SEMA Member News—October 2021

By Ellen McKoy

YEN Seeks to Inspire and Energize

The Young Executives Network (YEN) aims to energize and inspire members through networking and learning experiences during the SEMA Show, to be held November 2–5 at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC).


Gain Insights From C-Suite Entrepreneurs

Young professionals may not often interact with and learn from C-suite innovators. “Future Industry Outlook From CEOs Under 40,” a discussion powered by YEN, affords that opportunity on Thursday, November 4, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m., in LVCC room N259.

BOOSTane’s Ian Lehn, past chair of the Emerging Trends & Technology Network (ETTN), will serve as moderator. Panelists will include SEMA Board member Lindsay Hubley of Lodestone Events/Overland Expo and Derive Systems’ Kirstin Stone, YEN immediate past chair.

“Young entrepreneurs under 40 offer unique perspectives, because they have to be in tune with where things are headed in the next 10 to 20 years,” Lehn said. “I want to get their views on what’s important to address in our industry today to ensure that we continue to be at the forefront of automotive technology and innovation for the foreseeable future.”

Added Caloroso: “YEN has always been at the forefront of creating ideas and programs to benefit our members. This seminar is an opportunity for young people to learn from seasoned veterans’ experiences.”

Tee Off at Top Golf

An evening of good fellowship kicks off with a membership meeting and mixer at the Top Golf location in Las Vegas on Monday, November 1, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. The venue features golf games in bays similar to bowling lanes.

Seventy-five YENsters get to kick back, enjoy food and drink and catch up on the latest YEN happenings.

“Any time we get together, there’s value and fun to be had,” said Chair Nick Caloroso.

Celebrate Young Achievers

The annual YEN Awards Reception has moved to a new outdoor venue: the Renaissance Hotel garage rooftop. The networking event will be held Tuesday, November 2, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. and will include food, drinks and ample opportunities to connect with friends and peers. An awards ceremony will recognize recipients of the Vanguard Award and the Young Executive of the Year.

“We’re excited about the new venue,” Caloroso said. “Whether you want to know about YEN, are curious about volunteering or just want to meet other young people in the industry and have fun, join us.”

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