MPMC Announces Election Results
By Katie Carson
Jason Bruce of Holley.
The Motorsports Parts Manufacturer Council (MPMC) elected three motorsports-industry veterans to serve on its select committee. All three individuals will be volunteering their time for two-year terms and will be up for reelection in 2018.
Jason Bruce serves as the vice president of business development for Holley/MSD. Bruce has been involved in the performance aftermarket for 28 years and is dedicated to volunteerism, having served as the chairman of the Young Executives Network and previously sitting on the MPMC select committee. He feels that the industry is in constant change, both from the business/marketing and legislative/environmental standpoints.
Rob Fisher is the vice president of motorsports and marketing for E3 Spark Plugs. A racer from an early age, Fisher turned his love of motorsports into a successful 25-year career in the automotive industry. Fisher’s longtime involvement in the SEMA Political Action Committee’s President’s Club gives him a unique perspective to the changes the industry is facing. “How we proactively address these challenges will determine whether the industry grows or contracts,” Fisher said.
Matt Graves is the marketing manager of American Powertrain. Graves comes to the MPMC select committee with more than 20 years of experience in the high-performance and aftermarket industry. Graves wants to prepare the industry for growth in this quickly changing world. “Now more than ever, our industry needs to work together to face the coming challenges,” Graves said.
SEMA Member News caught up with Bruce, Fisher and Graves to discuss what drives them to volunteer their time to the council.
SEMA Member News: Why do you feel that it is important to serve on the MPMC select committee?
Matt Graves of American Powertrain.
Matt Graves: Now more than ever, it is paramount to connect and protect our industry together as a group. Being able to serve on the committee is an honor.
Jason Bruce: I feel that it is important to serve on the select committee as a way of giving back to the industry that has given me a great career. This industry is full of great people, and we can overcome anything we set our collective drive and intelligence to.
Rob Fisher: It’s about the industry—its health and its future. From the time I was a kid, my involvement in motorsports has taught me numerous valuable life lessons, shaping not just my career but me as a person. I feel that it’s my responsibility to give back to the industry, help to move it forward and ensure its growth for the next generation.
SMN: What is most exciting to you about the council?
MG: Getting to be involved in SEMA in more ways than just having a booth at the show is very important. We need to understand the scope of the market—where it is heading and what obstacles we need to tackle. It is very exciting to get to help out on this level.
JB: The motorsports part of our industry is the most exciting, as it is a constant avenue for innovation. Innovation and technology drive motorsports and the performance aftermarket, and I hope to help the MPMC select committee with innovative solutions to business issues we all run across.
Rob Fisher of E3 Spark Plugs.
RF: Governmental regulation and enhanced enforcement coupled with OE progress, such as more technically advanced powertrains, hybrid solutions and driverless cars, will all significantly impact our industry and businesses. I see a great opportunity to meet and overcome these challenges by working closely with my fellow council members as well as the Board of Directors.
SMN: What are your goals and how might your experience benefit the network?
MG: My goal is to bring my skill set to the table and see what areas I might be able to help out with the most. When it comes to making, selling and promoting speed parts, I’ve got experience in all three areas. I’m hoping that my background will be of benefit to the committee and help it achieve its goals.
JB: My goal for being on the MPMC select committee is to help the committee achieve its goals and to add my experience and drive to the team so that we can continue to see the motorsports marketplace grow and flourish. I want to do my part to help defeat the attacks on our industry from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other organizations and preserve a very important part of the American car experience.
RF: As a council, we need to build relationships with racing and government sanctioning bodies around the country that are key components to moving the industry forward. Throughout my nearly 30 years in racing, I have been blessed with the opportunity to race and work in many of these sanctioning bodies. Also, I see an opportunity for membership growth. There are significant companies operating in the oval-track racing space that are not members of MPMC. Thanks to my 10 years of running Circle Track, I have close relationships with many of these organizations and will work to bring them into the membership fold.