The Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) welcomes two new volunteers to the Select Committee as a result of this year’s election cycle. Ben Tucker is vice president of Camaro Central and Muscle Car Industries, two companies that specialize in Camaro and Firebird restoration parts. Mark Cotter is in charge of sales and new-product development at Repops, a manufacturer of reproduction parts for classic musclecars. SEMA Member News recently asked both of them what they are looking forward to in their “freshman” terms on the Select Committee. Cotter was literally on the run and had to be brief with his responses. Nonetheless, he assured us that he is anxious to see how to best serve the restoration market through the ARMO council.
The Manufacturers Representative Network (MRN) will present several events in conjunction with the 2013 Performance Warehouse Association (PWA) Conference, to be held September 22–25 in Phoenix.
MRN General Membership Meeting: Exclusive to manufacturer representatives, the MRN will hold an open meeting for both members and nonmembers (interested in learning more about the network) September 22 from 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. The event is free to attend, but you must be registered to attend the PWA event.
Join members of the SEMA family for good food, drink and conversation at a networking mixer to be held September 24, 2013, from 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., in conjunction with the Performance Warehouse Association (PWA) Conference in Phoenix. The conference takes place September 22–24, and you must be registered with PWA to attend the mixer, which is quickly becoming a PWA tradition and is a great evening “starter” after a full day of meetings. The mixer is sponsored by the Manufacturers Representative Network (MRN), Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC), Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) and Young Executives Network (YEN), but all industry professionals are welcome to attend!
Mobile devices are creating a commerce revolution. The Internet modernized sales and marketing a decade ago, but today’s companies need more than a website altered to fit smartphones. Smart businesses and smart marketers must learn to develop mobile-specific tools and techniques.
The new Emerging Trends & Technology Network (ETTN) will be hosting a Mobile Trends seminar at the 2013 Performance Warehouse Association (PWA) Conference, to be held September 22–25 in Phoenix. “How Mobile Is Radically Changing Your Business” will offer attendees the latest facts about the burgeoning mobile market and strategies for capturing sales using these cutting-edge devices.
This year marks SEMA’s 50th birthday—a remarkable milestone for the association. Many trace the specialty-equipment market’s official beginning to 1928 when George Wight opened the Bell Auto Parts speed shop, but the roots go much deeper. People have been looking for ways to travel faster and in more style and comfort since the invention of the automobile.
Three years ago, SEMA teamed with Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) to offer SEMA members access to product-development analysis, testing, simulation resources and engineering talent. John Waraniak, SEMA’s vice president of vehicle technology, sees this as an unprecedented opportunity for members.
“Technology is integral to both the relevance and the future of SEMA and the performance aftermarket,” he said. “To ignore its impact is a fundamental mistake. The association’s vehicle technology programs and initiatives are investments in SEMA’s collective future.”
It’s official! Four industry veterans were recently elected to their first terms on the Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) Select Committee. They are Kevin McGowan of Auto Trim Restyling, Josh Poulson of Auto Additions, Chris Sepanski of 3M Automotive Division and Jeff Varick of Brandmotion. We asked them to share their vision as they assume their roles.
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Each year, the SEMA Show offers a wide range of product displays, exhibits and educational seminars. For industry veterans, the Show also provides a great chance to reconnect and network with friends and colleagues. The members of the SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN) have been busy planning a full calendar of events for the 2013 SEMA Show to provide just such networking opportunities. Attend one or attend them all; each provides a unique format and opportunity.
The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund is dedicated to fostering the next generation of automotive aftermarket industry leaders and innovators. Scholarship awards range from $2,000–$3,000, with $5,000 going to the top student. Assistance is available for career paths in the automotive industry in accounting, engineering, racecar driver/crew, administration, information technology, sales/marketing, advertising, manufacturing, technicians, design/graphics, photo/journalism and transportation. In addition, a full-tuition scholarship, valued at up to $29,400, is awarded to one student attending Ohio Technical College.
The Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) welcomes two freshman members to its Select Committee this year. Manny Grijalva is the vice president of marketing and sales at MSD, and Robert Wityczak is an account manager from Magnaflow. SEMA Member News caught up with both of them just long enough to get their thoughts on joining the committee.
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