SEMA-Logo-1-3-13DIAMOND BAR, Calif. – Wade Kawasaki of the Coker Group has been elected the chairman-elect of SEMA and joins the newly elected Board members to help lead the association for the 2015–2017 term. Kawasaki fills the position held for the past two years by Doug Evans of Luken Communications. Evans will begin serving his term as chairman in July. The newly elected SEMA Board volunteers are Susan Carpenter of JR Products, Laurel Dasher of Powerteq and Dan Kahn of Kahn Media Inc. Jim Bingham of Winner’s Circle Speed & Custom Inc. and Nick Gramelspacher of Meyer Distributing were re-elected and will serve another term.
2015-2016 SEMA Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board: Doug Evans, Executive Vice President, Luken Communications
Chairman-elect: Wade Kawasaki, President, Coker Group

Immediate-Past Chairman/Secretary: Nate Shelton, Chief Marketing Officer, Driven Performance Brands

Board Members
• Greg Adler – CEO, Transamerican Auto Parts
• Jeff Bates – Partner, Bob Cook Sales
• Jim Bingham – President and CEO, Winner’s Circle Speed & Custom Inc.
• Susan Carpenter – President, JR Products
• Laurel Dasher – Northeast Sales Manager, Powerteq
• Kyle Fickler – Director of Business Development, Aeromotive Inc.
• Nick Gramelspacher – Vice President Sales & Marketing, Meyer Distributing
• Dan Kahn – President, Kahn Media Inc.
• Tim Martin – Chief Operations Officer, K&N Engineering
• Tim Watts – President, Superlift Suspension

John Johnson of The Spartan Group will continue to serve as treasurer, and Russ Deane of Trainum, Snowdon & Deane continues as general counsel.

The newly elected SEMA Board of Directors will be recognized during the SEMA Installation Gala, Friday, July 24, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. Also during the banquet, outgoing Board members Scooter Brothers of COMP Performance Group, Luanne Brown of eTool Developers, John Hotchkis of Hotchkis Performance LLC and Russell Stephens of MSD Performance, will be recognized and honored for their service and contributions to the industry. The event will also feature a special tribute to the 2015 SEMA Hall of Fame Inductees—Joel Ayres, Jim Bingham and Dennis Gage.

About SEMA
SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association founded in 1963, represents the $33 billion specialty automotive industry of 6,814 member-companies. It is the authoritative source for research, data, trends and market growth information for the specialty auto parts industry. The industry provides appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and technology products for passenger and recreational vehicles. For more information, contact SEMA at 1575 S. Valley Vista Dr., Diamond Bar, CA 91765, tel: 909-610-2030, or visit www.sema.org.

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