SEMA eNews Vol. 19, No. 38, September 22, 2016

SEMA Council & Network News: Dates and Locations of 2016 SEMA Show Events Announced

Strengthen Your Company Through Community

No matter what niche you're in—rods, restoration, racing, restyling, trucks or wheels and tires—there’s a SEMA council or professional network that's right for your company. SEMA councils and networks offer members a variety of market-specific programs and activities designed to provide educational and networking opportunities while promoting their particular industry segment.


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ARMO will once again share a booth with the Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA), where six feature vehicles will be on display.
   

Catch up with the Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) at these events happening at the 2016 SEMA Show.

ARMO Reception

The Automotive Restoration Market Organization is hosting its annual industry awards reception at the 2016 SEMA Show, where the council will recognize top companies and individuals in the automotive restoration industry for their outstanding accomplishments. In addition to the awards ceremony, the reception provides the perfect atmosphere for networking with fellow restoration professionals. Enjoy food and beverages while mingling with industry friends and members of the select committee.

The reception will be held Tuesday, November 1, from 5:15 p.m.–7:30 p.m., in the Westgate Conference Rooms 7–14.

ARMO/HRIA Booth #23395

ARMO will once again share a booth with the Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) as the two councils share similar initiatives and have membership crossover. Select committee members will be stationed at the booth throughout the Show to discuss the benefits of ARMO membership and opportunities to volunteer and get involved. Six feature vehicles will be on display in the combined booth—three representing the restoration segment and three representing the hot-rod segment.

Stop by booth #23395 to network with restoration professionals and learn about the latest council initiatives.

ARMO General Membership Meeting

The Automotive Restoration Market Organization is holding a general membership meeting at the 2016 SEMA Show. All ARMO members attending the Show are encouraged to attend the meeting to learn about the latest council initiative and discuss industry-specific ideas and concerns.

In addition to council updates, ARMO select committee member Brian Rowland of TAP Worldwide will lead an engaging discussion on “Data & eCommerce in the Restoration Market.” With extensive experience in this area, Rowland will show attendees why data and ecommerce go hand in hand.

The meeting will take place Wednesday, November 2, from 7:15 a.m.–9:00 a.m., in the Westgate Conference rooms 4–6.

Restoration Builders Panel: Powered by ARMO

At this discussion panel, well-known restoration builders will share their experiences in restoring vehicles, give business tips and discuss the latest restoration trends. Bring questions, as there will be a Q&A at the end!

This educational session will take place Wednesday, November 2, from 3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m., in room N258

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The Emerging Trends and Technology Network’s second-annual networking event will take place in the New Products Showcase among the industry’s latest product trends.
   

The Emerging Trends and Technology Network (ETTN) is once again hosting its networking event at the 2016 SEMA Show while also introducing a new education session.

ETTN Networking Event

The Emerging Trends and Technology Network is hosting its second-annual networking event at the 2016 SEMA Show. The dynamic networking hour will take place in the New Products Showcase among the industry’s latest product trends. Join the network for food and drink while it honors top techno-charged professionals with an award ceremony. All automotive engineering professionals, programmers, product developers and industrial designers attending the Show are encouraged to come out to meet the ETTN select committee and learn about opportunities to get involved.

The ETTN networking event will take place Wednesday, November 2, from 4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. in the New Products Showcase, (Room S231) located in the LVCC Skybridge.

Experts Talk Vehicle Technology: Powered by ETTN

Four vehicle technology experts will present 15 minutes each on trends that will impact your business. Topics include 3D Printing Technologies, ESC Electronic Stability Control, EV Electric Vehicle Technologies and Vehicle Connectivity. This educational session will take place Thursday, November 3, from 9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m., located in LVCC Room N258.

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HRIA will host its annual industry awards reception at the 2016 SEMA Show. The event is highly anticipated by hot-rod professionals, and is the second-most attended event at the Show.
   

The Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) is looking forward to connecting with hot-rod professionals at the 2016 SEMA Show at its events and booth located in Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

HRIA Reception

HRIA will host its annual industry awards reception at the 2016 SEMA Show. The event is highly anticipated by hot-rod professionals, and is the second-most attended event at the Show. Join the council for a cocktail hour followed by a banquet-style dinner, catch up with old friends and network with industry professionals. Rick Love of Vintage Air will moderate the awards ceremony. Top companies and individuals in the hot-rod segment will be recognized and awarded for their outstanding contributions to the industry.

Check out the six feature vehicle hot rods and HRIA Builder’s Challenge Pinewood cars that will be on display throughout the event. These one-of-a-kind miniature hot rods will be auctioned off to benefit SEMA Cares children’s charities. Sponsored tables are also available for purchase, benefitting the SEMA Scholarship Fund. To sponsor a table, contact Director of Councils Jim Skelly at jimsk@sema.org.

The reception will be held Wednesday, November 2, from 5:15 p.m.–8:30 p.m., in the Westgate Paradise Center.

HRIA Booth #23395 Central Hall

The Hot Rod Industry Alliance will once again share a booth with the Automotive Restoration Market Association (ARMO) at the 2016 SEMA Show. The two councils share common initiatives and have membership crossover. Select committee members will be stationed at the booth throughout the Show to discuss the benefits of HRIA membership and opportunities to get involved and volunteer.

In the heart of Hot Rod Alley, the HRIA booth has been commonly referred to as “Central Park” because the booth creates an inviting atmosphere for hot-rod industry professionals to meet and network. Six feature vehicles will be on display in the shared booth—three representing the restoration market and three representing the hot-rod market. The Builder’s Challenge pinewood cars will also be on display in the booth and will be auctioned off at the HRIA reception.

Hot Rod Builder’s Panel: Powered by HRIA

Are TV builds a reality? What does it take to be a successful vehicle builder? How do you differentiate yourself? How do you grow your reputation as a top-tier builder? What are the pitfalls? With whom do you partner? Get answers to these questions and more from some of the industry’s most respected builders in this panel discussion moderated by Rick Love of Vintage Air. This educational session will take place Thursday, November 3, from 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., in room N258

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A fun tradition that has turned into a much-anticipated competitive event at the LTAA reception is the pinewood drag races, in which attendees can rent pinewood trucks to race.
   

The Light Truck Accessory Alliance is hosting networking and educational events at the SEMA Show designed to connect and advance light truck professionals.

LTAA Booth #34183 and Happy Hour

The Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) will have a booth (#34183 in Upper South Hall) at the 2016 SEMA Show where LTAA members and aspiring members will gather to network and learn more about the council’s initiatives. Two must-see feature vehicles will be on display.

LTAA is hosting a happy hour in its booth at the close of the first day of the 2016 SEMA Show. Be sure to stop by the centrally located booth for a drink and to network with truck and jeep industry professionals. Members of the select committee will be there to answer any questions about council initiatives and the many benefits that an LTAA membership can bring your company.

Happy hour will be held Tuesday, November 1, from 4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m., in the LTAA Booth #34183 in Upper South Hall.

LTAA Reception

The Light Truck Accessory Alliance will host a reception at the 2016 SEMA Show. LTAA members and fellow industry professionals will gather for a fun evening of networking while enjoying beverages and hors d'oeuvres. The council will honor outstanding LTAA companies and individuals for their contributions to the light-truck segment with their annual awards ceremony.

A fun tradition that has turned into a much-anticipated competitive event at the LTAA reception is the pinewood drag races, in which attendees can rent pinewood trucks to race. Pinewood trucks will be on display at the reception for purchase. All race and purchase proceeds go toward SEMA Cares children’s charities.

The reception will take place Wednesday, November 2, from 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m., in the Westgate Conference Rooms 7–14.

Off-Road, Truck and Jeep Builder’s Panel: Powered by LTAA

In this new panel discussion aimed at truck and Jeep builders, attendees will hear from a panel of well-known vehicle builders discussing their experience building trucks and what it takes to be a successful builder. Bring questions; as the panel will open the discussion for a Q&A session.

