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A Few Words From the Chairman

On July 26, I begin a two-year term as SEMA Chairman. I am focused on improving SEMA and helping our association provide solutions to help our members solve problems. There are many SEMA programs that benefit our member businesses, and most of them are explained regularly in our magazines and newsletters.


2019 SEMA Membership Roster

SEMA provides its nearly 7,000 companies a plethora of benefits, including access to the SEMA Garage; industry-leading market research; education; world class trade shows; networking opportunities; a regulatory and advocacy program to fight for industry-friendly legislation in Washington, D.C.; international programs to reach potential overseas customers; and more. Whether you're a manufacturer, retailer, jobber, distributor, rep or installer, SEMA has something to offer everyone. For more information, visit

Melanie White: SEMA Person of the Year

Among the several distinguished honors bestowed at the annual SEMA Show Industry Awards Banquet, the Person of the Year award stands as perhaps the most prestigious. More than their own personal or career achievements, individuals who have received the award were selected in recognition of their tremendous service and contributions to the industry in advancing the success of the entire marketplace. At the recent 2018 SEMA Show ceremonies held in Las Vegas on Thursday night, November 1, the association named Melanie White of Hellwig Products as its 2018 Person of the Year.

Meet the 2018–2019 SEMA Board of Directors

SEMA is governed by a Board of Directors, with directors nominated and elected by the trade association’s membership at large. Directors serve three-year terms, while the chairman-elect automatically assumes the role of chairman after completing a two-year term. The 2018–2019 Board was recently empaneled at the annual SEMA Installation & Gala, held July 20, 2018, at the Hilton Los Angeles, Universal City, California.

A Message From Roy Littlefield

Roy LittlefieldOn behalf of the Tire Industry Association (TIA), it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2018 Global Tire Expo (GTE)—Powered by TIA and the SEMA Show in the wonderful city of Las Vegas. We are confident that our partner, SEMA, has worked tirelessly to bring another successful four-day event for all car and tire enthusiasts to enjoy.

A Message From Wade Kawasaki

Wade KawasakiWelcome to the 2018 SEMA Show, now in its 52nd year! This is where we get to see the newest products, vehicles and innovations that the automotive world has to offer. The industry is growing—now valued at $43 billion—and our research forecasts the upward trend will continue as we head into 2019. As your association chairman, I’m excited to welcome you to the place where passion meets progress in our industry, and I’m confident in saying that success starts here.

2018 SEMA Hall of Fame

Success looks different for everyone—and that is certainly true for this year’s SEMA Hall of Fame inductees. Donnie Eatherly, Ed Pink and Chris Thomson have distinct backgrounds, aptitudes and professional paths, but they have each built a flourishing career doing something that makes them happy.


2018 SEMA Board of Directors Announced

Donnie EatherlyThe results of the 2018 SEMA Board of Directors election are in, with Donnie Eatherly from P&E Distributors Inc., Dan Kahn from Kahn Media Inc., Brian Lounsberry from Motovicity Distribution, Dr. Jamie Meyer from General Motors, and Steve Whipple from Edelbrock LLC elected to serve. Kahn is a current SEMA Board member who was re-elected to the group; Eatherly has served as a past Board member; and Lounsberry, Meyer and Whipple will join as new SEMA Board members.

2018 SEMA Board of Directors Election

Eight candidates are running for positions on the 2018–2021 SEMA Board of Directors. This year, five seats are open in the manufacturers, distributors/retailers and services categories. Voting will take place online May 8–22 and is open to current SEMA-member companies. Votes must be cast by each company’s primary contact. Election information and a ballot participation code went out to members via postal mail at the end of April.


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