Wed, 11/11/2020 - 10:18

By Ashley Reyes

Todd Steen

Todd Steen is this week’s SEMA Wheel and Tire Council (WTC) Volunteer Spotlight member. Steen is the current WTC Select Committee chair-elect, and the director of business development at Jackson Marketing Group—a full integrated marketing, communications and events agency.

Through his volunteerism, Steen helps guide the council to identify and address industry challenges, deliver educational solutions to members and participates in various SEMA events.

SEMA: What led you to obtaining a career in the wheel and tire industry?

Todd Steen: Dumb luck. I was working in textiles and handling the company's VMI efforts when Michelin recruited me to help with their efforts. That led to an opportunity to work in motorsports and the rest, as they say, is history. I've now been involved with tires and motorsports at some level or another since 1998.

SEMA: How has being a WTC volunteer or member impacted your professional career?

TS: Contacts. Contacts. Contacts! I'm a firm believer that your net worth is determined by your network, and knowing people allows you to make things happen. When you can make things happen, your reach is great. Your “web” is stronger and your efforts offer a better value to your employer and your team. Simply put, building your network makes you an asset to your company.

SEMA: What advice do you have for someone pursuing a career in the wheel and tire segment?

TS: You don't have to be mechanically inclined to be in the business. But you need to be business savvy. Study business and use your passion and enthusiasm for cars and trucks to build your future.

SEMA: Where can we find you on a Saturday?

TS: I'm a huge outdoorsman and love archery. So, depending on the time of the year, I'm either in the woods, at a racetrack or at a car show.

Wed, 11/11/2020 - 10:18

By Ashley Reyes

Todd Steen

Todd Steen is this week’s SEMA Wheel and Tire Council (WTC) Volunteer Spotlight member. Steen is the current WTC Select Committee chair-elect, and the director of business development at Jackson Marketing Group—a full integrated marketing, communications and events agency.

Through his volunteerism, Steen helps guide the council to identify and address industry challenges, deliver educational solutions to members and participates in various SEMA events.

SEMA: What led you to obtaining a career in the wheel and tire industry?

Todd Steen: Dumb luck. I was working in textiles and handling the company's VMI efforts when Michelin recruited me to help with their efforts. That led to an opportunity to work in motorsports and the rest, as they say, is history. I've now been involved with tires and motorsports at some level or another since 1998.

SEMA: How has being a WTC volunteer or member impacted your professional career?

TS: Contacts. Contacts. Contacts! I'm a firm believer that your net worth is determined by your network, and knowing people allows you to make things happen. When you can make things happen, your reach is great. Your “web” is stronger and your efforts offer a better value to your employer and your team. Simply put, building your network makes you an asset to your company.

SEMA: What advice do you have for someone pursuing a career in the wheel and tire segment?

TS: You don't have to be mechanically inclined to be in the business. But you need to be business savvy. Study business and use your passion and enthusiasm for cars and trucks to build your future.

SEMA: Where can we find you on a Saturday?

TS: I'm a huge outdoorsman and love archery. So, depending on the time of the year, I'm either in the woods, at a racetrack or at a car show.

Fri, 11/06/2020 - 15:37

By SEMA Editors

Brady RanweilerThe SEMA Battle of the Builders concluded Friday, November 6, where Brady Ranweiler's ’63 Chevrolet Full Custom 2 Door Wagon was named the winner of the annual competition.

The SEMA Battle of the Builders concluded Friday, November 6, during SEMA360, where Brady Ranweiler was named the winner of the annual competition. As per competition rules, the Top 12 finalists performed the judging duties and rated their peers on the quality of their builds.

The Top 4 finalists for 2020 were narrowed down just prior to the winner announcement. Top 4 finalists were Brady Ranweiler and his ’63 Chevrolet Full Custom 2 Door Wagon (Hot Rod), Mark Giambalvo and his ’65 Chevrolet C10 (Truck/Off-Road), Chip Foose and his ’74 Jaguar E-Type (Sport Compact), and Young Guns winner Cody Medeisis with his ’68 Chevrolet Camaro. This marks the first time in the seven-year history of the competition that a wagon has taken home the title.

Ranweiler's ’63 Custom Chevrolet Wagon.

The four finalists of this year’s competition will be highlighted along with other featured builders in a nationwide television special airing in 2021. The TV special, “SEMA: Battle of the Builders,” is scheduled to air on A+E Networks’ FYI and HISTORY’s DRIVE block in January 2021 (time and date to be announced).

