“The Top 5 finalists will pitch their business to a panel of iconic industry judges, who will determine the winner of the top prize of $10,000, a turn-key exhibit space with premium placement at the 2020 SEMA Show and free promotional support,” said Ridnouer.

With nearly 25 years of event management experience, including eight years as SEMA director of trade shows, Tom Gattuso will lead the events team, guiding day-to-day planning, operations and execution, while working with all departments to support the association’s strategic vision.

The SEMA Hall of Fame is designed to honor the leaders, innovators, creators, and enthusiasts who transformed small, burgeoning businesses into an industry worth more than $43 billion annually.

(Nov. 1, 2018) — SEMA informed the NHTSA that it is prepared to challenge the agency in court if it fails to take immediate action to implement the low volume replica car law.

(Aug. 16, 2018) — SEMA’s Discount Shipping Program with UPS is now being managed by dedicated customer service specialists at Meridian One.

(Aug. 1, 2018) — The Education Program at the 2018 SEMA Show will offer more than 100 seminars aimed at helping auto-related business professionals sell more products and be more productive.

(July 3, 2018) — To qualify for the Young Guns designation at each of the regional shows, a builder must be 27 or younger by the final night of the SEMA Show, Nov. 2, 2018

(June 26, 2018) — “The SEMA Industry Awards are presented to a highly distinguished group of people and companies who have helped to inspire and motivate the aftermarket industry to greatness,” said Chris Kersting, SEMA.

(June 20, 2018) — “We urge the president and Congress to pursue trade infringements in a fashion that does not inflict unintended economic harm,” said SEMA President and CEO Christopher J. Kersting.

(June 12, 2018) — Builders who have a car or truck displayed at the 2018 SEMA Show can bring added exposure to their vehicles and the products that make their builds unique by entering the SEMA Battle of the Builders competition

(May 25, 2018) — While Kahn is a current SEMA board member who was re-elected onto the group, Eatherly has served as a past board member, and Lounsberry, Meyer, and Whipple will join as new SEMA board members.

(May 22, 2018) — Industry leaders stormed the halls of Congress to remind lawmakers of the cultural and economic importance of the automotive specialty equipment industry and motorsports, the release explained.

(may 15, 2018) — Registration for the 2018 SEMA Show is now open at The annual trade show for the automotive aftermarket is set for Tuesday-Friday, Oct. 30-Nov. 2, 2018, in Las Vegas.

(May 2, 2018) — Donnie Eatherly, Ed Pink and Chris Thomson will receive the industry’s highest honor and be inducted into the SEMA Hall of Fame.

(April 30, 2018) — Registration for the 2018 SEMA Show is now open at

(April 20, 2018) — SEMA Launch Pad is about discovering young leaders who have great automotive products,” said Launch Pad Task Force Chair Celina Ingargiola.

(March 29, 2018) — Fear of supply chain disruption beyond the metal market is now real as other nations consider retaliatory trade measures.

(March 22, 2018) — Manufacturers of air intakes, superchargers, exhaust systems and diesel auto parts can now test for emissions compliance at the SEMA Garage.

(March 7, 2018) — Voting will take place online between May 8 and May 22 and is open to current SEMA-member companies.

(Feb. 16, 2018) — – SEMA member companies are invited to connect with legislative officials and voice their concerns on issues that matter most to their businesses, during the 2018 SEMA Washington Rally on May 16.


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