This educational event will take place Thursday, November 3, from 3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m., located in LVCC Upper North Hall room N252.

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MPMC is calling for Hall of Fame Nominations

The Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) honors individuals whose lifetime achievements have significantly impacted the motorsports industry by awarding them with the council’s most prestigious award—MPMC Hall of Fame. Created in 2010, the MPMC Hall of Fame permanently acknowledges current and or former MPMC members for their contributions to motorsports, the council and the automotive aftermarket industry. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 inductees. 

Nominate someone today!

The 2016 inductees will be celebrated at the MPMC Hall of Fame Reception, taking place at the PRI Show in Indianapolis.

Current MPMC Hall of Fame:

2010: Amy Faulk, Scooter Brothers, Jeep Worthan, John Menzler
2011: Chuck Blum, Todd Gartshore, Rick Rollins, Nate Shelton
2012: Jim Cozzie, Keith Dorton, Ron Funfar, Chris Thomson
2013: Earl Gaerte, Dennis Overholser, Bob Ritzman
2014: Steve Lewis, Jim McFarland, Joe Moriarity
2015: Ron Johnson, Dick Berggren

If you know a colleague, mentor or industry friend who belongs on that list, nominate them today!

For questions regarding the MPMC and the Hall of Fame, please contact Jim Skelly at 909-978-6690 or jimsk@sema.org.  

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The Manufacturers Rep Network (MRN) will visit first-time exhibitors in the Performance Pavilion and Westgate to share their expertise on successfully handling and following-up on SEMA Show leads.
   

Rep Match Gives You Leads

The Manufacturers Rep Network (MRN) will visit first-time exhibitors in the Performance Pavilion and Westgate to share their expertise on successfully handling and following-up on SEMA Show leads. Taking place immediately prior to the start of the Show on Friday, November 4, from 8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m., they will also pass out bagels and Red Bull to exhibitors for a morning boost. Additionally, the MRN will share insights on the benefits of working with independent sales reps and their latest manufacturer benefit—the RepMatch program. 

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PRO is hosting a happy hour in its booth, which will be a great opportunity to take a mid-week break and mingle with motivated restyling buyers and exhibitors.
   

The Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) has a busy week of events planned at the SEMA Show designed to connect and educate restyling professionals attending the Show.

PRO Booth #12579 and Happy Hour

The Professional Restylers Organization will have a booth (#12579 in North Hall) at the 2016 SEMA Show that will serve as a destination point for PRO members to learn about the latest council initiatives and network. PRO is hosting a happy hour in its booth, which will be a great opportunity to take a mid-week break and mingle with motivated restyling buyers and exhibitors. Get to know the PRO select committee, and meet the dozens of PRO members who will be on hand to share what the council has to offer and to discuss opportunities to get more involved.

Happy Hour will take place in the PRO booth #12579 in North Hall, Wednesday, November 2, from 4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

PRO Reception

The Professional Restylers Organization will host its annual industry awards reception at the 2016 SEMA Show. Enjoy something to eat and drink while catching up with old friends and mingling with the council leadership at the premier networking opportunity for restyling professionals at the Show. The council will also hold an awards ceremony to honor influential leaders in the restyling industry.

The reception will be held Tuesday, November 1, from 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m., on the pool deck of the Westgate Hotel.

PRO General Membership Meeting

The Professional Restylers Organization will hold a general membership meeting at the 2016 SEMA Show. All PRO members attending the Show and restyling companies that would like to learn more about the council are encouraged to participate in the meeting. Council leadership will present on the council’s current initiatives and will also open the discussion to the general membership to hear their thoughts and ideas.

The PRO General Membership Meeting will take place Thursday, November 3, from 7:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m., in LVCC room N234.

