SEMA eNews Vol. 21, No. 26, June 28, 2018

2018 SEMA Launch Pad Semi-Finalists Announced

By Katie Carson

Ryan Amesbury
Ryan Amesbury
Matt Beenen
Matt Beenen
Mike Burns
Mike Burns
Ovidiu CristeaOvidiu Cristea Todd Earsley
Todd Earsley
Stephen Hale
Stephen Hale
Ben Horst
Ben Horst
Jonathan Hurley
Jonathan Hurley
Zach Kowalik
Zach Kowalik
Joe Mendoza
Jon Mendoza
Christopher Owens
Christopher Owens
Juan Perez
Juan Perez
Kansas Sartin
Kansas Sartin
George Schafer
George Schafer
Ed Uehling
Ed Uehling

The SEMA Launch Pad program had many qualified applicants, with 15 selected as this year’s semi-finalists. These contestants are looking to launch a new automotive aftermarket product or service and gain traction in the marketplace.

Via a social-media voting contest launching July 30, the public will have a chance to select the top 10 finalists who will compete live during the 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The finalists will pitch their products or services to a panel of industry judges who will determine the ultimate winner.   

Get acquainted with this year’s semi-finalists:

Ryan Amesbury, Amped Technologies
Founder
Product: LevelUp
The LevelUp allows electric vehicle owners to install a fast (Level 2) charger in their garage without having to pay an electrician $1,000 to install a 240-volt outlet. This (Level 2) charger, increases the charging speed from four miles to 25 miles of range per hour of charge.

Matt Beenen, BuiltRight Industries
Owner
Product: Storage and Organizational Solutions
The BuiltRight Industries bedside rack system adds modular mounting panels to the inside walls of a normally featureless truck bed, enabling users to quickly and securely mount their choice of tools, equipment and accessories. These OEM fit and finish steel panels require no modification, and are easily installed with basic hand tools.

Mike Burns, ValvoMax
Owner
Product: ValvoMax Oil Drain Valve
With the patented ValvoMax oil drain valve, oil can now be changed with the turn of a wrist. The valve replaces the existing drain bolt. No more searching for tools or mopping up spills.

Ovidiu Cristea, Inventioneers
Owner/President
Product: Inventioneers.com
www.inventioneers.com is a commercial licensing marketplace that bridges the gap between product development and manufacturing at any scale. At its heart, it is designed to protect and retain rights of ownership for intellectual property, while maximizing opportunities to monetize products that may not otherwise be brought to market.

Todd Earsley, My Shop Assist
Co-Founder
Product: My Shop Assist
My Shop Assist is a web-based project-management system designed specifically for aftermarket shops. You can schedule jobs, delegate tasks, log hours, track parts orders, store pictures, create invoices, determine employee efficiency, and communicate progress to the customers. It even integrates with QuickBooks to track your accounting.

Stephen Hale, Stohd Outdoor
Partner
Product: Exoskeleton Utility Trail Door
The Stohd Exoskeleton is a patented trail door system for Jeep Wranglers. The doors have a protruding design for mounting specially engineered attachments, such as folding chairs, camp stools, lockable high-impact dry/cool storage boxes, recovery gear/ramps, off-road tools, first-aid kits and more.

Ben Horst, Eddy Motorworks
President
Product: Premium Electric Conversions
Eddy Motorworks takes classic cars and revives them with high-performance, OEM-quality, 100% electric powertrains.

Jonathan Hurley, ToolBox Widget LLC
Owner
Product: ToolBox Widget
ToolBox Widget is a 100% modular tool organizing system for your toolbox. Individual wrench organizers allow the customer to add or subtract the amount of holders as needed, allowing for complete customization of their toolbox. Features include strong magnets, missing tool indicators, changeable-size labels and a flexible material.

Zach Kowalik, Quick Covers
Co-Owner
Product: Quick Covers Corrosion Solutions
Quick Covers are precision-molded plastic covers that fit snugly over rusty areas on your vehicle. They restore the original appearance, yet cost only a fraction of the price of traditional repair. They can’t rust and combined with a corrosion inhibiting pretreatment, will provide a like-new appearance for years.

Jon Mendoza, NGR Performance
Owner
Product: NGR Turbo Filter
Increase power and turbo response with NGR turbo filters. Sleek and compact, these one-piece turbo filters are pressure tested to 200 psi and save space, allowing the turbo to breathe. The product comes with a 6061-T6 interchangeable cap.

Christopher Owens, Creative Fabrication and Coatings
Owner/CEO
Product: Last Drop Wrench
The Last Drop Wrench allows you to drain filters in a safe and controlled manner before removal by puncturing them while still attached, making the traditional messy oil change a thing of the past.

Juan Perez, ErgoTool
Creator
Product: ErgoTool
ErgoTool provides ergonomically designed handles for people with disabilities. ErgoTool helps people with arthritic deformities, injured veterans and those who have lost limbs. Designed to make the task of a simple grasp easier for the user, ErgoTool’s design can fit any prosthetic limb.

Kansas Sartin, PAKMULE LLC
Owner
Product: Automotive Cargo Products
PAKMULE is a fully TIG-welded cargo carrier made of 100% aluminum. PAKMULE will never rust, weighs 42 lbs., and can handle up to 500 lbs. of cargo. The PAKMULE is designed to easily secure and access all your gear, while its proprietary locking, anti-wobble connection keeps everything secure.

George Schafer, SMS Auto Parts Co.
President
Product: Exposed Racks
Exposed Racks is a patented roof-rack system that has zero effect on vehicle aerodynamics when not in use. It installs permanently, yet is exposed, without effort, only when needed. The Quick Clip system allows users to click-in accessories, such as kayak mounts, in less than one second. Fits various vehicle rooftops.

Ed Uehling, King Tailgates
Co-Founder
Product: KT1
The KT1 is an upgraded aftermarket replacement option for OEM tailgates. The utility-patented design splits the construction of a standard tailgate to allow for the incorporation of enclosed seating, dual oversized cup holders, a removable Bluetooth speaker and USB charging ports.

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