By Kristopher Porter
All SEMA council and network members and industry professionals are encouraged to attend the following events to network, advance their industry knowledge and learn about the latest initiatives:
Gather with members of the Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO), Tuesday, October 30, for an evening of camaraderie and celebration. Billed as the premier event in the automotive restoration industry, the annual ARMO Awards Reception will kick off at 5:15 p.m. at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, Conference Rooms 7–14. All ARMO members are invited to attend and enjoy dinner, beverages and networking. During the awards presentation, the council will recognize the contributions of individuals and companies in the restoration segment, with awards presented to the winners of the 2018 ARMO Person of the Year and the ARMO Business of the Year. The new-product award winners from the ARMO Hot Products Showcase will also be recognized. Mark your calendar for this must-attend event. Register now.
ETTN Vehicle Tech Lunch & Learn
The Emerging Trends & Technology Network (ETTN) will host a luncheon immediately prior to its seminar entitled, “Advanced Vehicle Technology: Practice, Policy and Challenges.” The ETTN Vehicle Tech Lunch & Learn, geared toward automotive technical, engineering and design professionals, will feature food, beverages, presentations and opportunities to discuss the latest automotive technology. In an awards ceremony, leading professionals will be recognized and celebrated with the network’s three annual awards that are presented to those who embody the core values of ETTN. Select committee members and SEMA staff will be on hand to talk about the networks’s initiatives, resources available to members and opportunities to get more involved. This event will take place Thursday, November 1, from 11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m., in LVCC room N261. Register now.
Join the Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) as members get together for a lively evening of networking, appetizers, beverages and celebration of individuals and companies that have contributed to the progress of the hot-rod industry. The much-anticipated event is slated for Wednesday, October 31, from 5:15 p.m.–8:30 p.m., at the Westgate Paradise Center. Mix and mingle with industry friends in a relaxed environment. Grab a drink, a plate of snacks and settle in at a table to watch the show. After the colors are presented by the color guard and the national anthem is sung, John McLeod will emcee the event as industry leaders are awarded and recognized for their outstanding achievements. Companies may also purchase reserved tables for the best seats in the house. All proceeds from table reservations benefit the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund. But act fast; tables sell out quickly. To reserve a table, email Jim Skelly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Register now.
Calling all light-truck accessory professionals! You’re invited to attend the annual TORA Reception, hosted by the TORA. The fun-filled event is set to take place Wednesday, October 31, at 5:00 p.m., in front of the South Hall in the SCORE off-road area adjacent to Mike’s Sky Ranch. Unwind after a busy day at the Show. Enjoy beverages and appetizers under the stars, while networking with industry colleagues and friends. Join in honoring leading companies and individuals during the awards presentation. The iconic Pinewood Drag Races will once again take place this year. Sponsor a vehicle by donating to SEMA Cares children’s charities, and cheer as your pinewood car competes. A raffle for door prizes will also be held, with all proceeds donated to the charities. Register now.
Soak up the Vegas vibe at the liveliest party in town: the PRO Industry Awards Reception, Tuesday, October 30, from 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m., at the Westgate Resort & Casino pool deck. Mix and mingle with industry icons, leaders and friends as the Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) celebrates its 30th anniversary in high style. Enjoy live music, hot hors d’oeuvres, beverages and conversation in a relaxing moonlight setting. Celebrate the growth and progress of the restyling industry during the awards reception as PRO tips its hat to top performers in four categories: Restyler of the Year, Manufacturer of the Year, Nat Danas Person of the Year and the Jim Borré Lifetime Achievement recipient. All members are invited to attend the PRO networking event of the year. Register now.
SBN invites all women of the industry to attend an evening of celebration and networking. The annual SBN Reception will be held Wednesday, October 31, from 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m., at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, Ballroom D. And there’s no better way to close out the second day of the Show than by mingling with fellow women of the industry while enjoying finger foods and beverages. SBN select committee members will circulate throughout the evening, networking with current members and other women interested in learning more about SBN. The committee members are great resources for any questions about the network and can explain how and why to get more involved. Register now.
Join the WTC and hundreds of wheel and tire industry members for an evening of celebration and networking in a relaxed atmosphere by the Renaissance Hotel pool, Tuesday, October 30, from 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Enjoy connecting with industry professionals and catching up with friends over food and beverages as WTC marks 20 years of serving the wheel and tire segment. Talk about what’s happening in the industry, exchange special moments and must-see attractions from this year’s SEMA Show. Join in honoring a wheel and tire industry pioneer who will be inducted into the WTC Hall of Fame during the awards presentation. Learn how you can get involved in WTC. Register now.
YEN is again hosting its popular annual awards reception. The event is an outstanding networking opportunity and highly anticipated among the industry’s young professionals. Enjoy connecting with them over food, drinks and conversation, Tuesday, October 30, from 5:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m., at the Westgate Paradise Event Center. YEN select committee members will be on hand to talk about opportunities to get more involved in the network’s initiatives. The event also will honor top young professionals for their outstanding accomplishments within the industry. During the reception, YEN will name one leading professional as Young Executive of the Year and celebrate an individual who actively supports young people in the industry with the YEN Vanguard Award. This is one event you don’t want to miss. Register now.