Brian Reese of COMP Cams, Jim Liaw of Formula Drift and Todd Petersen of MSD Performance were nominated as finalists for the first-ever SEMA Gen-3 Innovator Award.
SEMA created a new award this year to recognize the top young individual from the specialty-equipment industry who is making breakthroughs in new products, establishing new approaches to business or setting new trends.
The winner of the 2012 SEMA Gen-3 Innovator Award will be announced at the SEMA Industry Awards Banquet on Thursday, November 1, at the Las Vegas Hotel (formerly the Las Vegas Hilton). The top 25 of the 90 nominees will also be invited to participate in the banquet.
The Association enlisted the help of SEMA members for the nomination process to help identify those individuals who exhibit the same pioneering spirit as the original first-generation industry founders. Not only was the process open for members to nominate their peers, but self nominations were also encouraged.
The SEMA Gen-3 Innovator Award winner was chosen based on the following criteria:
- A “Gen-3 Innovator” is a young individual from the specialty-equipment industry who is making breakthroughs in the areas of new products, new approaches to business or setting new trends.
- The candidate must work in the automotive aftermarket industry.
- The candidate must be under 40 years of age as of December 31 of the current calendar year.
- An individual can win the award more than one time, provided that person qualifies for a second nomination.
More information about the award is available by contacting Arlene Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org or 909-978-6689.