SEMA Serves Its Members

SEMA Member News—January/February 2016

SEMA Serves Its Members

  SEMA Staff

The membership department includes (from left) Nathan Ridnouer, vice president of councils and membership; Gary Vigil, membership director; Gavin Knapp, director of market research; Marcela Ortega, customer service specialist/receptionist; Clayton Drescher, sr. manager, councils; Elizabeth Munoz, membership data coordinator; Timothy Johnson, membership data manager; Kristen Fregoso, marketing coordinator, member services; Lindsay Bianco, sr. manager, member projects; Katie Carson, coordinator, member services; Bryan Harrison, director, networks; Andrea “AJ” Carney, sr. manager, membership; Byron Bergmann, education coordinator; Jim Skelly, director, councils; Zane Clark, director of education; and Juliet Marshall, education manager.


SEMA’s mission is to help its members’ businesses succeed and prosper. The membership, education, research and council departments at the association take that to heart in everything they do. They are there to serve you.

Have you ever wondered who to contact at SEMA for industry buying patterns, business solutions or how to become more involved in the industry? Here are the people in each department whom you can contact with your questions. SEMA is made up of dedicated, passionate individuals who are there to support you and provide tools to successfully grow your business.


By becoming a SEMA member, you gain access to a global network that shares the same passion for the automotive aftermarket industry.

Some of the questions the membership department can help you with include:

  • How do I join SEMA?
  • How can SEMA membership help my company?
  • How much is my SEMA membership going to cost?
  • How do I update my company information?
  • What SEMA events are held during the year?

The following contacts at SEMA can provide information about the association’s programs and benefits:


SEMA invests in its members and the future employees of the industry. The association also believes in the power of people inspiring people.

Some of the questions the education department can help you with include:

  • How do I become a speaker at a SEMA event?
  • What professional development programs does SEMA offer?
  • How can SEMA connect my company with potential employees?
  • What does SEMA have to offer students and faculty?
  • How do I apply for a SEMA Scholarship or a Loan Forgiveness Award?

For questions about SEMA’s education benefits and programs, contact:


The automotive specialty-equipment industry is ever evolving and changing. The research team makes it possible for members to receive the latest market trends and statistics.

Market Research can help you with the following questions:

  • How big is the specialty-equipment market?
  • How do enthusiasts shop for parts?
  • How many people are buying parts online?
  • How many race cars are on U.S. tracks?
  • Who can help me find data on my market?

For more information about the programs and services provided by the research department, contact Director of Market Research Gavin Knapp at or 909-978-6712.


By volunteering your time and joining a SEMA council or network, you have the opportunity to gain leadership experience, increase the size of your contact list, receive personal and company recognition, increase your industry knowledge and guide SEMA resources that effect real change. SEMA staff can provide a wealth of information, including answers to these questions:

  • How can I make personal and professional connections with others in my market?
  • How can my voice and ideas be heard?
  • When is the next big industry event?
  • How much does it cost to join a council or network?

For more information about SEMA’s 10 councils and networks, contact one of the following team members:

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