Ed Attanasio

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Wednesday, 01 September 2021 13:34

Are Some Major Players Getting Cold Feet About SEMA?

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...SEMA is working hard to accommodate us, so we will keep everyone informed as soon as we know the details.”


Spanesi Americas COO Tim Morgan said opting out of SEMA wasn’t an easy decision.


"Out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of Spanesi's customers, distributors, business partners and staff, we have made the difficult decision not to participate in the 2021 SEMA Show," he said. “The SEMA Show is the cornerstone of our marketing activities. We always enjoy greeting our current and new customers every year in our booth.”


Unfortunately, given the current environment, Morgan’s decision to withdraw was inevitable, he said.


"We wish the entire automotive industry health and safety as we all continue to adapt our business operations. Spanesi has been a fixture at the SEMA Show since 2012, and we look forward to seeing everyone again in 2022 with a whole new booth and new equipment offerings.”


SEMA Vice President of Events Tom Gattuso firmly believes this year’s show will happen in early November.


"The landscape with the COVID pandemic is changing frequently,” he said. “Those changes, coupled with uncertainty with international travel, has caused some companies to have to make the decision to not attend the SEMA Show this year.


"We’re excited that we have five halls full of exhibitors confirmed, and tens of thousands of buyers already signed up to attend the upcoming SEMA Show. There is pent-up demand for an in-person event this year, and we are committed to providing the industry with the best Show yet," Gattuso continued. "In-person connections are important and valuable and something that cannot be replaced, and this year’s SEMA Show will offer unlimited business opportunities, new programs and features, and networking events that will set up businesses and attendees for future success."


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