The SEMA Scholarship Program cultivates and maintains relationships with colleges, universities and trade schools that are automotive-driven through programs and courses. Students are encouraged by faculty and staff to participate in the many student programs that SEMA offers, including career-fair participation, scholarship money, automotive-specific job boards, attending the SEMA Show and more.
The Young Executives Network (YEN) has transitioned into new leadership, with Rory Connell of Advanced Accessory Concepts leading the charge as the chair and Kirstin Stone of COMP Performance Group as chair-elect. YEN is dedicated to the advancement of young professionals in the automotive aftermarket industry by providing the membership with education and networking opportunities.
The SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN) welcomes new leadership beginning July 1, 2017. Camee Edelbrock is the new SBN chair, and Lana Chrisman of McLeod Racing is the new SBN chair-elect. The SBN works toward the advancement of women in the automotive aftermarket industry. Through education and networking programs, the network provides women with community and resources to advance their careers.
The Emerging Trends & Technology Network (ETTN) welcomed a new chair and chair-elect on July 1. Long-time SEMA volunteer Marla Moore of Coker Tire Co. stepped into the chair position, and Ian Lehn of BOOSTane took over as chair-elect.
The Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) featured its annual Hot Products Showcase at the Spring Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet in April.
On July 1, the Wheel and Tire Council (WTC) will welcome Greg Parker of Wegmann Automotive as its new chair and Tyson Boyer of Dill Valves as chair-elect. The WTC is committed to the progression of the automotive aftermarket wheel and tire segment and providing resources and community for its members.
Ellen McKoy of EMK Marketing stepped in as the chair for the Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) on July 1, with Dino Perfetti of Automotive Concepts as the new chair-elect.
The Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) welcomes a new chair and chair-elect on July 1. Jason Bruce of Holley Performance Products becomes the group’s new chairman, and Sean Crawford of JE Pistons was elected as the new chair-elect. The MPMC represents companies that manufacture motorsports parts, providing education, resources and programs aimed to better the motorsports industry.
The Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) is under new leadership, with 2015 SEMA Person of the Year Kathryn Reinhardt of MagnaFlow taking over the chair position. Erika Garcia of BOLT Locks by Strattec was elected to the chair-elect position. The council provides opportunities for its members to network, attend education seminars, gain product and brand exposure for their companies, and more.
While companies vary in business structure, product lines and the market segments they serve, they all have one goal in common: finding a way to make their operations more smooth and affordable.