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    Nov 1 2012 - 1:39pm

    Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) - SEMA CouncilPlanning to attend the 2012 edition of the SEMA Show? As in years past, Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) members can expect to find a number of activities of particular interest. So grab your Blackberry or iPhone and mark your calendar.

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    Nov 1 2012 - 11:46am

    Manufacturers Rep Council (MRC) - SEMA CouncilSunday, October 28, 2012, marks the unofficial start of the 2012 SEMA Show, and the Manufacturers’ Rep Council (MRC) will be ready to go. As in years past, MRC will be hosting an educational session and awards recognition Sunday afternoon from 3:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m. in Ballroom D of the Las Vegas Hotel (formerly the Las Vegas Hilton). The Rep Conference, as it had come to be known, has been given a makeover and is now called the Rep Technology Roundtable.

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    Nov 1 2012 - 11:07am

    Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) - SEMA CouncilIn 1994, a small group of original SEMA-member manufacturing companies formed the World Motorsports Society. Their goal was to refocus collective efforts specifically on issues facing motorsports parts manufacturers. Chuck Blum, then president of SEMA, quickly recognized the potential of a segment-focused group and brought it under the SEMA banner as the Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) in 1995.

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    Nov 1 2012 - 10:46am

    Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) - SEMA CouncilA new element was added to this year’s Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) New Product Showcase in the form of a vehicle buildup. Dubbed “Stock Jeep to Show Jeep,” the event featured a mountain of LTAA member company products being installed on a ’12 Jeep Rubicon in front of a live audience during the Carlisle Truck Nationals in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The Truck Nationals, which took place on August 3–5, is one of the largest light-truck enthusiast gatherings in the country.

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    Nov 1 2012 - 9:17am

    Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) - SEMA CouncilHot Rod Alley in the Central Hall

    One of the SEMA Show’s premier sections, Hot Rod Alley spotlights the craftsmanship and creations of a market that many consider the cornerstone of the specialty-equipment industry. Located in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), Hot Rod Alley showcases some of the industry’s brightest manufacturers displaying their latest innovations and products alongside top-notch show vehicles. Attendees will also find great examples throughout Hot Rod Alley that showcase the history of hot rodding.

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    Nov 1 2012 - 9:02am

    Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) - SEMA CouncilCollector Car Appreciation Day 2013 is still several months away, but there may be no better time to remind everyone in the restoration and other automotive specialty-equipment segments of this important celebration. In this issue of SEMA Member News, two Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) members explain in their own words how they use Collector Car Appreciation Day to not only celebrate with other enthusiasts, but also educate the non-enthusiast public about the importance of preserving our automotive heritage.

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    Nov 1 2012 - 8:50am

    The 2012 SEMA Show Young Executives Network (YEN) Industry Awards Reception will take place on October 30, in Pavillions 1–2 of the Las Vegas Hotel (formerly Las Vegas Hilton) from 5:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. The reception provides an outstanding opportunity for young executives to network, renew established relationships and create new ones. It also allows the organization to recognize top individuals in two categories for their industry contributions.

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    Nov 1 2012 - 8:45am

    SEMA Member Logo DownloadIf you’re attending the 2012 SEMA Show on October 30 through November 2 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, be sure to stop by the Association Center located in the Grand Lobby between the North and Central Halls. The Association Center will be located just east of its usual location, closer to the glass doors.

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    Nov 1 2012 - 8:37am

    SEMA Scholarships CommitteeThe SEMA Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce that it will once again be auctioning an engine on eBay in conjunction with the SEMA Show to benefit the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund (SMSF), an organization dedicated to fostering the next generation of automotive leaders and innovators. Proceeds will help provide assistance to university, college and trade-school students seeking careers in the automotive industry. Ed Pink Racing Engines of Van Nuys, California, will again be responsible for the build.

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    Nov 1 2012 - 8:04am

    The year 2012 has been a landmark for women in the automotive industry. The SEMA Mustang Build Powered by Women has turned the eyes of the world toward the efforts of women in the industry. Here’s a look at some of the women who broke through the barriers and paved the way for those who followed.

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    Nov 1 2012 - 7:49am

    Wheel & Tire Council (WTC) - SEMA CouncilEvery SEMA Show takes on a life of its own and is remembered for the cars, the new products, the exhibits and, of course, the parties. For the Wheel & Tire Council’s (WTC) Show planning committee, the decision was made to focus on what the organization’s membership continually says are the primary benefits of being a part of the group: education and networking.

