SEMA Member News - November/December 2009
Street Performance Council to Recognize Industry Leaders and Businesses
The SPC reception provides attendees with a great networking opportunity in a lounge atmosphere and an opportunity for feedback from those within the street-performance market on how the council can best provide support for the industry. Among the evening’s festivities will be the presentation of the council awards, including the SPC Business of the Year, Person of the Year, Industry Icon and President’s Award.
The Street Performance Council (SPC) reception will be held on Wednesday, November 5, from 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. during the 2009 SEMA Show. Well-attended by members and guests of the organization, the reception provides industry professionals with a great networking opportunity in a lounge setting.
“The SPC reception provides a casual, relaxing atmosphere where people can freely interact and network with many of their peers,” said SPC Chairman Tracie Nuñez. “The event provides a great opportunity for feedback from those within the street-performance market on how the council can best provide support for the industry.”
Among the evening’s festivities will be the presentation of the council awards, including the SPC Business of the Year, Person of the Year, Industry Icon and President’s Award.
The SPC Business of the Year honor is presented each year to a company that has provided innovation and leadership in the street-performance scene. The nominees are companies that have made an extra effort to provide quality and exciting products, and they must have made substantial contributions to the street-performance industry during the past year.
The SPC Person of the Year award is given to an individual who has made a significant impact on the street-performance industry, but has also made an extra effort above and beyond what was asked to complete his or her job. The nominees each year are people whose creativity, integrity, industriousness and accomplishments have made a substantial contribution to the street-performance industry during the previous 12 months.
Previous Award Winners
|Business of the Year
2008 Motovicity Distribution
2007 ProMotion Distributing
2008 Frank Choi
International Drag Racing Association
2007 Richard Schroeder
Eagle Vista Productions
2006 Michael Ferrara
Import Drag RacingCircuit Inc. (IDRC)
|Person of the Year
2008 Ed Burgy
2007 Tracie Nuñez
2006 Stephan Papadakis
2005 Neil Tjin
2004 Bob Kern
2003 Richard Goodwin
2002 Brian Horowitz
2001 Kirk Miller
2000 Michael Meyers
2008 Chris Thomson
2008 Dick Hill
The SPC Industry Icon award was established to acknowledge a person who has positively impacted the image of the street-performance industry and the lifestyle that it generates. The nominees must have been in the industry for at least a decade, be well known and fully represent the industry through their personal contributions beyond the call of duty in their jobs.
Finally, the SPC President’s Award was designed to honor an individual or a company that has made a significant contribution to the industry over the past year. It was first given out in 2008.
For more information on the SPC Reception and awards, contact Jason Tolleson.
SPC Delivers Another Successful Internet Symposium
Forward-looking companies obtained invaluable information for honing their online marketing skills at the SPC’s third annual Internet Symposium. The event included multiple breakout sessions on topics such as search-engine optimization and how to track online buyer acquisitions and sales and concluded with a panel discussion of online strategies for companies on a limited budget.
A primary mission of the Street Performance Council is to bring the latest trends and educational programs to SEMA members. These efforts took center stage at the SPC’s third annual Internet Symposium. Held in conjunction with SEMA Leadership Days in Pasadena, California on August 1, 2009, the Symposium provided valuable resources for attendees seeking to increase and improve their online presence.
The event was kicked off with an introductory session on how the specialty-equipment market is and will be embracing the Internet as the sales and business solution of the future. It was followed by multiple breakout sessions that included topics such as search-engine optimization, how to create killer videos and how to track online buyer acquisitions and sales. The event concluded with a panel made up of key marketing principles discussing online strategies for companies on a limited budget.
“With 16 presenters in eight different sessions, participants were given a wealth of information in one event,” said Nuñez. “Each session covered key areas in developing and expanding online business opportunities.”
Planning is already underway for the 2010 Internet Symposium. Members of the SPC Select Committee welcome suggested topics and other recommendations for next year’s event. Please send your comments to SPC Council Director Jason Tolleson.