SEMA Show Special Events


The SEMA Show is so much more than just exhibits—it’s the chance to connect with your peers, see what’s new and really experience the industry in a unique way. Make the most of your time in Las Vegas by being part of our special events.

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SEMA Ignited
Friday, November 7, 2014
4:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
LINQ, Las Vegas

The world’s most unique and celebrated customized vehicles from the 2014 SEMA Show will gather and be accessible to the public on Friday afternoon, as the SEMA Cruise finds its way to a new event taking place immediately after the SEMA Show at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. The event will give consumers a rare opportunity to collect and share images of hundreds of customized vehicles featuring the newest and most innovative products from the 2014 SEMA Show. The Friday night event will also serve as the backdrop for nationwide media coverage—including on-site taping for a nationally televised broadcast special—“best of show” awards and include food trucks, music, entertainment, automotive celebrities, builders and more.

Manufacturers’ Rep. Roundtable
Sunday, November 2, 2014
3:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino (formerly LVH), Ballrooms D–E

The Manufacturers’ Representative Network (MRN) will again host a collection of business-critical discussions moderated by industry. Through these intimate roundtable discussions, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and receive practical solutions to real-world issues.

SBN Gear-up Girl
Monday, November 3
, 2014
3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Las Vegas Convention Center, N263C

Calling Female Professionals: The SEMA Businesswoman’s Network (SBN) will again host the Gear-up Girl Networking event at this year’s SEMA Show. The program supports SBN’s mission of “…enhancing careers and positively impacting the growth of the entire automotive aftermarket” by providing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for aspiring young woman to interact with, learn from and network with influential woman in the industry whom have set a path through innovation, integrity and hard work. This year’s event will feature “round-robin” networking tables lead by industry-leading female professionals.

Exhibitor Appreciation Party
Monday, November 3
, 2014
5:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
Las Vegas Convention Center, Entrance by South Hall

This is SEMA's chance to say thanks to exhibitors and kick off what will be another amazing Show. The Exhibitor Appreciation Party will be “out front” of the Las Vegas Convention Center, right in the heart of the coolest car displays at the Show. This event is open to all exhibitors and will include refreshments, entertainment and great networking—compliments of SEMA.

Healthcare Reform Law: What You Need to Know!
Monday, November 3
, 2014
10:15 a.m.–11:15 a.m.
Las Vegas Convention Center, N256

How will Affordable Care Act affect you and your employees? What do you need to know now to prepare? What changes will be coming over the next few years? Gene Marks can help. Attendees will leave knowing how they will be affected, what questions to ask and what steps to take in the next few months to ensure they can navigate their way through this very complex legislation.

SEMA Data Co-op (SDC) Education Day
Monday, November 3, 2014
8:00 a.m.
Las Vegas Convention Center, N261

Beginners and experts alike will benefit from the SDC’s education track on Monday of Show Week. Sessions include basic and advanced ACES and PIES, plus a lively panel of business leaders moderated by Bob Moore discussing their experience with the SDC.

Keynote & Coffee
Monday–Thursday, November 3–6, 2014
9:00 a.m.
Las Vegas Convention Center, N258

Start each day with a cup of hot coffee and a thought-provoking discussion on today’s most relevant topics.

SEMA Seminars
Monday–Thursday, November 3–6, 2014
10:15 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall Meeting Rooms

The SEMA Show offers more than 50 free and several “pay-to-attend” educational events that cover everything from online marketing to customer service, management, industry trends and more. These courses are designed to provide practical tools, and they are presented by top industry experts. The courses and events are open only to registered 2014 SEMA Show attendees, exhibitors and media. For a complete list of the 2014 curricula, visit

SEMA Vehicle Technology Sessions
Monday–Thursday, November 3–6, 2014
Times Vary*
Las Vegas Convention Center, N258

The SEMA Vehicle Technology Briefing Seminar (TBS) program are designed to connect members to the benefits of vehicle technology and performance product development solutions, resources and partnerships. From Driving Green to Driving Cool to Driving Conected, you will hear industry leaders and innovators openly discuss the cutting-edge technologies that will either move your business forward or leave you behind. *Visit or for a complete schedule of VTC keynotes and briefing sessions.

Cars & Coffee, SEMA Edition
Tuesday–Friday, November 4-7
, 2014
8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
Westgate Las Vegas Casino & Hotel (formerly LVH), Outdoor Patio

**No tickets required**

Among the new attractions at the SEMA Show will be Cars & Coffee, SEMA Edition. Each morning of the Show, Cars & Coffee gives attendees a great place to start their day. Grab a cup of coffee, check out some cool vehicles, mingle with colleagues and then get a jumpstart on your day.

