“Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” We have heard it in seminars, seen it posted on professional networking sites, and framed as motivational artwork on the wall. What does it mean? Is it achievable, and if so, how?
SEMA’s education team launched its Career Services program in the first quarter of 2016 and has received significant support from employers in the industry. Many successful new initiatives and events have taken place since then to help strengthen the employment market in the automotive aftermarket industry.
The SEMA Young Executives Network (YEN) has continued to not only grow its membership of young automotive professionals but also to improve upon and create new programs for its members. As the 2017 SEMA Show approaches, YEN is excited to announce the opportunities that young professionals have to connect with each other and YEN’s leadership during the week of the Show.
The SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN) is dedicated to the advancement and empowerment of women who work in the automotive aftermarket industry. Through community and education, SBN has been providing women with the opportunity to connect with each other, become more engaged in the industry, and develop themselves professionally.
Manufacturers’ representatives play an important role in the automotive aftermarket industry and can play an important role in your company, as well. Utilizing rep agencies can expand your presence in the market, reach new customers, and be a great complement to your current sales force. Many manufacturers are utilizing the services of independent sales reps and consider them as instrumental pieces in their overall sales goals.
The Emerging Trends & Technology Network (ETTN) is a community within SEMA geared toward automotive aftermarket engineering, design and technology professionals, providing a forum for them to connect, collaborate, learn and advance their careers. ETTN is offering many opportunities for those types of professionals at this year’s SEMA Show.
The Wheel & Tire Council (WTC) will be hosting events that will allow members of the aftermarket wheel and tire community to meet, mingle, collaborate and celebrate industry leaders at the iconic SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The events include networking at the council’s annual reception.
The Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) is slated to host several events at the SEMA Show as well as sponsoring education seminars geared specifically toward advancing professionals in the restyling segment. All PRO members and restyling professionals are encouraged to attend these events to learn more about PRO membership, the resources that are available to your company, and get more connected to the industry.
The Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) members have a busy winter season ahead. Just weeks after the SEMA Show, MPMC members will be packing their bags for Indianapolis for a week full of exhibiting, customer meetings, networking and MPMC-sponsored educational seminars at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show in Indianapolis, December 7–9, 2017.
The Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) is slated to host fun and engaging events throughout the week of the 2017 SEMA Show, to be held October 31 through November 3 in Las Vegas. The LTAA focuses on creating a community among those in the light-truck segment of the aftermarket industry. Members and nonmembers alike are encouraged to attend the LTAA events taking place at the SEMA Show or stop by the LTAA booth, centrally located within the Upper South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.