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    Nov 1 2012 - 7:32am

    Street Performance Council (SPC) - SEMA CouncilWe discussed the importance of attending consumer-based shows and events in the May/June 2012 issue of SEMA Member News. In this issue, we’ll look at inexpensive ways to promote your business on the web.

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    Sep 1 2012 - 2:00pm

    Wheel & Tire Council (WTC) - SEMA CouncilThe Wheel & Tire Council (WTC) Select Committee is a group of elected volunteers who serve as advocates for their industry niche. In this role, they commit their time, experience and unique perspective in order to help guide association resources for the betterment of the industry. With this in mind, and as the result of the recent elections, WTC is positioned strongly to influence meaningful change and help promote the wheel and tire segments of the specialty-equipment market. WTC is proud to announce the new members of the committee.

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    Sep 1 2012 - 11:32am

    Part 1: Attending Consumer Events

    Street Performance Council (SPC) - SEMA CouncilWhether yours is a young manufacturing company, retail store or repair shop, you know that a good marketing plan is vital to the growth of your business. In this series of articles, we will address the ins and outs of marketing, beginning this time with the importance of attending consumer events.

    Consumer events put you in front of potentially thousands of new customers where you can hear firsthand what people think of your products or services. Feedback can help you improve existing products or give you ideas for new ones, and walking an event can open your eyes to developing trends.

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    Sep 1 2012 - 10:56am

    Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) - SEMA CouncilThe Professional Restyler’s Organization (PRO) Select Committee is a group of elected volunteers who serve as advocates for their industry niche. In that role, they commit their time, experience and unique perspective in order to help guide association resources for the betterment of the industry. The ability to effectively represent PRO’s membership necessitates that the individuals who serve approach council business with a broad understanding of the issues that impact member companies on both a short- and long-term basis. With this is mind, and as the result of the recent elections, PRO is positioned to strongly influence meaningful change and help promote the restyling and accessory segments of the specialty-equipment market. PRO proudly welcomes the new Select Committee members.

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    Sep 1 2012 - 9:56am

    Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) - SEMA CouncilChris Douglas of COMP Performance Group and Mike Crutchfield of Coker Tire are serving their freshman terms as Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) Select Committee members. Chris Fairless, the other new face on the committee, previously served as chairman of the Manufacturers’ Rep Council prior to moving to his current position at Magnaflow Exhaust. Fairless was unavailable at press time, but below are some comments from Douglas and Crutchfield.

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    Sep 1 2012 - 9:38am

    Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) - SEMA CouncilCompany Descriptions and History: 100% strictly wholesale warehouse distributor (WD). Founded in 1937 as Meyer Body building truck bodies and later distributing truck parts and equipment; became Meyer Distributing in 1983.

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    Sep 1 2012 - 9:24am

    Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) - SEMA CouncilA hot rod is anything that will make your parents/wife/partner roll their eyes and shake their heads, wondering if you will ever grow up. Anything that turns money into noise, speed and trouble while making you smile. It is also anything mechanical that teaches you new skills and makes new friends. Any automobile that is modified in order to improve reliability, safety, speed, power, economy, appearance, comfort, handling and braking to be more attuned to the specific desires of the owner/builder. Since those attributes are subject to individual taste, the variety of types of automobile and modifications will be endless, but they are all hot rods, regardless of the year, make, style or age/preferences of the owners.

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    Sep 1 2012 - 8:50am

    Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) - SEMA CouncilAlong with incumbents Lenny Schaeffer of Chop Shop Customs and Matt Agosta of Steele Rubber Products, the Automotive Restoration Manufacturers Organization (ARMO) welcomed three new members to its Select Committee as a result of elections in the spring. Tray Smith is the vice president and co-owner of H&H Classic Parts, a large retailer of restoration parts specializing in Chevrolet products. Erika Woody is the owner of Hydro-E-Lectric, a manufacturing company that produces parts to keep convertible tops and power windows functioning on all types of cars from ’46–present. Jim Pennekamp is the national sales manager at TrimParts, one of the original ARMO manufacturer members.

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    Sep 1 2012 - 8:47am

    Recent council elections brought some new faces to the Young Executives Network (YEN) Select Committee. Here are a few facts about the new members as well as an incumbent.

