By Kristopher Porter
Dick Hill (center) was honored as an MPMC Hall of Fame inductee at last year’s Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Performance Industry Reception.
Just weeks after the 2018 SEMA Show, MPMC members will pack their bags for Indianapolis for a week of exhibiting, customer meetings, networking and Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC)-sponsored educational seminars at the PRI Trade Show.
All MPMC members and those who are planning on attending the PRI Trade Show are encouraged to attend the following MPMC events during the week:
MPMC Manufacturers Forum
MPMC will host a meeting with performance manufacturers, Wednesday, December 5, from 3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Along with updates on the resources that MPMC uses to help performance manufacturers, this is a great opportunity to discuss challenges and solutions with fellow manufacturers. The MPMC select committee will provide an overview of its newly updated Business Guidelines Manual and seek feedback from meeting attendees on current topics such as Prop 65, steel and aluminum tariffs and how to find and keep employees.
Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Performance Industry Reception
The reception serves as an opportunity to close out the second day of the PRI Trade Show with an evening of networking with industry friends and colleagues. A highlight of this year’s event is the induction of three new members into the MPMC Hall of Fame. Open to all manufacturers and media, the event will feature hot hors d’oeuvres and drinks and provide an opportunity to mingle with the MPMC select committee, fellow manufacturers and this year’s MPMC Hall of Fame inductees.
The MPMC Hall of Fame honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the motorsports industry through their life’s work. It is the most prestigious award the council presents. This year’s Hall of Fame inductees are Steve Williams from K&N, Steve Whipple from Edelbrock and Marla Moore of Coker Tire. They are being honored for their tireless contributions to MPMC and the industry. The reception will take place Friday, December 7, from 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m., at the Indiana Convention Center.
Thursday, December 6
“The Future of the Performance Landscape, A Panel Discussion”
2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
NHRA and FoxSports personality Alan Reinhart will lead a panel of performance manufacturing experts in an interactive discussion about what the performance industry landscape could look like in the next five, 10 and 20 years.
Moderator: Alan Reinhart – NHRA and FoxSports
- Kirk Miller – AEM
- Rob Simmons – Edelbrock
- Shane Weckerly – Holley
- Kyle Fickler – Aeromotive
- Mike Spagnola – SEMA Garage
Friday, December 7
10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
“Marketing in 2019 and Beyond: It’s Different, But Here’s How to Succeed”
Martin and Co. Advertising will host a presentation about the changing landscape of marketing in the performance industry. Martin and Co. have a long history of helping companies maintain effective marketing strategies through the rapid pace of change in today’s world.
- Zan Martin – Martin & Co. Advertising
- Jeff Lee – Martin & Co. Advertising
- Kelly Hogan – Martin & Co. Advertising
- Matt Graves – American Powertrain
- Chad Reynolds – BangShift