SEMA eNews Vol. 13, No. 26, July 1, 2010

SEMA Council & Committee News: Exhibitor Registration Open for Media Trade Conference

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Media Trade Conference Exhibitor Registration Now Open

MPMC-member companies may now register for one of the 100 available
exhibitor suites at the 2011 MPMC Media Trade Conference. Exhibitor
registrations must be submitted using the online registration form [here].

The 14th annual MPMC Media Trade Conference takes place on January
25–27, 2011, at the Embassy Suites LAX South in El Segundo, CA. A
maximum of 100 MPMC manufacturers are assigned a suite in the hotel and
host as many as 42 one-on-one, 30-minute meetings with editorial staff
from national and international automotive media.

Exhibitor registration is open until August 20, 2010. If more than 100
registrations are received by the deadline, then the 100 available
suites will be assigned via lottery. See event Rules and Regulations or via the online registration form.

MPMC Hall of Fame Nominations

MPMC is proud to announce the formation of the Motorsports Parts
Manufacturers Council Hall of Fame. The MPMC Hall of Fame will
permanently acknowledge those who have made a significant contribution
to the motorsports manufacturing segment of the aftermarket and/or the
Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council.

Nominations are currently being accepted online from the MPMC website at www.sema.org/mpmc.

The following criteria should be used when considering a nomination:

  1. The individual must be, or have been, an employee of a member
    company or a member of the MPMC. (Under special circumstances, non-MPMC
    individuals may be considered.)
  2. The individual must have made
    a significant contribution to the MPMC through support of, or personal
    effort in council activities or by their contributions to the motorsports marketplace as a whole.
  3. The individual must have demonstrated their effort over a period of not less than 10 years.
  4. The individual must be of the highest integrity, character and respect in our industry
  5. The individual may not be a sitting member of the MPMC select committee.
  6. The individual may not be on the current year’s Hall of Fame Task Force.

There are many individuals who deserve a place in the MPMC Hall of
Fame. Of course, only so many can be inducted each year. The online
form is quick and easy to use, so don’t delay. Get your nomination or
nominations in now.

MPMC Welcomes New Select Committee Members

MPMC welcomes six brand new members to the Select Committee as a result of recent elections. They are:

  • William Baty, Centerforce Clutches
  • Todd Gartshore, Baer Inc.
  • Scott Hall, Moroso Performance Products
  • John Sonnefeldt, Holley Performance
  • Steve Williams, K & N Engineering
  • Gary Wright, Painless Performance Products.

“This year saw quite a turnover in the Select Committee,” said newly
installed Chairman Kyle Fickler of Weld Racing. “We have an interesting
mix of returning incumbents and fresh faces which should make for a
dynamic group. Vic Wood (newly installed chair-elect) and I are looking
forward to working with everyone.”

The MPMC Select Committee, with member profiles, can be seen on the MPMC homepage at www.sema.org/mpmc.

Are you on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter? MPMC Is!

Be sure to follow MPMC on all of your favorite social networking sites. To find these sites, go to www.sema.org/mpmc and use the links in the top right-hand corner.

Take a Friend to a Race Fan Page

The MPMC Motorsports Awareness campaign, highlighted by the Take a Friend to a Race program, now has its very own Fanpage on Facebook. If you’re not a fan yet, you should be!

MPMC Column in SEMA Member News

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For information about MPMC, contact Jim Skelly.


 

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National Collector Car Appreciation Day is Here!

The United States Senate recently passed Senate Resolution 513 at the request of SEMA and ARMO, designating Friday, July 9, 2010, as Collector Car Appreciation Day. The day is meant to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society.

To help collector car enthusiasts celebrate, ARMO and SAN have compiled the following list of events.

National Collector Car Appreciation Day events as of 7/7/2010

ALASKA:
25th Anniversary Bear Paw Festival Car Show, Downtown Eagle River, July 9, 5:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.

ARIZONA:
National
Collector Car Appreciation Day Event by Nancy Perry Productions,
Discover Classic Cars, and Chilly Bombers, Glendale, AZ, at Chilly
Bombers, 4917 W. Bell Rd., from 5:00–9:00 p.m., Friday, July 9

CALIFORNIA:
Egge Machine and Speed Shop, Sante Fe Springs, CA, July 9, 2010*

* Post a photo or video on Egge’s Facebook page, and the top-five
posts with the most comments win a $100 Egge Machine and Speed Shop
gift certificate!

Sid Waterman Classic Auto and Art Show, Gualala, CA, July 9–August 1, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.*
* In
celebration of Collector Car Appreciation Day, the Gualala Arts Center
pushed the opening of the Art Show a week earlier than originally
planned!

