By SEMA Editors
Taking place Thursday, November 7, 2013, at the LVH Paradise Event Center in Las Vegas, the annual SEMA Industry Awards Banquet is a celebration of the $31 billion automotive specialty-equipment industry. A cocktail reception will be held from 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. During the banquet (from 7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.), industry leaders will be recognized for their efforts and awards will be presented for SEMA Person of the Year, Rep Agency of the Year and WD of the Year.
Individuals with SEMA Show credentials can order tickets to the banquet online.
"American Idol's" Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks will sing the National Anthem at the start of the evening at 7:30 p.m. and return after the dinner to perform a 60-minute acoustic set at the SEMA After-Party starting at 10:00 p.m.
“The Industry Awards Banquet is a time for the industry to celebrate,” said Peter MacGillivray, SEMA vice president of communications and events. “All Showgoers—including exhibitors, buyers and media—are welcome to join us as we recognize some of the important people who have helped make this industry so successful. It’s also a great time to network and to unwind after a long week at the Show. We’ll have great food and some amazing entertainment this year.”
Additional entertainment will be provided by comedians John Heffron and Jon Reep, who will perform during the dinner. The SEMA After-Party, also being held at the LVH Paradise Event Center from 10:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m., will feature Taylor Hicks.
Having won the second season of NBC’s "Last Comic Standing," Heffron’s popularity grew tremendously. In addition to two half-hour specials and a one-hour special on "Comedy Central Presents," Heffron is a regular on numerous VH1 satire series, including "I Love the 80s: 3D," "I Love the 70s: Volume 2" and "My Coolest Years: My First Time."
Reep won the fifth season of "Last Comic Standing," and is also well known for "Comedy Central Presents: Jon Reep." Many also know Reep from the ad campaign “Hemi Guy,” where he was the redheaded hillbilly famous for leaning out of his rusty beater and uttering, “That thing gotta Hemi?”