The 2020 SEMA Battle of the Builders competition included more than 330 submissions from a talented pool of builders from around the globe. These individuals are the best of the best, showcasing their extreme talent, creativity and craftsmanship in modifying cars, trucks, and SUVs. The Young Guns (builders 27 years and younger) category remains a fan favorite, culminating the next generation of builders who are eager to show off their creations.

Fri, 11/06/2020 - 15:37

By SEMA Editors

Brady RanweilerThe SEMA Battle of the Builders concluded Friday, November 6, where Brady Ranweiler's ’63 Chevrolet Full Custom 2 Door Wagon was named the winner of the annual competition.

The SEMA Battle of the Builders concluded Friday, November 6, during SEMA360, where Brady Ranweiler was named the winner of the annual competition. As per competition rules, the Top 12 finalists performed the judging duties and rated their peers on the quality of their builds.

The Top 4 finalists for 2020 were narrowed down just prior to the winner announcement. Top 4 finalists were Brady Ranweiler and his ’63 Chevrolet Full Custom 2 Door Wagon (Hot Rod), Mark Giambalvo and his ’65 Chevrolet C10 (Truck/Off-Road), Chip Foose and his ’74 Jaguar E-Type (Sport Compact), and Young Guns winner Cody Medeisis with his ’68 Chevrolet Camaro. This marks the first time in the seven-year history of the competition that a wagon has taken home the title.

Ranweiler's ’63 Custom Chevrolet Wagon.

The four finalists of this year’s competition will be highlighted along with other featured builders in a nationwide television special airing in 2021. The TV special, “SEMA: Battle of the Builders,” is scheduled to air on A+E Networks’ FYI and HISTORY’s DRIVE block in January 2021 (time and date to be announced).

The 2020 SEMA Battle of the Builders competition included more than 330 submissions from a talented pool of builders from around the globe. These individuals are the best of the best, showcasing their extreme talent, creativity and craftsmanship in modifying cars, trucks, and SUVs. The Young Guns (builders 27 years and younger) category remains a fan favorite, culminating the next generation of builders who are eager to show off their creations.

Fri, 11/06/2020 - 13:56

By Ashley Reyes

MPMC Members have until the end of today, Friday, November 6, to submit their exhibitor applications for the 2021 Motorsports Part Manufacturers Council (MPMC) Media Trade Conference, taking place entirely online January 26-28, 2021.

The annual conference brings together MPMC member manufacturers with editorial staff from various media publications and is designed specifically for reporters and journalists to conduct interviews and obtain a year’s worth of content in just one place. As an online event, the 2021 program will provide participants with an affordable and safe event that they can rely on. It will be a cost-effective way for exhibitors to share detailed information about their products, changes in their company or the latest industry trends. Manufacturers seeking more information can visit www.sema.org/mtc/manufacturers.php or contact Jim Skelly at jimsk@sema.org.

Media information is available at www.sema.org/mtc, with registration available in mid-November. Media are also invited to contact Juan Torres at juant@sema.org for more information.

Fri, 11/06/2020 - 13:56

By Ashley Reyes

MPMC Members have until the end of today, Friday, November 6, to submit their exhibitor applications for the 2021 Motorsports Part Manufacturers Council (MPMC) Media Trade Conference, taking place entirely online January 26-28, 2021.

The annual conference brings together MPMC member manufacturers with editorial staff from various media publications and is designed specifically for reporters and journalists to conduct interviews and obtain a year’s worth of content in just one place. As an online event, the 2021 program will provide participants with an affordable and safe event that they can rely on. It will be a cost-effective way for exhibitors to share detailed information about their products, changes in their company or the latest industry trends. Manufacturers seeking more information can visit www.sema.org/mtc/manufacturers.php or contact Jim Skelly at jimsk@sema.org.

Media information is available at www.sema.org/mtc, with registration available in mid-November. Media are also invited to contact Juan Torres at juant@sema.org for more information.

Fri, 11/06/2020 - 11:05

By John Stewart

Vehicle Technology
In a one-hour panel discussion on SEMA360, panelists presented insights on how fundamental shifts in industry and society will create new opportunities for manufacturing businesses, large and small.

In a one-hour panel discussion on SEMA360, panelists presented insights on how fundamental shifts in industry and society will create new opportunities for manufacturing businesses, large and small.

“The revolution is now, it’s being live-streamed today,” said moderator John Waraniak. “Once to grow, you could run a different race, or you could run the same race faster. Today, you have to do both.”

