Thu, 06/18/2015 - 15:48
 SEMA Gala
The annual SEMA Installation Gala is where guests can connect with friends and colleagues to honor and celebrate members of the SEMA Board and the newest inductees of the SEMA Hall of Fame.
  

By Jason Catullo

Featuring a cocktail reception, the SEMA Pinewood Drag Races and dinner, SEMA’s annual Installation Gala provides guests the chance to connect with friends and colleagues, as well as SEMA Board members and the SEMA Hall of Fame’s newest inductees.

The gala sets the stage to pay tribute to the outgoing and incoming Board members and serves as the venue to honor and formally introduce the latest Hall of Fame inductees.

Susan Carpenter of JR Products, Laurel Dasher of Powerteq and Dan Kahn of Kahn Media Inc. are the newest members elected to the SEMA Board. In addition to the new volunteers, Jim Bingham of Winner’s Circle Speed & Custom Inc. and Nick Gramelspacher of Meyer Distributing were re-elected, and Wade Kawasaki of the Coker Group was elected SEMA’s chairman-elect.

Joel Ayres, Jim Bingham and Dennis Gage will receive the industry's highest honor and be inducted into the SEMA Hall of Fame. They join a prestigious group of industry icons whose contributions and innovations have shaped and inspired the $33-billion automotive specialty-equipment market.

The Pinewood Drag Races, hosted by SEMA Cares, feature carefully crafted pinewood race cars competing in several classes while onlookers cheer on their favorites. Proceeds benefit SEMA Cares charities. The SEMA Cares Pinewood Drag Races will take place Friday, July 24, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. The finals will be held during the cocktail reception shortly before the banquet begins.

Learn more about the SEMA Installation Banquet at www.sema.org/gala. To sponsor a Pinewood race car or to get started building one, sign up at www.sema.org/pinewoood.

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 15:48
 SEMA Gala
The annual SEMA Installation Gala is where guests can connect with friends and colleagues to honor and celebrate members of the SEMA Board and the newest inductees of the SEMA Hall of Fame.
  

By Jason Catullo

Featuring a cocktail reception, the SEMA Pinewood Drag Races and dinner, SEMA’s annual Installation Gala provides guests the chance to connect with friends and colleagues, as well as SEMA Board members and the SEMA Hall of Fame’s newest inductees.

The gala sets the stage to pay tribute to the outgoing and incoming Board members and serves as the venue to honor and formally introduce the latest Hall of Fame inductees.

Susan Carpenter of JR Products, Laurel Dasher of Powerteq and Dan Kahn of Kahn Media Inc. are the newest members elected to the SEMA Board. In addition to the new volunteers, Jim Bingham of Winner’s Circle Speed & Custom Inc. and Nick Gramelspacher of Meyer Distributing were re-elected, and Wade Kawasaki of the Coker Group was elected SEMA’s chairman-elect.

Joel Ayres, Jim Bingham and Dennis Gage will receive the industry's highest honor and be inducted into the SEMA Hall of Fame. They join a prestigious group of industry icons whose contributions and innovations have shaped and inspired the $33-billion automotive specialty-equipment market.

The Pinewood Drag Races, hosted by SEMA Cares, feature carefully crafted pinewood race cars competing in several classes while onlookers cheer on their favorites. Proceeds benefit SEMA Cares charities. The SEMA Cares Pinewood Drag Races will take place Friday, July 24, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. The finals will be held during the cocktail reception shortly before the banquet begins.

Learn more about the SEMA Installation Banquet at www.sema.org/gala. To sponsor a Pinewood race car or to get started building one, sign up at www.sema.org/pinewoood.

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 14:55
By Becca Butler

  press
Exhibitors who have significant news that appeals to a large variety of media outlets may want to consider hosting a press conference.
  
Press conferences are just one of many ways for exhibitors to connect with media at the SEMA Show. Posting a press release in the Online Media Center, distributing press kits on-site and participating in social media are simple actions that can yield great results.

Those who have significant news that appeals to a large variety of media outlets may want to consider hosting a press conference. Press conferences require a great deal of time and effort to plan, and there is a risk that media attendance or interest may be low. Exhibitors who are interested should review this video on How to Host a Successful Press Conference.

To apply for an official SEMA Show Press Conference slot, fill out the online application. Upon submitting an application, an automatic message will be e-mailed to confirm it was received. Please know that submitting an application does not guarantee placement and press conferences will be scheduled at the sole discretion of SEMA Show management.

The deadline to apply is July 31, and exhibitors will be notified of their application status by mid-August. Those who do not receive the automatic email or who have questions can contact Becca Butler or call 909-978-6669 for details.
Thu, 06/18/2015 - 14:55
By Becca Butler

  press
Exhibitors who have significant news that appeals to a large variety of media outlets may want to consider hosting a press conference.
  
