Wheel and Tire Professionals Connect at the SEMA Show Through WTC Events

SEMA Member News—September 2018

Wheel and Tire Professionals Connect at the SEMA Show Through WTC Events

By Katie Carson

  WTC
WTC’s events at the SEMA Show are aimed at creating community among wheel and tire professionals through engagement with the council.
   

The Wheel & Tire Council (WTC) will be hosting events that allow members of the aftermarket wheel and tire community to meet, mingle, collaborate and celebrate industry leaders at the iconic SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The events include networking at the council’s annual reception.

Attendees who walk the Lower South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center at the 2018 SEMA Show come November will be passing the booths of many WTC-member companies. All employees of WTC-member companies are encouraged to connect with their fellow members and council leadership while at the Show. Nonmembers are also encouraged to learn more about WTC membership and the benefits that come with it.

Be sure to catch up with WTC select-committee members on the morning of Thursday, November 1, outside the Global Tire Expo, located in lower South Hall. Learn about the latest updates to council initiatives and resources that are available to member companies. The goal is to help businesses succeed in the wheel and tire industry. Select-committee members and SEMA staff will be on hand to discuss how individuals can become more involved in the industry through the WTC.

“The wheel and tire segment of the industry is heavily represented at the Global Tire Expo,” said Greg Parker, WTC chair. “There are literally thousands of industry employees and affiliates in attendance, and the WTC is already working on new and exciting opportunities for those groups to engage and network with each other. As of now, the best way to tap into this resource is by attending the WTC reception on Tuesday night at the Renaissance Hotel pool. There will be many segment leaders in attendance as well as SEMA Board members and hall of famers who you can meet and network with. We hope everyone who loves wheels and tires will make it the can’t-miss opportunity of their week.”

Celebrate 20 Years of WTC at the Reception

Join the WTC and hundreds of wheel and tire industry members for an evening of celebration and networking in a relaxed atmosphere by the Renaissance Hotel pool, Tuesday, October 30. Enjoy connecting with industry professionals and catching up with friends over food and beverages. Discuss all that is happening in the wheel and tire industry, and exchange special moments and must-see attractions from the 2018 SEMA Show.

During a special awards presentation, a leading wheel and tire industry member will be inducted into the WTC Hall of Fame. The WTC Hall of Fame was founded to honor and recognize those outstanding individuals in the wheel and tire industry whose creativity, dignity, integrity, industriousness and accomplishments on a national basis have enhanced the status of the industry while significantly contributing to its growth, progress and professionalism. The 2018 inductee will join this notable group:

  • 2017 Inductee: George Finch, Carlstar Group
  • 2017 Inductee: Carl Robinson, Race Star Wheels
  • 2016 Inductee: Barry Horlick, Voxx Wheels
  • 2015 Inductee: Jim Smith, Ultra Wheel Company
  • 2014 Inductee: David Insull, American Tire
  • 2014 Inductee: Joe Schaefer, Konig American
  • 2013 Inductee: Corky Coker, Coker Tire
  • 2012 Inductee: Joe Findeis, Plus-Sizing Guide
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