The purpose of the SEMA Show is to do business. Anything that gets in the way of that can be thought of as an obstruction, yet we all have to eat, especially since attending the SEMA Show can be a strenuous undertaking. It’s not unusual to walk many miles in a single day, so addressing the need to keep the fires burning without sacrificing too much floor time can be a challenge worthy of some consideration.
Each year, the SEMA Show brings together upward of 170,000 specialty-equipment professionals in Las Vegas to network, sharpen their skills and discover new products. The 2018 event is guaranteed to offer new opportunities for attendees to accomplish those same goals. SEMA Trade Shows Director Tom Gattuso offered a preview of what attendees can expect this year, along with his pro tips for a successful week of business.
The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund awarded $297,000 to 102 individuals this year. The financial awards included scholarships for current students and loan-forgiveness awards to employees of SEMA-member companies.
Trade shows are all about doing business, but before the Show floor opens and the first meetings can begin, exhibitors have to arrive and set up. Then they have to pack everything up again five days later to hit the road for the next show. All too often, exhibitors arrive in Las Vegas unprepared, believing that if they order everything they require on-site they will receive it on the spot. The consequenses for that lack of planning can be costly in both time and money and lead to frustration. But, through proper planning, an exhibitor’s Show logistics can work smoothly and efficiently.
Attendees of the 2018 SEMA Show have several opportunities to prepare now for a successful week in Las Vegas. First things first: More than 250 first-time exhibitors are already on the floorplan. Each of those companies represents a potential lead for new products and business opportunities.
With opening day of the 2018 SEMA Show set for Tuesday, October 30, now is the time for exhibitors to make their crucial last push toward attracting buyers to their booths. According to SEMA Trade Show Director Tom Gattuso, more than 60,000 buyers are expected to attend this year’s Show, and a large percentage of them are already determining which exhibitors they want to see.
Furthering SEMA’s interest in identifying young, creative leaders and supporting entrepreneurial initiatives, the Young Executives Network (YEN) has produced the Launch Pad competition for the past five years. Through each stage of the competition, the program teaches participants how to evaluate their markets, communicate the benefits of their products, and market them effectively.
Despite sporadic gas prices across the country, Americans’ love affair with their trucks is stronger than ever, and so is brand loyalty among consumers. The light-duty truck market is heating up as Chevrolet, Ford and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) revealed new models from their clandestine design and engineering arsenals at Detroit’s 2018 North American International Auto Show. That event in the Motor City is basically in the backyard of the domestic OEMs. GM, Ford and FCA may feel that they have home-court advantage, but it’s anyone’s game in this ongoing battle for pickup supremacy.
For many in the custom-car industry, the SEMA Battle of the Builders is a chance to prove that they are among the best. The 2017 competition began with nearly 300 applications from builders representing an elite group of individuals who have demonstrated extreme talent, creativity and craftsmanship in modifying cars, trucks and SUVs. The field was not only the largest to date but was also deep in entries of exceptional quality. This year also saw the expansion of the Young Guns recognition, which shines the light on young, up-and-coming builders in the automotive industry.