One of the biggest challenges facing career professionals these days is finding balance in our excessively fast-paced world. We try to maximize each minute of every day, downing energy drinks to try to squeak out an extra hour wherever we can. We run ourselves too hard, stretching our time too thin. Stress always seems to be one of those “handle it tomorrow” problems. Many people in high-powered careers love the high energy of a fast-paced lifestyle.
Vic Bennett of Gantt-Thomas & Associates moves into the chair position of the Manufacturers’ Rep Network (MRN), and Nathan Kunzman of Kunzman and Associates has moved into the chair-elect position. The MRN is dedicated to providing a forum for manufacturers’ representatives with the purpose of increasing their impact on the industry, exploring issues of common interest and concern, creating new business opportunities for reps, and elevating the overall image of the profession.
The Emerging Trends & Technology Network (ETTN), a community of engineers, product developers, programmers, designers and company owners, has been one of the fastest-growing SEMA networks since its inception in 2013, reaching more than 100 members within the first six months. The foundation for this community is to identify, understand and communicate emerging trends and technologies to help members improve. The leadership of the group understands that, in today’s world, technology and automotive trends are ever evolving, and it can be difficult for professionals to stay up-to-date.
The annual SEMA Wheel & Tire Council (WTC) long-range planning meeting (LRP) was held in February at SEMA’s headquarters in Diamond Bar, California. The council gathered to clarify and discuss current projects and initiatives and to explore new possibilities.
For more than a decade, SEMA’s Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) has paid tribute to industry influencers who have made significant contributions to the growth and stature of the restyling industry. The PRO awards program was created to give back to the companies—and the individuals within those companies—who continuously break barriers with innovation, a vision for the future and the pursuit of excellence.
The Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) is unique among SEMA’s councils in that every company is a manufacturer. The MPMC’s primary objective is to provide solutions to the challenges that motorsports manufacturers face. Through programs and events, the MPMC membership gains valuable face time with the media, potential customers and fellow manufacturers.
The Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) will once again host its Media Preview at the 2016 SEMA Show. The event is designed to connect members of the media to LTAA-member companies that are spotlighting new products. The event traditionally attracts more than two dozen exhibitors and is open to all members of the media. The 2016 event will be held in the Media Center, located on the Sky Bridge in the Las Vegas Convention Center on Monday, October 31. Save the date!
The Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) will be hosting three events at the National Street Rod Association (NSRA) 2016 Nationals. The industry- and consumer-driven event will take place August 4–7 at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville. Those who are attending the nationals also have the opportunity to attend the HRIA Education Day, the alliance’s general membership meeting and the Hot Rod Builder’s Challenge. Full event details are available at www.sema.org/hria.
A love for cars, trucks and SUVs is the motivating force behind SEMA. This trade association consists of a diverse group of manufacturers, distributors, retailers, auto restorers, vehicle builders, restylers and more. SEMA’s mission statement is, “To help our members’ businesses grow and prosper.” This statement was adopted by the SEMA Board of Directors in 1992 and has driven the association ever since.
Members of the Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) showcase their vehicles throughout the SEMA Show each year to promote their products and expertise. LTAA recognizes a handful of amazing vehicles from member companies that have supported SEMA Cares charities during the year by featuring them either in the LTAA booth, on the Show floor or on the outdoor promenade between the South Hall and the Performance Pavilion. Here is an inside look at the LTAA feature vehicles that were at the 2015 SEMA Show, from the owners and builders.