SEMA Member News—May/June 2012
Top Three Reasons To Join HRIA
The annual HRIA Pinewood Builders Race was held this past summer in Long Beach, California. The 2012 race will take place in Pomona on July 27, and the vehicles will again be on display at the SEMA Show, where they will be auctioned to the highest bidders.
Education: Each year, the hot rod industry gathers in Indianapolis, Indiana, for the Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) Education Day. This annual event attracts more than 40 companies in the hot rod industry to host educational seminars on new products or systems, installations, selling techniques or anything of interest to a hot rod shop. The companies on display represent the cutting edge of technology and product development in the industry, providing HRIA members with unique insights into the manufacturers of the parts they sell and install. Attendance in the seminars is free to all guests of the Hot Rod & Restoration Trade Show.
Networking and Recognition: HRIA hosts its annual awards banquet during the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The highlights of the reception are the numerous awards given by HRIA and some of the industry’s leading organizations. In addition, the reception showcases six of the finest hot rods in the nation on display in the reception hall. The HRIA reception also provides a wonderful opportunity for all HRIA members to socialize with old friends and make new friends in hot rodding.
Preserving and Promoting the Hobby: The “Futures in Hot Rodding” program exposes students to internship programs, available scholarships and employment paths found in the hot rodding industry. HRIA members are also eligible to participate in the “Hot Rodder Highlight” program, which recognizes companies and individuals involved with HRIA.
February 24: Industry Discussion and Long-Range Planning Meeting, Detroit Autorama, Detroit, Michigan
March 22: Education and Training Day, Hot Rod & Restoration, Indianapolis, Indiana
July 5: General Membership Meeting, Goodguys PPG Nationals, Columbus, Ohio
July 13: Collector Car Appreciation Day
July 27: SEMA Pinewood Races and Builder’s Challenge,Pomona, California
August 1: General Membership Meeting, NSRA Street Rod Nationals, Louisville, Kentucky
October 31: HRIA Industry Reception and Awards Ceremony, SEMA Show, Las Vegas, Nevada
Visit www.SEMA.org/hria for updated calendar
HRIA Member Testimonial
HRIA is comprised of a group of industry professionals who volunteer their time to develop initiatives that will benefit the hot rodding industry and the future of its livelihood. The partnership between HRIA and Hotrod & Restoration is extremely special because technical, business and new-product education is crucial for our market segment growth. That is what the HRIA Education Day at the Hotrod & Restoration Trade Show is all about.
—Travis Weeks, Publisher/Producer, Hot Rod & Restoration
Message From The Chair Of HRIA
HRIA will navigate these still somewhat uncertain times, and it’s encouraging to see that our industry as a whole continues to show signs of strength. The council continues to refine some of its signature programs so that they continue to deliver the value our members expect and deserve. To this end, HRIA will persist in monitoring legislative and regulatory issues that impact our livelihood, and we will work with SEMA’s legislative affairs office to address these concerns. With the support of our membership, HRIA will continue to promote awareness of our hobby and ensure the future prosperity of the hot rod industry.
—Rick Love, Executive Vice President,Vintage Air
HRIA Select Committee Testimonial
Being involved with HRIA allows me to stay up to date on the latest issues and trends facing the hot rod industry. In addition, my involvement with HRIA lets me get to know many of my peers in the aftermarket and hot rod market, helping me to better serve my own company.
—Eric Saltrick, Vice President of Marketing,Steele Rubber