SEMA News—December 2012
By Mike Imlay
Meet the 2012–2013 SEMA Board of Directors
Elected by the association’s membership at large, SEMA’s Board of Directors reflects the wide spectrum of businesses to be found within the specialty-equipment marketplace, from manufacturing to distribution, and from sales to service suppliers.
“As members of SEMA’s Board of Directors, these volunteers serve the entire industry, playing a crucial role in setting priorities for the specialty-equipment market,” said SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting. “We appreciate their hard work and dedication, along with their commitment and foresight in ensuring the future growth of our industry.”
In fact, the election process begins with employees of SEMA-member companies recommending people in the industry who, in their opinion, would be good candidates to run for the SEMA board. Members are free to nominate colleagues as well as themselves. A nominating task force then reviews all recommendations. This group consists of seven individuals, who, by agreeing to sit on the task force, are ineligible to run for the board during that election year. The group reviews each nomination based on industry experience, knowledge of business affairs, integrity and other similar characteristics.
The nominating task force then submits its recommendations for potential candidates to the current board of directors. This process of checks and balances ensures that the final list of candidates includes only highly qualified nominees. Names and background information on the final candidates are included in election booklets, which are sent along with ballots to all SEMA members in the appropriate voting categories. According to SEMA bylaws, there are three basic voting categories: Manufacturers, Distributor/Retailer and Services, and Manufacturers’ Reps. Companies vote for board members within their respective member category.
Ballots returned before the stated deadline are collected and tabulated by an accounting firm and two board members, who supervise the procedure. The final results are announced soon after all candidates have been contacted, with new directors and officers beginning their service in July.
All board positions serve two-year terms. (The chairman-elect serves in that position for two years, then serves as chairman for the succeeding two years.) Directors may be re-elected to serve up to three consecutive two-year terms in office, and they may be re-elected to office after three consecutive terms following a minimum break in continuous service of two years.
COMP Performance Group
B&M Automotive Group
Transamerican Auto Parts
Bob Cook Sales
Winners Circle Speed & Custom Inc.
eTool Developers LLC
P&E Distributors Inc.
Hotchkis Performance LLC
DUB Publishing Inc.
K&N Engineering Inc.
Warehouse Operations, Performance Warehouse
Street Scene Equipment
Weathers Auto Supply