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SEMA Hires Two New Directors

By Della Domingo

SEMA hired two new directors working in the councils and membership department: Pamela Brown-Matthis and Marcy Ann Yanus. Brown-Matthis is the new education director based in McKinney, Texas. Marcy Ann Yanus is the new SEMA council director overseeing Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO), Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) and Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC), and will be based in Grove City, Ohio. Both women will report to SEMA Vice President, Councils & Membership Nathan Ridnouer.

Pamela Brown-Matthis

“Pamela and Marcy will be tremendous assets to our education and council teams,” said Ridnouer. “As we continue to advance our programs to serve the needs of our members and the industry as a whole, we need seasoned professionals like Pamela and Marcy to move us forward.”

Marcy Ann Yanus

Brown-Matthis is a seasoned education development specialist with more than 25 years of experience as a professional development executive, instructional designer, content developer and author. As a professional speaker, coach and workshop leader, Brown-Matthis has presented on topics such as Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Leadership Development; and Interpersonal Skills Development. As a curriculum developer, she has developed a portfolio of competency-based leadership development solutions for hybrid learning and development programs. Brown-Matthis has led, developed and managed national leadership development programs, conferences, summits and workshops for emerging leaders, executives and c-suite professionals.

Yanus has worked professionally for non-profit associations for nearly 20 years. She has served in numerous capacities with non-profits in Ohio, Texas, Michigan and Connecticut. Most recently she served as an executive at YMCA of Central Ohio over membership and database management. Yanus is passionate about gender equity and was co-chair for the Inaugural National YMCA Women’s Leadership Conference in 2018. Personally, Yanus grew up at her dad’s small business where he restored classic and antique car engines. As a former race car driver, she accompanied him to the racetracks to watch him work the pit while she timed races.