Monday, December 29, 2008

From the halls of

I hardly see anything regarding this type of Motorcycle news. Having a large group such as SEMA to help us along with numbers and insider information is a valuable asset to us as a community. This bears watching, and support.

BIKERNET WORKS WITH INDUSTRY TO KEEP US FREE-- Irvine, California, December 16, 2008: Keith R. Ball, President of met with Tim Buche, President of the MIC, Grady Phieffer, GH Marketing and Ted Sands of Performance Machine regarding the viability of an aftermarket motorcycle support group. Recently during these tough economic times an opportunity surfaced to create a motorcycle aftermarket group under the umbrella of SEMA, the aftermarket industry group for the Hot Rod and automotive industry, which represents over 7,500 members. "Timing is everything," said Ball. "Years ago this was attempted, but the motorcycle industry lacked a unified voice. Fortunately we still have this opportunity to step up, band together and protect our industry through SEMA or the MIC."

In this economic climate SEMA brings a large variety of services and benefits to the custom motorcycle aftermarket, the builders, dealers and the motorcycle rights groups such as the MRF (Motorcycle Riders Foundation):
Business Resources & Solutions
SEMA Membership Directory Freight Savings Plan (Siriani) Property & Liability Insurance Savings Program (SEIA) Manufacturer Credit Reporting Group (SCRG) Mailing Labels for 7,000 Plus Companies Industry Classified Ad Postings/Listings Comprehensive Industry Calendar of events Retail Credit Card Program (CarCareONE)
Market Research
Ongoing research reports, including • Market Study • Annual Light Truck Accessorization • Trends & Forecasts • Diesel Market • Compact Performance Market • Mobile Consumer Electronics
OEM Relations & Programs
Hands-on access to new vehicles (Measuring Sessions) OEM-provided CAD/CAM drawings (Technology Transfer) Vehicle Technology Conference Dealer Relations Installer Certification Licensing Warranty Program (ProPledge)
Educational & Training Programs
National Education Conference (NEC) Live seminars Webinars Installer Certification Programs Internet Symposium Sponsored by SCC Internship Opportunities Scholarships & Loan Forgiveness
Government Advocacy/Legislative Programs
Professional lobbying staff (Federal & State) Legislative alerts and comprehensive website Grass-root Enthusiast Support/SEMA Action Network (SAN) Political Action Committee (PAC) Quarterly PAC Newsletter
World-Class Trade Shows
SEMA Show SEMA Spring Expo SEMA OFFROAD PAACE Automechanika and Salon de SEMA MPMC Media Trade Conference
Councils & Committees
Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) Light-Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) Manufactures Rep Council (MRC) Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Councils (MPMC) Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) Sport Compact Council (SCC) Wheel & Tire Council (WTC) SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN) Young Executive Network (YEN)
International Resources International Market Reports International Buyers’ Guide Consumer Affairs & Public Relations International Support at Domestic Shows

Industry Communications
Monthly Trade Magazine, SEMA News • Bi-Monthly SEMA Member News within SEMA News Weekly Electronic Newsletter, SEMA eNews Financial Newsletter, Financial Fax Comprehensive websites
"This was especially exciting for me because I was a charter member of the ARMO Council that represents the automotive restoration market," said Seth Doulton, President of Horsepower Productions. "I served on and headed up the licensing and OE relations committee, and I can tell you first hand that it was the best thing in my 35 years in the market place to ever come down the road. The restoration industry has benefited three fold by the networking that is strengthened by SEMA's leadership and power. The motorcycle industry has needed this for many years. We need to build a strong team so that SEMA knows we are for real."

Another meeting is scheduled during the Cincy V-Twin Expo show to discuss this effort with the Industry, SEMA and MIC members, Sunday, February 8, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. This is a not-to-be- missed meeting during the biggest aftermarket trade show for the custom motorcycle industry.
"This could be the chance of a lifetime for our industry," said Ball. "Especially in this current economic climate, but it's up to us to get involved." This committee will be open to any members of our industry on the American or Metric side, manufacturers, clubs, shops, dealers, builders or individuals. A major goal of this committee will be to support motorcycle rights groups around the world including the MRF with 60 state charters and 250,000 members. "Our primary goal is to keep the custom industry free and vibrant in the coming years," Ball said.
For more information contact: Keith R. Ball (310) 830-0630