Capturing Accessory Sales at Auto Dealerships, Powered by PRO

Vehicle accessorization is big business, generating $36 billion annually in direct retail sales. Studies show that 70% of accessories are sold to new-vehicle buyers within 30 days of vehicle purchase. But dealers only capture 13% of those accessory sales. That leaves a lot of money on the table.

How do you keep that business at your dealership? Put pizzazz in the showroom that shoppers can’t resist. Easy styling solutions to boost inventory turns and pump up profits. Listen and learn as industry experts share their knowledge and insights into how accessorizing can help grow your business and your bottom line.

This educational session will take place Tuesday, November 1, from 10:15 a.m.–11:00 a.m., in room N252.

Building a Profitable and Professional Dealer-Direct Sales Team, Powered by PRO

Through the PRO Sales Training Manual, revised and reintroduced in 2015, the council continues to provide tools to improve business practices and procedures. PRO’s most recent initiative, the development of the SEMA Salesperson Competency Certificate, is based on the sales manual. By measuring a salesperson’s knowledge, the certificate builds a more professional industry, enhances the industry’s image and conveys a company’s—and an individual’s—commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction. This session shows what it takes to create a successful dealer outreach and builds an understanding of the certificate program, thereby delivering practical tips and ideas attendees can put to use immediately in their company.

This educational session will take place Wednesday, November 2, from 2:15 p.m.–3:15 p.m., in room N256.

Planning for the Future: New Vehicle Technologies, Powered by PRO

Connected and automated vehicle technologies, advanced driver-assist systems (ADAS) and other mobility options will significantly improve safety. The aftermarket industry is playing an increasingly important role in retrofitting and installing many of these systems and technologies on the 250-million vehicles already on U.S. roads. Listen and learn as a panel of experts discusses how advanced-vehicle technology is transforming the automotive and aftermarket industries, and explores the challenges and opportunities posed by evolving vehicle technologies and mobility options.

This educational session will take place Thursday, November 3, from 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., in room N256.

10 Steps to Operating a Successful Restyling Shop: Powered by PRO

In this session, three leading restylers with more than 60 years of combined industry experience will share their ideas and strategies—and invite audience participation—on essential discussion topics. Key among them: recruiting and managing technicians, managing and training sales staff, running a retail versus wholesale operation, promoting a company’s image, heightening the level of professionalism in the industry, managing the bottom line, advertising, promotions, finding the ideal work environment and being involved in SEMA and PRO.

This educational session will take place Friday, November 4, from 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m., in room N254.

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The SEMA Businesswomen’s Network is hosting a reception at the 2016 SEMA Show, where current SBN members and aspiring members are invited to gather for an evening of networking with fellow industry women.
   

The SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN) is hosting a number of women-driven events at the SEMA Show. Connect with fellow women in the industry at these events.

SBN Gear-up Girl

The SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN) will host its highly anticipated Gear-up Girl networking event for the fifth time at the 2016 SEMA Show. The Gear-up Girl event is designed to connect female students who hold career aspirations within the automotive aftermarket industry to influential female industry leaders.

The event will take place Monday, October 31, from 3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. All SBN members are encouraged to come for snacks and beverages and engage with today’s youth and tomorrow’s workforce.

SBN Reception

The SEMA Businesswomen’s Network is hosting a reception at the 2016 SEMA Show, where current SBN members and aspiring members are invited to gather for an evening of networking with fellow industry women. The event will feature a sommelier introducing wines with unique pairings. Select committee members will be on hand to mingle and answer any questions about the network.

The reception will be held Wednesday, November 2, from 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m., in the Westgate Ballroom E.

Creating a Community that Drives Change: Powered by SBN

The automotive industry is rich with influential women who inspire positive change, lead companies and are entrepreneurial pioneers. Join an amazing network of women for an important discussion on the future of the industry.

This educational event will take place Wednesday, November 2, from 2:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m., in LVCC Room N264.

