ARMO - 2009: A New Year to Invest in Yourself!

SEMA Member News -- March/April 2009
ARMO

By Jim Barber

Member News, April 2009, ARMO
 Six Select Commitee seats are up for election. This is your
opportunity to get involved either through the election process or by
running for one of the positions yourself.

No one ever knows what the future will bring. However, we can work
to affect change and steer the direction of the restoration industry. I
have heard many comments over the last year concerning our country’s
current economic status and the various reasons for the downturn. While
I am not an economist or a renowned scholar, I am a businessman and I
am in the restoration industry. With that said, there are two very
important ARMO events forthcoming: the Hotrod and Restoration Trade
Show to be held March 12–14 at the Indiana Convention Center in
Indianapolis, and the ARMO New Products Showcase held in conjunction
with Spring Carlisle, April 22–26. Both of these events can impact your
business in 2009.

As part of the 2009 Hotrod and Restoration Trade Show’s Saturday
seminar schedule, ARMO will present “10 Things You Can Do Today to
Improve Your Website Results Tomorrow.” This panel discussion will be
led by Brian Offenberger of Biz Growth Search Engine Solutions on March
14 from 9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m. at the convention center. The Select
Committee task force led by Kim Mitchell recognizes the importance of
the Internet and realizes that most of our members are small companies
that do not have an IT department. Our goal is to make people, such as
Brian Offenberger, available to you and your business as a resource.

The New Products Showcase will once again be held during the Spring
Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and it
continues to grow each year. ARMO-member companies are encouraged to
submit new products introduced to the marketplace during the last year
for display and judging in two categories: Best Restoration Product and
Best Resto-Mod Product. The award winners will be announced during the
ARMO reception, which is held annually during the SEMA Show each year.
Also returning will be an opening-night member-appreciation mixer on
the evening of April 23 in the New Products area. The mixer provides an
opportunity to meet and talk with Select Committee members as well as
SEMA staff attending the show.

So what do these two events have to do with my opening paragraph? By
participating in these two events, ARMO is providing its members and
their companies with opportunities to network with other members of the
industry, to learn about new products being introduced to the
marketplace and to provide a forum in which to learn ways to improve
their businesses. What’s the catch? You have to attend and participate.
I hear comments each year from people attending and becoming involved
for the first time, and they all say that it was worth the time.

Last, but very important, it is election time! Six Select Committee
seats are up for election, and one is open—meaning that one person has
served the limit of three two-year terms. This is your opportunity to
get involved, either through the election process itself (by voting),
through the nomination of someone or perhaps by running for one of the
positions yourself. Serving the industry on a SEMA council is extremely
rewarding and is often seen as a stepping-stone to the SEMA Board of
Directors.

There you have it—my thoughts for the beginning of 2009. Invest in
the industry and invest in your council; by doing so, you will invest
in yourself!

To find out more about the ARMO council and its activities, visit www.sema.org/armo.

 

Take a Kid to a Car Show

Look well beyond 2009 and take a kid to a car show. Kids, after all,
grow up and will continue in our footsteps, showing their love and
passion for automobiles just as we have for well over a century. Taking
a kid to a car show will enable the automotive industry to move forward
for centuries to come. Take a kid to a car show, and show them the
past; it preserves our future.

With summer right around the corner, now is the time to plan your
summer events. While you are at it, now is the time to request a supply
of our Take a Kid to a Car Show decals. They’re great to have on hand
as booth giveaways and goodie bag stuffers for car shows, swap meets,
races or any automotive event. Contact Jan Desma, SEMA’s director of
council relations for ARMO, at 909/396-0289, or e-mail her at jand@sema.org to request a supply today. Quantities are limited.

ways to improve
their businesses. What’s the catch? You have to attend and participate.
I hear comments each year from people attending and becoming involved
for the first time, and they all say that it was worth the time.

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