers the headache of traditional avenues of searching for representation. With the Rep Matching Program, reps will come to you.

SEMA MRN members seeking to opt in to receive notification of manufacturers seeking representation.

SEMA manufacturer members seeking product and/or service representation.

Questions? Please contact SEMA's Director of Networks, Bryan Harrison at 909-978-6691 or

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The Hot Products Showcase is an exciting and valuable opportunity for ARMO-member companies to put their product(s) in front of 100,000 restoration enthusiasts at Spring Carlisle.

Registration for ARMO Hot Products Showcase Now Open

The Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) Hot Products Showcase is an exciting and valuable opportunity for ARMO-member companies to put their product(s) in front of 100,000 restoration enthusiasts at Spring Carlisle. The Showcase is open Thursday through Saturday, April 21–23. For just the cost of shipping your product(s) to the Carlisle Fairgrounds, you'll receive:

  • Product displayed in the ARMO Hot Products Tent, located strategically right in the center of the event grounds.
  • Product shot by a professional photographer and available for your own use.
  • Your product photos displayed in the ARMO booth at the SEMA Show and in a photo gallery on

If you are going to Carlisle, you can save on the shipping cost by dropping off and picking up your product on-site.

Register your product(s) now!

In addition, if your hot product is “new” this year, you may enter it for an ARMO New Product award in one of nine categories. Judging of New Product Award entries is Thursday, April 21, and winners are announced that evening at the ARMO industry mixer located in the tent. Formal award presentations will be made at the ARMO Awards Reception at the 2016 SEMA Show. These New Product Awards provide yet another marketing opportunity for ARMO-member companies.

New Product Award Categories:

  • Reproduction of original replacement interior
  • Non-original interior
  • Reproduction of original replacement exterior/trim
  • Non-original exterior/trim
  • Reproduction of original replacement drivetrain/brakes/suspension/wheels
  • Non-original drivetrain/brakes/suspension/wheels
  • Reproduction of original replacement engine/engine component
  • Non-original engine/engine component
  • Accessary item (e.g., eight-track tape, record player, bud vase, etc.)

For more information, contact Council Director Jim Skelly at 909-978-6690 or

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YEN General Membership Call

Looking to get more involved in your industry? The Young Executives Network (YEN) is holding its first-quarter General Membership Call, March 2, from 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. (PST). The YEN general membership and other SEMA members under the age of 40 are encouraged to attend to learn about network initiatives, exciting upcoming events and opportunities to get involved.

Topics to be discussed on the call include the following volunteer opportunities, valuable networking events and chances to advance your business:

  • SEMA Launch Pad
  • YEN Member Insights
  • Live Chat
  • YEN Power Tour
  • Regional networking events
  • And more—bring your topics to the table!

RSVP to SEMA Network Director Bryan Harrison to receive the phone number and call-in code.

Ian Lehn

Live Chat with Ian Lehn, President of BOOSTane and 2014 Launch Pad Winner

Do you have a new product that you would like to sell in the performance automotive aftermarket industry? Perhaps you have a prototype and are unsure of the steps needed to commercialize the product. YEN is hosting a Live Chat and open Q&A where you will have the chance to communicate directly with Ian Lehn, founder of BOOSTane and the SEMA Launch Pad Task Force chairman. Questions can include the challenges of running a startup company, tips on preparing for a business pitch, and information on the SEMA Launch Pad’s latest prize package for 2016.

After developing the company from a senior exit thesis in college, Lehn launched his business, won the SEMA Launch Pad in 2014, and has increased his business from local vendors to a distribution network in more than 23 different countries.

Immediately following the YEN General Membership call, please join us on SEMA’s YEN Facebook page, March 2, 2016, at 4:00 p.m. (EST) and learn the secrets of how to successfully grow your company and compete in the SEMA Launch Pad.

Questions? Contact:

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