SEMA recognizes that, with the pace at which technology and trends are changing, influencing and impacting the industry, it is more important than ever for SEMA members to be able to have the opportunity to learn about them. Quick Talks, powered by the Emerging Trends & Technology Network (ETTN), will debut at the 2016 SEMA Show. Quick Talks support the network’s ongoing role as a resource for the automotive industry’s engineers, programmers, designers and product managers.
The Wheel and Tire Council (WTC) installed two industry veterans onto the select committee on July 1. Both individuals bring a wealth of applicable knowledge and experience to their leadership positions. George Finch of The Carlstar Group has been in the wheel segment of the automotive aftermarket industry for 20 years and previously served on the WTC select committee, including as the council’s chairman. Scott Musser comes to the select committee with more than 27 years of wheel industry experience.
The Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) installed two new industry members onto its select committee at the 2016 SEMA Installation and Banquet. The council also welcomed back three incumbents to serve their second terms with the select committee. These elected individuals will serve during the 2016–2018 term and will play a crucial role in moving the council toward its initiatives to better the restyling industry.
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.
The Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) select-committee election results are in, and the council welcomes back three incumbents as well as three new industry professionals. These individuals will serve two-year terms and will aid the council in its progression toward key initiatives. The three re-elected incumbents are Dave McKelvey, Ed Capen and Joe Petlick.
The Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) elected three incumbents and three new members to its select committee. These committee members will serve two-year terms and will be up for re-election in 2018. The new members include Casey Currie of Casey Currie Racing, Kelli Mallicote of Bodyguard Truck Accessories and Matt Reasoner of BedRug and Retrax.
The Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) welcomes three new industry professionals onto its select committee and welcomes back James Pennekamp and Brian Rowland as incumbents.
The May issue of SEMA News magazine doubles as the annual SEMA Membership Directory, and SEMA encourages you to keep this copy on your desk throughout the year to use as your reference tool in locating SEMA-member companies.
The membership directory is also available online. The online membership directory is continually updated to include new SEMA members. In addition, the online version of the membership directory lists members’ staff personnel, and you can contact them via e-mail through your MySEMA account.
The deadline is approaching for the SEMA Memorial Scholarship and Loan Forgiveness program, with applications due Wednesday, April 1. Each year, the scholarship fund gives resources to students pursuing automotive careers in a variety of areas, from accounting to manufacturing. Scholarship awards range from $2,000 to $3,000, with $5,000 going to the top individual. In 2014, 45 students were awarded scholarships, and 17 current employees of SEMA-member companies received $2,000 loan-forgiveness awards.
The Young Executives Network (YEN) held its first live chat with Formula Drift founder and CEO Jim Liaw. The live chat was held on October 24, 2014, via the YEN Facebook page and was a huge success. Questions came from YEN members far and wide and featured many topics, and they brought insights into the growth and continued success of aftermarket companies. Much of the focus was on how to get the most out of a company’s SEMA Show investment.