Press conferences are just one of many ways for exhibitors to connect with media at the SEMA Show. Posting a press release in the Online Media Center, distributing press kits on-site and participating in social media are simple actions that can yield great results.

Those who have significant news that appeals to a large variety of media outlets may want to consider hosting a press conference. Press conferences require a great deal of time and effort to plan, and there is a risk that media attendance or interest may be low. Exhibitors who are interested should review this video on How to Host a Successful Press Conference.

To apply for an official SEMA Show Press Conference slot, fill out the online application. Upon submitting an application, an automatic message will be e-mailed to confirm it was received. Please know that submitting an application does not guarantee placement and press conferences will be scheduled at the sole discretion of SEMA Show management.

The deadline to apply is July 31, and exhibitors will be notified of their application status by mid-August. Those who do not receive the automatic email or who have questions can contact Becca Butler or call 909-978-6669 for details.
Thu, 06/18/2015 - 14:55
By Becca Butler

  press
Exhibitors who have significant news that appeals to a large variety of media outlets may want to consider hosting a press conference.
  
Press conferences are just one of many ways for exhibitors to connect with media at the SEMA Show. Posting a press release in the Online Media Center, distributing press kits on-site and participating in social media are simple actions that can yield great results.

Those who have significant news that appeals to a large variety of media outlets may want to consider hosting a press conference. Press conferences require a great deal of time and effort to plan, and there is a risk that media attendance or interest may be low. Exhibitors who are interested should review this video on How to Host a Successful Press Conference.

To apply for an official SEMA Show Press Conference slot, fill out the online application. Upon submitting an application, an automatic message will be e-mailed to confirm it was received. Please know that submitting an application does not guarantee placement and press conferences will be scheduled at the sole discretion of SEMA Show management.

The deadline to apply is July 31, and exhibitors will be notified of their application status by mid-August. Those who do not receive the automatic email or who have questions can contact Becca Butler or call 909-978-6669 for details.
Thu, 06/18/2015 - 14:20
By Becca Butler

 Planet Hollywood
The early-bird deadline for Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino and Paris Las Vegas is July 6.
  

The 2015 SEMA Show is just five months away and hotel rooms are filling up quickly. To help ensure that you get a room that best meets your needs, below are top questions to ask before reserving one:

  • Am I getting the lowest rate possible?
  • Are there any added resort fees?
  • How far is the hotel from the Las Vegas Convention Center?
  • Am I near a monorail stop?
  • What amenities are included with my room?
  • Can I book for my colleagues?
  • What’s your cancellation policy?
  • What restaurants are in your hotel?
  • Will I get a confirmation number upon reserving my room?

The following are the remaining SEMA Show hotel early-bird deadlines:

Hotel
 Early-Bird Deadline
Ballys Las Vegas
 July 6
Caesars Palace
 July 6 
Flamingo Las Vegas
 July 6 
Harrah's Las Vegas
 July 6 
LINQ Hotel & Casino (formerly The Quad)
 July 6 
Paris Las Vegas
 July 6 
Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino 
 July 6 
Riviera Hotel and Casino
 July 14
Trump Hotel Las Vegas
 July 14 
Westin Las Vegas (formerly Casuarina)
 July 14 
SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
 July 15 
Westgate Las Vegas Resort (formerly LVH)
 August 28

Keep in mind that price is only one factor to consider when booking your hotel room. Also, beware of discounted, third-party booking services that are not endorsed by SEMA. The only official SEMA Show housing provider is Travel Planners, which helps SEMA Showgoers secure hotel rooms safely and efficiently. Travel Planners provides top-rated customer service and offers consistent and negotiated rates at www.SEMAShow.com/travel.

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 14:20
By Becca Butler

 Planet Hollywood
The early-bird deadline for Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino and Paris Las Vegas is July 6.
  

The 2015 SEMA Show is just five months away and hotel rooms are filling up quickly. To help ensure that you get a room that best meets your needs, below are top questions to ask before reserving one:

  • Am I getting the lowest rate possible?
  • Are there any added resort fees?
  • How far is the hotel from the Las Vegas Convention Center?
  • Am I near a monorail stop?
  • What amenities are included with my room?
  • Can I book for my colleagues?
  • What’s your cancellation policy?
  • What restaurants are in your hotel?
  • Will I get a confirmation number upon reserving my room?

