By Jenny Galvan
SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting led a Q&A during the recent Town Hall Meeting at K&N Engineering Inc.
SEMA’s 2018 Town Hall series officially kicked off February 27, in Riverside, California, at K&N Engineering Inc., with 204 SEMA members and non-members in attendance. Members had the chance to network with local industry leaders and participate in a Q&A with SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting and SEMA Board of Directors Chair-elect and K&N Vice President Tim Martin.
Town hall attendees had the opportunity to network with each other and dozens of SEMA representatives, who were positioned throughout the reception area. SEMA Membership Director Gary Vigil, Senior Education Director Zane Clark, Vice President of OEM and Product Development Mike Spagnola and SEMA Data Co-op Membership Manager Tim Stewart led their stations in discussions about their respective areas of expertise.
As the evening progressed, Kersting and Martin proceeded with the evening’s schedule. During his opening speech, Kersting touched upon several topics, including the history of SEMA, councils and networks and the various resources available to SEMA members.
During the Q&A, Kersting and Martin answered attendee questions. Main topics covered included the following:
- EPA Regulation/RPM Act
- The SEMA Garage Emissions Lab
- Youth Involvement Initiatives
- SEMA Scholarship Fund
- Councils and Networks
Other speakers throughout the night included Clark, who provided information on SEMA scholarships, and SEMA Garage Compliance Center Manager Peter Treydte, who shed light upon emissions compliance.