Hot San Jose Nights, San Jose, CA, July 9–11

Ruby’s Cruise at the Beach, Redondo Beach, CA, July 9 (and every Friday March through October)

Cruisin’ Grand, Escondido, CA, July 9 (and every Friday April through September)

Ruby’s Cruise, Whittier, CA, July 9 (and every Friday May through October)

CAL-RODS Cruise In for Collector Cars, Covina, CA, held at the IN-N-Out on 1371 Grand Ave, Covina, CA, starting at 5:00 p.m. Contact: Jack Ferguson, president, CAL- RODS Car Club, calrodjack@gmail.com

Auburn Cruise Night, Auburn, CA, July 9 (and every second Friday through September) 5:00–10:00 p.m.

Stoneridge
Towne Shopping Center Cruise-In, Moreno Valley, CA, Friday, July 9,
from 5:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., includes music, raffle, and 50/50 awards

Rims & Ribs Car Show, Livermore, CA, Saturday, July 10, from 10:00
a.m.–2:00 p.m., at the Cornerstone Fellowship Church, 248 North Canyons
Parkway, Livermore CA. $10 for lunch from Bonehead’s Texas BBQ.
Information: Bob, 1bobis@comcast.net

Chevrolet
E-Rod Tour @ Jims Chevrolet Parts, Rancho Cordova, CA, Friday, July 9,
from 11:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m., Jims Chevrolet Parts is located at 2235 Cemo
Circle, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670. Lunch is provided, Please RSVP.
Info: Jim Matus jim@jimschevroletparts.com

Giant Collector Car Rally, Simi Valley, CA, Friday, July 9, at Chuy’s
Restaurant located at 1397 E. Los Angeles Ave. from 6:00 p.m.– 9:00
p.m., discounts on food and special awards.
Contact: Skeeter at 805/915-7188 or skeeterrader@gmail.com

Classic
Industries Celebrates Collector Car Appreciation Day with a 20% off
sale! Classic Industries is offering a 20% off sale July 9–11, with
Promotion Code CCAD610, some limitations apply.

COLORADO:
Colorful Colorado Car Truck and Rod Show, Montrose, CO, July 9–10

Friday Night Cruise In at Sonic Restaurant, Aurora, CO, Friday, July 9,
located at the intersection of Hampton and Tower Road in Aurora. Over
100 cars are expected.
Info: John Curtis, jcurtis28@comcast.net

CONNECTICUT:
Classic Nights Car Club Friday Night Cruise Celebration, Monroe, CT, Friday, July 9, beginning at Route 111 in Monroe

Info: Pete Kodz, photogs189@aol.com

FLORIDA:
Cruise In at the Quarterdeck, 3301 North Lake Blvd, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, 5:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Music, raffles and prizes. For information call 561/753-3279.

Gators Dockside Cruise, 4349 W. Lake Mary Blvd, Lake Mary, FL, 5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

GEORGIA:
Do It Big Motorsports Georgia Chapter Cruise, Atlanta, GA, Friday, July 9
For Information, contact Robert Lovelle Rooks' cell: 512/902-1227, toll-free: 866/619-DIBM (3426) ext. 3

Day’s Chevrolet Cruz In, 3693 North Cobb Pkwy, Acworth, GA, July 9, 6:00 p.m.

IDAHO:
Northwest Motorfest, Boise, ID, July 9–11
Governor Butch Otter has proclaimed July 9, 2010, as “Northwest
Motorfest Collector Car Appreciation Day” in Idaho! All attendees on
Friday night will receive an official proclamation signed by Governor
Otter.

ILLINOIS:
Annual Porsche Parade, St. Charles, IL, July 3–July 9

28th Annual Thunderbird Bloomington Rendezvous, Taking place at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Normal, IL 61761, July 9,
6:30 p.m. and on.

Friday Night Cruise, Rolling Meadows, Illinois, at the old Dominicks
Shopping Center at the cross roads of Kirchoff Road and Meadow Drive,
5:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
Contact: neilatsaw@yahoo.com

INDIANA:
2010 Haynes Apperson Festival Cruise In/Car Show, Kokomo, IN, July 1–3
www.haynesappersonfestival.org; www.acc-indiana.org

Arnolds Fabulous Fifties Drive-In CCAD Cruise Night, Decatur, IN, July
9, 8:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m. Door Prizes and food/drink specials to
celebrate the day. 222 North 13th Street (Hwy. 27), Decatur, IN
46733; phone: 260/728-4740

IOWA:
20th Century Car Club Friday Night Cruise, Mount Pleasant, Iowa, Friday, July 9
Information: Ed Kropa, ekropa@iwc.edu

KANSAS:
Collector Car Cruise-in Show, Wichita, KS, July 9 (and every Friday) West Street and Central, 5:00–10:00 p.m.

