SEMA eNews Vol. 12, No. 4, January 29, 2009

George Lathouris Named LTAA Chair-Elect and Other Council and Committee News


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George Lathouris Named LTAA Chair-Elect

The LTAA Select Committee has named Keystone’s George Lathouris as its chair-elect. Lathouris will assume his new responsibilities on July 1, when Kelly Kneifl assumes the duties of chairman from current Chairman Ron DiVincenzo. Congratulations to George!

LTAA Column in SEMA Member News

 

Read LTAA's column featured in the January/February issue of SEMA Member News by clicking here.

For more information about LTAA, contact Jim Skelly at jimsk@sema.org.

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ARMO Needs You

ARMO's strength and success depends on industry support. The ARMO Select Committee recently mailed out nomination forms for the ARMO Select Committee election and is asking you to identify the restoration industry's most talented leaders and nominate them for a seat on the ARMO Select Committee.

Please review the nomination form by clicking here, and tell us about a potential nominee and their leadership background. Self-nominations are also welcome. When filling out the nomination forms, often the best background and experience information comes from the source.

Nominations are due Friday, February 20. Please direct questions and submit forms to Jan Desma at jand@sema.org.

Attention ARMO Members Attending the Hotrod & Restoration Show

The Hotrod & Restoration Trade Show in Indianapolis from March 12–14, is a definite “don’t miss” event. Not only is this one of the greatest trade shows for our niche industry, but there are several educational and networking opportunities in store for ARMO members:

  • Exhibitors of the Hotrod & Restoration Trade Show can sign up to host a workshop/seminar during the Hot Rod Industry Alliance’s (HRIA) Education Day on Thursday, March 12. This is a wonderful opportunity to share your knowledge and expertise with attendees during your own one-hour session. Click here for details.
  • All ARMO members are invited to attend a networking mixer hosted by the Young Executives Network (YEN) at The Ram Restaurant & Brewery, 140 S. Illinois St., from 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. Mix, mingle and meet new and old industry friends.
  • Saturday, March 14, at 9:00 a.m., ARMO is hosting a seminar on "10 Things You Can Do Today to Improve Your Website Results Tomorrow" by Brian Offenberger.  

ARMO Column in SEMA Member News

 

Read ARMO's column featured in the January/February issue of SEMA Member News by clicking here.

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HRIA Education Day at Hotrod & Restoration Trade Show

A record number of manufacturers are on the slate to present seminars and workshops at the Hotrod & Restoration Trade Show in Indianapolis, on March 12–14. Education Day, scheduled for March 12, provides a unique opportunity for manufacturers to discuss their products in great detail, focusing on the technical aspects, zeroing in on sales strategies and providing you the knowledge necessary to increase your bottom line. With only a handful of time slots remaining, sign up today to talk about your products, or join the more than 1,000 attendees learning how to make their businesses stronger and more profitable.

Receive a certificate of completion for each session you attend from start to finish. Available sessions include:

Air Ride Technologies
"Air Suspension 101"
A technical seminar covering the basics of air suspension design and installation.

American Autowire
"Electrical Systems–Street Rods to MuscleCars"
In this workshop, generic applications to vehicle-specific options will be discussed, as well as determining requirements for the best fit for your customer.

Art Morrison Enterprises
"Street Rod Chassis Design"
Art Morrison will be conducting a seminar on AME chassis design and the methods for measuring a car for a custom AME chassis and suspension.

Barry Grant
"Multiple Carburetion Selection and Tuning"
Let Barry Grant show you how to choose the proper carburetors for multiple carburetor applications. This seminar will also offer additional tuning tips for these setups.

Borgeson Universal
"Steering Safety"
Learn about steering setups, products and designs.

Bowler Performance Transmissions
"Shift Into Overdrive. Better Fuel Technology for Your Hot Rod"
Covering modern overdrive transmissions, lock-up converters, bolt on overdrive units, transmission coolers, transmission throttle correction systems and much more!

BTC-SEMA Business Technologies Committee
"Business Efficiency 101"
Learn how to use product information to increase sales, boost image and reduce costs.

Classic Instruments
"Classic Instruments' New Products and Extraordinary Custom Department"
Classic Instruments will introduce new products to the audience, showcase its custom and retrofit department while providing information on the vast capabilities and options.

COMP Cams
"Discovering Tomorrow's Valvetrain Technology Today"
This seminar will discuss the future of valvetrain technology and how it relates to modern engine design.

Detroit Speed & Engineering
"True Suspension Techniques That Work"
Get ready for an overview of suspension design techniques to make any hot rod or musclecar, ride and handle like a late-model performance car.

Eaton Detroit Spring
"The Secrets to Outstanding Leaf and Coil Spring Suspensions"
This seminar will cover everything from the basics to advanced suspension theory and will discuss how to achieve the ride height and ride quality you desire using steel spring suspension systems.

Edelbrock Corporation
"New Products for 2009"
Learn all about Edelbrock’s new products for 2009, including Pro-Flo Fuel Injection Kits, street rod shocks and headers, classic vintage products and much more.

