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In honor of the dedication that drives the automotive aftermarket industry, SEMA’s annual council and network awards are presented to leading companies and individuals who have made exceptional contributions to their niche industry segments. Each year, SEMA’s ten councils and networks respectively select outstanding members and honor them with these prestigious awards. Award recipients are part of an elite group that includes the most distinguished members of the automotive aftermarket community.

To be considered for an award, you and/or your company must be an existing member of at least one of SEMA's ten councils and networks.

Click on a council or network to learn more.

ARMO
Automotive Restoration Market Organization

ARMO Business of the Year

The ARMO Business of the Year award is presented to a company who has demonstrated exceptional contributions to the restoration industry during the past year.

ARMO Person of the Year

The ARMO Person of the Year award is presented to an individual (not a company) who has made an exceptional contribution or impression on the restoration industry during the past year.

ARMO Business of the Year

Criteria

  • Company may be a manufacturer, retailer, warehouse distributor, publisher, builder or service provider.
  • Company must do at least 50% of their business in the restoration industry and promotes the restoration niche.
  • Company must have demonstrated exceptional service, integrity and business ethics.
  • Company must currently be in business and have conducted business for a minimum of five years.
  • Company should have made some commendable contribution and/or has had a positive impact in the restoration industry.
  • Company may not have received this award in the past 5 years.
  • Companies owned by or employing a current ARMO Select Committee member are not eligible for the Business of the Year Award. Please check the ARMO Select Committee roster prior to submitting nomination.

ARMO Person of the Year

Criteria

  • Individual must be an owner or employee of a member company in good standing with the Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO)
  • Must have made a substantial contribution to the restoration industry within the past year
  • Must have an ongoing record of service and support to the restoration industry
  • Must be a member of both SEMA and ARMO in good standing
  • Can be from any membership category
  • Current ARMO Select Committee members are not eligible for this award

ETTN
Emerging Trends & Technology Network

ETTN “Genius” Award

The SEMA ETTN Genius Award is given to honor and recognize those outstanding individuals who’s creative, genius innovation has made significant contributions toward advancing technology that positively impacts the growth and progress of the automotive industry. This award is not necessarily presented each year, but is bestowed as viable candidates are nominated and selected.

ETTN Techie Award

The ETTN Techie Award recognizes an individual for their engineering achievements of a product, process, or component that demonstrates innovative and original engineering development, and/or advances state-of-the-art technology as it pertains to the automotive industry or product sector. This award is not necessarily presented each year, but is bestowed as viable candidates are nominated and selected.

ETTN Ambassador Award

The ETTN Ambassador Award is presented to an ETTN member who has demonstrated exceptional volunteer contributions or increased membership and awareness of the ETTN during the past year. This award is not necessarily presented each year, but is awarded at the discretion of the ETTN Chairman.

ETTN “Genius” Award

Criteria

  • Candidate’s contributions meet with the purpose stated above and has made a significant impact that has improved the industry as a whole.
  • The candidate is, or has been, involved in the automotive industry for a minimum of 5 years.
  • The candidate has acted in the industry with a high degree of integrity and professionalism.
  • Membership in and a contribution to SEMA should be primary considerations for nomination and selection as an award recipient. However, at its discretion, the Awards Sub-committee may select an individual who is not a current SEMA and/or ETTN member.
  • If the nominee is an individual who has previously received this award within the past three years, he/she is ineligible for consideration.
  • Seated ETTN select committee members are not eligible for Industry ETTN “Genius” Award. Please check ETTN select committee roster prior to submitting nomination.

ETTN Techie Award

Criteria

  • The Achievement (product/process/component/advancement) must be new, original and innovative to the automotive industry at the time it was accomplished.
  • The achievement may be a recent or historical engineering innovation.
  • The candidate must be a SEMA member in good standing.
  • Membership in the ETTN should be the primary considerations for nomination and selection as an award recipient but at its discretion, the Awards Sub-committee may select an individual who is not a current ETTN member.
  • If the nominee is an individual who has previously received this award within the past three years, he/she is ineligible for consideration.
  • Seated ETTN select committee members are not eligible for The ETTN Techie Award. Please check ETTN select

ETTN Ambassador Award

Criteria

  • Must be a member of SEMA and the ETTN.
  • Must have demonstrated exceptional service, integrity and business ethics throughout the past year.

HRIA
Hot Rod Industry Alliance

HRIA Hall of Fame

HRIA Hot Rod Hall of Fame was founded to honor and recognize those outstanding individuals in the hot rod 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.

