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2018 SEMA Hall of Fame

Success looks different for everyone—and that is certainly true for this year’s SEMA Hall of Fame inductees. Donnie Eatherly, Ed Pink and Chris Thomson have distinct backgrounds, aptitudes and professional paths, but they have each built a flourishing career doing something that makes them happy.

 

2018 SEMA Board of Directors Announced

Donnie EatherlyThe results of the 2018 SEMA Board of Directors election are in, with Donnie Eatherly from P&E Distributors Inc., Dan Kahn from Kahn Media Inc., Brian Lounsberry from Motovicity Distribution, Dr. Jamie Meyer from General Motors, and Steve Whipple from Edelbrock LLC elected to serve. Kahn is a current SEMA Board member who was re-elected to the group; Eatherly has served as a past Board member; and Lounsberry, Meyer and Whipple will join as new SEMA Board members.

2018 SEMA Board of Directors Election

Eight candidates are running for positions on the 2018–2021 SEMA Board of Directors. This year, five seats are open in the manufacturers, distributors/retailers and services categories. Voting will take place online May 8–22 and is open to current SEMA-member companies. Votes must be cast by each company’s primary contact. Election information and a ballot participation code went out to members via postal mail at the end of April.

John Johnson: SEMA Person of the Year

John JohnsonYou could say that John Johnson’s service to SEMA and the automotive specialty-equipment industry has been “by the numbers.” Hailing from The Spartan Group (TSG) and the industry’s financial side, he has been a significant force in shaping SEMA’s strategy and fiscal discipline. In fact, Johnson led a transformation in the association’s financial reporting to its Board of Directors, helping SEMA staff improve visibility across business units and programs.

Meet the 2017–2018 SEMA Board of Directors

SEMA is governed by a Board of Directors, with directors nominated and elected by the trade association’s membership at large. Board directors serve three-year terms, while the chairman-elect automatically assumes the role of chairman after completing a two-year term. The 2017–2018 Board was empaneled at the annual SEMA Leaders and Legends Installation Gala, held July 28, 2017, at the Sheraton Fairplex in Pomona, California.

A Message From Wade Kawasaki

wadeIt is my pleasure to welcome exhibitors, attendees and enthusiasts to the 2017 SEMA Show. It’s here that more than 160,000 attendees with a common interest come together to see the latest trends in automotive innovation reflected in revolutionary new products and vehicles showcasing them in a highly effective marketplace. There’s no question about it: If you are looking for opportunity, you have come to the right place.

A Few Words With SEMA Chairman Wade Kawasaki

Kawasaki has been working in the industry for nearly 40 years and began volunteering for SEMA when he started his first company, Exports International, in the late ’80s. Since then, Kawasaki has held key elected positions and appointments, including three terms on the SEMA Board of Directors as SEMA secretary/treasurer and as chairman of the SEMA Show Committee, and he was appointed by the United States Secretary of Commerce to the Automotive Parts Advisory Council.

35 Under 35

35 Under 35From a generational perspective, the early days of the automotive specialty-equipment industry were exciting times. Pioneering names became the legendary “garage innovators” of speed and performance products who ultimately changed not only how racers competed on the track but also the ways average consumers everywhere drove on the street.

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