SEMA Council and Network Receptions at the 2019 SEMA Show

By Kristopher Porter

During the ARMO awards presentation, the council will recognize the contributions of individuals and companies in the restoration segment, with awards presented to the winners of the 2019 ARMO Person of the Year and the ARMO Business of the Year.

SEMA’s councils and networks will host the following receptions at the 2019 SEMA Show, to be held November 5–8, in Las Vegas.

ARMO Reception

Gather with members of the Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO), Tuesday, November 5, 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 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 2019 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.

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HRIA Reception

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, November 6, 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

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PRO Reception

Soak up the Vegas vibe at the liveliest party in town: the Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) Industry Awards Reception, set for Tuesday, November 5, from 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m., at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino pool deck. Mix and mingle with industry icons, leaders and friends as PRO celebrates 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.

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The SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN) reception offers industry women an opportunity to celebrate and network with industry peers.

SBN Reception

The SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN) invites industry women to attend an evening of celebration and networking. The annual SBN Reception will be held Wednesday, November 6, from 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m., at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino in Ballroom D. 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 with other women interested in learning more about SBN. Committee members are great resources for any questions about the network and can explain how and why to get more involved.

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TORA Reception

Calling all truck and off-road professionals! You’re invited to attend the annual TORA Reception, hosted by the Truck & Off-Road Alliance. The fun-filled event is set to take place Wednesday, November 6, at 5:00 p.m., in front of the South Hall adjacent to the Hoonigan SEMA of Shred feature. 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.

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WTC Reception

Join the Wheel and Tire Council (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, November 5, 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 share 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.

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YEN Reception

The Young Executives Network (YEN) is hosting its popular annual awards reception. The dynamic event is an outstanding networking opportunity and is highly anticipated among the industry’s young professionals. Enjoy connecting with other young professionals over food, drinks and conversation on Tuesday, November 5, from 5:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m., at the Westgate Paradise 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.

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