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SEMA Council & Network News: 2016 SEMA Launch Pad Semi-Finalists Announced

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2016 SEMA Launch Pad Semi-Finalists Announced

Thirteen young entrepreneurs with new automotive aftermarket products or services have been chosen as the 2016 SEMA Launch Pad semi-finalists.

“We had a wide array of really great applicants with unique and innovative products serving multiple niches in the automotive aftermarket,” said John Rosanbalm, YEN chairman.

These contestants are heading out to the SEMA Exhibitor Summit next week to film their official videos for the voting contest, which begins July 18 on the YEN Facebook Page. The voting period will narrow the contest down to the final 10 competitors, who will compete for the grand-prize package in the live event at the 2016 SEMA Show.

Let’s meet the 13 Launch Pad semi-finalists:

Aaron Aldrich, Owner, Any Level Lift
Product: Any Level Lift

Richard Baverstock, Founder/CEO, Mogol Inc.
Product: Glide

Matt Corish, Co-founder,
Product: V12 LS Engine

Steed Dolan, Owner, Steeds Tech
Product: Banshee Controller

John Paul Gusewelle, COO, Metal Conditioner Squared LLC
Product: MC2/Metal Container Squared

Justin Hartenstein, President/Founder, ORACLE Lighting
Product: Jeep Wrangler LED Integrated Side Mirrors

Amanda Holbert, President, Plasma Glide, LLC
Product: PlasmaGlide

Bryce Hudson, Owner, Grip Clean
Product: All Natural Industrial Hand Soap

Wesley Jurica, Co-owner, Gigabit Games LLC
Product: CrawlCam

Xavier Miller, Owner/Founder, Spultronix LLC
Product: Motorsports Electronics

Kevin Patrick, President, Exomotive LLC
Product: Exocet

Sarah Powell, COO, Turnberry Innovations
Product: CorBox and GapSaver

Irina Slavina, Co-founder/General Counsel Hudway LLC
Product: HUDWAY Glass

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HRIA Education Day Sessions Revealed

HRIA Education Day Sessions Preview

The HRIA is moving its Education Day sessions to be hosted at the National Street Rod Association (NSRA) Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky. Twelve manufacturers will give hour-long presentations on their product lines and also tips and tricks for restoration projects. The Education Day will take place Thursday, August 4, with sessions beginning at 9:00 a.m. and the last session concluding at 4:15 p.m., with two simultaneous presentations per hour. The sessions will be set up classroom style with some manufacturers having panel discussions while others will be true presentation style. These valuable sessions are open to all NSRA Nationals attendees. This is a popular event and seats are limited.

Register today to reserve your spot in the sessions.

Here is a sneak peak at the manufacturers and the discussion topics for the 2016 event:

American Autowire – “Wiring Solutions”

Discussions on determining the correct product line for your project, new product overviews and technical resources the company offers.

Borgeson – “Steering Design”

Explanations of methods you can benefit from by modernizing your steering system, associated linkages and safety concerns.

Classic Instruments – “Your Instruments”

Tips for proper installation and choices you need to make when equipping your car with modern instruments.

COMP Cams/FAST – “About EFI”

How to plan your aftermarket EFI system and selecting the right system for your project, plus a list of do’s and don’ts.

Edelbrock – “Power Packages”

Open discussion on choosing the right combination of street cylinder heads, intake manifolds and carburetors.

Fat Man Fab – “Chassis Design”

Bring your questions to this Q&A session covering different chassis situations.

Flaming River – “Steering Systems and Solutions”

Coverage of products to improve the steering and electrical systems in classic vehicles.

ididit – “Steering Systems”

Learn the history of the company, its products, where they are headed and how they can be integrated into your latest project.

Lokar – “Pass the NSRA Safety 23”

Learn tips and tricks to be compliant with a variety of NSRA Safety 23 inspection items.

Painless Performance – “Electrical Basics Plus”

Get educated on best practices of installing electrical systems and dive into discussions.

RideTech – “Suspension Evaluation”

Bringing their outdoor evaluation center indoors, attendees will learn tips and tricks from RideTech staff.

Vintage Air – “Basics of Air Conditioning”

Learn the different components of an HVAC system and how they all work together to perform at an optimum level.

For questions, contact Jim Skelly at 909-978-6690 or

HRIA Pinewood Builder’s Challenge

If you are attending the NSRA Nationals, you do not want to miss the HRIA Pinewood Builder’s Challenge taking place Friday and Saturday (August 5–6) of the nationals on the show floor. The annual HRIA Pinewood Builder’s Challenge is an opportunity to showcase the skills of nationally known hot-rod builders while raising money for SEMA Cares charities benefiting Childhelp and Victory Junction facilities.

Cheer on the builders as they race their one-of-a-kind, small-scale pinewood cars for recognition and a good cause. After the races, the pinewoods are placed on display in the HRIA booth and auctioned off during the HRIA Industry Awards Reception at the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

HRIA General Membership Meeting

The Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) is hosting a general membership meeting at the NSRA Nationals on August 3—one day before the event opens. General membership meetings are great opportunities to learn more about the council and the resources available exclusively to HRIA members. Attendees will hear the latest updates from the select committee and enjoy an open discussion on the hot-rod industry.

With the SEMA Show just around the corner, the select committee will announce opportunities to volunteer at the Show and other opportunities to become more involved in council activities. Enjoy refreshments while connecting with hot-rod professionals.

The meeting will take place Wednesday, August 3, from 3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m., in the Saddle and Sirloin Club, Freedom Hall.

Registration is open now.

If you have questions regarding any of these events, contact SEMA Director of Councils Jim Skelly at 909-978-6690 or

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