Contact Frank Upton at 316/371-3000 or frank@motorntv.com

KENTUCKY:
National
Corvette Museum Discount for Collector Car Appreciation Day, Friday,
July 9, $2 dollar discount to the National Corvette Museum and all
classic cars can park in the Corvette Circle

MAINE:
Hole
in the Wall Garage Collector Car Day BBQ, at the shop Located in
Auburn, Maine, Friday, July 9, from 4:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m. There will be
free hot dogs and burgers for those that come with their collector car

MARYLAND:
Lowes Cruise, Bel Air, MD July 9, 2010 (and every Friday, weather permitting)

Celebrate Damascus Cruise-In – Heart of Maryland Classic Chevy Club, Damascus, MD, July 10, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Street
Survivors of MD Cruise In, Glen Burnie, MD, Friday, July 9, 5:30
p.m.–9:00 p.m., at the Glen Burnie Mall located at Ritchie Hwy. and
Ordnance Road.

MASSACHUSSETS:
Wal Mart Cruise, 295 Plymouth St., Halifax, MA, July 9, (and every 2nd Friday, weather permitting)

MICHIGAN:
Be Cool Cruise-in and Car Show, Essexville/Bay City, MI, July 9–10

Roam’N’Chariots Friday Night Cruise, Lincoln Park, MI, July 9 (and every Friday through summer)

16th Annual Rolling Sculpture Car Show, Ann Arbor, MI, July 9, 2:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.

Vintage Car Club of Holland Special Event, Holland MI, July 9, 2010, at John’s Classic Cougars, 11522 E. Lakewood Blvd.
Contact: jc-cougars@egl.net

MISSOURI:
Clean Cut Creations Collector Car Appreciation Day Celebration, Webster Groves, MO, Saturday, July 10, 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Lunch will be provided from noon–2:00 p.m.

NATIONWIDE:
The Meguiar’s “Automotive Handshake”
This Collector Car Appreciation Day, Meguiar’s encourages hobbyists
to come together and take part in a nationwide “automotive handshake”
in recognition of this special day. Turn on your headlights and blink
them when you see another collector car on July 9.

NEBRASKA:
Nebraska Rod and Custom Association CCAD BBQ, North Platt, NE, Friday, July 9, at the Car Doctor, starting at 7:00 p.m.
Details: The Car Doctor, 308/532-1382, or Pat Smith, 308/532-8214

Rt 385 Cruisers Hang Out, Alliance, NE, July 9, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., at Kees Parking lot, bring your lawn chairs and coolers
Contact: Penaluna, penaluna@premaonline.com

NEVADA:
National Automobile Museum Two for One Admission on Collector Car Appreciation Day, Reno, NV, 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

NEW HAMPSHIRE:
34th Annual Fun Day Rod Run at Canobie Lake Park, Salem, NH

NEW JERSEY:
American Collectors Insurance/Hemmings Motor News Celebration, Cherry Hill, NJ, Friday July 9, from 4:00 p.m–7:00 p.m.

South Jersey Region AACA Cruise to the Cape, starting in Woodstown, NJ, and cruising to Cape May.

Natural Glass Corvette Association Car Display, West Caldwell, NJ,
on Saturday, July 10, taking place at Konner Chevrolet, 950 Bloomfield
Avenue.
Info: David Capuano djc97vette@hotmail.com

Antique
Truck show at the Freedomfest State Fair, Upper Freehold, NJ, Saturday
and Sunday, July 10–11, at the Horse Park of New Jersey, County Route
524

Info: Jon Szap 609/888-5566

Antique Motoring Club of Monmouth County Ice Cream Run, Monmouth County, NJ, Friday, July 9, in the evening
Info: Rick, RicksKlassics@aol.com

NEW MEXICO:
1st Annual American Mettle Car Show, Albuquerque, NM, July 7, at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Park
Info: 505/235-7067

NEW YORK:
Northern Chevelle Gathering, Grand Island, NY, July 9–11

38th Van Nats, Greenwich, NY, July 8–11

Rockland Rodders Friday Night Cruise, Central Ave. Field, Pearl River New York, Friday, July 9

Paddock Chevrolet 13th Annual Super Cruise – Kenmore, NY (Buffalo), Friday July 9

Tappet Twirlers Super Summer Cruise-Ins, St. Johns Church, W. Dominick St., Rome, NY, Friday, July 9

