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Nominations Open for SEMA Gen-III Award Recognizing Young Trailblazers

By Ashley Reyes

SEMA is accepting nominations for its prestigious Gen-III Innovator of the Year award, presented to a young, entrepreneurial individual who is revolutionizing the automotive aftermarket. The distinguished award recognizes the contributions of a remarkable individual, 40 years old or younger, who is driving breakthroughs in the industry through their innovative technologies, business models, startups or trends.

"This award celebrates a rising star who is advancing the industry with their fresh ideas and commitment to pushing boundaries," said Chris Standifer, SEMA project manager of recognition programs. "All members-at-large are encouraged to submit a nomination to help recognize the accomplishments of a young innovator and give them the chance to be honored by the industry."

Mike Burns, CEO of ValvoMax, was recognized with the 2022 Gen-III Innovator of the Year award for his outstanding commitment to the industry and high level of involvement with SEMA committees, task forces, councils and overall participation.


The SEMA Gen-III Innovator of the Year award will be presented alongside the Person of the Year and Content Creator of the Year awards on Thursday, November 2, at the 2023 SEMA Show Industry Awards Banquet. The Manufacturer of the Year and Channel Partner of the Year awards will be presented on Tuesday, October 31, at the SEMA Show Kickoff Breakfast.

SEMA members can join in honoring industry excellence by submitting nominations for all five SEMA Industry Awards now at

[Editors' note: You can also submit a recommendation form if you don't have all the requested information to complete the nomination form. When you submit a recommendation form, the awards committee sends a nomination form to the person or business you recommend so they can complete their nomination.]