The four-day-long event kicked off today. During the week, attendees will have the opportunity to walk through 1.2 million net square feet of exhibit space and an additional one million square feet of features and attractions from 2,400 exhibiting companies.
Today, showgoers were able to meet automotive celebrities, including Wayne Carini, Chip Foose, Dave Kindig and Richard Rawlings.
One of the highlights of the show is the New Products Breakfast held the first day of SEMA. The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) received the award for Best New Collison Repair & Refinish Product for its newly launched Complete Guide to Repair Planning - Blueprinting Optimization Tool. GUNIWHEEL received the runner-up award. Look for a detailed article by Ed Attanasio about the award winners in the next issue of Autobody News.
The SCRS Repairer Driven Education (RDE) Series sessions were held throughout the day. Dave Smith of Auto Damage Experts talked about completing thorough and workmanlike repairs and Lee Rush from Sherwin-Williams Automotive Refinish held a session titled, “Sick and tired of collision management the old way?” In addition, Brett Steele of Podium talked about why collision centers should be texting.
Held in conjunction with the SEMA Show is the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) meeting. CIC Chairman Jeff Peevy has set aside an empty chair at each meeting to represent the consumer. Today, he filled that empty chair with special guests Marcia and Matthew Seebachan. The Seebachans were the owners of the Honda Fit vehicle that was in the accident that resulted in a $42 million lawsuit. Peevy, and his wife, Marie, interviewed the Seebachans about their experience and the human impact of poor repair decisions.