New Products Breakfast/SEMA Award Presentation
Tuesday, November 4
, 2014
7:30 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
Westgate Las Vegas Casino & Hotel (formerly LVH)
, Ballrooms A–G

SEMA’s annual New Product Awards competition recognizes outstanding achievements in the development of products being introduced to the automotive specialty-equipment market at the SEMA Show. Products are judged in 16 award categories, and each category will have one winner and two runners-up. For more information about entering products in the New Products Showcase, visit

SEMA Award
Tuesday, November 4
, 2014
7:30 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
Westgate Las Vegas Casino & Hotel (formerly LVH), Ballrooms A–G

In addition, the New Products Breakfast will be the venue for the announcement of the SEMA Award. The SEMA Award is bestowed on vehicle models in four categories: Hottest Car, Hottest Sport Compact Car, Hottest Truck and Hottest 4x4-SUV. The SEMA Award winners represent the models that industry experts—the SEMA Show exhibitors—seek to feature most often in their booths as the hottest rides for the enthusiast market. It also underscores the cooperative relationship between the automakers and SEMA-member companies.

NHRA Breakfast
Wednesday, November 5
, 2014
7:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
Westgate Las Vegas Casino & Hotel (formerly LVH), Ballrooms A–B

The much-anticipated and popular annual NHRA Breakfast is always a standing-room only event. The breakfast will once again include several interesting personalities from the world of drag racing. Don’t miss this popular event. Continental breakfast will be served.

YEN Launch Pad—The Next Great Business
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Las Vegas Convention Center, N258

**No tickets required**

Complimentary lunch will be provided to the first 125 attendees whom arrive on-site. Take a seat, grab a bite to eat and witness the competition that launches new products and services. This business competition offers innovators, inventors and entrepreneurs under the age of 40 an industry platform to showcase their business for marketing a new automotive product or service. Through this competition, five finalists will pitch their businesses to five industry leaders. The judges will select the winning entrepreneur. That grand-prize winner will receive a prize package to help take their business to the next level. Walk away with a better understanding of how to pitch your product or service and what it takes to LAUNCH your own business.

Speed Networking Breakfast, Powered by the SBN
Thursday, November 6, 2014
7:15 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
Westgate Las Vegas Casino & Hotel (formerly LVH), Ballrooms A–B

The annual Speed Networking Breakfast, sponsored by the SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN) is open to all SEMA members and is the fastest and easiest way to meet peers, prospects and vendor associates. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet movers and shakers in short, three-minute intervals—but hurry: The breakfast has sold out each of the last five years, and attendance is limited to just 150 people.

SEMA Show Industry Awards Banquet
Thursday, November 6
, 2014
7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Westgate (formerly LVH), Garden Patio & Paradise Event Center

The SEMA Show Industry Awards Banquet is the annual celebration of the specialty-equipment industry and is highlighted by top-flight entertainment. It also provides the backdrop for the presentation of industry awards that include the SEMA Person of the Year, SEMA WD of the Year and SEMA Manufacturers’ Rep Agency of the Year. In addition, the 2014 SEMA Hall of Fame inductees—Nile Cornelison, Jim Cozzie, John Menzler and Fred C. Offenhauserwill be honored for their contributions to the industry. This year's featured entertainment is comedian, Sinbad.

SEMA After-Party
Thursday, November 6, 2014
10:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m.
Westgate Las Vegas Casino & Hotel (formerly LVH), Paradise Event Center

Join us as we cap off a wonderful evening with a musical set featuring Grammy-award winning artist, Gary Clark, Jr. Clark brings a unique blend of blues, soul and rock. Don't miss this very special performance.

SBN Café SEMA: In the Know With a Cup of Joe!
Friday, November 7
, 2014
9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Las Vegas Convention Center, N243

SBN Café SEMA is not a classroom lecture—it’s a one-hour conversation between business pros who provide expert advice about how to help an organization take the next step. Topics for this year’s Café SEMA will include effective female leadership in a male-dominated environment, social media, websites and product development. It’s a great opportunity to get a lot of information in a very short time.

SEMA Cruise at Show Close
Friday, November 7
, 2014
4:00 p.m.
Las Vegas Convention Center, Gold Lot

**No tickets required**

The capper for the 2014 SEMA Show will be the now-annual SEMA Cruise. As the booths are dismantled and the products are packaged for shipment home, the booth and feature vehicles depart the convention center. This parade of rolling art became an official part of the Show two years ago and is now one of the most-anticipated aspects of the annual gathering by the local populace. The cruise begins when the Show ends at 4:00 p.m. on Friday. The festivities include awards, giveaways, entertainment and seating for the crowd—expanded this year with additional bleachers. The parade culminates in SEMA’s newest event, SEMA Ignited at the LINQ near the Quad. It’s a great way to celebrate a fantastic week of innovation and invention.