|Visit TORA's website.|
TORA Mourns the Loss of Jeff Stevens
Members of the TORA were sadden to hear the news that Jeff Stevens died on December 29 of pancreatic cancer. He was 52.
Formerly employed with Advantage Truck Accessories and most recently at Safety Kleen, Stevens was laid to rest at the Oakridge Cemetery in Goshen, Indiana, on January 4.
TORA Presents Industry Awards
TORA presented the following council awards during the TORA Industry Reception at the 2009 SEMA Show.
- TORA Best New Product Under $500 (chosen from new products at the SEMA Show): Weathertech, Multifit Cargo and Trunk Liner
- TORA Best New Product Over $500 (chosen from new products at the SEMA Show): Undercover, SE Tonneau
- Ron Webster Award (chosen from new products at the SEMA Show): Bolt, One Key Lock Technology Padlock
- TORA Retailer of the Year: The Truck Outfitters
- TORA Hall of Fame: Van Woodell, Weathers Auto Supply
- TORA Chairman’s Award: Ron DiVincenzo, Cap World
For more information on TORA awards, contact Jim Skelly.
TORA Column in SEMA Member News
Read TORA's column featured in the January/February issue of SEMA Member News.
|Visit ARMO's website.|
ARMO Presents Industry Awards
ARMO presented the following awards during the ARMO Industry Reception at the 2009 SEMA Show.
- Business of the Year: National Parts Depot
- Person of the Year: Jim Menneto, Hemmings Motor News
- Restoration Event of the Year: Fall Hershey by the Antique Automobile of America
For more information on ARMO awards, contact Nathan Ridnouer.
ARMO Column in SEMA Member News
Read ARMO's column featured in the January/February issue of SEMA Member News.
For more information about ARMO, visit the council's website.
|Visit HRIA's website|
HRIA Presents Industry Awards
HRIA presented the following awards during the HRIA Industry Reception at the 2009 SEMA Show.
- Business of the Year: Lokar Inc.
- Industry Recognition Award: Ross Ortman, Dakota Digital Inc.
- HRIA Hall of Fame Awards: Art Morrison and Jerry Kugel
For more information on HRIA awards, contact Nathan Ridnouer.
HRIA Column in SEMA Member News
Read HRIA's column featured in the January/February issue of SEMA Member News.
For more information about HRIA, visit the council's website.
|Visit MRC's website.|
Manufacturers Seeking Rep List Now Available!
Manufacturers’ representatives are encouraged to contact Staci Bostock at email@example.com to request the Manufacturers Seeking Rep List, which is available at no cost.
using information collected from manufacturers prior to the 2009 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 Show.
2010 MRC Long-Range Planning Meeting at PWA
MRC will be conducting its annual Long-Range Planning meeting in
conjunction with the Performance Warehouse Association (PWA) Conference
at the Arizona Grand Resort on Saturday, September 25, 2010. All reps
are welcome and encouraged to participate in this open forum and
address issues faced daily by reps in all segments of the automotive
industry. Bring your ideas and suggestions to raise the bar for all
For us to be able to accommodate attendees
with food and beverage, we ask that you take a moment and contact Staci
Bostock at 909/396-0289 ext. 104 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
MRC Presents industry Awards
The MRC presented the following council awards during the 2009 SEMA Show.
- MRC Hall of Fame: Bob Cook, Bob Cook Sales
- MRC STAR (Sales Team Annual Recognition) Award: Magnaflow Performance Exhaust
For more information on MRC awards, contact Staci Bostock.
MRC Column in SEMA Member News
Read MRC's column featured in the January/February issue of SEMA Member News.
|Visit MPMC's website.|
MPMC Motorsports Marketing Seminar Big Hit
MPMC-sponsored seminar, "Motorsports Marketing: How to Measure Your
Return,” was a definite winner at the 2009 SEMA Show. A panel of
motorsports industry experts was moderated by ESPN/NHRA announcer Alan
Reinhart and answered questions on motorsports marketing options.
is very pleased with the event," said MPMC Chairman Bill Floyd. "This
came together very last minute, with little marketing effort, and we
had 68 people in the room. I have to thank the panel members and Alan
Reinhart for making this such a success. We’re already planning next
The panel members were:
- Bill Holland - Holland Communications
- Karl Fredrickson - Speedway Illustrated
- Brian Wolfe - Motorsports Director Ford Motor Company
- Steve Wolcott - ProMedia/NMRA
- Jessica Forrest - NASCAR Automotive Group
- Bill Floyd - RideTech
The seminar took place on Monday, November 2, from 11:00 a.m.–12:00 pm., in North Hall Convention Center meeting room N262–N264.