FAST (Fuel Air Spark Technology)
"EFI 101"
Learn all about the basic fundamentals and benefits of electronic fuel injection in this enlightening workshop.

Fatman Fabrications
"Hot Rod Chassis and Suspension Design Principals"
Receive the principles of engineering geometry that are used to create designs that work as well as they look!

Flaming River Industries
"Steering Systems and Solutions"
Learn how to select the proper steering component, from the tilt column to the rack-and-pinion. Check out the latest electric power steering technology while being introduced to the Keyless Secure Start Tilt Column.

Gotta Show Products
"Hot Rod Plumbing and Applications"
How to help your customers and make more sales.

Hot Rod Air Inc.
"Hot Rod Air Product Line and Air Conditioning Basics"
Learn all about quality automobile air conditioners and related components to keep your street rods, custom classic cars and trucks running in the "coolest" conditions.

HushMat
"HushMat Solution for Treatment of Heat and Noise in Hot-Rod Restoration Interior"
Discover why Ford, GM and Chrysler have utilized these materials for years!

ididit Inc.
"Steering Fun with Ken and Jane"
Ken and Jane Callison will bring their 23 years of knowledge to you with new products, installation tips and tricks, and how to make more money selling the best steering columns on the market!

Lincoln Electric
"Aluminum Welding with the TIG Process"
Don’t miss this seminar about aluminum welding! Learn to build an aluminum fuel cell for your hot rod using TIG welding.

Lokar Performance Products
"Secrets to Successful Sales and Brand Recognition"
Gain knowledge on how successful sales build a brand, future sales and your bottom line!

Classic Instruments
"Classic Instruments' New Products and Extraordinary Custom Department"
Classic Instruments will introduce new products to the audience, showcase its custom and retrofit department, while providing information on the vast capabilities and options.

Mothers Polishes Waxes Cleaners
"Mothers Professional–Efficient and Profitability"
Receive a hands-on introduction to the new technology in abrasives and compounding glazings.

Mr. Gasket/Prestolite Performance
"Digital Fuel Injection and Engine Management"
Learn the secrets of tuning and the advantages of the Accel/DFI Thruster EFI systemfirst hand: Quite simply, the cure for the common carburetor.

SBN – SEMA Businesswomen’s Network
"Discover the SEMA Mentoring Program and What It Can Do for YOU!"
Learn what this mentoring program can do for your business to improve your bottom line and create endless sales opportunities.

Stainless Steel Brakes
You Don't Need Big Brakes to Stop!"
Bigger isn't always better.

Steele Rubber Products
"Everything You Never Thought You Would Need to Know About Rubber Parts!"
This informative topic will include how-to, technical tips, custom applications and new parts development.

Street Thunder
"Discover the Benefits this National Enthusiast Club has to Offer"
This seminar will outline the club’s purpose, how it works and how it can help your business grow.

TCI
"Overdrive Transmissions and Torque Converters"
TCI will be discussing the latest four-through-six speed automatics for Ford, Chrysler and GM applications. Horsepower ranges, installation tips and specific traits of each transmission family will be the main topics.

Vintage Air
"The Vintage Air Difference"
This insightful introduction of the basics to performance air conditioning will help you to become familiar with the Vintage Air product line and their newer products.

Wilwood Engineering
"Brake System Tech Seminar"
An in-depth discussion of high-performance brake systems and components, including master cylinder size and selection; brake calipers and pistons rotor styles; pad compounds and bias balancing.

To register, click here.

For more information about the Hotrod and Restoration Trade Show, visit www.hotrodshow.com.

HRIA Column in SEMA Member News

 

Read HRIA's column featured in the January/February issue of SEMA Member News by clicking here.

 

For more information about HRIA, contact Jan Desma at jand@sema.org.

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Media Trade Conference a Success

The annual MPMC Media Trade Conference kicked off on Tuesday, January 20. The annual event brought 100 MPMC-member manufacturers together with upwards of 200 media representatives for three days of face-to-face meetings. Unlike other trade events, the meetings are dedicated to providing and gathering editorial content. Ad sales are prohibited from the meeting agendas. A possible 42, half-hour long meetings are scheduled over the three-day event, and many media report that they get a full 12 months' worth of technical material at this single event.

“We really want to thank all the participants at this year’s event,” said MPMC Chairman Bill Floyd. “No one has to mention the economic crunch we are all feeling. To have so many exhibitors and media committed to the Media Trade Conference is an indicator of the importance of the event itself and the dedication of our members and the media. A heartfelt thank you from MPMC to everyone involved.”
 

MPMC Column in SEMA Member News

 

Read MPMC's column featured in the January/February issue of SEMA Member News by clicking here.

 

For information about MPMC, contact Jim Skelly at jimsk@sema.org.

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Manufacturers Seeking Rep List Now Available

Manufacturers’ representatives are encouraged to contact Staci Bostock at stacib@sema.org to request the Manufacturers Seeking Rep List, which is available at no cost. Compiled using information collected from manufacturers prior to the 2008 SEMA Show, the listing contains details on manufacturers currently seeking the services of manufacturers’ representatives along with the lines available and company contact information. The list was originally available in the MRC Rep Center during the week of the 2008 SEMA Show.

