A wide variety of businesses attend the SEMA Show each year, but the companies in the buyer category—identified with a red badge—enjoy a few special benefits. “Buyers” are companies that fall into the retailer and distributor segment of the industry. Non-SEMA-member buyers are encouraged to sign up for a SEMA membership at the Show so that they can not only receive perks at that event but also receive year-round member benefits.
As the winner of the 2017 Launch Pad competition, Tom Burden will receive a prize package to help launch his business and introduce his Grypmat tool mat to the industry.
The SEMA Battle of the Builders competition, now in its fourth year, has become more expansive than ever. With hundreds of applicants, spanning seven countries and 38 states, building custom masterpieces from more than 30 different manufacturers, this year’s Battle is shaping up to be a truly epic contest and a showcase for all SEMA Show attendees to enjoy.
This year, the SEMA Action Network (SAN) is celebrating two decades of political horsepower. Over the past 20 years, long battles have been waged over Cash for Clunkers initiatives, unfair exhaust-noise restrictions, excessive taxes, titling and registration problems, backyard builds, racing and other issues. From fax machines to Facebook, the SAN’s history is chronicled on www.SEMAsan.com/history.
As the world’s premier automotive aftermarket trade-only event, the annual SEMA Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) offers industry buyers unparalleled value and opportunity. Of course, with so much to see, experience and accomplish in one week, buyers will want to create an effective game plan before they even hit the Show floor. To help get you started, Gattuso offered the following SEMA Show priorities for buyers.
Legendary musicians Michael Anthony, Jeff Beck, Billy F Gibbons and Jimmie Vaughan will be the featured entertainment at the SEMA Industry Awards Banquet on Thursday, November 2.
Organizers of the first High Performance and Custom Trade Show, which was held 50 years ago at Dodger Stadium, recognized early on that the Show needed to move out of the ballpark’s halls and into a proper convention facility for it to have any growth potential. The second show—already being referred to as the SEMA Show—did just that, relocating in 1968 to the Anaheim Convention Center.
Since the inception of the SEMA Data Co-op (SDC) in 2012, more than 520 product brands representing more than 4.5 million parts have joined what is now the industry’s largest specialty parts product data repository. Designed to enable any company, no matter how small or large, to effectively manage and distribute its product data at the lowest possible cost, the SDC has an expert staff that will coach you all the way through the process.
When you’re spending busy days at the SEMA Show, sooner or later you’ll need to eat. Fortunately, there is a wide array of options. The city of Vegas offers an almost unlimited number of choices for dinner and entertainment after 5:00 p.m. Read on for a short list of restaurants representing a mix of fine and casual dining options that may simplify your planning.
On behalf of the Tire Industry Association (TIA), I would like to welcome you to the 2017 Global Tire Expo (GTE)—Powered by TIA and the SEMA Show. We are confident that our partner SEMA has worked very hard to bring another successful event to Las Vegas this year.