Carla Bailo, president and CEO, Center for Automotive Research (CAR), told how COVID-19 has propelled change and changed thinking in transportation and associated manufacturing. The assembly line of the future will include a lot more automation, and manufacturers will need to pivot to adjust their business models as the health crisis continues. There will be more demand for home delivery and manufacturers need to be prepared for supply-chain disruptions, and the days of three-year, five-year product-development cycles are over. “COVID-19 is giving us opportunities as never before…Think about how you can delight the customer.”

Mouse McCoy (HackRod Studio MFG) made the point that manufacturing has become digital and virtual. The ”digital twin” process, in which teams around the country work on a digital file in the cloud, make it possible do develop and simulate a complex product such as a car digitally before production. Once the digital product is tested through simulation, the file can be transferred to an advanced production facility and produced. This will lead to mass customization and personalization for customers—an exponential opportunity.  

Nigel Francis, CEO and executive director, ALMMII/LIFT, runs a non-profit that enhances collaboration between industry, academia, and the department of defense. He revealed ground-breaking processes, such as linear friction welding and wire arc additive manufacturing (WAAM), that are already in use, enabling the joining of dissimilar materials and flexible joining. These processes will enable mass-customization of product for small- and medium-size companies.

“Any color you like as long as it’s black doesn’t work any more,” he said. Personalization must increase, and the customer will dictate their preferences. That trend drives the opportunities in manufacturing of the future.

This session is available on demand on the SEMA360 platform

Fri, 11/06/2020 - 11:05

By John Stewart

Vehicle Technology
In a one-hour panel discussion on SEMA360, panelists presented insights on how fundamental shifts in industry and society will create new opportunities for manufacturing businesses, large and small.

In a one-hour panel discussion on SEMA360, panelists presented insights on how fundamental shifts in industry and society will create new opportunities for manufacturing businesses, large and small.

“The revolution is now, it’s being live-streamed today,” said moderator John Waraniak. “Once to grow, you could run a different race, or you could run the same race faster. Today, you have to do both.”

Carla Bailo, president and CEO, Center for Automotive Research (CAR), told how COVID-19 has propelled change and changed thinking in transportation and associated manufacturing. The assembly line of the future will include a lot more automation, and manufacturers will need to pivot to adjust their business models as the health crisis continues. There will be more demand for home delivery and manufacturers need to be prepared for supply-chain disruptions, and the days of three-year, five-year product-development cycles are over. “COVID-19 is giving us opportunities as never before…Think about how you can delight the customer.”

Mouse McCoy (HackRod Studio MFG) made the point that manufacturing has become digital and virtual. The ”digital twin” process, in which teams around the country work on a digital file in the cloud, make it possible do develop and simulate a complex product such as a car digitally before production. Once the digital product is tested through simulation, the file can be transferred to an advanced production facility and produced. This will lead to mass customization and personalization for customers—an exponential opportunity.  

Nigel Francis, CEO and executive director, ALMMII/LIFT, runs a non-profit that enhances collaboration between industry, academia, and the department of defense. He revealed ground-breaking processes, such as linear friction welding and wire arc additive manufacturing (WAAM), that are already in use, enabling the joining of dissimilar materials and flexible joining. These processes will enable mass-customization of product for small- and medium-size companies.

“Any color you like as long as it’s black doesn’t work any more,” he said. Personalization must increase, and the customer will dictate their preferences. That trend drives the opportunities in manufacturing of the future.

This session is available on demand on the SEMA360 platform

Fri, 11/06/2020 - 10:32

By SEMA Editors

With SEMA360 wrapping up today, enthusiasts and attendees are invited to visit the event’s photo site to see hundreds of vehicles and parts that appeared in Manufacturer Showcases throughout the week.

There are currently four categories on the photo site: 2020 SEMA360 New Products, 2020 SEMA360 Feature Vehicles, 2020 SEMA360 Builder Vehicles, and 2020 SEMA360 General Photos. The photos of new products are available by category. The photos of the SEMA360 New Product Award winners are also available on the site.

Visit sema360.semaphotos.com and see some of the most innovative, trendsetting custom vehicles and products that the specialty automotive market has to offer.

Fri, 11/06/2020 - 10:32

By SEMA Editors

With SEMA360 wrapping up today, enthusiasts and attendees are invited to visit the event’s photo site to see hundreds of vehicles and parts that appeared in Manufacturer Showcases throughout the week.

There are currently four categories on the photo site: 2020 SEMA360 New Products, 2020 SEMA360 Feature Vehicles, 2020 SEMA360 Builder Vehicles, and 2020 SEMA360 General Photos. The photos of new products are available by category. The photos of the SEMA360 New Product Award winners are also available on the site.

Visit sema360.semaphotos.com and see some of the most innovative, trendsetting custom vehicles and products that the specialty automotive market has to offer.