SEMA eNews Vol. 17, No. 33, August 14, 2014

SEMA Council & Network News: MPMC Media Trade Conference Manufacturer Registration Now Open

Strengthen Your Company Through Community

No matter what niche you're in—rods, restoration, racing, restyling, reps, trucks or wheels and tires—there's a SEMA council or professional network that's right for your company. SEMA councils and networks offer members a variety of niche-specific programs and activities designed to provide educational and networking opportunities while promoting their particular market segment.

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MPMC Media Trade Conference Manufacturer Registration Now Open

The Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) Media Trade Conference is a truly unique event that brings together editorial staff from all over the world with racing and high-performance parts manufacturers for three days of face-to-face, 30-minute meetings. Nowhere else does a manufacturer have the opportunity to meet with automotive editors in as many as 42 in-person meetings.

Exhibitor Registration for the 2015 MPMC Media Trade Conference is open now through September 5, 2014. Only 100 spots are available, and participants will be chosen using a random number lottery system. Manufacturers who submitted an application but were not selected for the 2014 event are automatically guaranteed a spot in the 2015 event if they submit a new application by the deadline of September 5, 2014. Exhibitor selection is available only for MPMC-member companies.

Media Registration will open in October 2014. For media inquiries, contact Della Domingo at, 909-978-6723.

Not an MPMC member? Join today. MPMC members must manufacture parts used in sanctioned motorsports events, and all applications for membership are subject to review.

For general or exhibitor inquiries, contact Lindsay Bianco at, 909-978-6692.

Register now

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Save the Date for the TORA Industry Awards Reception

The Truck and Off-Road Alliance (TORA) Industry Awards Reception will be held November 5, 2014, from 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. at the Westgate, Ballroom C, in Las Vegas. Open to all employees of TORA-member companies and prospective members, the TORA Industry Awards Reception will feature networking opportunities and three awards presentations—the TORA Hall of Fame, TORA Retailer of the Year and TORA Ron Webster Memorial Award for Engineering Excellence.

For more information, contact Clayton Drescher at 909-978-6696,

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During the SEMA Speed Networking Breakfast, attendees can have quality conversations, exchange business cards with dozens of new contacts, network with industry leaders and ignite new business alliances in a matter of minutes.

Join SBN for the Most Talked About Event at the SEMA Show

By Rose Kawasaki

The SEMA Speed Networking Breakfast, powered by the SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN) continues to grow in scope and popularity as it gathers participants from all over the world looking to widen their circle of industry contacts, knowledge and enhance their businesses.

This is the only place during the SEMA Show where attendees can have quality conversations, exchange business cards with dozens of new contacts, network with industry leaders and ignite new business alliances in a matter of minutes. Called “the most talked about event at the SEMA Show” by PowerTV, the Speed Networking Breakfast has been sold out every year for the past five years. Catch a glimpse of last year’s event.

Please join SBN, Thursday, November 6, from 7:00 p.m.–9:00 a.m. in Ballroom A at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino (formerly the LVH). These will undoubtedly be the most exciting and resourceful hours you will spend at the Show. During breakfast, SBN will acknowledge the 2014 Athena Awards recipients and introduce the Select Committee members. Participants will then move to the networking room where the magic begins. Everyone will have the opportunity to engage in face-to-face networking sessions with the purpose of making introductions and exchanging contact information. After a few minutes, everyone moves one seat over to meet the next person—it’s power networking at its finest.

Don’t wait. We all know how busy we can get as the SEMA Show nears. Buy tickets today through your SEMA Show dashboard. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Attendance is limited to 150 participants. The cost is $35 for SEMA members and $49 for non-members and includes a hot breakfast. 

For additional information, please contact Bryan Harrison at or 909-978-6691.


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Save the Date for the WTC Industry Awards Reception

The Wheel & Tire Council (WTC) will hold its annual Industry Awards Reception, November 4, 2014, from 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m at the Renaissance Hotel Pool in Las Vegas. The reception, open to all employees of WTC-member companies and prospective members, will feature networking opportunities and an award presentation for the WTC Hall of Fame.

For more information, contact Clayton Drescher at 909-978-6696,

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Jonathan Mill, 2013 SEMA Launch Pad winner, pitches his business, E-Stopp, to the judging panel.

SEMA Launch Pad Competitors Announced

By Bryan Harrison

From a large pool of competitors, the top 10 young automotive entrepreneurs have been named in the second-annual SEMA Launch Pad Presented by YEN competition.

Representing new innovative products and services in the specialty automotive aftermarket, these next-gen automotive leaders are looking for a big break to launch their business to the next level.

In this next step of the competition, you can decide the fate of the top five competitors who will advance to a live competition at the SEMA Show. Watch their short business pitches on YouTube and vote today.

Your vote will decide the five competitors who will pitch their business to a celebrity judging panel at the SEMA Show, including automotive industry juggernauts Doug Evans, Ron Coleman, Jessi Combs, Mark Arcenal and Glenn Rogers. The winner will receive a grand prize to launch their business to the next level.

Voting ends September 5, with the live on-stage competition occurring November 5, from 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. in the SEMA Show Super Session Room N258 (second floor, North Hall). Lunch will be provided to the first 125 attendees.

Top 10 SEMA Launch Pad Competitors – Vote now!

Samuel Giles   Intellectual Capital Consulting Ltd.   Blackhawk RES
Kirk Lucas   LumaIII   Aurora, LED Attachment For Spray Guns
Roger Peterson   MG Research LLC   The Enthusiast App
Ian Lehn   BOOSTane   BOOSTane, Octane Engineering
Joe Gomez   GZC Wheels   Mobile Rim Finder
Jeffrey Lee   Hammerhead Housings LLC   HammerHead IRS
D.J. Potter   Rocky Mountain Tonneau LLC   Wasatch Tonneau
Shawn Chartier   Custom Offsets LLC   Online Custom Wheel Fitment System
Sarah Park   The Hybrid Haven   The Hybrid Haven Franchise System
Jack Zampolin   RightPSI Inc.   RightPSI
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