Fostering The Next Generation

SEMA News—October 2017


By Juan Torres

Fostering The Next Generation

One of SEMA’s missions is to provide the automotive aftermarket with outstanding professional development and training resources. Through various programs, such as the SEMA Young Executives Network, SEMA Launch Pad and SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund, the association is helping to develop the industry’s next generation of leaders and innovators. To learn more about the results of some of these programs and initiatives, read the articles by the publications below.

Street Muscle Magazine

Street MuscleMichael Harding informed readers about SEMA’s efforts to recognize young builders as the future of the industry by creating the Young Guns regional program this year and partnering with regional car shows to send six builders 27 years old or younger to the 2017 SEMA Show.


San Gabriel Valley Tribune

SG Tribune

Hayley Munguia penned an article on SEMA’s Project Underdog, which teamed three students from California’s Alhambra Unified School District with actor Sung Kang to build a ’72 Ford Maverick that was unveiled at the 2016 SEMA Show.

GM Authority

GM Authority

Sean Szymkowski wrote about a ’67 Chevy Camaro that was built by WD-40, Neil Tjin and UTI instructors and was eventually auctioned off to benefit the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund, which awards scholarships to students in automotive academic disciplines.


Heard in Social Media

  • “Vote now! Help us select a finalist for the SEMA Battle of the Builders Young Guns!—Goodguys Rod & Custom Association, via Facebook

  • “SEMA is now accepting applications for 2017 automotive scholarships!”—Country Truck & Auto, via Twitter

  • “Amazing chance to show your car at SEMA 2017 Young Guns.”—Fast Muscle Car, via Twitter

  • “1972 Ford Maverick ‘Project Underdog’ might be the coolest car at SEMA.”—Autoweek, via Facebook


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