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Ed Attanasio

Ed Attanasio is an automotive journalist based in San Francisco. Ed enjoys sports of all kinds and is a part time stand-up comedian.

 

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Tuesday, 10 August 2021 18:15

New Hall, New Beginning, New SEMA Show

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SEMA’s Vice President of Events Tom Gattuso is working day and night with his team to ensure the safety of this year’s show, Nov. 2-5 in Las Vegas. SEMA’s Vice President of Events Tom Gattuso is working day and night with his team to ensure the safety of this year’s show, Nov. 2-5 in Las Vegas.

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In 2020, SEMA had to reinvent itself, and the result was SEMA360, a completely virtual show that performed surprisingly well despite all the obstacles.

It was a noble experiment during highly uncertain times, but SEMA’s Vice President of Events Tom Gattuso and his team were able to save the event by quickly pivoting and literally saving the day.

 

In 2017, the show took place 30 days after the tragedy of Mandalay Bay, so Gattuso is not unfamiliar with last minute changes, and this year will undoubtedly be more of the same.

 

Autobody News spoke to Gattuso about the upcoming 2021 SEMA Show.

 

There’s a buzz about the new West Hall, a 1.4 million-square foot addition to the Las Vegas Convention Center. How will it affect collision repair-related exhibitors and attendees?

 

This year, things are less uncertain, but new considerations and special circumstances are still present that can affect the show. West Hall was an expansion project which had plans to start construction as early as 2017. So, we have been conducting scenario plans on how to manage our use of that facility for the last four years.

 

We got lucky because when the pandemic hit, the expansion was already underway and fully funded. So, we knew that we were going to use this new space this year, to expand our total campus and allow us the opportunity to make our floor a little more efficient to navigate for our attendees and really make a great presentation to the industry.

 

Is the collision repair section going to move for 2021?

 

Yes, the collision and tools companies are going to be located in the Upper South Hall this year. The addition of West Hall gave us the opportunity to...


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