HRIA Industry Recognition Award

The HRIA Industry Recognition Award is presented to an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to the Hot Rod industry over a period of the past 10 years. Recipient must be an employee or principle of an HRIA member company in good standing.

HRIA Business of the Year

The HRIA Business of the Year award is presented to a company who has made an exceptional contribution to Hot Rod industry. Company must be an HRIA member in good standing.

HRIA Hall of Fame

Criteria

  • The individual must have made a significant contribution to the Hot Rod/Street Rod hobby or industry.
  • The individual must have demonstrated their effort over a period of not less than 20 years.
  • The individual must be of the highest integrity, character and respect in our industry
  • The individual may not be a sitting member of the HRIA select committee.

HRIA Industry Recognition Award

Criteria

  • This award honors an INDIVIDUAL, not a company
  • The individual must be an owner or employee of a member company in good standing with the Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA)
  • The individual must have demonstrated a major contribution to the hot rod industry over the past ten (10) years
  • Individual may not have RECEIVED this award within the past three (3) years
  • Seated HRIA Select Committee members or their employees are not eligible for the Industry Recognition Award. (Please check HRIA Select Committee roster prior to submitting nomination.)

HRIA Business of the Year

Criteria

  • This award honors a COMPANY, not an individual
  • Company may be a manufacturer, retailer, warehouse distributor, publisher, service provider or builder
  • Company must do at least 50% of their business in the hot rod industry and promote the hot rod niche
  • Company must have demonstrated exceptional service, integrity and business ethics
  • Company must have conducted business for a minimum of five (5) years and must currently be in business
  • Company should have made some commendable contribution and/or has had a positive impact in the hot rod industry
  • Company may not have RECEIVED this award in the past five (5) years
  • Companies owned by or employing a current HRIA Select Committee member are not eligible for the Business of the Year award. (Please check HRIA Select Committee roster prior to submitting nomination.)

TORA
Truck & Off-Road Alliance

TORA Hall of Fame

Truck & Off-Road Alliance (TORA) Hall of Fame recognizes and honors outstanding individuals in the light-truck accessory industry whose creativity, dignity, integrity, industriousness and accomplishments, on a national/international basis, have enhanced the stature of and significantly contributed to, the light-truck accessory industry's growth.

TORA Retailer of the Year

The TORA Retailer of the Year Award has been established to recognize and honor an outstanding light-truck accessory retailer whose creativity, dignity, integrity, industriousness, professionalism and accomplishments have enhanced the stature and annual growth of the industry within the candidate's community.

The TORA Ron Webster Memorial Award for Engineering Excellence

Ron Webster, president and founder of Guidon Truck Covers, was one of the original members of TCIA, which later became TCIA, which later became TCAA then LTAA and now TORA. An engineer by education, he developed many early innovations in the truck cap industry. He was a mentor to many leaders in the industry, and was posthumously elected into the TCAA/LTAA/TORA Hall of Fame after his death in a white water river rafting accident in the early nineties. The Ron Webster Memorial Award for Engineering Excellence was created in his honor.

The Ron Webster Memorial Award recognizes a person or people for their engineering achievements of a product in the light-truck accessory industry, achievements that truly embody the words “engineering excellence”. The award recognizes the creation of a product, process and/or component that demonstrates innovative and original engineering development, and/or advances the state-of-the-art technology of a product in the light-truck accessory industry. This award is not necessarily presented each year, but is bestowed as viable candidates are nominated and selected.

TORA Influencer of the Year

The ‘Influencer of The Year’ award is an effort to reward the media with for their hard efforts in supporting the truck, jeep, diesel and SUV markets. It’s a thank you to the person who helps TORA members sell products, connect with consumers and cover events that reach new markets.

TORA Hall of Fame

Criteria

  • Candidate’s contributions, in accordance with purpose stated above, must extend beyond the local level and reach throughout the national/international level.
  • The candidate is and/or has been involved in the industry and/or TORA for a minimum of 10 years.
  • The candidate has made significant contributions toward enhancing technology, professionalism, dignity, and/or general stature and growth of the industry.
  • The candidate has acted with a high degree of integrity within the industry
  • The candidate must be at least 40 years of age.

