SEMA News—November 2019
Business After Hours
SEMA Council and Network Receptions to Broaden Your Connections
By Ellen McKoy
|Mix and mingle with industry icons, leaders and friends at the Westgate Resort & Casino Pool Deck as PRO celebrates the growth and progress of the restyling industry during its awards reception.|
The bulk of the action at the SEMA Show may occur on the exhibit floor, but there are also a host of after-hours SEMA council and network receptions to attend that connect clients and colleagues and celebrate the achievements of industry leaders in a relaxed, collegial atmosphere. Here’s a brief guide to this year’s activities.
Gather with members of the Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) on Tuesday, November 5, for an evening of camaraderie and celebration. Billed as the premier event in the automotive restoration industry, the annual ARMO Awards Reception will kick off at 5:15 p.m. at the Westgate Resort & Casino, Conference Rooms 7–14. All ARMO members are invited to attend and enjoy dinner, beverages and networking.
During the awards presentation, the council will recognize the contributions of individuals and companies in the restoration segment, with awards presented to the winners of the 2019 ARMO Person of the Year and the ARMO Business of the Year. The new-product award winners from the ARMO Hot Products Showcase will also be recognized.
Mark your calendar for this must-attend event. Register at www.sema.org/armoevents.
Soak up the Vegas vibe at the liveliest party in town: the Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) Industry Awards Reception, set for 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 5, at the Westgate Resort & Casino pool deck. Mix and mingle with industry icons, leaders and friends as PRO celebrates another successful year in high style.
Enjoy music, hot hors d’oeuvres, beverages and conversation in a relaxing moonlight setting. Celebrate the growth and progress of the restyling industry during the awards reception as PRO tips its hat to top performers in four categories: Restyler of the Year, Manufacturer of the Year, Nat Danas Person of the Year, and the Jim Borré Lifetime Achievement recipient.
All members are invited to attend the PRO networking event of the year. Register at www.sema.org/proevents.
The iconic Pinewood Derby Races will once again take place at the annual TORA Reception. Enjoy beverages and appetizers under the stars, while networking with industry colleagues and friends.
Calling all truck and off-road professionals! You’re invited to attend the annual Truck & Off-Road Alliance (TORA) Reception, hosted by TORA. The fun-filled event is set to take place at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 6, in front of the South Hall in Silver Lot 3.
Unwind after a busy day at the Show. Enjoy beverages and appetizers under the stars while networking with industry colleagues and friends, and join in honoring leading companies and individuals during the awards presentation.
The iconic Pinewood Derby Races will once again take place at the reception this year. Sponsor a vehicle by donating to SEMA Cares Children’s Charities and cheer as your derby car competes. Register to attend the event at www.sema.org/toraevents.
Enjoy connecting with industry professionals and catching up with friends over food and beverages as WTC marks another successful year of serving the wheel and tire segment.
Join the Wheel & Tire Council (WTC) and hundreds of wheel and tire industry members for an evening of celebration and networking in a relaxed atmosphere by the Renaissance Hotel pool, 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 5. Enjoy connecting with industry professionals and catching up with friends over food and beverages as WTC marks another successful year of serving the wheel and tire segment.
Talk about what’s happening in the industry, and exchange special moments and must-see attractions from this year’s SEMA Show. Join in honoring a wheel and tire industry pioneer who will be inducted into the WTC Hall of Fame during the awards presentation. Learn how you can get involved in WTC.
Register for the event at www.sema.org/wtcevents.
Join the Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) as members get together for a lively evening of networking, appetizers, beverages and celebration of individuals and companies that have contributed to the progress of the hot-rod industry. The much-anticipated event is slated for 5:15 p.m.–8:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 6, at the Westgate Paradise Center.
Mix and mingle with industry friends in a relaxed environment. Grab a drink, a plate of snacks and settle in at a table to watch the show. TV personality Tim Strange will emcee this year’s event as industry leaders are awarded and recognized for their outstanding achievements. Six of the year’s outstanding hot-rod builds will be in front of the stage, providing the perfect atmosphere for one of the most anticipated hot-rod industry events of the year.
Register for the event at www.sema.org/hriaevents.
Join YEN during their highly anticipated networking opportunity amongst the industry’s young professionals while they honor one leading professional as Young Executive of the Year.
The Young Executives Network (YEN) is hosting its popular annual awards reception. The dynamic event is an outstanding networking opportunity and is highly anticipated among the industry’s young professionals. Enjoy connecting with other young professionals over food, drinks and conversation on Tuesday, November 5, from 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. at the Westgate Paradise Event Center.
YEN select committee members will be on hand to talk about opportunities to get more involved in the network’s initiatives. The event also will honor top young professionals for their outstanding accomplishments within the industry. During the reception, YEN will name one leading professional as Young Executive of the Year and celebrate an individual who actively supports young people in the industry with the YEN Vanguard award. This is one event you don’t want to miss.
Register for the event at www.sema.org/yenevents.
The SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN) invites you to attend an evening of celebration and networking. The annual SBN Reception will be held from 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 6, at the Westgate Resort & Casino, Ballrooms D–E. And there’s no better way to close out the second day of the Show than by mingling with fellow women of the industry while enjoying finger foods and beverages.
SBN select committee members will circulate throughout the evening, networking with current members as well as with other women interested in learning more about SBN. The committee members are great resources for any questions about the network and can explain how and why to get more involved.
Register to attend the event at