SEMA Member News - January/February 2010
WTC Establishes Hall of Fame
Dick Horasian Is 2009 Inductee
Dick Horasian has been involved in the wheel and tire industry since 1959, when he worked for Ansen Automotive. He has worked with some of the most prestigious companies in the country during his nearly 50-year career.
Horasian (right) was honored with the 2009 WTC Lifetime Achievement award—which includes automatic induction into the newly formed WTC Hall of Fame—at the council’s reception during the recent SEMA Show. WTC Chair-Elect David Insull presented the award.
“WTC has recognized industry leaders with a Lifetime Achievement Award since 2001,” said WTC Chairman Tim Dietz. “When we decided to establish this Hall of Fame, it made sense that it should be immediately populated by those Lifetime Achievement winners. Moving forward, future Lifetime Achievement Award winners will automatically be inducted into the Hall of Fame as well. That does not preclude the option of inducting someone else from the industry who may have not received a Lifetime Achievement Award.”
Industry Icon Honored by WTC
WTC honored an industry icon by awarding Dick Horasian the 2009 WTC Lifetime Achievement Award. The packed room at the WTC reception burst into applause at the announcement, leaving no doubt as to their feelings for this man who only recently retired after devoting nearly 50 years to the automotive aftermarket industry. Horasian is a veteran of the Korean Conflict, where he honed his mechanical skills working on the Skyraider attack aircraft of the U.S. Navy’s VC-35 squadron. He also served as a Los Angeles County Firefighter. Horasian began his automotive aftermarket career in 1959, working with another industry legend named
WTC Hall of Fame
2009 Dick Horasian
His contributions to the aftermarket industry and the companies he worked for go far beyond simple year-over-year sales volumes. Throughout his career, he gave the industry innovative ideas on customer development, business development, product development, market development and program development. While pushing himself, Horasian also continually pushed the industry forward with his ideas. He has been a mentor to countless individuals and, as a result, has helped launch many successful careers in the automotive aftermarket. Horasian is truly one of the original aftermarket industry pioneers.
Reception Changes Successful Overall
WTC moved its annual awards reception from the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel to the Renaissance for 2009.
WTC wishes to thank the following reception sponsors for their generous support:
Dietz said this about the venue change itself: “The end result was a packed room, good food and a couple hours of networking and reconnecting with our friends and colleagues from the industry. We unveiled the WTC Hall of Fame—something that we’ve talked about for a couple of years now—and it was a good evening. Thanks to everyone who attended. And to those who missed it because they were unaware of the venue change, I apologize and hope to see them next year!
“I also want to thank our reception sponsors as well. It’s certainly a tough year for everyone, but several companies came through and helped us put the reception together. We couldn’t have done it without them.”