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Cover Story

From A–Z, the companies that had the South Hall rolling.

Thousands of buyers from the tire and wheel market spent a portion of their 2009 SEMA Show week scanning bar codes from the New Products Showcase and visiting exhibitor booths to identify the next must-have tire and wheel gear for their local markets.

Roy Littlefield, executive vice president of the Tire Industry
Association (TIA), gives lectures to students as part of his “hobby”—a
job as an adjunct professor of politics and American history at
Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

When his software company asked him to become vice president of
operations for a newly acquired tire industry company, tires had “no
appeal for me whatsoever,” said Wayne Croswell.

With more than 290 exhibitors showcasing and 110 new product registrations within the Tires, Wheels & Equipment
section of the 2009 SEMA Show, it is apparent that this segment of the
specialty-equipment industry remains one of the most popular with
vehicle enthusiasts. It is no wonder, as new tires and wheels can
instantly change the look and feel of a vehicle. Exhibitors at the Show
offered products for small to large passenger cars, trucks and even
racing applications.

No single element can change the look of a car or truck like a set of tires and wheels.

Business

  • From A–Z, the companies that had the South Hall rolling.

  • Thousands of buyers from the tire and wheel market spent a portion of their 2009 SEMA Show week scanning bar codes from the New Products Showcase and visiting exhibitor booths to identify the next must-have tire and wheel gear for their local markets.

  • This custom-built Ford F-150 is not something that can be easily picked up at the dealer lot.

  • The SEMA Person of the Year award was established in 1969 to honor an individual for outstanding contributions to the industry reaching beyond the person’s normal job functions.

  • As the automotive industry continues to adapt to changes in the economy
    and consumer spending habits, SEMA-member companies are faced with the
    decision to either race ahead with the new course of the
    specialty-equipment market or to fall behind with the old status quo.

  • Roy Littlefield, executive vice president of the Tire Industry
    Association (TIA), gives lectures to students as part of his “hobby”—a
    job as an adjunct professor of politics and American history at
    Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

  • When his software company asked him to become vice president of
    operations for a newly acquired tire industry company, tires had “no
    appeal for me whatsoever,” said Wayne Croswell.

  • No single element can change the look of a car or truck like a set of tires and wheels.

  • This series of SEMA News
    stories is based on the idea of using reliable and repeatable methods
    to ensure business success. In coming issues, we will delve into a
    range of topics aimed at developing Best Practices through knowledge,
    motivation and skills.

Chris Kersting

Events

From The Hill

  • Being knowledgeable on issues that affect your customers is good business. On that topic, one of the biggest challenges impacting off-road enthusiasts is the closure of public lands to motorized recreation.

Government Affairs

  • Law and Order is an update of some of the most recent federal and state legislative and regulatory issues that could potentially impact the automotive specialty-equipment industry.

Industry News

International

  • SEMA News is interviewing top distributors/retailers in China in a series of monthly articles to introduce the larger players in the evolving specialty-equipment market in China to the magazine’s readers.

  • SEMA News recently talked with Stuart Charity, executive director of
    the nearly 30-year-old Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association
    (AAAA), and Ben Bartlett, the AAAA’s national membership manager, about
    the Australian specialty-equipment market amid increasingly positive
    news that Australia is well on its way to an economic recovery.

Internet

New Products

  • With more than 290 exhibitors showcasing and 110 new product registrations within the Tires, Wheels & Equipment
    section of the 2009 SEMA Show, it is apparent that this segment of the
    specialty-equipment industry remains one of the most popular with
    vehicle enthusiasts. It is no wonder, as new tires and wheels can
    instantly change the look and feel of a vehicle. Exhibitors at the Show
    offered products for small to large passenger cars, trucks and even
    racing applications.

Required Reading

SEMA Heritage

  • Roger Penske gave up a successful racing career to open his first car dealership in 1965, but that didn’t keep him away from the track.