SEMA members are invited and encouraged to increase their involvement and participation in the industry by volunteering for a leadership role. Volunteers are vital to shaping the industry and addressing issues or concerns. When you raise your hand to volunteer, you'll receive leadership development training and work with SEMA staff to build community within your market segment or group, create awareness with legislative leaders, identify challenges and develop solutions to strengthen the industry. Most of all, you will be contributing to and be a part of something bigger.
Each SEMA Council and Network is led by a Select Committee, small groups of volunteers who are elected by the council or network they represent. The Select Committee meets throughout the year to develop programs, events, education opportunities and other resources that will be of value to its council or network membership.
Volunteers serving on a Select Committee possess strong strategic planning skills, have significant aftermarket knowledge and experience, and a passion for giving back to their industry. It's a great way to connect with other leaders in specific market segments, address pressing issues or concerns, make a positive difference and have fun with other like-minded individuals.
Elected Select Committee members serve a minimum of a two-year term. In order to be considered as a candidate, you must be employed by a current SEMA member company and be a member of the council or network in which you are interested in volunteering.
Joanna Agosta Shere, Steel Rubber Products- ARMO
"Volunteering for a SEMA Council Select Committee gives you a window into the industry and allows you to impact the direction of the organization. Personally, I have grown industry connections and learned a lot from my fellow members to better my organization and myself."
Todd Steen, Jackson Marketing Group- WTC
"I think people would agree that volunteering with SEMA can offer you an opportunity to meet new people, grow your network and form some solid relationships that can have a lasting impact on your career. But I also believe volunteering offers us a chance to hone our skills, learn something from the other side of the coin we've been chasing and gain a new perspective on our industry."
Gabe Hall, Magnaflow- ETTN
"I volunteer my time to a SEMA select committee mainly because of my passion and love for the industry. I want to do my part to give back and help pave the future for upcoming designers and engineers. Working and collaborating with fellow industry colleagues is super beneficial for my growth in the industry and my own personal knowledge. Also, it's important to me to represent and give recognition to a company like MagnaFlow, who shares my passion for the automotive industry."
Ellen McKoy, EMK Marketing- PRO
"Volunteers are the backbone of SEMA councils and networks, and serving on a select committee is a very rewarding experience. It offers a unique opportunity to collaborate with likeminded colleagues on issues that influence your specific industry segment, and play a key role in helping your council/network achieve its goals. It's also an opportunity to learn from others, share ideas, form lasting friendships, and have a positive impact on your market niche."
Jeremy Headlee, UTV Source LLC- YEN
"I volunteer my time with SEMA and the Young Executives Network to gain a better understanding of the inner-workings of the automotive aftermarket industry, identify challenges and opportunities on the horizon, and to play a part in where this industry is headed in the future. I consider serving on behalf of YEN an honor, and hope that we can continue to effectively engage the youth to bring new ideas and young talent to the table."
Lana Chrisman, Lions Automobilia Foundation- SBN
"Volunteering on the SEMA Businesswomen's Network has connected me with progressive thinkers focused on leading our industry to the next level."
Jonathan Barber, Bob Cook Sales- YEN
"SEMA has opened doors for me to help advance my professional career through the years. Now, I'm grateful to be able to volunteer on a Select Committee to help give back, educate, create pathways for success, and assist others in the industry become better professionals."
Allison Harding, Vintage Air- SBN
"SEMA has been essential in helping me build my network in an industry that can be dauntingly huge and geographically widespread. Joining a Select Committee has been the perfect way to get involved, meet new people, and make a difference for women in the industry."
BJ Leanse, Go Rhino/Big Country- PRO
"SEMA is a direct reflection of our Industry and very much like a diamond; the deeper you look, the more facets you see. The resources, benefits and opportunities SEMA provides really begin when you get in gear and engage and when you do, buckle up and enjoy the ride."