SEMA created the SEMA-North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT) Education Foundation Award to recognize and celebrate the automotive instructors of America. Their profession plays a crucial role in fostering the future of automotive professionals.
Each year during the SEMA Show, one of the highlights for the Young Executive Network (YEN) is the opportunity to present awards to deserving industry professionals for the work they’ve done benefitting the young people within the industry. This year, YEN was thrilled to present the Vanguard award as well as the Young Executive of the Year award at an awards presentation at the network’s annual industry reception.
Another year is in the books for the SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN)—a year that brought both seasoned and new committee members to the network, each committed to providing opportunities for professional women in the automotive specialty-equipment industry.
The Manufacturers Representative Network (MRN) spent time interacting with first-time exhibitors at the 2016 SEMA Show. The MRN select committee represented the manufacturers’ rep profession as a whole. Walking the exhibit space of the Performance Pavilion and the Westgate on Friday morning of the Show, they stopped at each booth to pass out bagels and Red Bull for a “last day of the Show” boost.
The Emerging Trends & Technology Network (ETTN) held its second annual networking event at the 2016 SEMA Show. The event brought together engineering professionals who are passionate about automotive innovation, trends and technology.
The Wheel & Tire Council (WTC) held two events at the 2016 SEMA Show in November, which brought more than 160 wheel and tire professionals together.
The Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) held its annual industry awards reception at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The event provided restyling professionals with an opportunity to enjoy an evening of networking in a relaxing environment out by the Westgate Resort & Casino pool deck. The council recognized restyling companies and individuals in its awards ceremony. Four awards were announced.
The Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) Hall of Fame immortalizes those who have made a significant contribution to the MPMC or to the motorsports parts manufacturing segment as a whole. Three MPMC Hall of Fame inductees were honored during an evening reception at the Performance Racing Industry Show in the Indiana Convention Center.
The Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) hosted its annual industry awards reception at the 2016 SEMA Show. The event is always highly anticipated by council members and is well attended. Light-truck professionals gathered for an evening of networking and honoring outstanding companies and individuals in the light-truck segment. Three awards were presented: LTAA Hall of Fame, LTAA Retailer of the Year and the LTAA Ron Webster Memorial Award for Engineering Excellence.
The Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) reception, held at the 2016 SEMA Show, was attended by more than 500 hot-rod professionals and enthusiasts. The annual reception serves as an evening of networking for current and aspiring HRIA members who discuss the latest industry trends with others who share their passion for hot rods. Rick Love of Vintage Air emceed the reception, and six hot rods were on display, highlighting the works of up-and-coming builders. Chris Kersting stopped by to greet attendees, and influential businesses and individuals were honored at an awards ceremony.