Body Politics—The Nonverbal Differences between Men and Women: Powered by SBN

In this program, attendees will learn about the power differential—the effect of gender-based listening modes—including subtle differences in everything from smiling and eye contact to space and touching, and the new rules of business etiquette for old standards, such as handshakes, greetings and pats on the back. Body Politics is an eye-opening, ear-widening, “Aha!” experience.

This educational event will take place Wednesday, November 2, from 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m., located in LVCC Room N253.

Women at the Wheel in Racing—Driving STEM Careers: Powered by SBN

Advanced vehicle technologies leading today’s Golden Age of New Performance and Mobility are creating many new and exciting business opportunities as well as careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) that did not exist in the industry just five years ago. This session will feature accomplished racer, mentor and coach Lyn St. James, and one of today’s fastest next-gen racers and rising stars, Julia Landauer. St. James and Landauer will address the industry’s talent crisis and offer frontline insights for winning and bridging the skills gap between technology and racing through recruitment, retention and advancement of women in the industry. 

This education event will take place Wednesday, November 2, from 10:15 a.m.–11:00 a.m., located in LVCC Room N253.

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Mingle with the select committee and learn about opportunities to get more involved at the Wheel and Tire Council reception.
   

Don’t miss the Wheel and Tire Council (WTC) Industry Reception for your chance to network with fellow industry professionals and honor one WTC member being inducted into the Hall of Fame.


WTC Reception
 
The Wheel and Tire Council is hosting its annual industry reception at the 2016 SEMA Show. Enjoy an evening of networking with fellow wheel and tire industry professionals, along with a bite to eat and drink. Mingle with the select committee and learn about opportunities to get more involved. The council will hold an awards ceremony to honor influential wheel and tire professionals.
 
The reception will be held on Tuesday, November 1, from 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m., at the Renaissance pool deck.

WTC General Membership Meeting

The Wheel and Tire Council is hosting a General Membership Meeting at the SEMA Show. All WTC members and companies that specialize in manufacturing, distributing and selling wheels and tires are encouraged to come. Learn about the latest council initiatives and resources that the WTC provides through membership. Mix and mingle with the select committee and SEMA staff, and learn how you can become more involved in the industry.

The meeting will take place Monday, October 31, from 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m., at the Renaissance: Paramount Room.

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The YEN reception is a great networking opportunity in which select committee members will be on hand to discuss opportunities to get more involved in the network’s initiatives.
   

The Young Executives Network is hosting events at the SEMA Show designed to connect and recognize young industry professionals.

 
YEN Reception
 
The Young Executives Network (YEN) is hosting a reception at the 2016 SEMA Show. This dynamic event is a great networking opportunity, and is highly anticipated among the industry’s young professionals. Come out for an evening of food, drinks and connecting with other young professionals. YEN select committee members will be on hand to discuss opportunities to get more involved in the network’s initiatives. The event will also honor top young professionals for their outstanding accomplishments within the industry.
 
The reception will take place Tuesday, November 1, from 5:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. in the Westgate Paradise Center.
 
YEN General Membership Meeting and Mixer

The Young Executives Network is holding a general membership meeting and networking opportunity the day before the opening of the 2016 SEMA Show. This is a great opportunity to catch up with fellow YENsters and hear updates on the latest network initiatives from the select committee. If you are not a member, this event serves as the perfect opportunity to mingle with the network leadership, learn about the benefits of YEN membership and sign up at no cost.
 
The meeting will be held Monday, October 31, from 5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m., in room N242.

SEMA Launch Pad

The fourth annual SEMA Launch Pad Presented by YEN is a young entrepreneur competition with industry executives pitching their new products and budding businesses to a panel of automotive industry icons acting as the judges at the 2016 SEMA Show. The competition started with nearly 80 applicants. The top-10 finalists were selected by a Facebook voting process and will pitch their businesses at this live event. Watch and learn how these young entrepreneurs started their companies and launched their products in the marketplace as they compete for the chance to win the grand prize.
 
The live event will take place Wednesday, November 2, from 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., in LVCC room N258.

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