The following are the remaining SEMA Show hotel early-bird deadlines:

Hotel
 Early-Bird Deadline
Ballys Las Vegas
 July 6
Caesars Palace
 July 6 
Flamingo Las Vegas
 July 6 
Harrah's Las Vegas
 July 6 
LINQ Hotel & Casino (formerly The Quad)
 July 6 
Paris Las Vegas
 July 6 
Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino 
 July 6 
Riviera Hotel and Casino
 July 14
Trump Hotel Las Vegas
 July 14 
Westin Las Vegas (formerly Casuarina)
 July 14 
SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
 July 15 
Westgate Las Vegas Resort (formerly LVH)
 August 28

Keep in mind that price is only one factor to consider when booking your hotel room. Also, beware of discounted, third-party booking services that are not endorsed by SEMA. The only official SEMA Show housing provider is Travel Planners, which helps SEMA Showgoers secure hotel rooms safely and efficiently. Travel Planners provides top-rated customer service and offers consistent and negotiated rates at www.SEMAShow.com/travel.

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 13:10

Compiled by SEMA Editors

Top 10 Teams Qualified for 2015 Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Playoffs

Thirty-nine teams have qualified for the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge playoffs at the 2015 SEMA Show, November 3–6, in Las Vegas, and 2015 PRI Show, December 10–12, in Indianapolis. The top two teams from SEMA will travel to PRI to take on the top two teams from PRI for the championship.

In 2014, there were 110 teams with 770 students competing in 10 qualifying events. Team Nitrous Express (Burton Center for Arts and Technology) from Salem, Virginia, ran a record-setting time of 16:22 and secured the 2014 national championship title.

The following are the top 10 teams that have qualified for this year's playoffs:

Sponsor
 
Team
 
Time
 
Event
ARP
 Peach County High School, Fort Valley, Georgia
 17:35
 Zephyrhills Winter Autofest
Hypertech
 Forsyth Central High School, Cumming, Georgia
 20:06
 Atlanta NASCAR Event
Mahle Motorsports
 Burton Center Arts & Tech
 21:00
 Spring Carlisle
Weld Racing
 Eastern Oklahoma County Tech, Choctaw, Oklahoma
 22:00
 Goodguys
Holley
 Lakeshore High School, Stevensville, Michigan
 22:12
 Lane Automotive Car Show
MagnaFlow
 Thomas County Central High School, Thomasville, Georgia
 23:23
 Zephyrhills Winter Autofest
Fragola Performance Systems
 Bolton High School, Arlington, Tennessee
 23:50
 Car & Truck Accessories Expo
Moroso
 Elkhart Area Career Center, Elkhart, Indiana
 24:03
 Lane Automotive Car Show
Aeroquip Performance Products
 Rancho Alamitos High School, Garden Grove, California
 25:27
 Goodguys
COMP Cams       
  
  sampson
Phil Sampson beat out Top Dragster driver Tony Positano in the final round for the event win.
  

Phil Sampson Returns to Winner’s Circle in Grand Bend Drag-Racing Weekend

Former Quick 32 Sportsman Series champion Phil Sampson returned to the winner's circle last weekend, as did Pro Bike & Sled Series champion Dan Cryderman in the latest round of drag-racing at the Grand Bend Motorplex. Driving his Chevy Cavalier, Sampson beat out Top Dragster driver Tony Positano in the final round for the event win. Two-time and reigning PBSS champ Cryderman qualified No. 2 on his Pro Bike Suzuki to meet up and eliminate Ted Glinny in the final.

Two complete races were scheduled for last weekend, but Sunday's racing was cancelled due to poor weather. It has been rescheduled for August 21–23. Kevin Wicke leads in Quick 32 Sportsman Series Championship Point Award Series. Cryderman leads the PBSS Championship Point Award Series with 432 points. Racing for both series resumes July 31–August 1 at Empire Dragway in Leicester, New York.

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 13:10

Compiled by SEMA Editors

Top 10 Teams Qualified for 2015 Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Playoffs

Thirty-nine teams have qualified for the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge playoffs at the 2015 SEMA Show, November 3–6, in Las Vegas, and 2015 PRI Show, December 10–12, in Indianapolis. The top two teams from SEMA will travel to PRI to take on the top two teams from PRI for the championship.

In 2014, there were 110 teams with 770 students competing in 10 qualifying events. Team Nitrous Express (Burton Center for Arts and Technology) from Salem, Virginia, ran a record-setting time of 16:22 and secured the 2014 national championship title.

The following are the top 10 teams that have qualified for this year's playoffs:

Sponsor
 
Team
 
Time
 
Event
ARP
 Peach County High School, Fort Valley, Georgia
 17:35
 Zephyrhills Winter Autofest
Hypertech
 Forsyth Central High School, Cumming, Georgia
 20:06
 Atlanta NASCAR Event
Mahle Motorsports
 Burton Center Arts & Tech
 21:00
 Spring Carlisle
Weld Racing
 Eastern Oklahoma County Tech, Choctaw, Oklahoma
 22:00
 Goodguys
Holley
 Lakeshore High School, Stevensville, Michigan
 22:12
 Lane Automotive Car Show
MagnaFlow
 Thomas County Central High School, Thomasville, Georgia
 23:23
 Zephyrhills Winter Autofest
Fragola Performance Systems
 Bolton High School, Arlington, Tennessee
 23:50
 Car & Truck Accessories Expo
Moroso
 Elkhart Area Career Center, Elkhart, Indiana
 24:03
 Lane Automotive Car Show
Aeroquip Performance Products
 Rancho Alamitos High School, Garden Grove, California
 25:27
 Goodguys
COMP Cams       
  
  sampson
Phil Sampson beat out Top Dragster driver Tony Positano in the final round for the event win.
  