Historic
Richmond Town Wednesday Cruise Night for CCAD, Richmond Town, Staten
Island, NY, Wednesday, July 7, starting at 5:15 p.m. and going until
dusk

Northeast
Classic Car Museum CCAD Celebration, Norwich, NY, July 9–11, $1.00 off
adult admission by mentioning Collector Car Appreciation Day

Info: info@classiccarmuseum.org

Harlem
Valley Car Club Cruise, Wassaic, NY, July 9. Special Cruise night at
Frankie’s Pizza on Rt 22, starts at 6:00 p.m. Regular cruise night is
Wednesday, this is a special event to celebrate Car Collector
Appreciation Day!

NORTH CAROLINA:
Steele Rubber Products Employee Car Show, Denver, NC, July 9, from 9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m. Public is welcome!

Foothills Chevy II Nova Club Sonic Drive in Show, Sonic Drive in Restaurant in Newton, NC, July 9.
For Info contact Al Smith: 828/465-1943.

Wayne County Cruisers Collector Car Day, Bojangles Restaurant in Goldsboro NC, Friday, July 9
Information: Ed Yahnker; edyahnker@coastalnet.com

AACA North Carolina Collector Car Appreciation Day Cruise to Floyd, VA, via scenic Hwy. 8, Friday, July 9
Info: ra_ronchetti@usa.net

27th Annual Fiat Freak Out, Ashville, NC, July 8–11
Details: www.flu.org/ffo/(S(2a3kdwnbgqfagk453heq2p55))/Default.aspx

OHIO:
Arthritis Foundation Classic Auto Show & Cruise In, Metro Place in Dublin, OH, July 9–10

GoodGuys PPG Nationals, Columbus, OH, July 9–11, 2010

8th Annual Fostoria Car Show, Fostoria, OH, July 9, 5:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

1st Annual Ohio Valley Reunion, July 10, Presented by Ohio Valley Dragway
Information: Terry Huff 502/773-6176 or Travis Miller 502/287-7052

OREGON:
Graffiti Weekend, Mulitple Events throughout Oregon, July 3–10, 2010

Pacific Northwest Shelby Dodge Auto Club CCAD Breakfast, Portland, OR,
Friday, July 9, at the Gateway Breakfast House on 11434 N.E. Halsey
road, 8:00 a.m.
Contact: Mark Leon, markscrescent@hotmail.com

PENNSYLVANIA:
Carlisle All Chrysler Nationals, Carlisle, PA, July 9–11, 2010

PennMustangs – Mustang Muscle at Montana West, Quakertown, PA, July 11, 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

AACA Antique Auto Museum, Hershey, PA, July 9, 2010. Admission only $7

York Reunion and Nostalgia Nationals, York, PA, July 9–10, 2010

SOUTH CAROLINA:
Low Country Model A Ford Club Gathering and
Cruise around the Battery, Charleston, SC, Friday, July 9, at
Brittlebank Park from 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. with a cruise after

SOUTH DAKOTA:
Black Hills Rod Run, Rapid City, SD 57709, July 9–11

TENNESSEE:
Music City Chevy Show, Nashville, TN, July 8–11

Murfreesboro
Hot Rod Club Friday Night Cruise-In, Murfreesboro, TN, Friday, July 9,
5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., located at The Avenue Murfreesboro, 2615 Medical
Center Parkway. All Makes and Models welcome.

TEXAS:
Dallas
Area Classic Chevys Cruise Night, Friday, July 9, at Kellers Drive-In,
6537 East Northwest Highway, Dallas, 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

Morning
Maniacs Celebrates Collector Car Appreciation Day, McKinney, TX,
Saturday, July 10, 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m., in La Madeleine’s parking lot.

Castroville
Friday Night Fever Cruise, Wommack Automotive (formerly Lundquist
Chevrolet), 1955 Hwy E., Castroville, TX, 6:00–10:00 p.m. No fee, all
makes and ages of cars.

Friday Night Car Show at Biff Buzby’s, Live Oak, TX, Friday July 9,
6:00–10:00 p.m., in the parking lot at Biff’s, located 12702
Toepperwein Road.
Info: CaminoKid@CaminoKid.com

UTAH:
Northern Reality Cruise Night, Layton, UT, July 9
Contact: 801/682-8330

July Jamboree Car Show, Cedar City, UT, July 9–10

Bo Huff’s Rockabilly Car Show, East Carbon, UT

VERMONT:
Hemmings
Cruise In, Bennington, VT, Thursday, July 8, 5:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m., in
the parking lot behind the Sunoco Filling Station, 216 Main Street,
Bennington, Vermont

VIRGINIA:
Bull Run Street Rods Manassas Applebee’s Cruise, Liberia Ave., Manassas, VA, July 9, 5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

Fredericksburg Car Club BBQ Night, Virginia Barbeque in Fredericksburg VA, July 9, 5:00–9:00 p.m.

