YEN Selects New Chair-Elect

SEMA Member News—January 2019

YEN Selects New Chair-Elect

  YENIncoming Chair-elect Nick Caloroso exhibiting with Diode Dynamics during the 2018 SEMA Show.

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.

Nick Caloroso of Diode Dynamics threw his hat into the ring and was declared the new chair-elect. He will assume the position on July 1, when the current chair-elect, Kristin Stone of Radians, takes over as YEN chair. Rory Connell, head of Advanced Accessory Concepts, whose term as chair ends on June 30, will then serve as the immediate past chair.

“During my time as a YEN select committee member, I have assisted with a variety of programs—YEN social media, SEMA education, SEMA Scholarship Program judge,” Caloroso said, “I assumed responsibilities for key initiatives, including Launch Pad taskforce chair and awards taskforce, and made efforts to attend SEMA Town Hall and YEN networking events each year. Additionally, I’ve represented YEN during the Professional Restylers Organization’s long-range planning in 2018 and one of the first-ever SEMA field trip events in Kansas City. We’ve benefitted greatly from the efforts of previous YEN chairs and chairs-elect, and I believe I can build on the foundations we’ve already put in place.”

YEN Hosts Networking Event at PRI Trade Show

YENIncoming Chair-elect Nick Caloroso exhibiting with Diode Dynamics during the 2018 SEMA Show.  

As a network with more than 1,500 members comprised of the industry’s top young executives who represent all segments of the specialty-equipment market, YEN lives up to its name, hosting regional networking events throughout the year.

At the PRI Trade Show held in December in Indianapolis, YEN hosted its last networking event of 2018. Designed as an opportunity for young executives to interact, make new contacts and socialize, the event garnered positive reviews.

“It was bigger than expected, with about 35 people,” Caloroso said. “There was a diverse range of companies and people from different aspects of the industry. The whole purpose of these networking events is to bring people together from different segments and grow the industry’s personal exposure, emphasis and purpose of YEN. It never hurts to have more face-to-face interaction outside of an office setting and in a more relaxed atmosphere.”

About YEN

YEN’s mission is to cultivate young talent in the automotive aftermarket through implementation of education and networking. YEN does that by taking advantage of the resources available for virtual networking and in person at industry trade events.

YENsters are industry leaders who are 39 years of age or younger. They are entrepreneurs who lead top businesses and actively pursue higher levels of professionalism in the specialty-equipment market. The current membership roster represents some of the top technology, marketing and sales, operations and executive minds in the automotive industry.

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