    Matt Cartwright has served in a variety of automotive markets, including auto body, auto detailing, auto and truck sales and, most recently, specialty-equipment truck accessories. He started as an inside sales rep with Meyer Distributing in 2009 and quickly used his extensive sales training and unique abilities to ascend to his current position as prospect and lead-development director.

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    Sep 1 2012 - 8:27am

    If you are reading this article, you are most likely a subscriber to SEMA News magazine, and you undoubtedly value the industry-specific information that only SEMA can provide. In addition to reading the monthly publication, SEMA members can maximize their ability to connect with industry professionals and receive beneficial information by providing SEMA with up-to-date and accurate contact information.

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    Sep 1 2012 - 8:08am

    SEMA Scholarships CommitteeThe SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund is dedicated to fostering the next generation of automotive aftermarket industry leaders and innovators.

    A total of $130,000 was awarded to 69 scholarship recipients for 2012, and $15,000 was awarded to 15 loan-forgiveness recipients. Over the life of the fund, $1.5 million has gone to 1,000 deserving students since it was started in 1984.

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    Sep 1 2012 - 7:51am

    Sponsored by the SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN), the SEMA Networking Breakfast combined awards presentation and speed-networking event is the quickest way to meet peers, industry leaders and vendor associates who could be instrumental to your business or career. It is open to men and women from all segments of the industry, and it sells out a month before the SEMA Show.

    The SBN also gives special recognition at the breakfast to individuals or companies that are making extraordinary strides in the advancement of women and newcomers through three awards: 2012 SBN Athena, Mentor of the Year and Woman of the Year.

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    Sep 1 2012 - 4:33am

    Manufacturers Rep Council (MRC) - SEMA CouncilThe Internet, data and industry consolidation have greatly impacted the role of manufacturer agents and how this critical segment delivers value for manufacturers, warehouse distributors (WDs) and accounts. These issues require a progressive Select Committee that will approach council business with a long-term vision to provide the council membership with sustainable solutions. A necessary step in assuring future viability is building a group of volunteers who are committed and willing to ask the hard questions. Through the recent Select Committee elections, the Manufacturers’ Rep Council (MRC) has solidified its foundation with the reelection of four incumbents.

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    Jul 1 2012 - 11:30am

    SEMA Scholarships CommitteeAnnounced in May, the SEMA Mustang Build Powered by Women is a collaboration between Ford Motor Co. and SEMA. Lead by the SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN) a ’13 Mustang GT donated by Ford will be completely modified utilizing the contest-winning design from start to finish by women. Beginning with three concepts developed by female designers and concluding with women volunteers performing the hands-on modifications, the project is meant to shine the light on females working in the automotive aftermarket and encourage more women to pursue careers in the industry.

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    Jul 1 2012 - 11:17am

    Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) - SEMA CouncilMore than 50 products from 25 ARMO-member companies were on display at the 2012 ARMO New Product Showcase. The annual event is held as part of Spring Carlisle, one of the largest restoration events in the country. The Showcase was open this year on Thursday through Saturday, April 26–28.

    “Carlisle is the natural venue for this event,” said ARMO Chair-Elect Dennis Roberts of Distinctive Industries. “Upward of 100,000 restoration enthusiasts come to Spring Carlisle, and these are the people who use our products. East Coast dealers and distributors who don’t get to the SEMA Show also attend this event, and the New Product Showcase gives them a chance to see our latest offerings.”

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    Jul 1 2012 - 10:55am

    SBN Member NewsWhat started as a brief conversation at the 2010 SEMA Show has blossomed into the most ambitious project ever undertaken by the SBN. The goal: raise awareness of women in the industry while inspiring the next generation of women to pursue careers in the automotive aftermarket. SBN Select Committee member JoAnn Bortles had been part of an all-woman motorcycle-building team. She approached SBN Chair Marla Moore with the idea of an all-woman car build for charity.

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    Jul 1 2012 - 10:46am

    It’s been just over a year since SEMA announced its partnership with Express Merchant Processing Solutions (EMPS), powered by First Data, to provide a credit-card processing discount solution to SEMA-member companies.

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    Jul 1 2012 - 10:16am

    Wheel & Tire Council (WTC) - SEMA Council“Getting to the Know the WTC” (Wheel & Tire Council) provides a glimpse into the challenges and opportunities confronting the wheel and tire segment of the automotive specialty-equipment industry. By reaching out to WTC retailers across the United States, the council is better poised to continue its efforts to build programs and services that deliver tangible benefits where the rubber meets the road.

