Aftermarket Business

Facebook’s Crackdown on Free Business Posts

With technology’s relentless evolution, businesses have a fresh crop of digital tools that they can use to pinpoint hot recruiting prospects in cyberspace and grab la crème de la crème before they get away. Social-media sniffers, mobilized career websites and video interviewing have all received major upgrades in the past year, making it even easier for businesses to snag prime candidates.For Many, a Bitter Pill

Businesses smarting over Facebook’s decision to severely limit their ability to communicate with people who like their business pages on the social network recently got an explanation from the web titan about the policy change. But many aren’t buying it.

“Facebook wants us to pay for real estate that we used to get for free,” said Leslie Nuccio, creative strategist for Meltwater, a social media monitoring and press relations firm.

Fast Facts

Breaking news from SEMA members, including Air Lift, Performance Industry Publications, Enerpulse Technologies, Royal Purple, Ingersoll Rand, Roadwire and more.

The SEMA Show Is Just Around the Corner!

Attendee, exhibitor and media registration for the 2014 SEMA Show is available online at  Beginning November 4, the eyes of the automotive world will be on the Las Vegas Convention Center and the annual SEMA Show. This year’s Show will be a mixture of new products, vehicle debuts and exciting events, such as the SCORE Baja 1000 event which will be held for the first time in conjunction with the Show. With more than 130,000 attendees, this year’s Show promises to be something truly special. Here’s what the media highlighted from the 2013 SEMA Show and what they are previewing for the 2014 SEMA Show.

New Select Committee Members Installed on July 1

Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) - SEMA CouncilThe Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) welcomed three new select committee members on July 1. Chris Thomson, national sales manager for Airaid, Lee McGuire, director of marketing and operations for Skyjacker Suspensions, and Steve Whipple, vice president of sales for Edelbrock LLC, will use their platforms as council leaders to help guide the direction of the group for the good of the whole industry. The three recently shared some of their goals for their terms.

YEN Power Tour Participants Chronicle Experience for Social Media

Over the summer, 10 members of the Young Executives Network (YEN) embarked on the Hot Rod Power Tour to promote the network and highlight the variety of career choices available to young professionals in the automotive specialty-equipment market. The tour route began in Charlotte, North Carolina, and visited Tennessee, West Virginia, Ohio and Indiana before ending in Iowa. Amy Fitzgerald, Ian Lehn, Scott Lowe, Paul Makarucha, Brit Mansell, Jonathan Mill, Michelle “Missy” Perez, Dylan Sievers, Kirstin Stone and Jerid Suchy were chosen to participate through an application process.

Westgate Resorts Acquires LVH

Westgate Resorts has acquired the LVH–Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. The property has been renamed Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino.Westgate Resorts has acquired the LVH–Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, making the property the newest addition to the Westgate’s portfolio of 28 resorts. The hotel has been renamed Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. The new Westgate is located one block off the Las Vegas Strip, adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center, and is one of seven stations on the Las Vegas Monorail.

First-Time Exhibitors

Veteran Show attendees know that every first-time exhibitor represents a business opportunity. At the 2014 SEMA Show, attendees will come face-to-face with more than 415 new exhibitors. Visit for a listing of SEMA Show exhibitors.More Than 415 Business Opportunities

Every first-time exhibitor represents a business opportunity. Attendees, looking for the latest trends and hottest new products, know that new exhibitors can be a tremendous resource. This year (as of July 29, 2014) more than 415 new companies have already registered for a booth at this year’s Show.

The online list of first-timers represents the leading edge of what will be a strong freshmen class for the 2014 SEMA Show. Buyers can now browse through and note businesses to visit during the 2014 SEMA Show online.

SEMA Businesswomen’s Network Introduces 2014 SEMA Show Calendar of Events and the New/Re-Elected Select Committee Members

After celebrating its 20th anniversary milestone last year, the SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN) continues its momentum by powering numerous 2014 SEMA Show events. With an emphasis on networking and fostering the growth of the next generation of women leaders in the aftermarket industry, the SBN introduces four events that are open for registration.

New Members Join TORA Select Committee

Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) - SEMA CouncilOn July 1, three individuals joined the select committee for the Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA). Jason Christiansen, president and CEO of Rigid Industries, Erika Garcia, national sales manager for Bolt Locks by Strattec, and Jerrod Strauss, director of sales and marketing for T-Rex Truck Products Inc., will join Todd Hoffman of A.R.E. Accessories and Kathryn Reinhardt of MagnaFlow, who were re-elected to fill the remaining two seats on the committee. SEMA Member News caught up with the three new members to share an introduction.

35 Under 35

In order to land on our “35 Under 35” list, individuals must first be nominated by one or more industry peers. Pouring through the nominations, SEMA News looks for candidates already displaying leadership qualities within their organization or business. Entrepreneurship, commitment, insight, innovation, integrity, responsibility, and demonstrated skill, involvement and success within the industry weigh heavily in our decision-making. The selection process is never easy—in one way or another, every nominee is a winner—but, ultimately, we reduce the nominations down to 35 finalists to make our special section. When all was said and done for this 2014 edition, we again found ourselves with an impressive roster of highly accomplished individuals making their marks at a young age in a diverse array of industry segments.


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