TORA Retailer of the Year

Criteria

  • Candidate’s contributions (and/or the candidate’s company’s performance) have had a significant impact on a local level, in accordance with the purpose above.
  • The candidate is currently in the industry, and has been involved in the industry for a minimum of five (5) years.
  • The candidate has acted with a high degree of integrity and professionalism, has demonstrated a commitment to customer satisfaction, and has contributed to the general stature of the industry.
  • The candidate (where applicable) has demonstrated technical proficiency in retail systems and pursued new marketing/sales opportunities.
  • The candidate’s place of business reflects a professional image.
  • A contribution to SEMA and TORA should be an important consideration for nomination. The nominee must come from a TORA member company in good standing.

The TORA Ron Webster Memorial Award for Engineering Excellence

Criteria

  • The Achievement (product/process/component/advancement) must be new, original and innovative to the Truck & Off-Road Alliance at the time it was accomplished. Evaluation of the achievement shall include whether or not the engineering achievement was accomplished without overcomplicating the product itself.
  • The achievement may be a recent or historical engineering innovation.
  • The candidate company or individual candidate(s) must be an TORA member company (or employee thereof). Individual candidate(s) must be identified for his/her/their overall engineering achievement.

TORA Influencer of the Year

Criteria

  • Influential presence in digital, social and print, etc.
  • Focused on truck market and/or emerging markets associated with truck/SUV/off-road
  • Both traditional and non-traditional media included
  • Concentration on aftermarket

MPMC
Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council

MPMC Hall of Fame Award

The MPMC Hall of Fame permanently acknowledges those individuals who have made a significant contribution to the motorsports parts manufacturing segment of the aftermarket and/or to the Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council itself. Thank you for submitting a nomination for one of these deserving individuals.

When submitting a nomination, please provide information that demonstrates the candidate meets as many of the 6 criteria as possible. If nominating more than one individual, please complete a separate form for each nominee.

The MPMC Hall of Fame Award will be awarded at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Show in Indianapolis, IN in December during their Hall of Fame Reception

MPMC Hall of Fame Award

Criteria

  • The individual must be, or have been, an employee of a member company or a member of the MPMC. (Non-MPMC individuals may be considered on a case by case basis).
  • The individual must have made a significant contribution to the MPMC through support of, or personal effort in, council activities or by their contributions to the Motorsports Marketplace as a whole.
  • The individual must have demonstrated their effort over a period of not less than 10 years.
  • The individual must be of the highest integrity, character and respect in our industry.
  • The individual may not be a sitting member of the MPMC select committee.
  • The individual may not be on the current year’s Hall of Fame Task Force.

PRO
Professional Restylers Organization

Manufacturer of the Year

The PRO Manufacturer of the Year has been established to honor an outstanding manufacturer in the restyling industry whose creativity, dignity, integrity, industriousness and accomplishments have enhanced the stature and growth of the industry within the aftermarket community.

Nat Danas Person of the Year

The PRO Person of the Year honors an individual within the restyling industry who has acted with a high degree of integrity and professionalism and has contributed to the general stature of the industry. Membership in and contribution to SEMA and PRO should be a primary consideration, with significant impact on the local level.

Restyler of the Year

The PRO Restyler of the Year recognizes those who have acted professionally and with a high degree of integrity. This award honors those who improve standards and promote trends that benefit the industry. This recipient has demonstrated knowledge of product lines and technical proficiency.

Jim Borré Lifetime Achievement Award

This award honors an outstanding individual in the restyling, trim or light-truck accessory industry who has made significant contributions toward the betterment of the aftermarket industry on both a local and national level. This individual represents the highest level of professionalism, service and integrity.

Manufacturer of the Year

Criteria

  • Manufacturer’s performance has made a significant impact on the national level, in accordance with the purpose above.
  • The manufacturer is currently in the industry and has been involved in the industry for a minimum of 10 years.
  • The manufacturer has acted in the industry with a high degree of integrity and professionalism and has contributed to the general stature of the industry.
  • The candidate has demonstrated knowledge of product lines and, where applicable, has demonstrated technical proficiency and/or pursued new marketing and sales strategies.
  • The manufacturer follows the PRO Code of Ethics.
  • The manufacturer has participated in the industry and continues to provide new products with cutting edge technology, and has a field sales force to work with all restylers on new marketing and sales strategies.
  • Membership in and a contribution to SEMA and PRO should be primary considerations for nomination and selection as an award recipient. However, at its discretion, the Awards Sub-committee may select an individual who is not a current SEMA and/or PRO member

Nat Danas Person of the Year

Criteria

  • Candidate’s contributions and/or candidate’s company performance must have had a significant impact on a local level, in accordance with the purpose above.
  • The candidate is currently in the industry and has been involved in the industry for a minimum of 5 years.
  • The candidate has acted in the industry with a high degree of integrity and professionalism and has contributed to the general stature of the industry.
  • The candidate has demonstrated knowledge of product lines and, where applicable, has demonstrated technical proficiency and/or pursued new marketing and sales strategies.
  • The candidate’s place of business reflects a professional image.
  • Membership in and a contribution to SEMA and PRO should be primary considerations for nomination and selection as an award recipient. However, at its discretion, the Awards Sub-committee may select an individual who is not a current member or SEMA and/or PRO.

