Member News

Post on: 11/01/2013 - 2:06pm

By Charles M. Cohon

Manufacturers Representative Network (MRN) - SEMA CouncilReps sometimes find themselves in the crosshairs of principals looking for ways to cut costs, especially in a tough economy. In some cases, reps may face unilateral cuts in commission or unwarranted conversion of hard-earned customers into house accounts.

So how can a rep company protect itself from being blindsided by a cost-cutting principal? One rep’s solution was to preemptively promote his company’s value proposition.

Post on: 11/01/2013 - 1:54pm

Emerging Trends and Technology Network (ETTN) - SEMA CouncilGood, clean data ensures that all parties in the distribution chain can do their jobs and that consumers get the best products possible. The challenge comes in the variance of formats that are used by different organizations to classify and store their own product data.

Patty Putcharkan, data intelligence manager at MagnaFlow, explained that automotive product data historically has not adhered to any kind of industry standard, creating issues for organizations that need to exchange information. But Putcharkan has noticed that beginning to change.

Post on: 11/01/2013 - 1:42pm

It’s that time again! The 2013 SEMA Show is nearly upon us, and you can almost hear the hustle and bustle of the South Hall beginning to rev up as exhibitors, buyers and media prepare for what is anticipated to be a fantastic Show. A few of the must-attend events for the wheel and tire segment of the specialty-equipment industry are hosted by the Wheel & Tire Council (WTC) and include a general membership meeting and a networking and awards reception. Do not miss these opportunities to get involved, influence change and better position your business.

Post on: 11/01/2013 - 11:31am

ARMO Industry Awards Reception

Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) - SEMA CouncilARMO leads off the week with its annual industry awards reception on Tuesday evening, November 5. The event will take place in Ballrooms D–E of the Las Vegas Hotel from 5:15 p.m.–7:30 p.m. In addition to networking opportunities, the council will take time to honor some of the individuals whose lives and work have made significant impacts on the industry.

“We intentionally keep the reception about networking,” said ARMO Chair Alex Tainsh. “We really simplified the program a couple of years ago. We want to keep the program short and allow attendees the chance to meet and greet others in the industry.”

Post on: 11/01/2013 - 11:31am

Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) - SEMA CouncilQuick question: What happens in Vegas that doesn’t stay in Vegas? If you said the SEMA Show, you’re right on the money. With all the new innovations, ideas and opportunities they spawn and the connections made and friendships renewed, the afterglow of the Show lingers long after everyone heads home.

As your thoughts turn to the 2013 SEMA Show, grab your smartphone and mark your calendar for activities that will be of particular interest to members of SEMA’s Professional Restylers Organization (PRO).

Post on: 11/01/2013 - 10:59am

Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) - SEMA CouncilToday, the MPMC Hall of Fame honors those who have made a significant contribution to MPMC and/or the motorsports parts manufacturing segment of the aftermarket. Each year, nominations are solicited from the MPMC general membership, and an MPMC Hall of Fame task force votes on the final selection of inductees based on stringent criteria. The formal induction ceremony will take place for this year’s honorees, detailed below, on Friday morning, December 13, at the Performance Racing Industry Show in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Post on: 11/01/2013 - 10:53am

While the annual SEMA Show is not just for those who belong to the association, there are quite a few perks to being a member when Show time comes around.

In the past, SEMA-member exhibitors have enjoyed substantial discounts on booth space in addition to exclusive exhibitor VIP lounges in each hall. At this year’s SEMA Show, there will also be something special for member buyers. A Member Buyer Rewards (MBR) card will identify them and provide access to several exciting perks:

Post on: 11/01/2013 - 10:42am

A New Look for the LTAA Booth

Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) - SEMA CouncilThe Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) booth will look a little different at the SEMA Show this year. When attendees first approach South Hall, they will notice five vehicles on display outside the entrance. This representation of the wide variety of LTAA-member companies and products is sure to be an eye opener for everyone. Inside the Upper South Hall, LTAA select committee members will be present at booth #34151 to interact one-on-one with attendees and answer questions. If you have never met your LTAA leadership, this is a great chance to do so.

Post on: 11/01/2013 - 10:28am

Hot Rod Alley in the Central Hall

Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) - SEMA CouncilOne 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, 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.

Post on: 11/01/2013 - 10:19am

SEMA Scholarships CommitteeThe SEMA Show Student Program offers educators and students the opportunity to attend the annual SEMA Show. The program is designed for “qualified and motivated students.” The primary objective is to provide unique learning experiences that integrate the student’s field of study with actual business and trade-show opportunities in the automotive aftermarket industry. Students who participate in the program will: