The Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) announced the recipients of four prestigious awards at its PRO Night Club event, held in the Oasis Lounge at the Las Vegas Hotel on November 5. The PRO Night Club was a break from the traditional industry reception and provided guests with a premier networking opportunity with a new format in a new, fun space.
The mission of the Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) has always been to provide meaningful solutions to industry-specific issues and challenges. Within that context, MPMC directs its efforts toward providing its members with a forum in which to address industry-related issues, develop programs designed to meet the special needs of performance-parts manufacturers and offer new business and networking opportunities.
The 2013 SEMA Show student program brought record participation, with more than 400 students attending from approximately 45 colleges and institutions across North America. The program’s goals are simple: first, to expose the next generation to the opportunities available in the automotive aftermarket; second, to build bridges between educational partners and SEMA; and finally, to allow the students a once-in-a-lifetime experience to connect with industry leaders and influencers.
The Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) industry awards reception is the premier networking opportunity for those employed and active in the light-truck accessories market. The 2013 event was held November 6 in the Garden Patio North of the Las Vegas Hotel in conjunction with the SEMA Show. In addition to the presentation of LTAA’s industry awards, the evening was highlighted by the annual LTAA Fall Nationals Pinewood Drag Races benefitting the SEMA Cares charities.
The Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) kicked off its annual industry reception on Wednesday, November 6, with Mike Kinney of Moonlight Auctioneering Services leading the way through the council’s live auction to benefit the two charities supported by SEMA Cares: Childhelp and Victory Junction.
The live auction featured three award-winning participants from HRIA’s Pinewood Builder’s Challenge. These cars first appeared at the annual SEMA Pinewood Drag Races as a part of the Installation Banquet & Gala Fundraiser last summer. Prior to the reception, the cars were displayed in the HRIA booth so that all Show attendees who walked through Hot Rod Alley could enjoy the creativity and craftsmanship of each one.
The 2013 year was especially significant to the SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN). Celebrating the past, the present and the future, the SBN reveled in its significant growth in membership and achievements over the past 20 years.
SBN paid homage to some of the most influential women who have shaped the aftermarket industry during a special red carpet-themed reception that was held at the Oasis Lounge at the Las Vegas Hotel.
The Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) industry awards reception took place on Tuesday evening, November 5, during the SEMA Show. According to Chair Alex Tainsh, the decision to make networking the central focus of the evening was an important step in facilitating connections among council members. Tainsh knows that many individuals join ARMO to network with others, and the annual reception is one of the best venues for interaction.
One of the greatest benefits of belonging to a trade association is the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals who share the same interests and challenges every day. SEMA recognizes how important it is for members to know that they are not alone. Even beyond that, the association hopes to provide outlets for those of differing backgrounds to create partnerships. There are many chances throughout the year for members to make the most of the benefit of networking.
Each year, the Manufacturers Representative Network (MRN) presents its Sales Team Annual Recognition (STAR) award to the group selected by the general membership as the most outstanding manufacturer’s sales team.
For 2013, Extang Corp. was honored for demonstrating best practices and a true partnership in working with professional reps. Steve Kelly accepted the award on behalf of Extang.