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    Jul 1 2012 - 9:52am

    Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) - SEMA CouncilThe Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) is a diverse council comprised of manufacturers, warehouse distributors, service providers, media and, of course, restylers. Local restylers, installers and retailers are often the best source in identifying challenges and opportunities and in gauging the pulse of industry. In order to get a glimpse of what these businesses are experiencing, PRO recently asked a few of its members to share a little about their business and the industry.

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    Jul 1 2012 - 8:53am

    Manufacturers Rep Council (MRC) - SEMA CouncilThere are few segments of the automotive specialty-equipment industry that are as engrained in the distribution channel as manufacturers representatives. Reps are critical to understanding the markets through their territories and the professional relationships they cultivate over time. Given the fact that they work closely with manufactures, warehouse distributors and retail accounts, their industry insights and perspectives lend key perspective to the state of the industry. The Manufacturers’ Rep Council (MRC) recently asked a few of its members to offer their thoughts on the challenges and opportunities confronting reps and the industry.

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    Jul 1 2012 - 8:33am

    Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) - SEMA CouncilVic Wood and Rich Barsamian moved into the leadership roles of the Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) as chairman and chair-elect in July. SEMA Member News recently caught up with both of them to get acquainted and to see what might be in store for the council over the next couple of years.

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    Jul 1 2012 - 8:07am

    Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) - SEMA CouncilThe annual Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) New Product Showcase at the Carlisle Truck Nationals has proven to be a popular member benefit in just its first two years. But in the best SEMA tradition, the LTAA Select Committee keeps working on the format and is introducing a new element for 2012. During the weekend, a Jeep Rubicon will be customized with many of the same products that will be on display in the New Product Showcase tent. The build will take place right on the Carlisle Fairgrounds property.

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    Jul 1 2012 - 7:53am

    Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) - SEMA CouncilThe debate surrounding the definition of a “hot rod” has been raging for as long as people have been into cars. We asked a group of Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) friends to help us define hot rodding in their own words. From the legends of our industry to the next generation, it is clear that hot rodding has less to do with the vehicle and more to do with an attitude and lifestyle.

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    Jul 1 2012 - 7:30am

    Members of the Young Executives Network (YEN) have access to the group’s YEN Member Insights. They are interview-style articles on topics that are sure to be helpful to young executives who may gain insights from the experience and knowledge of other members and can in turn be featured in the spotlight, giving them and their companies great exposure. The following are some of the YEN Member Insights from the recent past.

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    May 1 2012 - 2:25pm

    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.

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    May 1 2012 - 1:51pm

    Wheel & Tire Council (WTC) - SEMA CouncilAs members of WTC, the expectation is that you take off your company hat and put on your industry one. Through the collaborative efforts and experience of the select committee and membership, the WTC will continue to provide relevant education, monitor regulatory policies as they come down the pike, and work with the likes of the Society of Automotive Engineers and the Tire Industry Association to assure that our segment of industry is represented and building a prosperous future.

    —David Insull, Director Marketing & Procurement, Wheels & Accessories, American Tire Distributors

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    May 1 2012 - 1:31pm

    Street Performance Council (SPC) - SEMA CouncilAny company or individual who claims to be an automotive enthusiast will thrive in the SPC. I feel that this is one of the most worthy and satisfying councils SEMA has to offer. If you are an action-oriented individual and would like to expand your networking status while
    serving our industry, SPC will meet your objectives.

    —Roger Tibbetts, National Account Manager,K&N Engineering Inc.

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    May 1 2012 - 11:17am

    Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) - SEMA CouncilI believe that being a member of PRO keeps Auto Trim Restyling at the forefront of all that’s current in our industry. Staying in the loop and staying ahead of our competitors is the difference between a restyler and a PRO restyler.

    —Kevin McGowan, President, Auto Trim Restyling

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    May 1 2012 - 11:03am

    Manufacturers Rep Council (MRC) - SEMA CouncilI feel strongly about being involved in the MRC for two main reasons. One being that it helps our fellow manufacturers’ representatives by being more proactive with changes in our industry. A second important benefit/reason for being involved is that I am personally using what I learn in my committee activities every day. It is helping me to be a better representative.