Restyler of the Year

Criteria

  • Candidate’s contributions and/or candidate’s company performance must have had a significant impact on a local level, in accordance with the purpose above.
  • The candidate is currently in the industry and has been involved in the industry for a minimum of 5 years.
  • The candidate has acted in the industry with a high degree of integrity and professionalism and has contributed to the general stature of the industry.
  • The candidate has demonstrated knowledge of product lines and, where applicable, has demonstrated technical proficiency and/or pursued new marketing and sales strategies.
  • The candidate’s place of business reflects a professional image.
  • Membership in and a contribution to SEMA and PRO should be primary considerations for nomination and selection as an award recipient. However, at its discretion, the Awards Sub-committee may select an individual who is not a current SEMA and/or PRO member

Jim Borré Lifetime Achievement Award

Criteria

  • Candidate’s contributions, in accordance with the purpose stated above, must extend beyond the local level to the national level.
  • The candidate is, or has been, involved in the industry for a minimum of 10 years.
  • The candidate has made significant contributions toward enhancing technology, professionalism, dignity and the general stature of the industry.
  • The candidate has acted in the industry with a high degree of integrity and professionalism.
  • Membership in and a contribution to SEMA and PRO should be primary considerations for nomination and selection as an award recipient. However, at its discretion, the Awards Sub-committee may select an individual who is not a current SEMA and/or PRO member.

SBN
SEMA Businesswomen's Network

Woman of the Year Award

The SEMA Businesswomen’s Network Woman of the Year Award has been established to honor an industry woman for her outstanding achievements and contributions in the automotive aftermarket.

Rising Star Award

The Rising Star Award recognizes a woman under the age of 30 who is making significant strides in the advancement of her career in the automotive aftermarket along with paving the way for their peers.

Woman of the Year Award

Criteria

  • The Woman of the Year Award recipient should possess leadership, knowledge, expertise, and/or management abilities that have positively impacted the industry, be a mentor and/or role model and have active industry involvement.

Rising Star Award

Criteria

  • Candidate must be under the age of 30.
  • Must be making significant strides in advancing her career in the automotive aftermarket.
  • Must demonstrate a motivation to use all resources for career development including networking, education, leveraging the wisdom of others, along with any volunteer efforts within the industry.

WTC
Wheel and Tire Council

WTC Hall of Fame

The SEMA 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.

WTC Business of the Year

Criteria

  • Candidate’s contributions, in accordance with the purpose stated above, must extend beyond the local level to the national level.
  • The candidate is, or has been, involved in the industry for a minimum of 10 years and/or has made a significant impact that has improved the industry as a whole.
  • The candidate has made significant contributions toward enhancing technology, professionalism, dignity and the general stature of the industry.
  • The candidate has acted in the industry with a high degree of integrity and professionalism.
  • Membership in and a contribution to SEMA and WTC should be primary considerations for nomination and selection as an award recipient. However, at its discretion, the Awards Sub-committee may select an individual who is not a current SEMA and/or WTC member.

YEN
Young Executives Network

Vanguard Award

The Young Executives Network Vanguard Award is presented to the individual, business, organization or sanctioning body that has had a positive effect on a young executive’s career within the automotive industry.

Young Executive of the Year Award

The Young Executives Network Young Executive of the Year Award is presented to an individual who has had a positive impact on the industry.

Vanguard Award

Criteria

  • Must be a current or past member of SEMA (no age requirement).
  • Must have demonstrated exceptional service, integrity and business ethics.
  • The Vanguard Award is presented to a person, company or sanctioning body that has influenced the professional growth, and/or cultivation of talent for young executives through its actions, mentoring, visions and/or contributions for the past, present and future.

Young Executive of the Year Award

Criteria

  • Must be a member of the Young Executives Network and not a current member of the YEN Select Committee.
  • Must have demonstrated exceptional service, integrity, professional growth and business ethics throughout the last 12 months.
  • Must have demonstrated exemplary performance and/or provided growth for his/her company or industry through his/her actions, visions and/or contributions for the present and future.

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