SEMA marked a milestone anniversary in 2013: 50 years of dedicated service to the automotive specialty products industry. Now in its 55th year, the association continues to embrace all segments of the specialty-equipment market—more than 7,000 member companies worldwide—and remains true to its mission to “help members’ businesses succeed and prosper.”
SEMA News recently interviewed council and network leaders to discuss what they expect for the future of their respective markets.
The Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) kept a high profile throughout the 2018 SEMA Show, from Hot Rod Alley to the council’s awards reception to the Hot Rod Builders Panel.
The Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) is set to host engaging events throughout the week of the SEMA Show, October 30–November 2, in Las Vegas. ARMO serves the automotive restoration aftermarket industry through programs and resources to advance the industry and improve how member companies operate daily. There will be plenty of opportunities for ARMO members to connect and for those looking to become members of the council to engage with council leadership and learn more about the organization.
The specialty automotive products industry represents a wellspring of opportunity for American workers, employing many thousands of engineers and designers; manufacturing workers; distribution, marketing and sales personnel; as well as skilled technicians and installers. But spend any time among a group of seasoned industry colleagues, and the conversation inevitably turns to a recurring theme: Young people are the future of the industry, but how do we cultivate the next generation and inspire youngsters to engage in and perpetuate the 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 2018 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’ reps attending the SEMA Show are invited to attend a networking event that is returning for a second year in SEMA Central, located in the Grand Lobby of the Las Vegas Convention Center. To be held on Thursday, November 1, from 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., the event serves as a great opportunity to network and learn more about the industry while enjoying appetizers and beverages.
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 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.