SEMA Councils Release 2019 Award Winners

Nov 14, 2019

Eight of the Specialty Equipment Market Association’s (SEMA) councils, which serve as sources for educational, networking and promotional opportunities for certain segments of the aftermarket industry, released the winners of their annual awards during the SEMA Show earlier this month in Las Vegas, Nevada.

This year’s awards recognized everything from the best new products, to lifetimes worth of contributions.

See the winners below.

ARMO – Automotive Restoration Market Organization

ARMO Business of the Year — JH Restoration – Windsor, Ontario

ARMO Hall of Fame — Dennis Roberts

ARMO Person of the Year — Jim Menneto – Hemmings Motor News

HRIA – Hot Rod Industry Alliance

HRIA Hall of Fame — Troy Trepanier – Rad Rides by Troy – Manteno, Illinois

HRIA Industry Recognition Award — John McLeod – Classic Instruments

HRIA Business of the Year — American Autowire – Bellmawr, New Jersey

TORA – Truck & Off-Road Alliance

TORA Hall of Fame — Joel Ayers – Automotive Aftermarket Charitable Foundation

TORA Retailer of the Year — Mike Slater – Eastern Truck and Accessories – Norfolk, Virginia

TORA Ron Webster Memorial Award — Jon Engen – DECKED

TORA Influencer of the Year — Jason Sakurai – Roadhouse Marketing

Best Off-Road New Product — Spydura Nightline Synthetic Winch Rope – Warn Industries, Inc.

Best Light Truck New Product — Jeep Gladiator Bedside Storage Lockboxes – Bestop Premium Accessories Group

PRO – Professional Restylers Organization

Manufacturer of the Year — AddOnAuto

Nat Danas Person of the Year — Dino Perfetti – Automotive Concepts – New Hope, Minnesota

Restyler of the Year — Joe Hair – Integrity Customs – Tulsa, Oklahoma

Jim Borré Lifetime Achievement Award — Ralph Jorge Sr. – Specialty Automotive Treatments – Fort Lauderdale, Florida

WTC – Wheel & Tire Council

WTC Hall of Fame — Tim Dietz – Standards Testing Laboratories, Inc.

ETTN – Emerging Trends & Technology Network

ETTN Techie Award — Ryan Truax – Advanced Fuel Dynamics

ETTN Ambassador Award — Chris Crecelius – Edelbrock

SBN – SEMA Businesswomen’s Network

Woman of the Year Award — Jennifer LaFever – Roush Yates – Mooresville, North Carolina

Jessi Combs Rising Star Award — Emma J. Powers – University of Akron Main Campus

YEN – Young Executives Network

Vanguard Award — Matthew Boice – Motortrend

Young Executive of the Year Award — Matt Beenen – BuiltRight Industries