    Bill Eagan, Performance Rep, Airheart Sales

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    May 1 2012 - 10:13am

    Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) - SEMA CouncilEven with a record number of exhibitors at the Media Trade Conference, MPMC continues to find new ways to deliver member value. Based upon the success of our seminar at the 2011 PRI show, we will host two events in 2012, with member-specific topics intended to help them make better business decisions. Our Hall of Fame ceremony at the PRI show continues to grow in stature, and our Business Guidelines Manual is now available online through the SEI. If you manufacture parts used in motorsports, it’s a great time to be involved in the Motorsports Parts Manufacturer’s Council.

    — Kyle Fickler, VP Of Sales, Weld Racing LLC

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    May 1 2012 - 9:47am

    YEN is growing very rapidly and is one of the best ways to open yourself to networking and education opportunities. I encourage any young person in this industry to sign up. You will then be plugged into a network of young executives that is over 800 strong, and you can start getting involved by joining our Member Resource Pool, attending a YEN Mixer or attending the big YEN reception at SEMA. It doesn’t matter the extent to which you get involved at first; it just matters that you take that first step to find out how rewarding the experience can be.

    —Lee McGuire, Director of Marketing & Operations, Skyjacker Suspensions

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    May 1 2012 - 9:39am

    Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) - SEMA CouncilBelonging to LTAA has given us an edge in business by taking advantage of the social networking, education and technical information offered. In giving back to society, LTAA has been at the front in supporting SEMA’s charitable efforts such as SEMA Cares and SEMA scholarships. LTAA’s Pinewood Derby raises money for children in need and provides a competitive and fun experience for LTAA members.

    —Joel Ayres, VP Sales & Marketing, Bedslide

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    May 1 2012 - 9:02am

    Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) - SEMA CouncilHRIA is comprised of a group of industry professionals who volunteer their time to develop initiatives that will benefit the hot rodding industry and the future of its livelihood. The partnership between HRIA and Hotrod & Restoration is extremely special because technical, business and new-product education is crucial for our market segment growth. That is what the HRIA Education Day at the Hotrod & Restoration Trade Show is all about.

    —Travis Weeks, Publisher/Producer, Hot Rod & Restoration

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    May 1 2012 - 8:48am

    SEMA Scholarships CommitteeSEMA is dedicated to fostering the industry’s next generation of leaders and innovators. Its goal is to expand awareness of the automotive specialty-equipment aftermarket, provide scholarships and loan-forgiveness awards to the best and brightest students and give groups from colleges and universities the opportunity to attend the SEMA Show.

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    May 1 2012 - 8:38am

    Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) - SEMA CouncilI strongly support the ARMO council and the tasks it fulfills. It is a great watchdog for our hobby and always has innovative ideas for education, youth involvement and government and OEM affairs. The great thing about the energetic council is that members can volunteer their time in order to help with subcommittee tasks. By joining ARMO, you will have great interaction among fellow businesses that will greatly enhance your own.

    David A Mihalko Jr., President, Restoration Specialties & Supply Company Inc.

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    May 1 2012 - 8:14am

    As a member of the SBN select committee, I’ve had the pleasure of working with a group of amazing women who are not only driven to succeed but lots of fun as well! Our networking breakfast during the SEMA Show is now the highlight of my SEMA experience. It’s gratifying to watch hundreds of attendees make worthwhile business connections in such a short period of time.

    —Camee Edelbrock, PR/Social Media Manager, Schiefer Media Inc.

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    Mar 1 2012 - 12:25pm

    During the 2011 SEMA Show, the Young Executives Network (YEN) initiated a new program. The SEMA Show YEN Scholarship Program brought three young professionals to the annual trade show through a program aimed to help fund individuals’ travel expenses. The “scholarship” was made available to only SEMA- and YEN-member company employees who were under the age of 40. Participants were asked to participate in specific Show events (the Industry Awards Banquet, the YEN reception, educational seminars, etc.) as part of their obligation to SEMA and their employers.

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    Mar 1 2012 - 11:39am

    Julia Johnson is a woman after my own heart and one of many trailblazers and difference makers in our industry. She always loved cars but was kind of intimidated by them, so she put her interest aside until she received a class schedule from Skyline College of San Bruno, California. Intrigued, she enrolled in the automotive aftermarket program there, received enthusiastic support from her teachers because of her passion for the industry and is now an instructor for the program herself. Her mission is to let women know that they’re equally as capable as men in the automotive industry and that a car’s inner workings aren’t as complicated as they seem.

