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SEMA Hall of Fame Frequently Asked Questions

By Ashley Reyes

The SEMA Hall of Fame is an honor bestowed upon individuals who have made a personal impact on improving the automotive specialty-equipment industry. These individuals have gone above and beyond the normal course of business to enhance the stature of the industry and/or the association’s growth.


The SEMA Hall of Fame is the most prestigious award presented to an individual by the association.

New members are inducted into the SEMA Hall of Fame each year, and nominations for the 2022 program are being accepted until March 18, 2022, at

Below is a list of frequently asked questions to help with the nomination process.

What is the SEMA Hall of Fame?

The SEMA Hall of Fame is the most prestigious award presented to an individual by the association. It is designed to honor outstanding persons in the industry who have enhanced the stature of, or significantly contributed to, the industry and/or the association's growth.

Who is the ideal SEMA Hall of Fame candidate?

The ideal nominee will have contributed to the industry beyond the local level and achieved national or international significance. A significant contribution to SEMA is an important consideration for nomination, but not a requirement. A rule of thumb to qualify could be the following question: “How would SEMA and the industry be different without their contributions?”

Is there an age requirement for nominees?

The nominee must be at least 50 years of age prior to the SEMA Show during the year of induction or they may be at any age if deceased as long as the nomination is presented at least one year posthumous.

How many years should the nominee have contributed to the industry?

The nominee should have been involved in the industry and/or SEMA for a minimum of 10 years.

How many individuals can I nominate?

There is no nomination limit. In any given year, it’s not unusual for three or four people to earn induction. The selection committee can also choose to induct zero candidates for the 2022 class if seen fit, although this has never happened.

Where can I view a list of past SEMA Hall of Fame candidates?

The full list of SEMA Hall of Fame inductees can be viewed at

How long after someone has been nominated will the ceremony take place?

The 2022 SEMA Hall of Fame class will be announced in May. Individuals honored with Hall of Fame commendation will be recognized at the SEMA Awards banquet during the 2022 SEMA Show.

If you still have any questions, please email Chris Standifer, project manager – Recognition Programs, at, 909-978-6692.