• Wade Kawasaki: During Mr. Kawasaki's 30-year career, he has volunteered and contributed to dozens of SEMA projects, according to the Diamond Bar-based association. In addition to serving several terms on SEMA's board of directors, Mr. Kawasaki is a past chairman for the SEMA Show Committee, Governance Committee, International Task Force and Audit Review Committee. SEMA said he was instrumental in the creation of the SEMA Political Action Committee (PAC) and the SEMA Young Executives Network (YEN), and served as the association's secretary/treasurer, working alongside the board.
Mr. Kawasaki's Hall of Fame induction follows a number of other honors he has received, including 1996 SEMA Young Executive of the Year, 2003 SEMA Chairman's Service Award recipient, and 2007 SEMA Person of the Year.
• Joe Schubeck is known by many as "Gentleman Joe," according to SEMA. He began his top-fuel racing career in the 1960s, and while he spent many years successfully racing, the association noted that Mr. Schubeck's greatest contribution to the industry came during his post-racing career.
He founded Cleveland-based Lakewood Industries, which manufactured life-saving racing products such as the bell housing that many continue to refer to simply as the "Lakewood."
Mr. Schubeck was a former SEMA board member and served on the association's first Safety Committee. An avid enthusiast and contributor to the industry, he continues to attend the SEMA Show annually.
For more information about the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, or how to attend, visit SEMA'S website or contact Jamie Eriksen via email at [email protected] or call 909-978-6737.