SEMA Member News - September/October 2010
An Eye to the Future
Thinking and Planning Ahead
By Karl Stearns
The 2009 Nat Danas Person of the Year winner was B.J. Leanse (left), who accepted the award from PRO chairman Karl Stearns. Be on hand at the 2010 Novemberfest at the SEMA Show when the 2010 winner will be announced!
To that end, I am always seeking out people who want to be involved. Are you a PRO member? Would you like to be more involved in PRO? We have a number of task forces and committees, a lot of events and jobs to be done. We need your help. I hope that if you get involved, you will likewise develop your passion for the industry by making your own mark, big or small, on something that you’ve helped to accomplish. Please feel free to contact me via e-mail or phone me (570/595-9011). I’ll be happy to talk to you and put you to work!
Why is this important? A number of reasons. Our industry can’t thrive without an active, lively council. We depend on new ideas, clear thinking and a “big-picture” view. We also need future leaders. Hey, I love my job, but I only get to do it for two years. Somebody needs to be in line after the current chairman. We also need Select Committee members who can serve as guides for the council. Participating in task forces and committees helps you learn about the council, and then you can move forward to become part of its leadership.
I’m glad Chuck taught me to look at things this way. The past year has been exciting for me as I’ve seen the PRO council literally take off like a rocket. I’m looking forward to the coming year. I’ve set as a slogan for the Select Committee: “Let’s Make It Shine,” because we have become a standout as a council and I want us to be even more so. Sadly for me, it will be over all too soon. But it has been a wonderful 12 years for me—and I will still be here participating in some way. I hope you will, too.
Think Outside the Shop
Please join the PRO at the 2010 NovemberFest, taking place on Tuesday, November 2, at 5:30 p.m. at the Las Vegas Hilton during the annual SEMA Show. NovemberFest is a break from the traditional industry reception and will provide guests with a premier networking opportunity that is second to none. PRO will honor the Manufacturer of the Year, Restyler of the Year, Nat Danas Person of the Year and the Jim Borre Lifetime Achievement recipient. Don’t miss this chance to mingle with industry icons, leaders and friends. Find out what the buzz is all about. Last year was a blast. This year will be better. Join us to congratulate our PRO award recipients, have a bite to eat and enjoy a drink. We’ll even have a DJ! Commemorative T-shirts for all will be supplied by our sponsor, Eagle Enterprises. We’d love to have you. NovemberFest has become the place to be on Tuesday at the SEMA Show. Keep abreast of the goings on at www.SEMA.org/pro.