SEMA Member News—May/June 2011
When Classic Cars, Beach Boys and Networking Collide!
The first in a series of SEMA Town Hall meetings was held in Scottsdale, Arizona, on February 4. The meetings provide not only networking opportunities, but also a chance for member companies to provide feedback about where they would like the association to concentrate its efforts.
If you’re in the know, you were definitely one of the 130 people in attendance at the first SEMA Town Hall meeting held February 4 in Phoenix, Arizona. The first in a series of similar events to be held around the country, the “in” crowd networked beside vintage vehicles, provided SEMA with direction on how to better serve the automotive aftermarket and enjoyed entertainment by an a cappella group who specialized in singing classic Beach Boys songs.
Some of the key conversations that arose from this Town Hall event focused on:
- Key resources available from SEMA for small businesses
- Legislative initiatives that might negatively affect automotive specialty-equipment businesses and what SEMA is doing about them
- How a business can best become involved in SEMA
- Resources that are available
to help bring younger people
into the industry
- The value businesses receive
for their membership dues
This open dialogue allowed SEMA to really understand what members need and, more importantly, what benefits SEMA provides that members may have been unaware of.
“I attended the Phoenix event and thought it was great,” said former SEMA Board of Directors member Jon Lundberg. “Neat venue, good networking opportunities, well-constructed meeting and good following questions that were properly answered.”
Longtime industry veteran and recent Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council Hall of Fame inductee John Menzler (left) was on hand at the town Hall in Scottsdale. Menzler and others in attendance offered their thoughts about how the industry might move forward.
If you are looking to be part of the crowd that networks, provides a voice on the direction of the industry and wants to know more about your SEMA benefits, then by all means please attend the next Town Hall meeting, which will be held in the Dallas/Fort Worth area on Friday April 8, 2011. To attend, simply e-mail all relevant information to Monica Terlouw. Please be sure to include your full name, title, company name and phone number. For additional information, please visit here.
Finally, please register early. Space is limited, and SEMA has already received several R.S.V.P.s for the Dallas/Fort Worth Town Hall since the good word about the successful Phoenix event has spread.
Become a SEMA Member Anytime, Anywhere With New Online Form
Whether your company is large, small, growing, established or simply new to the market, now more than ever is a great time to join SEMA and take advantage of the benefits the association has to offer. A new online SEMA membership application offers a user-friendly process that makes becoming a SEMA member more convenient and easier to do.
SEMA offers a variety of benefits for its members, and the staff has now made networking and promoting your business easier. When you become a member of SEMA, you will get a profile designated for your company on the MySEMA pages of www.SEMA.org, where you can network with thousands of other industry professionals. Get connected within SEMA discussion groups, which are open for your questions as well as provide a forum for your expertise and advice.
Take advantage of the opportunity to help grow other companies within the industry by checking out SEMA councils on MySEMA. The councils are a great way to get involved and stay involved in the automotive specialty-equipment industry.
Don’t hesitate to call SEMA customer service at 909/610-2030 or e-mail member@SEMA.org with any questions during your online membership application process. Staff members are on site to help with any questions that may develop during the procedure.
Join SEMA today, and experience all SEMA has to offer!