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SEMA Show Education: 6 Must-Attend Builder Seminars

By Zane Clark

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The 2018 SEMA Show HRIA Builders Panel.

Don’t miss the following six builder seminars taking place at the 2019 SEMA Show, November 5–8, in Las Vegas:

What's the Future of Car Builds?
Tuesday, November 5: 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m., LVCC N258
Electric cars are here already but haven’t exactly achieved critical mass or a price point that works. And everything is connected now, so of course cars will be. What then is the car of the future, exactly? What sells it? And more importantly, who builds it?

  • Robert Vogt, CTO Voyomotive
  • Azizi Tucker, CTO, XING Mobility
  • Kyle Kuhnhausen, Owner/Fabrication Specialist, Kuhnhausen Metal Concepts LLC
  • John Waraniak, Vice President of Vehicle Technology, SEMA
  • Tim Strange, Owner, Strange Motion
  • Representative from WIRED Magazine’s Automotive Division

Art, Design and Cars
Wednesday, November 6: 9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m., LVCC N258
Join a panel of industry artists, builders and designers for a real-world conversation that highlights the creative and functional aspects of vehicle builds.

  • John Stewart, Vice President, Editorial Director, SEMA News
  • Max Grundy, President, Fear in the New Beauty
  • Kyle Ticker, President, Detroit Speed Inc.
  • John Waraniak, Vice President of Vehicle Technology, SEMA
  • Randy Lorentzen, Automotive Photographer,

Restoration Builder's Panel, Powered by ARMO
Wednesday, November 6: 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m., LVCC N258
Go behind the scenes to better understanding the art and craft of vehicle restoration.

  • Amy Fitzgerald, Cool Hand Customs
  • Tim Strange, Strange Motion
  • Jesse Henke, JH Restorations
  • Jordon Henke, JH Restorations
  • E.J. Fitzgerald, Cool Hand Customs

Metal Fabrication 201: Fabrication for Aftermarket Automotive Electronics Technology
Wednesday, November 6: 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m., LVCC N253
What hides behind the panels and separates professional builds from hobby builds has everything to do with the structure, planning and service-friendly design. What people see can also be enhanced with creative metalworking techniques that set a specialist apart from other builders and add personalization for the client.

  • Gary Bell, President of Define Concepts LLC
  • Bryan Schmitt, President of Mobile Solutions USA

Hot Rod Builder's Panel, Powered by HRIA
Thursday, November 7: 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., LVCC N258
What does it take to be a successful vehicle builder? How do you differentiate yourself? How do you grow your reputation as a top-tier builder? What are the pitfalls? Who do you partner with? Get answers to these questions and more from some of the industry’s most respected builders.

  • Rick Love, Vintage Air
  • Troy Trepanier, Rad Rides by Troy
  • Bobby Alloway, Alloway’s Hot Rod Shop
  • Kyle Tucker, Detroit Speed Inc.
  • Charley Hutton, Charley Hutton’s Color Studio

Hot Rod and Resto-Mod Interior Fabrication—Design Like the Pros
Thursday, November 7: 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m., LVCC N253
Learn from the Master of Modern-style, upscale hot-rod and restomod interior fabrication. Attendees will learn how to efficiently conceptualize, plan and execute enhancements for classic vehicles outfitted in the modern era.

  • Gary Bell, President of Define Concepts LLC
  • Bryan Schmitt, President of Mobile Solutions USA

Register for the full builder package.

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Contact SEMA’s Senior Director of Education Zane Clark for additional information.