YEN: Rewarding Young Ambition

SEMA Member News—January/February 2016

YEN: Rewarding Young Ambition

YEN Reception

  YEN Vanguard Award
The 2015 Vanguard award was presented to Kathryn Reinhardt (right) of MagnaFlow. Reinhardt was joined on stage by SEMA Director of Networks Bryan Harrison.

The Young Executives Network (YEN) hosted a networking-focused reception on Tuesday, November 3, during the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The event featured personality-trait stations designed to spark conversations with like-minded individuals. Guests not only formed new business relationships and created great memories but also took part in honoring two individuals who received YEN’s annual awards.

Vanguard Award

The YEN Vanguard award is presented to an individual, business, organization or sanctioning body that has had a positive effect on a young executive’s career within the automotive industry. The 2015 Vanguard award was presented to Kathryn Reinhardt of MagnaFlow.

Reinhardt has been a SEMA volunteer for a number of years. She is a valuable asset to the MagnaFlow team and serves as a mentor to others within the organization. She takes on every project with diligence, urgency and accuracy. She is a team player and constantly provides leadership to her team.

Reinhardt has also volunteered with the SEMA Cares group for years and gives her time to the Pinewood Derby races annually to help raise thousands of dollars to support children in need. She is a strong advocate for the next generations and participates in SEMA’s intern programs, writing letters of recommendation and attending SEMA Cares charity functions. Reinhardt was recognized for her commitment to not only MagnaFlow but also to SEMA and the aftermarket industry.

Young Executive of the Year

YEN Young Executive of the Year
Jared Chavez of MagnaFlow was recognized as the YEN Young Executive of the Year for 2015.

The YEN Young Executive of the Year award is presented to an individual who has had a positive impact on the industry. The Young Executive of the Year for 2015 is Jared Chavez of MagnaFlow.

Chavez has been very active over the past 12 months. Not only did he help grow MagnaFlow as a next-generation company, but he also served as a volunteer within YEN. He is currently the networking task force chair and is a newly appointed select-committee member.

When at events, he is proactive in connecting with everyone from vendors to young enthusiasts, offering to help them in any way he can. He is never out of fresh ideas and always gives them freely. Chavez was on the power task force and was in constant contact when most needed.

YEN General Membership Meeting

YEN’s general membership meeting, held at the 2015 SEMA Show, broke attendance records. Current and prospective Yensters enjoyed snacks and beverages while listening to the network’s leadership report highlights of the year and the organization’s goals for 2016. The group was led in discussions covering key topics such as the YEN annual reception, the SEMA Launch Pad program, YEN Power Tour, YEN networking events, the member-resource pool and industry challenges and opportunities.

Launch Pad

YEN hosted the third annual Launch Pad at the SEMA Show, where innovators, inventors and entrepreneurs under the age of 40 were able to showcase their products and services. The grand-prize winner received a package of services that will help him to launch his business to the next level, including a booth at next year’s SEMA Show to formally introduce his product to the industry.

The competition began in July 2015, and the five finalist were presented to a judging panel made up of industry leaders at the 2015 SEMA Show. The finalists included Aleksandr Basalilov, co-founder and COO of Parts Detect; Jeff Lee, vice president of marketing/co-founder of HammerHead IRS; Roger Peterson, founder and CEO of MG Research LLC; Todd Purcell, co-president of Superior Industrial Threads; and Robert Vogt, CTO of Voyomotive.

Vogt won the 2015 YEN Launch Pad after presenting his plug-in connected-car platform to the judging panel. Voyo links the driver’s car to the cloud using a cell phone. Congratulations to Vogt and to all of the contestants.

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