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SEMA installation gala July 18

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DIAMOND BAR, Calif. (June 24, 2014) — The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) will honor leaders and volunteers from the automotive accessories industry during its annual SEMA installation gala, set for Friday, July 18.

The event — themed “Leaders and Legends” — will be held at the Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center in Pomona, Calif.      

Among individuals being recognized are the 2014 SEMA Hall of Fame inductees: Nile Cornelison, Jim Cozzie, John Menzler and Fred C. Offenhauser. Others include newly elected SEMA board members Greg Adler and Tim Martin, along with those concluding their term as SEMA board members, JR Moore and Steve Wolcott.

“We’re fortunate to have an industry filled with passionate, hard-working individuals,” said Chris Kersting, SEMA president and CEO. “And we’re even more fortunate to have volunteers who go above and beyond in assisting the industry. It’s our privilege to pay tribute to some of these amazing leaders during the upcoming SEMA Installation Gala.”

SEMA said the gala “will feature up-and-coming industry leaders as well as esteemed icons from the automotive accessories world.” The event will include dinner and a cocktail reception where the SEMA Pinewood Drag Races will take place. The race, which features more than 200 gravity-powered toy cars made of a block of wood, plastic wheels and metal axles, is a fundraiser for SEMA Cares, an industry group that supports various children charities.

Tickets to the SEMA Installation Gala are available on SEMA’s website or by contacting Jamie Eriksen at or calling 909-978-6737. Details about the SEMA Pinewood Drag Races are available from Susan Alfonso at or 909-978-6687.

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