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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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...reconfigure some of our sections and realign some of them, which enabled us to combine business categories that we think will complement each other well, as well as allowing for growth in the future.

 

So, when we reassigned some of the show’s sections, the collision and tools categories were partnered together because of their affinity for each other, and moved them up to the Upper South Hall. It worked out very well, because we can use the adjacent meeting rooms located there for our collision-specific programming.

 

Everything you need---products, exhibitors, educational offerings---will be right there conveniently located in close proximity. This way, both our attendees and exhibitors can be more efficient and get more business done during the four days of SEMA.

 

The beauty of what we have set up is the fact that our tools and collision sections are right above the wheel and tire sections. Those four sections align very well and are directly adjacent to the Renaissance Hotel. Our hope is that people will be able to have a home base during the show, so that they can cover more and have a better experience.

 

Overall, the new West Hall has allowed us to spread out our campus and make navigation easier while allowing us to showcase some of the finest aspects of the collision repair industry.

 

Who will be there and who won’t?

 

One of the main changes this year will be the fact that international companies without a pathway in the U.S. will have less levels of participation as compared to the past. Conversely, we’re getting a ton of support domestically, so it depends on the company and what their travel plans are, but for the most part, we’re going to have a robust show that will be well-attended and well-received.

 

All of the big OEs that have attended in the past are back and most of...