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    Mar 1 2012 - 11:00am

    Street Performance Council (SPC) - SEMA CouncilIf you’ve read previous Street Performance Council (SPC) articles in SEMA Member News or happened to overhear conversations about SEMA volunteer work, you know that collaboration between the various SEMA councils is an important goal and objective of Tyler Tanaka as incoming chairman. This has also been an initiative of SEMA Chairman of the Board Paul “Scooter” Brothers, and Tanaka was pleased to report that the SPC Select Committee answered that challenge with the first joint SPC/Young Executives Network (YEN) council reception at the 2011 SEMA Show.

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    Mar 1 2012 - 10:21am

    Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) - SEMA CouncilIn 2011, the Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) continued its efforts to advance the restyling and customization segment of the automotive specialty-equipment industry. To better understand and appreciate some of the ways in which PRO worked to benefit the industry, take a look at the accompanying pictorial year in review.

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    Mar 1 2012 - 9:44am

    Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) - SEMA CouncilThe Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) held its annual Hall of Fame induction at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show in Orlando, Florida, during an 8:00 a.m. breakfast ceremony on Friday, December 2, 2011. Based on an overflow crowd at the inaugural event in 2010, the 2011 ceremony was moved to a larger venue.

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    Mar 1 2012 - 9:23am

    Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) - SEMA CouncilThe third edition of the LTAA New-Product Showcase will take place August 3–5, 2012, at the Carlisle Truck Nationals in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The Showcase provides LTAA-member manufacturers with the opportunity to display their latest light-truck product(s) in front of one of the largest gatherings of truck enthusiasts in the country.

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    Mar 1 2012 - 9:05am

    Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) - SEMA CouncilHot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) companies are among the leaders in being actively involved in legislation and regulations related to the automotive industry. The best way to get involved is to stay informed about legislation in the state you live in. The SEMA Action Network (SAN) provides up-to-date information on legislation impacting the industry and the automotive hobby. The SAN is a partnership of enthusiasts, vehicle clubs and members of the automotive specialty-equipment industry who have joined forces to promote hobby-friendly legislation and oppose unfair laws.

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    Mar 1 2012 - 8:44am

    Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) - SEMA CouncilFor several years, the Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) has participated in the Hotrod & Restoration Trade Show in Indianapolis by presenting two education seminars on Saturday morning of the event. Owing to the success and growing attendance at these seminars, Travis Weeks, producer/publisher of Hotrod & Restoration, asked ARMO to “double up” and present four seminars.

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    Mar 1 2012 - 4:46am

    Wheel & Tire Council (WTC) - SEMA CouncilFor SEMA’s Wheel and Tire Council (WTC), 2011 was a year marked by change and fueled by opportunity. In February, the council hosted an interactive conference in conjunction with its annual Long-Range Planning meeting at the SEMA offices in Diamond Bar, California. Learn & Show, as it was called, provided manufacturers with the opportunity to showcase their products to a local audience comprised of retailers, wholesale distributors and media.

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    Jan 1 2012 - 3:30pm

    On November 3, the SEMA Speed Networking Breakfast, Powered by the SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN), was sold out once again and well attended by both men and women. The breakfast has become the premiere event for networking and provided an avenue for the SBN to celebrate and honor the distinguished careers of three important people.

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    Jan 1 2012 - 3:04pm

    Wheel & Tire Council (WTC) - SEMA CouncilFor the Wheel & Tire Council (WTC), SEMA Show week started with a very successful general membership meeting that included a presentation on technology by SEMA’s Vice President of Vehicle Technology John Waraniak and another by Tim Dietz of Standards Testing Labs, who discussed the history and future of testing standard J2530.

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    Jan 1 2012 - 2:40pm

    Street Performance Council (SPC) - SEMA CouncilBrian Reese will become the chairman of the Street Performance Council (SPC) at the conclusion of Tyler Tanaka’s term as the current chairman. Under Tanaka’s tutelage, Reese will spend the next two years learning the ropes and developing the skills to steer the council’s Select Committee.

    SEMA Member News recently took advantage of the opportunity to ask Reese about his goals now and in the coming years, and we opened the discussion by looking at the decision to combine the SPC reception with the Young Executive Network (YEN) reception and move them to a new night.

