Member News

Post on: 07/01/2014 - 1:51pm

A key to developing a motivated team is growing the talent that’s already in the pool. The goal of the SEMA Education Institute (SEI) is to lead the industry by offering a variety of tools to help members continue learning throughout every stage of their career paths.

Post on: 07/01/2014 - 10:50am

SEMA Scholarships CommitteeAsk professionals across the industry what they need in an employee, and they will give an assortment of answers depending on their niche and role within a company. Some employers look for a certain skill set. Often, this expertise is very specific and, as a result, elusive in the applicant pool. Tray Smith’s mail-order company, H&H Classic Parts, is like many retail businesses in that it depends on a strong sales team. Finding the right fit is not always as easy as it sounds, however.

Post on: 07/01/2014 - 10:36am

After the success of last year’s Launch Pad competition, SEMA is excited to announce that the contest will return for a second year at the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Sponsored by the Young Executives Network (YEN), the SEMA Launch Pad offers innovators under the age of 40 an industry platform to showcase their businesses and win a significant package to help them market a new automotive product or service.

Post on: 07/01/2014 - 10:24am

By Gigi Ho

Whether it’s leading a small group, a department or an entire company, effective leaders draw upon their own unique journeys for developing keys to success. While there is no single formula, some of the most successful women in leadership positions today share some core values that can be applied to any company atmosphere. Here’s a look at two rising leaders in the industry and their takes on leading effectively.

Post on: 07/01/2014 - 10:12am

Manufacturers Representative Network (MRN) - SEMA CouncilBy John Chapin

The e-mail came in at 9:07 p.m., and I responded immediately. The customer’s response: “Wow! That was quick. Thanks. Trying to get my staff to deliver those ‘wow’ moments myself.”

These days, it’s easier than ever to create the “wow” response with customers, mostly because customer service, follow-up and all related business protocols leave so much...

Post on: 07/01/2014 - 10:00am

Emerging Trends and Technology Network (ETTN) - SEMA CouncilBy Regis Finn

The Emerging Trends & Technology Network (ETTN) is still a relatively new SEMA network, but the group’s stated mission is to educate members about the latest trends, including those in marketing. One way the network accomplishes this objective is by sharing with members the way other industries operate and display at conventions and trade shows.

Post on: 07/01/2014 - 9:49am

Vehicle Dynamics for the Wheel and Tire Industry

The partnership between SEMA and the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) is producing a great new resource for the wheel and tire industry. The Wheel & Tire Council (WTC) and CU-ICAR have been collaborating since 2013 on a vehicle dynamics research project studying the effects of plus-sized wheels and tires on the ’13 Ford F-150. Using advanced simulation models, researchers have been able to quantify the effects of various wheel/tire combinations on key areas of consumer priorities: routine and emergency handling, steering feel, ride comfort and various subsets of those categories.

Post on: 07/01/2014 - 9:29am

Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) - SEMA CouncilLook to the Future

On the morning of July 16, 2014, SEMA-member restylers, accessory manufacturers and retailers—all of whom are involved in the restyling industry—are invited to gather at the SEMA Garage–Industry Innovations Center in Diamond Bar, California, to discuss the current state of the industry and explore new opportunities for the future. This annual Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) long-range planning meeting is a chance for all employees of PRO-member companies and potential members to network and discuss industry-related issues. Attendees can help determine the focus and direction of the council for the next year and beyond.

Post on: 07/01/2014 - 9:12am

Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) - SEMA CouncilFollowing its most recent election cycle, the Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) will soon install new leadership. Rich Barsamian, vice president for sales and marketing at GT Performance Products LLC, will take over the chair position, and Chris Douglas, marketing director for COMP Performance Group, was chosen to serve as chair-elect. Each laid out his goals for the group in recent interviews with SEMA Member News.

Post on: 07/01/2014 - 9:00am

Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) - SEMA CouncilAs always, summer is a busy time in the automotive industry, and members of the Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) council will be making the most of the sunshine and warm temperatures to accomplish projects and strengthen their businesses.