SEMA eNews Vol. 12, No. 36, September 10, 2009

SEMA Council & Committee News: ARMO Opens Sponsorship Opportunities for SEMA Show Reception


Click on the logo to visit ARMO's website.

Valuable Seminar Available Online

If you missed the ARMO-sponsored seminar, "10 Things You Can Do to Your Website Today to Improve Your Results Tomorrow,” at the Hot Rod & Restoration Trade Show, you can view the presentation online.

Sponsorship Opportunities

The largest gathering of ARMO-member companies happens each year during the SEMA Show. This year, the ARMO Reception is Tuesday, November 3, from 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m., at the Las Vegas Hilton, Ballroom C. Sponsorship opportunities include prominent logo placement, premium seating, and complimentary drink tickets. They range in price from $500 to $5,000. Check out the form for additional details.

ARMO Industry Awards Reception


5:30 p.m.7:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 3, during SEMA Show week at the Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas.

 

ARMO Open Council Meeting


7:15 a.m.9:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 4, during SEMA Show week at the Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas.

ARMO Roundtable

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m., Thursday, November 5, during SEMA Show week at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas.

Column in SEMA Member News

Read ARMO's column featured in the September/October issue of SEMA Member News.

For more information about ARMO, contact Jan Desma.



Click on the logo to visit HRIA's website.

 

HRIA Industry Awards Reception

 

5:15 p.m.8:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 4, during SEMA Show week at the Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas.

 

HRIA Closed Select Committee Meeting

 

7:30 a.m.9:00 a.m., Thursday, November 5, during SEMA Show week at the Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas.

 

HRIA Column in SEMA Member News

 

Read HRIA's column featured in the September/October issue of SEMA Member News.

 

For more information about HRIA, contact Jan Desma.



Click on the logo to visit LTAA's website.
 
New Location for LTAA Industry Reception
 
LTAA has moved its reception at the 2009 SEMA Show to the Renaissance Hotel, near the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
 
Previous LTAA receptions have been held in the Las Vegas Hilton, adjacent to the North Hall, and because the council exhibits in the South Hall, this has typically meant a long trek for attendees. Entrance to the Renaissance Hotel is directly adjacent to the South Hall entrance.
 
The reception is set for Wednesday, November 4, 5:30 p.m.—7:30 p.m. Council representatives said that they are planning updated activities to go along with the new venue.
 
LTAA Closed Select Committee Meeting
 
7:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 4, during SEMA Show week at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas.
 
LTAA Column in SEMA Member News
 
Read LTAA's column featured in the September/October issue of SEMA Member News.
 
For more information about LTAA, contact Jim Skelly.
 

 

Click on the logo to visit MPMC's website.
 
Media Trade Conference Moves to New Location
 
The upcoming MPMC Media Trade Conference is moving to the recently renovated Radisson Suites Hotel in Covina, California.
 
Located about 15 minutes from the Ontario Airport in Southern California, the new location features easy freeway access and is near many local attractions, including the LA Fairgrounds and the NHRA Museum. All rooms have been refurbished to include top amenities such as complimentary wireless Internet access, microwaves, refrigerators, and flat screen televisions.
 
Media Trade Conference participants will also enjoy fine dining via the onsite restaurant, Hamilton Steakhouse, as well as a low room rate.
 
"We're looking forward to hosting a fantastic Media Trade Conference at the Radisson in Covina," said MPMC Chairman Bill Floyd of Ride Tech. "This annual event has become an essential activity for hundreds of media representatives and for our council members. The convenience of the hotel, along with the amenities and low rates, will ensure that the event continues to be a great success, and allow us to accomplish even more than ever before."
 
Details about the Radisson in Covina, California, are available at www.radisson.com/covinaca.
 
The MPMC Media Trade Conference is a three-day event where manufacturers and media take part in prescheduled, private, sit-down meetings. Nowhere else can a manufacturer meet with editorial staff from so many news outlets, and nowhere else can the media gather so much technical and new product information at one time.
 
Additional details about the 2010 MPMC Media Trade Conference, taking place Tuesday-Thursday, January 19-21, 2009, are available at www.sema.org/mpmc-media-trade-conference.
 
Media registration for the event opens October 1, 2009, at www.sema.org/media.
 
MPMC Media Trade Conference – Still a Few Spots Left!

Only a few of the 100 available exhibitor suites for the 2010 MPMC Media Trade Conference remain open. Applications are being accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Any applications received after the 100 spots are filled will be placed on a waitlist in order of receipt. MPMC-member companies may register online at www.sema.org/mpmc-media-trade-conference.