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    Jan 1 2012 - 12:49pm

    Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) - SEMA CouncilAs the doors opened for the third installment of the Professional Restylers Organization’s (PRO) NovemberFest reception, attendees were greeted by the select committee, whose members were on hand to welcome guests with a glass stein emblazoned with the increasingly recognizable barmaid logo. From there, the who’s who of the restyling community was treated to German fare consisting of a variety of bratwurst, chicken schnitzel and apple strudel.

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    Jan 1 2012 - 12:34pm

    Manufacturers Rep Council (MRC) - SEMA CouncilFor most attendees, the SEMA Show doors do not open until Tuesday morning. For others, arriving early provides additional time for meetings, networking and education. Understanding this, the Manufacturers’ Rep Council (MRC) once again held its annual rep conference on the Sunday afternoon before the Show opening. Each year, the three-hour event begins with a fully catered networking mixer followed by an awards ceremony, and it concludes with an educational presentation.

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    Jan 1 2012 - 12:24pm

    Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) - SEMA CouncilMotorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) volunteers and SEMA staff are busy readying for another MPMC Media Trade Conference. The 15th annual gathering takes place January 24–26, 2012, at the Embassy Suites LAX South in El Segundo, California.

    The MPMC Media Trade Conference is a truly unique event that features three days of prescheduled 30-minute meetings between 100 MPMC member manufacturers and editorial staffs from national and international media. The meetings run from 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. each day. There is a 30-minute break in the morning, another break in the afternoon and a one-hour lunch. This schedule provides up to 42 meeting slots over the three days, but additional meetings are often held during breaks, through the lunch period and even after hours.

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    Jan 1 2012 - 11:53am

    Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) - SEMA CouncilThe Light-Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) booth display in upper South Hall at the 2011 SEMA Show in Las Vegas included five outstanding trucks, each sponsored by an LTAA-member company. Not only did the vehicles depict LTAA-member company products in “real life” installations, but each also represented a $1,500 donation to SEMA Cares, for a total of $7,500.

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    Jan 1 2012 - 11:20am

    Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) - SEMA CouncilMore than 500 hot-rodding enthusiasts crowded the Las Vegas Hilton’s ballroom to hear the distinguished voice of industry legend Dave McClelland announce the Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) award honorees during the 2011 SEMA Show. The standing-room-only audience was treated to an amazing evening that featured the national anthem and presentation of the colors by Nellis Air Force Base, an invocation by Wade Kawasaki, premier networking, a lineup of world-class cars ranging from a ’31 Ford Model A Truck to a ’64 Corvette Coupe and, of course, an awards ceremony that recognized a who’s who of the hot-rodding world.

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    Jan 1 2012 - 10:44am

    Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) - SEMA CouncilThe annual Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) industry awards reception had a new look and a larger venue this year, and judging from the reactions of the crowd, the changes were successful. The larger space permitted ARMO to bring a vehicle inside the room for atmosphere and made moving around the room and visiting friends at various tables more convenient.

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    Jan 1 2012 - 10:07am

    SEMA Member Logo DownloadSigning up 200 new member companies at the 2011 SEMA Show was the easy part. There were special Show incentives and discounts for retailers that made SEMA membership a no-brainer for many companies. The goal for SEMA’s membership team now is to retain those members. How do we do that? The same way we retain other SEMA members: Connect them with SEMA’s membership resources and programs.

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    Jan 1 2012 - 8:53am

    The annual Young Executives Network (YEN) reception—combined for the first time this year with the Street Performance Council (SPC) reception—was held Tuesday night, November 1, at the Las Vegas Hilton, Pavilion 1&2, during the 2011 SEMA Show. The reception allowed attendees the opportunity to network with peers and industry leaders, including members of the SEMA Board of Directors, SEMA staff and SEMA Hall of Fame members.

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    Jan 1 2012 - 8:39am

    SEMA Scholarships CommitteeHurst, Street Scene Equipment, Dodge and SEMA teamed up to build a custom Dodge Charger and a Dodge Avenger to benefit the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund (SMSF).

    Each year, the SMSF distributes between $100,000 and $150,000 in scholarships to deserving students who plan to pursue careers in the automotive industry. The distributions include awards for vocational schools and two-year, four-year and post-graduate work, with a percentage designated for the families of employees of SEMA-member companies. There is also a Loan Forgiveness Program to help repay student loans for employees of SEMA-member firms. This year, two eBay auctions contributed a record-breaking amount to the SMSF.