By Ashley Reyes
Making new connections and business relationships has been challenging during the pandemic. For aspiring young professionals in the automotive specialty-equipment industry, the upcoming SEMA Show in Las Vegas, will be a great opportunity to connect with the industry and network in person.
In addition to activities on the floor during the Show, November 2–5, several after-hours events and SEMA Young Executives Network (YEN)-specific activities will take place to give young professionals opportunities to connect with like-minded colleagues. YEN members and young professionals 39 and younger are invited to join YEN at the following events where they will expand their network and meet face-to-face with some of the top technology, marketing and sales, operations and executive minds in the automotive industry.
YEN General Membership Meeting & Mixer
When: Monday, November 1, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Location: Topgolf (Located inside MGM Grand)
Current and prospective YEN members will hear from the select committee as they share details about resources that are available to help YEN members grow and expand their network. As an in-person meeting, this is the best time to connect with YEN leadership and learn about new initiatives targeted to young professionals in the industry. Come and discover what YEN can do to help you advance in your career.
Transportation to Topgolf will be provided. Meet at 5:00 p.m. at the Diamond Lot side of the Las Vegas Convention Center West Hall. Return trip from the event will not be provided.
When: Tuesday, November 2 at 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Renaissance, Top of Parking Garage
Highly anticipated among young professionals, this event brings together colleagues, leaders and enthusiasts to celebrate the strides young executives are making in the automotive aftermarket. An awards ceremony will take place to recognize and announce one industry leader as the 2021 SEMA Young Executive of the Year and celebrate an individual who actively supports young people in the industry with the YEN Vanguard award. This fun event is a great way to unwind after a busy day one of the SEMA Show.
SEMA Education: Future Industry Outlook from CEOs Under 40, Powered by YEN
When: Thursday, November 4 at 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Location: LVCC, Upper North Hall
This session will bring together young industry CEOs for a discussion on their views of where the industry will be in the next decade and beyond. Add the seminar to your Show planner when registering for the SEMA Show.
Attendees can prepare for the Show by seeing who's exhibiting by visiting the updated floorplan. Advanced registration is encouraged to avoid delays on-site and can be obtained by visiting www.SEMAShow.com/attendee.