 
The 2010 MPMC Media Trade Conference takes place January 19–21, 2010, at the Radisson Suites Hotel in Covina, California. The MPMC Media Trade Conference is a truly unique event that brings manufacturers and editorial staff from national and international media together for three days of face-to-face, 30-minute meetings. Nowhere else can a manufacturer have the opportunity to meet with editorial staff from so many publications and mediums. Only MPMC-member companies are eligible for the MPMC Media Trade Conference. Not an MPMC member? Join here www.sema.org/mpmc.
 
Only exhibitor registration is currently open. Media registration will open on October 1, 2009.
 
For more information, contact Jim Skelly at 909/396-0289, ext. 103.
 
MPMC Column in SEMA Member News
 
Read MPMC's column featured in the September/October issue of SEMA Member News.
 
For information about MPMC, contact Jim Skelly.
 


Click on the logo to visit MRC's website.

MRC Long-Range Planning Meeting at PWA
MRC will hold its annual Long-Range Planning Meeting at the Arizona Grand Resort on Saturday, September 12, 2009, from 1:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Dinner will be served. All reps are welcome and encouraged to participate in this open forum and address issues faced daily by reps in all segments of the specialty-equipment industry.
Bring your ideas and suggestions to raise the bar for all manufacturers' reps. For us to be able to accommodate attendees with food and beverage, we ask that you contact Staci Bostock at 909/396-0289, ext. 104, by Friday, August 28, 2009.
 
The 8th Annual SEMA/MRC Rep Conference
 
When: Tuesday, September 15, 2009, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Where: Arizona Grand Resort, Phoenix
In These Turbulent Times, Don’t Just Survive...THRIVE
 
Bryan Shirley, president and CEO of the Manufacturers' Agents National Association (MANA), will present an open and interactive session addressing our industry’s biggest challenges in this turbulent economy. An event all WDs, manufacturers and reps will not want to miss.
 
Take advantage of the reduced registration fees offered by the MRC! Bring one company employee for the reduced rate of $50 and $25 for each additional company employee. To sign up for the event, complete the new online Rep Conference registration form.
 
Join the council for open bar and appetizers compliments of the MRC Select Committee and the Performance Warehouse Association. To learn more about the MRC Rep Conference, visit www.sema.org/mrc or contact Staci Bostock at 909/396-0289, ext. 104.
 
MRC General Membership Meeting and Awards Ceremony
 
MRC will be holding its membership meeting and awards ceremony on Sunday, November 1, from 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. during SEMA Show week at the Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas.
 
MRC Column in SEMA Member News
 
Read MRC's column featured in the September/October issue of SEMA Member News.
 
For information about MRC, contact Staci Bostock.
 

 

Click on the logo to visit PRO's website.

 

PRO Delivers Groundbreaking LRP with OEM Panel Discussion

PRO LRP Panel  
PRO's Long-Range Planning meeting featured executives from Chrysler, Ford and GM.  

 

 

PRO held its annual Long Range Planning meeting on June 18–19, in Detroit. A highlight of the meeting was a panel discussion with seven representatives from Ford, GM and Chrysler. All of the panelists represented the OEM parts and accessory divisions, and the discussion centered on the OEM’s relationship with the aftermarket.

 

On the panel were:

Ford Motor Company

  • Warren Nally, Manager-Aftermarket Support Group
  • Jim Abraham, Licensed Accessories Manager-Vehicle Personalization
  • Kevin Powell, Director-Product & Program Development

GM

  • Jeff Edwards, Director GM Accessories
  • Sandor Piszar, Senior Sales and Marketing Manager GM Accessories

Mopar

  • Tom Dailey, Manager-Accessory Product Planning
  • Doug Johnson, Product Planner, Cross Vehicle and Electronic Accessories

PRO members in attendance acknowledge the get together as groundbreaking in establishing relationships between the automakers and the restyling industry. Each of the automakers have a slightly different approach to their company’s interaction with the aftermarket. The opportunity to hear first hand from the people who manage the programs was invaluable.

“Having seven executives from GM, Ford and Chrysler participate in the PRO LRP this year demonstrates how we all can gain by an open dialogue,” said Bill North, business development manager, car and light truck division Webasto Product North America and a member of the PRO Select Committee. “The insight gained by industry members who attended this event was priceless as we all obtained a new understanding of the current dynamic within the accessory divisions of each car company. I look forward to an ongoing relationship with these car companies and they have all pledged to participate with us again.”

The OEM representatives talked openly about how they see themselves fitting into the aftermarket.

“This was the first time I attended a SEMA PRO event. I was thoroughly impressed with the organization, knowledge and candor of members I was able to interact with,” said Jim Abraham with Ford Vehicle Personalization. “Forums like this enable a dialogue that is mutually beneficial to both the auto manufacturer and the auto aftermarket companies alike.”

PRO members were quick to discuss the SEMA ProPledge warranty program with the OEM representatives, as an indicator of how dedicated the Restyling Industry is in pursuit of quality.

