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Ed Attanasio

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Thursday, 06 May 2021 23:08

SEMA Virtual Town Hall Delivers Good News for Industry

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SEMA Vice President of Events Tom Gattuso anticipates SEMA 2021 will be back in full force, Nov. 2-5, as outlined at a Virtual Town Hall held in early May. SEMA Vice President of Events Tom Gattuso anticipates SEMA 2021 will be back in full force, Nov. 2-5, as outlined at a Virtual Town Hall held in early May.

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When this year’s SEMA Show takes place Nov. 2-5, it will have been three full years before the industry re-convened in Las Vegas. What will it look like as we enter this new “normal” period, and should we start making plans to attend or exhibit now?

In the past SEMA would travel annually to several different cities and hold Town Hall events to meet personally with people from the industry and share ideas and concerns. But that hasn’t been possible since the pandemic began, so on May 4, SEMA hosted a 45-minute Virtual Town Hall, which they described as “the next best thing.”

 

SEMA staff shared firsthand details about the industry’s most pressing issues, and answered questions from viewers live during the event.

 

SEMA Chairman Tim Martin opened the Town Hall meeting and stressed the organization isn’t going to be dissuaded by uncertain times and protocols that can change rapidly. Last year, the SEMA board and staff joined the rest of the world and went into an adapt mode, with the goal of providing timely resources and information to its members, he said.

“The current national trends for COVID recovery have our industry on track for a strong finish in 2021, and we’re feeling positive about our prospects for 2022,” Martin said. “We really have come far as an industry and as an association. I want to assure our SEMA members that this board and our employees will be stepping up more now than ever before to deliver services and tools to our membership.”

 

Among the topics discussed were the 2021 SEMA Show, EPA Emissions Enforcement SEMA Compliance Services, 2021 PRI Show/PRI membership and the brand-new SEMA Garage in the Detroit area.

 

A SEMA update from Vice President of Events Tom Gattuso followed Martin’s opening statements.

 

First, he talked about the new West Hall added to the Las Vegas Convention Center and now in full operation. It’s an $890 million, 500,000-square foot expansion, the 54th in the convention center's history, built to...


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