Collector Car Appreciation Day Cruise to Pierces Pit BBQ, 447 East Rochambeau Drive, Williamsburg, VA, Sunday, July 11
Information: dave.jean.baker@verizon.net

Rescue Squad Car Show, Colonial Beach, VA, Friday July 17
Info: John Conaty, bloomsman@verizon.net

WASHINGTON:
Collector Car Appreciation Day Cruise-In, Olympia, WA, July 9 Corvette & High Performance on Lake Blvd, 5:30 p.m.–8:30 pm.
Contact: Larry Johnson at 360/754-7890 or at lwjohnson@corv.hp.com

42nd Oldtimers NW Rod Run, Port Angeles, WA, Friday–Sunday, July 9–11
Info: Ron Perkerewicz, perk120@aol.com or 360/731-8398

CANADA:
Atlantic Nationals, Moncton, New Brunswick, July 8–11

ARMO Welcomes New Select Committee Members

As a result of the recent elections, ARMO has four new members on the Select Committee. Todd Bidwell of Parts Unlimited and Camee Edelbrock of Schiefer Media each began their first term as a Select Committee member last Thursday, July 1. Matt Agosta of Steele Rubber Products, while “new” for this year, is actually beginning his second round on the Select Committee. Agosta is a former ARMO chair, and former SEMA Board of Directors member. The complete ARMO Select Committee roster for 2010–2011 may be found on the ARMO website at www.sema.org/armo.

ARMO Industry Award Nominations Open

Nominations for the annual ARMO Industry awards are now open. Nomination forms are completely electronic this year, simple click on the “Nominate Your ARMO Top Performers Today” link in the upper left corner of the ARMO homepage at www.sema.org/armo. Each form takes just a minute or less to complete and submit, and all ARMO members are encouraged to participate.

Are you on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter? ARMO Is!

Be sure to follow ARMO on all of your favorite social networking sites. To find these sites, go to www.sema.org/armo and use the links in the top right-hand corner.

ARMO Column in SEMA Member News

Read ARMO's column featured in the July/August issue of SEMA Member News.

For more information about ARMO, contact Jim Skelly.


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HRIA Releases Agenda for Open Meeting

Join the HRIA Select Committee at the open meeting taking place on
July 8, 2010, during the Goodguys 13th Annual PPG Nationals in
Columbus, Ohio, from 3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear what HRIA is working on and to
get your voice heard. Guest speakers include Ethan Landesman from the
SEMA Action Network, Bob Knechel with the Collectors Foundation and a
guest from Championship Auto Shows.

Come out for the meeting and enjoy the show, which boasts more than
6,000 ’72 and earlier rods, customs, classics, musclecars and street
machines. The Goodguys 13th Annual PPG Nationals will also be
celebrating the first-ever Collector Car Appreciation Day. Get
Involved. It matters!

To learn more, contact Zane Clark at zanec@sema.org or 919/978-6696.

Are you on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter? HRIA is!

Be sure to follow HRIA on all of your favorite social networking sites. To find these sites, go to www.sema.org/hria and use the links in the top right-hand corner.

HRIA Column in SEMA Member News

Read HRIA's column featured in the July/August issue of SEMA Member News.

For more information about HRIA and how to join, contact Zane Clark or call 909/978-6696.

 


 

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LTAA Award Nominations Are Open

Each year, the LTAA recognizes industry achievements through its annual awards program. The winners of these prestigious awards will be recognized at the 2010 SEMA Show LTAA Awards reception taking place on November 3, 2010, at the Las Vegas Renaissance Hotel.

Online nomination forms are available on the LTAA website at www.sema.org/ltaa.

Nominations are currently being accepted for:

 

  • 2010 LTAA Retailer of the Year Award
  • 2010 LTAA Hall of Fame Award
  • 2010 LTAA Ron Webster Memorial Award for Engineering Excellence

The new online nomination forms are quick and easy to use. Don’t miss this opportunity to nominate a person or company that deserves recognition.

LTAA Welcomes New Select Committee Members

As a result of recent elections, LTAA welcomes two brand-new Select Committee members. David Crocket of Rolling Big Power and Isaac Ronquillo of Big Country/Go Rhino Products began their first terms as select committee members last Thursday, July 1. The election results also included returning incumbents Tom Brooks of Truckin’ Thunder, Bill Cole of Yankee Customs Inc., Fred Snow of Hella Lighting and Melanie White of Hellwig Products.

