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Hot Rodders Of Tomorrow

Hot RoddersSince 2008, Hot Rodders of Tomorrow (HROT) has been inspiring young people to lead successful careers in the automotive industry and beyond through its Engine Challenge competition. The final, culminative events took place this year at the SEMA Show and the PRI Trade Show. Teams of high schoolers learn critical life skills such as teamwork, critical thinking, on-the-fly initiative and communication as they tear down and reassemble Chevy 350 engines without power tools. Some of them will go on to become engineers and pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers, and many will join the automotive industry. All of them learn how to be productive and contribute, wherever they end up working.

Success Starts Here

BanquetAbout 400 members of the automotive specialty-parts industry attended the 2018 SEMA Installation & Gala, themed “Success Starts Here,” at the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City in Universal City, California, on July 20, to pay tribute to the specialty-equipment industry’s pioneers and dedicated volunteers. Jessi Combs and Kevin Oeste served as the evening’s emcees. Honorees included the SEMA Hall of Fame class of 2018—Donnie Eatherly, P&E Distributors; Ed Pink, Ed Pink’s Garage; and Chris Thomson, TMG Performance Products.

Insider Tips for Show Buyers

What’s the best way to set up your aftermarket business for success in 2019? Experienced buyers will tell you that the answer is the 2018 SEMA Show, which will be held October 30 through November 2 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. As the world’s premier automotive aftermarket trade-only event, the annual SEMA Show is a smart investment that can make a significant difference to your company’s bottom line.

Stars and Cars

Whether you’re an exhibitor or an attendee, part of the annual SEMA Show excitement is the chance to see and rub elbows with a sweeping range of celebrities and notables (not to mention the many famous vehicles arrayed throughout the Las Vegas Convention Center.) The following are scheduled appearances for this year’s Show, with listings current as of September 17, 2018. Visit the listed booths for updates and to confirm times.

2018 SEMA Show Battle of the Builders Vehicles

Gerber GTONow in its fifth year, the SEMA Battle of the Builders (BOTB) competition has grown again. The competition presents a rare opportunity for builders to judge and be judged by the greatest names in the industry, and it has attracted passionate builders from nearly every continent. The vehicles present will be among the highest quality in the world. They come from seasoned teams of professionals as well as one-man shops with small budgets. All feature immense creative power and passion.

Hungry? Read This

Hungry Read ThisThe 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.

SEMA Show Transportation Guide

MonorailGround transportation improvements make commuting to the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) during the 2018 SEMA Show easier than ever for attendees. As the single largest gathering of small businesses in America, the upcoming SEMA Show is expected to attract nearly 170,000 industry professionals to the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), October 30–November 2. For more information about any of the following services, visit www.SEMAShow.com/ground-transportation.

Strategize for Success

SEMA ShowEach 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.

Raising Brand Awareness

Liqui MolyEvery year, the SEMA Show accommodates specialty-equipment manufacturers who decide to exhibit on the international stage for the first time. This year is no different. Held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the SEMA Show attracts more than 170,000 industry leaders from more than 140 countries. In 2017, the Show featured 2,400 exhibitors, including 354 first-timers.

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