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SEMA eNews, Vol. 23, No. 19

Looking Ahead: What We Can Count On
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SEMA eNews

Vol. 23, No. 19
May 7, 2020


Looking Ahead: What We Can Count On


Currently the industry is making tremendous adjustments, not only to our businesses but also to our personal lives.


 ‌ // Breaking News            

U.S. Government Publishes Guidance on Cleaning and Disinfecting to Reduce COVID-19 Risks

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) have published comprehensive guidance to ensure cleanliness and safety as Americans reopen businesses, schools, homes and public spaces.

SEMA Show Space Selection Underway: View the Online Floorplan

Watch the 2020 SEMA Show take shape by viewing the online floorplan, which is updated every 30 minutes.

SEMA Inducts Four Industry Leaders Into the SEMA Hall of Fame

Rich Barsamian, Jack Chisenhall, John Gaines, and Joe St. Lawrence will receive the specialty-equipment industry's highest honor as the newest members of the SEMA Hall of Fame.

Coronavirus: Company-by-Company Response and Status

The following are examples of how several automotive specialty-equipment companies are responding to this unprecedented event.

SEMA Call to Action: SEMA Board Elections

SEMA has partnered with Survey & Ballot Systems (SBS) to administer the 2020 SEMA Board of Directors election.

California Relaxes Stay-at-Home Order

California Governor Gavin Newsom announced this week that some retail businesses will be allowed to reopen under the state's previously announced plan to restart its economy.

Modified UTV That Debuted at 2019 SEMA Show Available for Auction

The upgraded Honda Talon 1000R that made headlines after debuting at the 2019 SEMA Show is going on the auction block online through Bring a Trailer on May 18.


 ‌ // Business Tools            

Go Rhino Talks Staying Safe and Serving Customers

Go Rhino Director of Sales and Marketing Dave Williams recently spoke to SEMA News about staying safe, while still serving customers.

Everything You Need For Landing Your Next Job in the Automotive Industry

Since 2016, the SEMA Career Center has provided automotive job candidates with resources, including career coaching, resume writing, business etiquette best practices and more.

SEMA News 35 Under 35: Help Us Recognize Industry's Rising Stars

If you know a leader who is age 35 or younger as of September 1, 2020—whether they are in manufacturing and design, marketing, retail, events and media, or distribution—we would like to hear from you.

Online Webinar Series: How to Come Out of the Pandemic Stronger Than Before

SEMA Education has partnered with Mike Brown, founder and CEO of the Brainzooming Group, to host a free six-part webinar series filled with tips and strategies to help SEMA members communicate, respond and plan for the changes resulting from the Coronavirus.

Webinar: Cost Management Techniques to Help SEMA Members Recover From Lost Revenue

The half-hour webinar is part four of SEMA's Jumpstart Business Operations Webinar Series.

Job-Hunting? Top Automotive Jobs Here

The SEMA Career Center has a comprehensive listing of automotive-related job openings around the country.


 ‌ // New Products & Technology

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Spy Shots—VW Golf R Undisguised

Here's a best look at the next-generation Volkswagen Golf R spotted doing some test runs at the German Nürburgring race circuit.

New Products From Flex-A-Lite, Sinister Diesel, Flowmaster and More

SEMA eNews highlights products from member-companies each week.


 ‌ // Law & Order                 

Pennsylvania Introduces Legislation to Allow Motorsports to Resume

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives introduced SEMA-supported legislation (H.B. 2489) that would allow outdoor recreational activities, including motorsports, to resume immediately under certain conditions.


 ‌ // People, Places & Racing

Racing News: NHRA Announces Revised Plan to Restart 2020 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series

Racing news from across the motorsports industry.

Best of SEMA Video Archives: Every Day Dirt's Fred Williams, InZanity and SEMA's F-250

This week's video features interviews with 2018 Battle of the Builders judge Fred Williams, 2018 BOTB Young Gun Winner Kyle Kuhnhausen and the SEMA Cares Ford F-250.

SEMA "She Is" Member Spotlight: Courtney Crone of Courtney Crone Racing

Courtney Crone is a professional Formula 4 racer who is best known for winning multiple titles and championships in the open-wheel racing scene, including three wins with multiple pole positions in the Brad Hayes Racing team Piper Race Car in 2019.

Hanging With the Hall of Fame—Matt Agosta

Matteo Agosta was born in Trapani, Sicily, Italy, before moving to a location in the United States that was a foreshadowing of his future: Detroit.

Auto Club Famoso Raceway and Stith Printing Inc. Partner for "National Day of Nitro"

The day will consist of nitro-burning engines being fired up throughout the day, and it will all be streamed live on Famoso Raceway's Facebook page and on

TORA Volunteer Spotlight: Rick Hermann of WeatherTech

As an experienced automotive aftermarket sales director, Rick Hermann is active in giving back to TORA and the industry through his business skills, knowledge and continuous volunteer efforts within the council.

Movers & Shakers: Stinger Chemical Donates Sanitizing Products to Houston Fire Department

News and updates from Stinger Chemical, 4 Wheel Parts, Hopkins Manufacturing Corp., Adam's Polishes and more.


 ‌ // Shows & Events           

The Virtual Young Guns Competition Continues to Build Momentum

SEMA held its second Virtual Young Guns competition April 18, and awarded Jacob Griffin of Escondido, California, the Golden Ticket for his work on a '00 Ford F-350 Dually.

Four Tips To Help SEMA Show Exhibitors Increase Media Coverage

As exhibitors select their booth space this month, media are beginning to follow along and report on the new products and trends that will debut.

SEMA Show STAGE: 2012 SEMA Person of the Year Marla Moore Shares Personal Stories

Coined as one of the industry's most active volunteers and leaders, Moore shares personal stories about how she entered the automotive industry and her reaction to being inducted into the SEMA Hall of Fame.

Exhibitors: Booth Applications Still Being Accepted

It's not too late to apply for a 2020 SEMA Show booth.

Mark Your Calendars

Dates and locations have been scheduled for several upcoming SEMA-sponsored shows, measuring sessions and activities.


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