The complete 2010–2011 LTAA select committee may be found on the LTAA homepage at www.sema.org/ltaa.

Are you on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter? LTAA Is!

Be sure to follow LTAA on all of your favorite social networking sites.

To find these sites, go to www.sema.org/ltaa and use the links in the top right-hand corner.

LTAA Column in SEMA Member News

Read LTAA's column featured in the July/August issue of SEMA Member News.

For more information about LTAA, contact Jim Skelly.


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MRC Long-Range Planning Meeting

MRC will host its annual Long-Range Planning meeting at the Arizona Grand Resort in Phoenix, on Tuesday, September 28, 2010, from 6:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. Dinner will be served. All reps are welcome and encouraged to participate in this open and interactive forum.

Participate in the meeting: Be part of the present—be part of the future—address issues faced daily by reps in all segments of the automotive industry.

For meeting coordinators to be able to accommodate food and beverage, attendees are asked to take a moment and download the RSVP form, call 909/978-6693 or e-mail stacib@sema.org by September 15, 2010.

MRC Rep Conference Coming to Vegas!!

The 9th annual MRC Rep Conference moves to Las Vegas at the 2010
SEMA Show. Bryan Shirley, president and CEO of the Manufacturers’
Agents National Association will host an open and interactive session
titled “Survival of the Fittest! Is that You?” The economy has redefined the new automotive aftermarket…now it’s time to redefine yourself!

The MRC Rep Conference will convene at the Las Vegas Hilton on Sunday,
October 31, 2010, from 4:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m. The early-bird price for
SEMA members is $49 ($69 for non-members). Online event registration is now available! For additional information, contact SEMA Council Liaison Staci Bostock at 909/978-6693 or stacib@sema.org.

Are you on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter? MRC is!

Be sure to follow MRC on all of your favorite social networking sites. To find these sites, go to www.sema.org/mrc and use the links in the top right-hand corner.

MRC Column in SEMA Member News

Read MRC's column featured in the July/August issue of SEMA Member News.

For information about MRC, contact Staci Bostock.


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Have you ever wondered how to get more involved in the SEMA Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) Council?

What exactly do the council leaders do throughout their term? Very simply, the Select Committee is elected by members of the council to serve a two-year term. They participate in monthly conference calls and meetings that are held at various trade events throughout the year. Each Select Committee member volunteers for at least 20 hours throughout the year, and some volunteer even more. Some share their experience and vision, others provide creative solutions to challenges our member companies are facing and others get their hands dirty and get it done. Each Select Committee member is supported by their company in their PRO efforts, and for that we say, “thank you,” to those companies!

The leaders of the PRO gathered earlier this year in Lima, Ohio, for its annual Long-Range Planning meeting. This meeting focused on bringing value to the PRO-member companies. The past 18 months have been extremely challenging for all of our companies, and the council is dedicated to utilizing SEMA’s resources to further benefit each PRO member.

Guiding the group’s effort was the council’s mission statement to “address the challenges facing the restyling segment of the automotive aftermarket and to develop effective strategies for dealing with industry-specific issues.” A handful of exciting objectives are being developed for the council over this year and next. If you are passionate and have an interest in being involved, there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer for a task force with a limited investment of time that provides a great way to network and share your ideas. Please reach out to the task force chair if you want to participate or have comments.

Education Task Force
Brian Champa (Check Corporation) and Bill North (Webasto Product North America) co-chair this task force and can be reached at bchampa@checkcorp.com or bill.north@webasto-us.com. The education task force is charged with developing successful programs for members to enhance their businesses. The Technical Skills & Training Conference (TSTC) recently launched, and the group is tasked with expanding the number of events each year to ensure that training and education become primary drivers for our industry.

NovemberFest Task Force
Mike Stanifer (Innovative Creations Inc.) chairs this group and can be reached at mike@icionline.com. The SEMA Show in Las Vegas provides the backdrop for critical networking functions. This group focuses on making PRO’s awards reception the place to be and offering a fun forum to bring passionate members with common interests together.

Membership Task Force
Joey Johnston (Tops & Trends) chairs this group and can be reached at joey@topsandtrends.com. The success of any council or initiative is dependent upon its members. This task force focuses on growth, promotion and retention. It is important that we mentor new members on council activities, events, meetings and benefits.