Media Registration Now Open for Media Trade Conference
100 available manufacturer suites have been filled, and MPMC is looking
forward to another successful event. The MPMC Media Trade Conference
will be at the Radisson Suites in Covina, California, on January 19–21,
2010. For more information on the event, go to www.sema.org/mpmc.
MPMC Column in SEMA Member News
Read MPMC's column featured in the January/February issue of SEMA Member News.
|Visit PRO's website.|
PRO NovemberFest Is Huge Success
Chairman Karl Stearns credits the hard work of the council members for
the success of the group's NovemberFest at the 2009 SEMA Show.
first-ever PRO Industry Awards reception held at the SEMA Show was an
overwhelming success for the PRO council. Branded "NovemberFest," the
reception played to a packed house, as more than 200 attendees filled
Ballrooms D, E, F and G at the Las Vegas Hilton to standing room only.
The evening included a free commemorative event T-shirt, German-themed
food and bar menus and presentations of PRO’s annual industry awards.
am so proud of this council,” said PRO Chairman Karl Stearns. “At our
LRP in June, the idea for a reception was introduced. Someone suggested
we come up with a brand for the event so that it wouldn’t just be
another reception. Someone else suggested NovemberFest, and the
Select Committee was off and running. Select Committee members designed
the logo, menu, T-shirt and the bookmark invitation concept and
solicited sponsorship monies.
"SEMA did the final invitation layout, and
we kept them apprised every step of the way to make sure nothing fell
off the track. At the Show, we all pushed the invitations from our
booths and in the aisles. The process was a textbook volunteer
cooperation. The success of the actual event is icing on the cake.
We’re already looking forward to next year!"
NovemberFest was held on Tuesday, November 3, from 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. at the Las Vegas Hilton.
PRO Council Awards
PRO presented the following awards during the 2009 SEMA Show:
- Jim Borre Lifetime Achievement Award: Ellen McKoy
- PRO Restyler of the Year: Joey Johnston, Tops and Trends (award sponsored by Insignia, Simplified Accessory Sales)
- PRO Manufacturer of the Year: Katzkin Leather Interiors Inc. (award sponsored by Grote Industries)
- Nat Danas Person of the Year: B.J. Leanse (award sponsored by Truck and Auto Customizing magazine)
For more information on PRO's awards, contact Jim Skelly.
PRO Column in SEMA Member News
Read PRO's column featured in the January/February issue of SEMA Member News.
|Visit SBN's website.|
|Linda Vaughn received the SBN Lifetime Achievement Award during the Speed Networking Breakfast Powered by SBN at the 2009 SEMA Show.|
SBN Presents Industry Awards
The SBN presented the following awards during the 2009 SEMA Show.
- Woman of the Year Award: Laurel Dasher, Superchips Inc.
- Athena Award: Lyn St. James
- Mentor of the Year: Jason Bruce, advanced FLOW engineering
- Lifetime Achievement Award: Linda Vaughn
For more information on SBN awards, contact Nathan Ridnouer.
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.
Mentor” is perfect for one-time questions. You can expect multiple SEMA
mentors to provide online guidance and answers to your industry-related
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
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 January/February issue of SEMA Member News.
For information about SBN, visit the committee's website.
|Visit SPC's website.|
SPC Presents Industry Awards
SPC presented the following council awards during the 2009 SEMA Show.
- SPC Person of the Year Award: Michael Ferrara, DSport
- SPC Industry Icon Award: Kipp Kington, KTC Media
- SPC Business of the Year Award: Eibach Springs Inc.
- SPC Presidents Award: Shaun Carlson
For more information on SPC awards, contact Nathan Ridnouer.
SPC Column in SEMA Member News
Read SPC's column featured in the January/February issue of SEMA Member News.
For information about SPC, contact Nathan Ridnouer.
|Visit WTC's website.|
WTC Presents Industry Awards
WTC presented the following council awards during the 2009 SEMA Show.
- WTC Lifetime Achievement Award: Dick Horasian
- WTC Hall of Fame 2009 Inductee: Dick Horasian
past WTC Lifetime Achievement Award winners were inducted into WTC Hall
of Fame established in 2009. Past recipients of the WTC Lifetime
Achievement Award newly inducted into the WTC Hall of Fame are:
- Greg Weld (2008)
- Louis Senter (2007)
- John “Ed” Hill (2006)
- Frank Duca (2005)
- John Arthurs (2004)
- Joe Suddreth (2003)
- Jim Kavanaugh (2002)
- Art Hale Sr. (2001)
For more information on WTC awards, contact Jim Skelly.
WTC Column in SEMA Member News
Read WTC's column featured in the January/February issue of SEMA Member News.
|Visit YEN's website.|
YEN Presents Industry Awards
YEN presented the following awards during the 2009 SEMA Show.
- Young Executive of the Year Award: Lee McGuire, Skyjacker Suspensions
- Vanguard Award: Chris Thomson, AIRAID Filter Company
For more information on YEN awards, contact Nathan Ridnouer.
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 January/February issue of SEMA Member News.