By Zane Clark
SEMA will offer a professional development and small-business training program in Detroit, Wednesday, June 14. The program will kick off at 3:00 p.m. with a session entitled “Planning for the Future: New Vehicle Technologies,” which will address the aftermarket industry’s increasingly important role in retrofitting and installing connected and automated systems and technologies on the 250 million vehicles already on U.S. roads.
- John Waraniak, vice president of vehicle technology, SEMA
- Jeff Varick, president, Brandmotion
- Scott Wolin, district sales manager – restyling, Chicago Parts & Sound LLC
Following this session, attendees will hear from special guests from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Michigan District Office. The SBA will share insights on business financing programs that support infrastructure improvements needed to assure business sustainability into the future. The educational programs will be immediately followed by a networking reception.
The next morning, attendees will be invited to tour both the American Center for Mobility and the innovative Mobility Transformation Facility, more commonly known as Mcity at the University of Michigan. The 32-acre facility is located on campus and is the first of its kind in testing new automated vehicle technologies and their capabilities to safely maneuver actual roadways. Hosted by the Professional Restylers Organization (PRO), a SEMA council, attendees will enjoy a guided private tour of the facility. Register now!
When: Wednesday, June 14, from 3:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m. (EDT)
Where: Detroit Metro Airport Marriott, 30559 Flynn Dr., Romulus, MI 48174
Cost: $25 for SEMA members/$35 non-members
Fees include the education program, networking mixer and optional tour on June 15.
Space is limited. Register now!
For additional information, please contact SEMA’s Senior Director of Education Zane Clark.