June 6, 2019

Thank you SEMA Members, from your Chairman-Elect

I am incredibly grateful and humbled to share with you that I have been elected Chairman-elect of SEMA starting in July 2019. My actual term as Chairman will start in 2021, as I will be in a supporting role as Tim Martin takes over as Chairman in July. We would not have won without the efforts of so many of …

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May 20, 2019

How to Vote for James Lawrence for SEMA Chairman 2019

Many SEMA members have asked how to place a vote in the 2019 SEMA Election for the SEMA Board of Directors and SEMA Chairman. The process is simple and easy. It’s important that SEMA members have their votes heard – voting ends on May 28. Go to this link on SEMA’s official voting website (DirectVote.net) Enter the email address on …

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May 17, 2019

Investing in Our Youth: It’s Time to Act

As automotive enthusiasts, we are always looking to improve our project cars… make them go faster, improve their appearance, or handle better. As manufacturers, we’re always seeking to improve our products and are always listening to our customers’ requirements and needs. As racers, we’re constantly updating, innovating, and making improvements to our race cars to run at the front of …

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May 14, 2019

Vote James Lawrence for SEMA Chairman

The voting period for SEMA members to elect a new SEMA Chairman and new SEMA Board Members is underway (May 14 – 28, 2019). The primary contact for each SEMA member company will receive an electronic ballot and be asked to vote for a SEMA Chairman.

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May 9, 2019

4 Important Things to Consider

In 5 days, SEMA member companies will get the opportunity to vote for a SEMA Chairman in the upcoming SEMA election. So, what’s the difference and who should you choose?

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April 20, 2019

He said, “You aren’t going to change anything..”

“Why would you run for SEMA Chairman..? You know that you aren’t going to change anything…” Yesterday in a conversation with a SEMA member, that’s what I was told… Which was followed closely by, “Why would you want to deal with all of that..” …” followed by a short rant about SEMA politics. True, SEMA’s not perfect. And if anyone …

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April 20, 2019

Politics – Talk vs. Action

A recent post I made on Facebook opened up a fair share of commentary and private messages about politics within our industry and SEMA – both supportive and with people asking questions. Rather than hide from this issue, I think it’s best to hit it head on. As you may have heard by now, now I’m running for SEMA Chairman …

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April 18, 2019

Why I’m Running for SEMA Chairman

My name is James Lawrence, and I’m running for SEMA Chairman because I believe it’s time for change. I believe in the magic of the automobile, and I’ve been blessed with an amazing career, professionally and as a racer, for over 20 years. I want to take some time to introduce myself so that you get a better idea of who I am, what I stand for, and how I can help lead SEMA.

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April 6, 2019

Who am I?

I’ve been asked this quite a few times in the last 6 weeks since my nomination for SEMA Chairman, and I’ve realized… I don’t know everyone! So here are some basics.. I have been involved with the automotive performance industry for 25 years in a number of senior leadership roles, but the role I’m most proud of is my kids …

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