Reminder: Submit Your Nominations for the Prestigious SEMA Industry Awards!

By Ashley Reyes

Industry Awards

SEMA members still have time to nominate candidates for the notable SEMA Industry Awards, which are awarded to leading companies and individuals who have made significant contributions to the automotive special-equipment industry over the past year.

Comprised of Channel Partner of the Year, Content Creator of the Year, Gen-III Innovator of the Year, Manufacturer of the Year and Person of the Year, the awards are among the trade association’s highest honors, celebrating those who have exhibited professionalism, service, integrity and ethics that have propelled the industry forward.

“SEMA Industry Awards are a testament to those who have enhanced the industry at remarkable levels,” said SEMA Manager of Recognition Programs Chris Standifer. “The nomination process is crucial as it helps us identify and recognize those who are pushing new boundaries in the automotive world.”


Dee Zee Inc. was named Manufacturer of the Year for its success in delivering high-quality products to its customers through innovation, teamwork and continuous improvement.

Nominations are open for:  

  • Channel Partner of the Year: Honors a sales channel partner for its outstanding service to the sales, distribution, retail and/or eCommerce channel(s) of the industry. This includes maintaining proper inventories to service its respective channel and exceeding standards in providing suppliers with input and regular communication to help their products and programs succeed. 
  • Content Creator of the Year: Honors a content creator for their outstanding contributions to the automotive culture and for creating a positive impact with automotive enthusiasts.
  • Gen-III Innovator of the Year: Honors a young, entrepreneurial individual, 40 years old or younger, who is creating innovative breakthroughs within the area(s) of industry opportunities, advancement, best business practices, technology and/or trends. 
  • Manufacturer of the Year: Honors a manufacturing company for its outstanding contributions and innovations.  
  • Person of the Year: Established to honor a person for their outstanding contributions to the automotive specialty-equipment market.  

The SEMA Industry Awards will be presented during SEMA Show week, November 5-8, 2024. The Kick-Off Breakfast, held on Tuesday, November 5, will award both Channel Partner of the Year and Manufacturer of the Year. On Thursday, November 7, the SEMA Show Industry Awards Banquet will recognize Gen-III Innovator of the Year, Person of the Year and Content Creator of the Year. Entries for Best Engineered Vehicle of the Year--a SEMA Industry Award that recognizes exceptional quality of engineering on a vehicle build--will open in September. 

Ready to nominate? Click here to submit your nomination and celebrate the trailblazers of the automotive industry! Nominations close July 12.