By SEMA Editors
Tom Gattuso Named SEMA Vice President of Events
Tom Gattuso has been named SEMA vice president of events and will have primary management responsibilities for the SEMA Show and other association events. With nearly 25 years of event-management experience, including eight years as SEMA director of trade shows, Gattuso will lead the events team, guiding day-to-day planning, operations and execution while working with all departments to support the association’s strategic vision.
Gattuso is an active member of several event and trade show boards at both the regional and national levels and will work with SEMA’s senior management team and volunteer leaders to shape the SEMA Show in the years ahead. The SEMA Show is consistently rated among the top trade events in the U.S., with more than 2,400 exhibitors and more than 160,000 in total attendance at the 2018 SEMA Show. Plans are currently in progress for the 2019 SEMA Show, taking place November 5–8 in Las Vegas.
SEMA/WD-40 Camaro Brings $165,000 for Childhelp at Barrett-Jackson
|The SEMA Cares/WD-40 1967 Chevrolet Camaro|
The SEMA Cares 1967 Chevrolet Camaro custom coupe brought in $165,000 to benefit Childhelp. The car was purchased by singer/songwriter Ray J on January 17 at the 48th annual Barrett-Jackson collector car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.
This year’s build project, underway for nearly a full calendar year, was sponsored by WD-40 and received many contributions from SEMA-member companies. To date, the sales of WD-40-sponsored builds have raised more than $1 million for Childhelp. Through Barrett-Jackson, SEMA Cares and the SEMA Scholarship and Loan Forgiveness program have raised more than $2.5 million. To date, Barrett-Jackson has raised more than $114 million for charity.
Founded in 1959 by Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson, the purpose of Childhelp has been the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. Since its establishment, Childhelp has grown to become one of the nation’s leading nonprofit organizations.