Phil Sampson Returns to Winner’s Circle in Grand Bend Drag-Racing Weekend

Former Quick 32 Sportsman Series champion Phil Sampson returned to the winner's circle last weekend, as did Pro Bike & Sled Series champion Dan Cryderman in the latest round of drag-racing at the Grand Bend Motorplex. Driving his Chevy Cavalier, Sampson beat out Top Dragster driver Tony Positano in the final round for the event win. Two-time and reigning PBSS champ Cryderman qualified No. 2 on his Pro Bike Suzuki to meet up and eliminate Ted Glinny in the final.

Two complete races were scheduled for last weekend, but Sunday's racing was cancelled due to poor weather. It has been rescheduled for August 21–23. Kevin Wicke leads in Quick 32 Sportsman Series Championship Point Award Series. Cryderman leads the PBSS Championship Point Award Series with 432 points. Racing for both series resumes July 31–August 1 at Empire Dragway in Leicester, New York.

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 12:40

Compiled by SEMA Editors

  mcguire
Lee McGuire
  

Superlift Hires Lee McGuire as Director of Marketing

Superlift has announced the hiring of Lee McGuire as the director of marketing, reporting to President Tim Watts. McGuire has been in the automotive aftermarket for more than 11 years, serving most recently as the sales and industry relations director for Fab Fours Inc. She has served on a number of SEMA select committees and task forces and is currently the incoming chairperson for the Truck and Off-Road Alliance (TORA). She is also the immediate past chair for the SEMA Young Executives Network (YEN). McGuire has been recognized in SEMA's “35 Under 35” in 2013 and was the SEMA Young Executive of the Year in 2009.

HELLA Launches New Website

HELLA Inc. has just launched a brand-new website at myhellalights.com. The new site delivers an online guide to HELLA’s full line of auxiliary lamps, daytime running lights, accessories, bulbs, wiper blades, horns and Optilux products. The site is designed to meet the needs of enthusiasts and consumers in the the United States, Canada, Mexico and South America, featuring French Canadian, Spanish, Portuguese and English languages.

Ray Gorman Named Key Accounts Manager for The Right Stuff

Ray Gorman
Ray Gorman
 
  

Restoration Parts Unlimited Inc. has hired Ray Gorman as key accounts manager for The Right Stuff Detailing. Gorman brings more than 36 years of automotive expertise to The Right Stuff. He has been involved in every aspect of the automotive industry, from working with OEMs to the automotive aftermarket. Gorman is also deeply involved with several aftermarket associations, including SEMA, the Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO), Performance Warehouse Association (PWA) and the Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA), where he serves on the group’s select committee.  

Tint World Named Finalist for Retailer of the Year Award

Tint World has been named a Top 25 finalist for Retailer of the Year – Store Chain for Mobile Electronics magazine’s 2015 Industry Awards. As a finalist, the international franchise is eligible for the Retailer of the Year – Store Chain award, which Tint World earned in 2013–2014.

Highlighting outstanding retailers, installers, vendors and technicians in the mobile electronics industry, Mobile Electronics magazine’s annual Industry Awards recognize companies and individuals that exemplify the highest standards of professionalism, business ethics, service and expertise. The process to determine this year’s winners began in May with nominations for the Top 50, followed by the Top 12 semifinalist voting process, which is currently underway. Winners for 2015 will be announced in August at KnowledgeFest, held in Dallas.

  aam
L–R: Director of Marketing David Brashears, Joy King and President Tim Odom.
  

Joy King Named AAM Group Employee of the Year

At the AAM Group’s recent annual membership meeting held in St. Louis, Joy King, office manager, received the W.O.W. Award for being chosen the organization’s 2015 Employee of the Year. Given annually to the AAM Group employee who best exemplifies the qualities of commitment, creativity, initiative and resourcefulness, the W.O.W. Award is named after Wilbur and Orville Wright, who embodied many of those same traits in their pursuit to realize the world’s first successful controlled airplane flight.

Design Engineering Inc. Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Design Engineering Inc. (DEI) is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Formed in 1995 by Dale and Nancy Markley, the company is currently headquartered in Avon Lake, Ohio, under the leadership of their son David. In 2003, Design Engineering was honored with SEMA's Best New Performance-Racing Product award for the introduction of its CryO2 cryogenic intake systems.

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