By Katie Carson
All SEMA council and network members and industry professionals are encouraged to attend the following events to network, advance their industry knowledge and learn about the latest initiatives:
Join ARMO at its awards reception, Tuesday, October 31, at 5:15 p.m., to celebrate the membership and leading companies and individuals in the automotive restoration industry. All ARMO members are encouraged to attend to enjoy dinner, beverages and networking. During an awards presentation, winners of the 2017 ARMO Person of the Year and ARMO Business of the Year will be announced. The New Products award winners from the ARMO Hot Products Showcase will also be recognized during the reception. The event will start after the close of the first day of the SEMA Show in Westgate Conference Rooms 7–14. Register now.
ETTN will host a networking lunch immediately prior to its “Connected and Autonomous Vehicles; Smart, Cool and Connected” education session. The ETTN TecHub, to be held Thursday, November 2, from 11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m., in LVCC room N261, is geared toward automotive technical, engineering and design professionals, and will feature food, beverages, networking, presentations and opportunities to discuss the latest automotive technology. During an awards ceremony, leading professionals will be recognized and celebrated with the network’s three annual awards that are presented to those who embody core ETTN values. ETTN select committee members and SEMA staff will be in on hand to talk about the network’s initiatives, resources available to members and opportunities to get more involved. Following lunch, attendees will walk over to N258 for John Waraniak’s previously mentioned vehicle technology session. Register now.
Join HRIA as it gathers for an evening of networking, appetizers, beverages and celebrating individuals and companies that have led and continue to lead the hot-rod industry. The much-anticipated event kicks off after the close of the SEMA Show, Wednesday, November 1, from 5:15 p.m.–8:30 p.m., located in the Westgate Paradise Center. Mix and mingle with industry friends in a relaxed environment off the Show floor. Grab a drink, a plate of snacks and settle in at a table to watch the show. Rick Love of Vintage Air will emcee the event as industry leaders are awarded and recognized for their outstanding achievements.
Attendees will have the opportunity to take home a one-of-a-kind hot rod from the HRIA Builder’s Challenge. Visit the silent auction table during the event or get competitive during the live auction later in the evening. All proceeds will go toward SEMA Cares children’s charities.
Companies may purchase reserved tables for the best seats in the house by contacting Jim Skelly. All proceeds from table reservations benefit the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund. Act fast; these tables sell out quickly. Register now.
TORA Reception—New Location!
All light-truck accessory industry professionals are encouraged to attend the annual TORA reception, which will take place Wednesday, November 1, from 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. The reception will be held near the SCORE off-road tent outside of the South Hall. Join the council for beverages, appetizers and an evening of networking with industry friends. The iconic Pinewood Drag Races will also take place at the reception. Sponsor a vehicle by donating to SEMA Cares children’s charities and watch your pinewood compete against the others. There will also be a raffle for door prizes; all proceeds go to the charities. An awards ceremony will be held to honor leading companies and individuals in the light-truck industry. Register now.
Manufacturers Rep Roundup and Awards Program
SEMA Show manufacturers’ reps are invited to attend a networking event, Thursday, November 2, from 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., in SEMA Central, located in the Grand Lobby of the LVCC. This event is a great opportunity to network and learn more about the industry while enjoying appetizers and beverages. Vic Bennett, MRN chair, will provide an update on the network’s latest initiatives and discuss the state of the industry. The MRN will also recognize and celebrate leading professionals and companies during the awards portion of the event. MRN members, select committee members and SEMA staff will be onsite to discuss membership and the resources and benefits available through the MRN. Register now.
Professional Restylers Organization (PRO)
Join PRO and fellow restylers for an evening of networking, celebration, food, beverages, a live band and door prizes on the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino pool deck, Tuesday, October 31, from 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. Enjoy the close of the first day of the 2017 SEMA Show by catching up with industry friends as the sun sets over the Las Vegas Strip. PRO holds its annual reception as a means of celebrating its members and the advancement of the restyling industry as a whole. Leading individuals and companies in the restyling segment will be honored during an awards ceremony. Register now.
Join SBN for an evening of celebration and networking at its annual reception during the SEMA Show, Wednesday, November 1, from 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m., in the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, Ballroom D. There is no better way to close out the second day of the Show than by mingling with fellow industry women while enjoying finger foods and beverages. SBN select committee members will work the room networking with members and those who are interested in joining. These women are great resources for any questions you may have about the network. They will also be able to tell attendees how to become more involved in volunteering. Register now.
Join the WTC and hundreds of wheel and tire industry members, Tuesday, October 31, from 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m., for an evening of celebration and networking in a relaxed atmosphere by the Renaissance Hotel pool. Enjoy connecting with industry professionals and catching up with friends over food and beverages. Discuss all that is happening in the wheel and tire industry and exchange special moments and must-see attractions from the 2017 SEMA Show. During an awards presentation, a wheel and tire industry pioneer will be inducted into the WTC Hall of Fame. Register now.
YEN is hosting its annual reception, Tuesday, October 31, from 5:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m., in the Westgate Paradise Event Center. This dynamic event is a great networking opportunity and is highly anticipated among the industry’s young professionals. YEN select committee members will be on hand to discuss opportunities to get more involved in the network’s initiatives, and the event will honor top young professionals for their outstanding accomplishments within the industry. The network names one leading professional as Young Executive of the Year and celebrates an individual who actively supports young people in the industry by presenting them the YEN Vanguard Award. Register now.