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.
The Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) kicked off the SEMA Show in Las Vegas with its annual industry awards reception, held at the Westgate Resort & Casino. With the first day of the Show in the books, ARMO members headed to the reception to enjoy drinks, dinner and networking with fellow restoration professionals.
SEMA has a mission to help its member companies succeed and prosper as well as bring value to the industry as a whole. SEMA understands the importance of getting out and meeting face-to-face with its members. In 2011, the association took a look at a strategic way to do that, hear firsthand the issues member businesses are facing, and what SEMA could be doing to lend support while discussing the state of the industry.
MPMC is a SEMA council comprised of companies that manufacture motorsports parts and are dedicated to the passion and longevity of motorsports. The council offers its membership solutions and opportunities to help grow their businesses and stay current on trends.
A wide variety of businesses attend the SEMA Show each year, but the companies in the buyer category—identified with a red badge—enjoy a few special benefits. “Buyers” are companies that fall into the retailer and distributor segments of the industry. Non-SEMA-member buyers are encouraged to sign up for a SEMA membership at the Show so that they can not only receive perks at the Show but also receive year-round member benefits.
The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund is dedicated to fostering the next generation of automotive aftermarket industry leaders and innovators. Each year, SEMA provides awards to a number of deserving students currently pursuing degrees ranging from accounting to mechanical engineering, with goals of becoming professionals in the automotive industry. The awards range from $2,000–$3,000, with $5,000 going to the top student.
SEMA has created and is building upon its programs designed to engage students within the automotive aftermarket industry. These programs are focused on career paths for students, fostering a love for the industry, real-world work experience, and providing financial assistance for school. SEMA student programs provide member companies with year-round opportunities to help develop and inspire the next generation while creating the necessary foundation for students to successfully enter the automotive specialty-equipment industry.
The SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN) is proud to announce two new additions and two returning veterans to the select committee. The individuals elected have experience that spans many facets of the automotive industry.
The Manufacturers’ Representative Network (MRN) welcomed three new industry professionals to its select committee. Matt Harless of PSKB Inc. has been a student of the industry and applied what he has learned from colleagues and mentors along the way during his 20-year career in the industry. Mike Katz of Bob Cook Sales comes to the MRN with a vast background in the traditional and retail parts segments of the industry and is passionate about sharing his experiences and knowledge with others. Ken Schuck has 32 years of experience in the automotive aftermarket and is currently an account manager for Keystone Automotive at KAM Marketing.
SEMA recognizes that, with the pace at which technology and trends are changing, influencing and impacting the industry, it is more important than ever for SEMA members to be able to have the opportunity to learn about them. Quick Talks, powered by the Emerging Trends & Technology Network (ETTN), will debut at the 2016 SEMA Show. Quick Talks support the network’s ongoing role as a resource for the automotive industry’s engineers, programmers, designers and product managers.