“As a veteran restyler, I would say the recent PRO Long Range Planning Meeting stood out as one of the most productive in recent memory,” said Joey Johnston of Tops & Trends Inc. and a PRO Select Committee member. “The ability for PRO members to interact directly with a panel of senior OE[M] managers from Chrysler, Ford and GM was groundbreaking. PRO members and the OE[M] panel openly discussed opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for each. OE[M] panel members welcomed the new SEMA ProPledge initiative as a step in the right direction, thereby helping ensure customers have access to quality aftermarket products and installations.”

“As a representative of the OE[M] vehicle personalization and accessories world, I see the ProPledge program as a value-add and an impressive selling feature because it helps to reinforce the quality and peace-of-mind philosophy that the automotive aftermarket is capable of delivering,” Ford’s Abraham said.

PRO Closed Select Committee Meeting
 
3:00 p.m.5:00 p.m., Sunday, November 1, during SEMA Show week at the Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas.
 
PRO Industry Reception
 
5:30 p.m.7:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 3, during SEMA Show week at the Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas.
 
PRO General Membership Meeting
 
7:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m., Thursday, November 5, during SEMA Show week at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas.
 
PRO Column in SEMA Member News
 
Read PRO's column featured in the September/October issue of SEMA Member News.
 
For information about PRO, contact Jim Skelly.
 

 


Click on the logo to visit SBN's website.

 

SBN Closed Select Committee Meeting

 

5:00 p.m.7:00 p.m., Monday, November 2, during SEMA Show week at the Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas.

 

SEMA Networking Breakfast—Powered by SBN

 

7:30 a.m.9:00 a.m., Thursday, November 5, during SEMA Show week at the Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas.

 

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.

 

Visit the SEMA Mentoring Program now.

 

SBN Column in SEMA Member News

Read SBN's column featured in the September/October issue of SEMA Member News.

For information about SBN, contact Jan Desma.

 


 


Click on the logo to visit SPC's website.

 

Street Performance Council Activities at the 2009 SEMA Show

SPC Reception: Like to get some exposure for your company in front of the street performance industries’ top companies and also have a good time? Become a sponsor of the SPC Reception during the 2009 SEMA Show. The reception, which features a relaxed lounge atmosphere, is scheduled for Wednesday, November 4, 5–7 p.m., at the Las Vegas Hilton. Download a copy of the sponsorship form.

Sponsorship agreements must be received by Friday, October 2, 2009.

SPC Awards: Nominations are being accepted for the SPC Business of the Year, Person of the Year and Industry Icon awards. Your nominations and support are important to your council. The awards will be presented at the SPC reception held during the SEMA Show Wednesday, November 4, 5–7 p.m. Nomination forms are available at www.sema.org/spc.

Nominations are due Friday, September 18, 2009.

If you have any questions, contact Jason Tolleson at 909/396-0289, ext. 168.

5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 4, during SEMA Show week at the Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas.

SPC Column in SEMA Member News

Read SPC's column featured in the September/October issue of SEMA Member News.


 

For information about SPC, contact Jason Tolleson.

 



 


Click on the logo to visit WTC's website.

 

New Location for WTC Reception

WTC has moved its reception at the 2009 SEMA Show to the Renaissance Hotel, near the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Previous WTC receptions have been held in the Las Vegas Hilton, adjacent to the North Hall, and because the council exhibits in the South Hall, this has typically meant a long trek for attendees. Entrance to the Renaissance Hotel is directly adjacent to the South Hall entrance.

The reception is set for Wednesday, November 4, 5:30 p.m.—7:30 p.m. Council representatives said that they are planning updated activities to go along with the new venue.

WTC Open Meeting

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m., Monday, November 2, during SEMA Show week at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas.


WTC Column in SEMA Member News

 

Read WTC's column featured in the September/October issue of SEMA Member News.

For information about WTC, contact Nathan Ridnouer.

 


 

Click on the logo to visit YEN's website.

 

Congratulations to Gregory Parker and Lee McGuire!

Gregory Parker of Martin & Company Advertising was elected YEN Chairman. Parker has served on the YEN Select Committee since 2005 and has been chairman of the SEMA Silent Auction Task Force. Lee McGuire of Skyjacker has been elected to serve as Chair-elect of the Committee. She will serve in a two-year term as Chair-elect until assuming the Chairman role in 2011.

 

YEN Long-Range Planning Meeting




3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m., Sunday, November 1, during SEMA Show week at the Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas.


YEN Reception

 

5:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 3, during SEMA Show week at the Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas.

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.

YEN Column in SEMA Member News

Read YEN's column featured in the September/October issue of SEMA Member News.

For information about YEN, contact Jason Tolleson.

Rate this article: 
No votes yet