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Fri, 03 Nov 2017, 12:56 PM

Industry's Top Award Winners Announced at 2017 SEMA Show
Courtesy of SEMA Public Relations

John Johnson named SEMA Person of the Year

LAS VEGAS -- More than 3,000 automotive aftermarket professionals gathered on Day Three of the 2017 SEMA Show for the industry's preeminent awards ceremony, the SEMA Industry Awards Banquet, held at the Westgate Hotel in Las Vegas. The annual banquet is where automotive parts are set aside for a brief moment to allow innovators, leaders and legends to take center stage as they are honored and recognized for their contributions to the $42 billion industry.

Among the awards winners recognized at last night's banquet are:
 SEMA Person of the Year: John Johnson, The Spartan Group 
 SEMA Manufacturer of the Year: MagnaFlow
 SEMA Rep Agency of the Year: Considine Sales & Marketing
 SEMA WD of the Year: Meyer Distributing
 SEMA Gen-III Innovator of the Year:  Pete Gonzales, Darkside Scientific, creators of
LumiLor Light Emitting Coating

"The people in this industry are driven by passion, and that's what makes it so exciting and innovative," said Chris Kersting, SEMA President and CEO. "It's great to be able to take some time during the SEMA Show to recognize and honor individuals who have made an especially important impact."

Attendees of the 2017 awards banquet were treated to special entertainment by Jimmie Vaughn and the Tilt-A-Whirl band, featuring legendary musicians and car enthusiasts Jimmie Vaughn, Michael Anthony, and Billy F Gibbons.

The banquet is a staple event of the four-day SEMA Show, taking place each year on Thursday evening. The SEMA Show opens today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the trade only. At 4 p.m., the vehicles displayed at the Show will begin to parade out of the Las Vegas Convention Center in the SEMA Cruise and continue across the street to the Gold Lot, where consumers are invited to attend the official SEMA Show after-party called SEMA Ignited. SEMA Ignited includes drift demonstrations, celebrity appearances, television filming, music, entertainment and food. Details at

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