ProPledge Task Force
David Stringer (Insignia Group) chairs this group and can be reached at dstringer@insigniagroup.com. The purpose of this group is to promote industry standards and to improve the perception of aftermarket installations throughout the restyling industry. ProPledge offers dealers a warranty program and is committed to delivering quality products and services.

There are so many other things the council leadership does throughout the year. You are the expert at what your business needs, and this council wants to deliver. Feel free to get in touch with us or come to one of our PRO events. Our hope is that if you haven’t been a part of PRO yet, you will be in 2010 and beyond.

Are you on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter? PRO Is!

Be sure to follow PRO on all of your favorite social networking sites. To find these sites, go to www.sema.org/pro and use the links in the top right-hand corner.

PRO Column in SEMA Member News

Read PRO's column featured in the July/August issue of SEMA Member News.

For information about PRO, contact Zane Clark or call 909/978-6696.


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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.

Visit the SEMA Mentoring Program now.

Are you on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter? SBN is!

Be sure to follow SBN on all of your favorite social networking sites. To find these sites, go to www.sema.org/sbn and use the links in the top right-hand corner.

SBN Column in SEMA Member News

Read SBN's column featured in the July/August issue of SEMA Member News.

For information about SBN, contact Angela Lee.


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The following is a message from SPC Chairman Tracie Nuñez:

Have you ever wondered what exactly do the council leaders do
throughout their term? Very simply, the Select Committee is elected by
the members of the council to serve a two-year term.

Each Select
Committee member volunteers for at least 20 hours throughout the year
and some volunteer even more. Each Select Committee member is supported
by their company in their Street Performance Council (SPC) efforts, and
for that we say, “thank you!"

The leaders of the SPC gathered together earlier this year at SEMA
headquarters in Diamond Bar, California. This meeting focused on
bringing value to the SPC-member companies and utilizing SEMA’s
resources to further benefit each SPC member. Guiding the group’s
effort was the council’s mission statement “to provide market
information, education and support to members concerning new and
emerging trends.”

If you are passionate and have interest in being involved, there are
plenty of opportunities to volunteer for a task force with a limited
investment of time. Please reach out to the task force chair if you
want to participate or have comments.

Membership Task Force
Ed “Blake” Burgy from Mr. Gasket chairs this task force and can be reached at eburgy@mrgasket.com.
The importance of knowing our members and what industry challenges each
member has is very important. The SPC membership task force is
responsible for communicating directly with our members, keeping them
up to date on SPC happenings and making sure that we are meeting their
needs.

Communications Task Force
Baadal “Bottle” Deliwala from Titan Motorsports chairs this group and can be reached at bottle@titanmotorsports.com. Regular submissions to SEMA Member News and eNews
will contain relevant street performance market information written or
researched by the SPC council membership. If you want to contribute
your ideas, drop an e-mail to Bottle. Better yet, draft an article on a
topic pertinent to the mission and focus of the council and we’ll see
that it gets published with your byline.

Research Task Force
Albert Reda from Vibrant Performance chairs this group and can be reached at areda@vibrantpower.com.
Several key factors are changing significantly due to the economy:
consumer buying habits, distribution channels and vehicles. The council
has hosted several focus panels in the past with jobbers and consumers
answering questions about current trends. The data is compiled and
distributed to members, illustrating the differences between what is
perceived as current buying trends and what is actually happening.

RASR (Racer’s Against Street Racing) Task Force
Regis Finn at B&M Racing and Performance Parts chairs the groups and can be reached at rfinn@bmracing.com.
RASR is an SPC initiative that exists to provide leadership and support
to promote the anti-street racing message. We need plenty of industry
support and passion to reignite this message to our local communities.

Technology Task Force
Gigi Ho at Digital Performance chairs this group and can be reached at gigiho@digitalperformance.com.
The Business Technology Symposium has been successfully developed and
hosted by the SPC for the last three years as the Internet Symposium.
The 2010 SPC Business Technology Symposium will be held on July 23, in
Pasadena, California, as part of the 2010 SEMA Leadership Days with
some very exciting educational sessions. The group will also define and
develop relevant educational webinars and articles to help our members
take advantage of new opportunities.

There are many other things the council leadership does throughout the
year: host the annual SPC Mixer at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, present
industry awards to our street-performance colleagues and elect council
leadership. You are the expert at what your business needs, and this
council wants to deliver. Feel free to get in touch with us or come to
one of our SPC events. My hope is that if you haven’t been a part of
SPC yet, you will be in 2010.

Find the Business Possibilities Through the SPC

Participate in the automotive aftermarket at a whole new level by joining the SPC.

