WASHINGTON (May 25, 2006) — The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) said 110 of its members — a record number — participated in the trade group's 10th anniversary “Salute to the Automotive Performance and Motorsports Industry” event held last week in Washington.
SEMA said this year's salute “represents a phenomenal growth for the program, with the number of participating SEMA members nearly doubling” from the previous year's rally. The event “gives participants a rare opportunity to meet and develop strong, positive relationships with key elected officials,” the Diamond Bar, Calif.-based trade association added.
For the first time ever, 48 SEMA members met with legislators from their districts in a series of visits to Congressional offices. With up to three SEMA members participating from a district, the visiting association members divided into 30 groups to meet with their legislator and/or staff, SEMA said. In all, 42 members of Congress visited with SEMA members either at a Capitol Hill reception or through one-on-one visits.
More information about SEMA's congressional relationship-building program is available by contacting Linda Spencer at [email protected]