 

MRC Column in SEMA Member News

 

Read MRC's column featured in the January/February issue of SEMA Member News by clicking here.

 

For information about MRC, contact Staci Bostock at stacib@sema.org

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PRO Business Development Guidebook Now On Sale

In today’s ever-changing marketplace, staying ahead of the competition is more important and challenging than ever. To be successful, you not only need an effective business strategy, but also the tools and resources to help your company excel and stand out from the pack. The PRO Business Development Guidebook is your handy reference guide.

 

Beginning with an overview of the importance of having a business plan—including tips on how to develop a business plan and the many purposes it can serve—the manual offers chapter-by-chapter strategies for making your business a success.

From understanding the basics of business finance and the importance of quality and service and how to make them hallmarks of your business, to building knowledge and skills among your employees to branding your restyling business as a market leader, the guidebook offers information critical to the day-to-day and long-term operation of your business.

 

Whether you’re starting your own restyling business or already own one—be it mobile or brick and mortar—you’ll find the answers that you’ve been looking for in the guidebook. PRO Council members contributed much of the information contained in the guidebook, drawing on their experience and knowledge to present a valuable business tool.

Click here to download the business guidebook order form, or contact Jim Skelly at jimsk@sema.org.

 

PRO Column in SEMA Member News

Read PRO's column featured in the January/February issue of SEMA Member News by clicking here.

 

For information about PRO, contact Jim Skelly at jimsk@sema.org.

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SPC Column in SEMA Member News

Read SPC's column featured in the January/February issue of SEMA Member News by clicking here.

For information about SPC, contact Paul Moritz at paulm@sema.org.

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Click on the logo to visit WTC's website.

 

WTC Column in SEMA Member News

 

Read WTC's column featured in the January/February issue of SEMA Member News by clicking here.

For information about WTC, contact Paul Moritz at paulm@sema.org

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Discover the SEMA Mentoring Program—Powered by the SBN

“I’ll get by with a little help from my friends…” - Joe Cocker

Everyone needs help or expert advice from time to time, and SEMA’s Mentoring Program is an excellent resource to get answers to all your questions. Whether you need to know more about SEMA, market information for a start-up company or advice on how to approach your boss about a new position, the SEMA Mentoring Program can help.

“Ask A Mentor” is perfect for one-time questions. You can expect multiple SEMA mentors to provide online guidance and answers to your industry-related questions.

Short-term Assistance/Guidance is for help with a specific project or task. A SEMA council/committee mentor with the expertise you seek will be paired up with you to provide guidance with your project.

Long-term Relationship is helpful for developing your professional career.  In this program segment you will be paired with a SEMA council/committee mentor who will provide guidance and assistance for ongoing career development or a long-term project.

So whether you just need an answer to a question or you want to cultivate a mentoring friendship, the SEMA Mentoring Program—Powered by the SBN is available to help. After all, we can all use a little help from our friends.

 

For more information on the program, click here.

 

SBN Column in SEMA Member News

Read SBN's column featured in the January/February issue of SEMA Member News by clicking here.

For information about SBN, contact Jan Desma at jand@sema.org.

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Join YEN

Did you know that the SEMA Young Executives Network has more than 500 members networking in the industry and is the largest SEMA committee? If you are employed by a SEMA-member company and are under the age of 39, then you can join the SEMA Young Executives Network for FREE. If you are interested in becoming part of the team, please visit our website at www.sema.org/yen.

 

YEN Member of the Month Spotlight

 

Did you know that YEN has a Member of the Month Spotlight on the SEMA website and that anyone can be nominated? To view previous selections or to make a nomination, visit www.sema.org/yen.

 

Discover The SEMA Mentoring Program—Powered by the SBN

 

“I’ll get by with a little help from my friends…” - Joe Cocker

 

Everyone needs help or expert advice from time to time, and SEMA’s Mentoring Program is an excellent resource to get answers to all your questions. Whether you need to know more about SEMA, market information for a start-up company or advice on how to approach your boss about a new position, the SEMA Mentoring Program can help.

 

“Ask A Mentor” is perfect for one-time questions. You can expect multiple SEMA mentors to provide online guidance and answers to your industry-related questions.

 

Short-term Assistance/Guidance is for help with a specific project or task. A SEMA council/committee mentor with the expertise you seek will be paired up with you to provide guidance with your project.

 

Long-term Relationship is helpful for developing your professional career.  In this program segment you will be paired with a SEMA council/committee mentor who will provide guidance and assistance for ongoing career development or a long-term project.

 

So whether you just need an answer to a question or you want to cultivate a mentoring friendship, the SEMA Mentoring Program—Powered by the SBN is available to help. After all, we can all use a little help from our friends.

For more information on the program, click here.

YEN Column in SEMA Member News

Read YEN's column featured in the January/February issue of SEMA Member News by clicking here.

For information about YEN, contact Paul Moritz at paulm@sema.org.

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