The purpose of SEMA councils is to help our member companies succeed
and prosper. In the SPC, our mission is to provide market information,
education and support to our members concerning new and emerging
trends. Whether it’s the latest business technology, forecasting sales,
future marketing solutions or up and coming vehicle platforms, we give
you and your company the chance to see what’s on the horizon.

Then we’ll help you understand and acquire the skills, tools and
technologies to lead the way. The SPC has the most diverse membership
of any SEMA council, and that will allow you to network with other
professionals from every facet of our industry and gain insights into
areas you may not have previously considered. Find out about the parts,
people, technologies, strategies, trends and, most important,
possibilities.

This is your chance to give something back to the industry, your
profession and to grow personally along the way. Join the SPC today and
become an active member of the specialty equipment and automotive
market — Tracie Nuñez, Advanced Clutch Technology, SPC Chairman

Are you on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter? SPC is!

Be sure to follow SPC on all of your favorite social networking sites. To find these sites, go to www.sema.org/spc and use the links in the top right-hand corner.

SPC Column in SEMA Member News

Read SPC's column featured in the July/August issue of SEMA Member News.

For information about SPC, contact Nathan Ridnouer.


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Have you ever wondered how to get more involved in the SEMA Wheel and Tire (WTC) Council?

What exactly do the council leaders do throughout their term? Very simply, the Select Committee is elected by members of the council to serve a two-year term. They participate in monthly conference calls and meetings that are held at various trade events throughout the year. Each Select Committee member volunteers for at least 20 hours throughout the year, and some volunteer even more. Some share their experience and vision, others provide creative solutions to challenges our member companies are facing and others get their hands dirty and get it done. Each Select Committee member is supported by their company in their WTC efforts, and for that we say “thank you” to those companies!

The leaders of the WTC gathered earlier this year at SEMA headquarters in Diamond Bar, California, for its annual Long-Range Planning meeting. This meeting focused on bringing value to the WTC-member companies. The past 18 months have been extremely challenging for all of our companies and the council is dedicated to utilizing SEMA’s resources to further benefit each WTC member.

Guiding the group’s effort was the council’s mission statement to “identify common problems and opportunities relating to the wheel and tire industries that the council, as an interested body of companies, can address for the common good.” A handful of exciting objectives are being developed for the council over this year and next. If you are passionate and have an interest in being involved, there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer for a task force with a limited investment of time that provides a great way to network and share your ideas. Please reach out to the task force chair if you want to participate or have comments.

Science and Technology Task Force

Tim Dietz (Standards Testing Laboratories Inc.) and can be reached at tdietz@stllabs.com. This group focuses on aftermarket and OEM advances that affect our industry. From creating wheel standards to improved processes for tire-pressure monitoring systems and electronic stability control, the Science and Technology Task Force plays a pivotal role in the industry’s advancement.

Education Task Force
Kelly Austin (Ultra Wheel Company) chairs this group and can be reached at kelly@mail.ultrawheel.com. The education task force is charged with developing successful programs for members to enhance their businesses. The WTC Task Force is responsible for partnering with the SEMA Educational Institute to create and promote online learning resources.

Communication and Marketing Task Force

Doug Frymer (Law Offices of Douglas A. Frymer) chairs this group and can be reached at legal@starshieldarmor.com. This group focuses on membership outreach, growth and retention. It is imperative that councils effectively communicate services provided by WTC and SEMA to our members. Communication and services ensure that there is proper dialogue between leadership and membership.

SEMA Show Task Force

David Insull (American Tire Distributors) chairs this group and can be reached at dinsull@atd-us.com. The SEMA Show in Las Vegas provides the backdrop for critical networking functions. This group focuses on making WTC’s awards reception an ideal place to get together, honor one another and network with all those who share a common passion.

There are so many other things the council leadership does throughout the year. You are the expert at what your business needs and this council wants to deliver. Feel free to get in touch with us or come to one of our WTC events. Our hope is that, if you haven’t been a part of WTC yet, you will be in 2010 and beyond.

Are you on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter? WTC is!

Be sure to follow WTC on all of your favorite social networking sites. To find these sites, go to www.sema.org/wtc and use the links in the top right-hand corner.

WTC Column in SEMA Member News

Read WTC's column featured in the July/August issue of SEMA Member News.

For information about WTC and how to join, contact Zane Clark or call or 909/978-6696.


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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.


Are you on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter? YEN is!

Be sure to follow YEN on all of your favorite social networking sites. To find these sites, go to www.sema.org/yen and use the links in the top right-hand corner.

YEN Column in SEMA Member News

Read YEN's column featured in the July/August issue of SEMA Member News.

For information about YEN, contact Angela Lee.

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