SPC Volunteer Opportunities

Have you ever wondered how to get more involved in the SEMA Street Performance Council (SPC)?

What exactly do the council leaders do throughout their term?  Very simply, the Select Committee is elected by the members of the council to serve a two-year term.  They participate in monthly conference calls and meetings that are held at various trade events throughout the year.  Each Select committee member volunteers for at least 20 hours throughout the year and some volunteer even more.  Some share their experience and vision, others provide creative solutions to challenges our member companies are facing, and others get their hands dirty and get it done.  Each Select Committee member is supported by their company in their SPC efforts and for that we say “thank you” to those companies!  

The leaders of the SPC gathered together earlier this year at SEMA Headquarters in Diamond Bar, California, for its annual Long Range Planning meeting.   This meeting focused on bringing value to the SPC Member companies.  The last 18 months have been extremely challenging for all of our companies, and the council is dedicated to utilizing SEMA’s resources to further benefit each SPC member.  

Guiding the group’s effort was the council’s mission statement to provide market information, education and support to members concerning new and emerging trends.  A handful of exciting objectives are being developed for the council for 2010.  If you are passionate and have interest in being involved, there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer for a Task Force with a limited investment of time, but provides a great way to network and share your ideas. Please reach out to the Task Force Chair if you want to participate or have comments.  

Membership Task Force
Ed “Blake” Burgy (Mr. Gasket) chairs this task force and can be reached at eburgy@mrgasket.com .  The importance of knowing our members and what industry challenges each member has is very important.  The council exists to serve the member, so be expecting to hear from a Select Committee leader over the next few months.

Technology Task Force
Gigi Ho (Digital Performance) chairs this group and can be reached at gigiho@digitalperformance.com . The Business Technology Symposium has been successfully developed and hosted by the SPC for the last three years.  The 2010 technology conference will be on July 23, 2010, in Pasadena, California, as part of the 2010 Leadership Days with some very exciting internet education sessions.  The group will also define and develop relevant educational webinars and articles to help our members take advantage of new opportunities.

Communications Task Force
Baadal “Bottle” Deliwala (Titan Motorsports) chairs this group and can be reached at bottle@titanmotorsports.com . With the changing business climate, it is more important now to communicate frequently with the members using a variety of media.  The SPC SEMA website will be undergoing some changes to provide more frequent activity updates.  Regular submissions to SEMA Member News and eNews will contain relevant Street Performance Market information written or researched by the SPC council membership.  If you want to contribute your ideas or new content, drop an email to Bottle.

Research Task Force
Albert Reda (Vibrant Performance) chairs this group and can be reached at areda@vibrantpower.com .  This group is dedicated to identifying trends of the Street Performance consumer to help our members succeed and prosper.  Several key factors are changing significantly due to the economy, consumer buying habits, distribution channels, and vehicles.  The council has hosted several Focus Panels in the past with jobbers and consumers answering questions about current trends.  The data is compiled and distributed to members illustrating the differences between what is perceived as current buying trends and what is actually happening.

RASR (Racers Against Street Racing) Task Force
Regis Finn (B&M Racing and Performance Parts) chairs the groups and can be reached at rfinn@bnracing.com . The Racers Against Street Racing, or RASR, campaign is an SPC initiative that exists to provide leadership and support to promote the anti-street racing message.  We will definitely need all the industry support and passion to reignite this message to our local communities.

There are so many other things the council leadership does throughout the year, including host the annual SPC Reception at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, present industry awards to our Street Performance colleagues, and elect council leadership.  You are the expert at what your business needs and this council wants to deliver.  Feel free to get in touch with us or come to one of our SPC events. Our hope is that if you haven’t been a part of SPC yet, you will be in 2010 and beyond.

For more information on how to join, please contact SEMA at member@sema.org or (909) 396-0289.