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YEN Member News
For industry professionals 39 years of age or younger, the 2019 SEMA Show offered unique opportunities to cultivate and recognize young talent. Ranging from the Launch Pad hosted by the Young Executives Network (YEN) to the network’s awards reception, members of YEN were able to take advantage of networking and professional-development opportunities during the Show.
The Young Executives Network (YEN) is poised to host events designed to energize and inspire young automotive professionals during this year’s SEMA Show—opportunities for its members to not only connect with and learn from one another but also interact with YEN leadership as well as more experienced industry pros.
YEN leadership and SEMA staff met with AXC instructor Barney Harris and founder of the program Brian Suggs during a mock measuring session on the brand-new Honda Talon UTV build at the AXC garage in Pomona, California.
All YEN members, and those interested in getting involved with SEMA and building industry connections, are encouraged to attend.
The Young Executives Network (YEN) recently chose a new chair-elect. According to SEMA council and network guidelines, the chair-elect must be a current member of the group’s select committee, with nominees chosen by their fellow select committee members.
Cultivating young talent and nurturing the next generation of industry leaders and innovators is a high priority across the board within the SEMA community, and most especially for the Young Executives Network (YEN).
The Young Executives Network (YEN) has transitioned into new leadership, with Rory Connell of Advanced Accessory Concepts leading the charge as the chair and Kirstin Stone of COMP Performance Group as chair-elect. YEN is dedicated to the advancement of young professionals in the automotive aftermarket industry by providing the membership with education and networking opportunities.
The SEMA Launch Pad program, powered by the Young Executives Network (YEN), is entering its fifth year. Designed to help entrepreneurs under the age of 40 launch their new products or services into the marketplace, the program takes place annually at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The application period will open in early March, and SEMA expects to have a record-breaking number of applicants. To apply, visit www.sema.org/launch-pad.
Each year during the SEMA Show, one of the highlights for the Young Executive Network (YEN) is the opportunity to present awards to deserving industry professionals for the work they’ve done benefitting the young people within the industry. This year, YEN was thrilled to present the Vanguard award as well as the Young Executive of the Year award at an awards presentation at the network’s annual industry reception.