SEMA Hosts General Membership Meeting in Conjunction with Town Hall Meeting

More than 90 SEMA members and non-members attended the June 23 Town Hall and General Membership Meeting at Yakima Products Inc. in Lake Oswego, OR. Members had the chance to take a tour of their new facility, network with local industry leaders, and be a part of a facilitated discussion with SEMA’s Board of Directors, Chair-Elect Wade Kawasaki and CEO and president, Chris Kersting.

An engaged discussion followed after Chair-Elect, Wade Kawasaki kicked off the annual General Membership.

The discussion included the below Main topics:

Chris spoke about the ongoing efforts to combat the EPA’s proposed motorsports regulations which will prohibit vehicles from being modified for racing and performance. Chris reviewed that while over 160,000+ supporters have signed the petition, the next step to keep the motorsports industry thriving is to visit to let your congressmen know where you stand on the issue.

Mike Spagnola, VP of the SEMA Garage, spoke about new resources the garage offers to help members through the E.O. application process. SEMA recently brought on emissions lab manager Peter Treydte, who can help guide members through the long process of E.O. certification. He has helped some members go through the process within 24 hours. Get to know your SEMA Garage benefits and programs by visiting

Also addressed during the discussion was one of SEMA’s newest benefits Vehicles in Operation which our Director of Market Research addressed and highlighted that the data is free to SEMA members, they just need to fill out an inquiry found at

Thank you again to our gracious hosts at Yakima Products Inc. for hosting the 3rd Town Hall Meeting of 2016. If you want to learn more about SEMA’s Town Halls contact AJ Carney at 909-978-6697 or email at

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