SEMA Show goers are invited to celebrate the $31 billion automotive specialty equipment industry, recognize industry leaders, and unwind after several days of the Show by attending the annual SEMA Industry Awards Banquet on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Individuals with SEMA Show credentials may secure tickets to the banquet by contacting Jamie Eriksen at 909-978-6737, JamieE@sema.org.
Awards will be presented for SEMA Person of the Year, Rep Agency of the Year and WD of the Year. Entertainment will be provided by comedians John Heffron and Jon Reep, as well as by former American Idol winner Taylor Hicks.
“The Industry Awards Banquet is a time for the industry to celebrate,” said Peter MacGillivray, SEMA VP of events and communications. “All Show goers – including exhibitors, buyers and media – are welcome to join us as we recognize some of the important people who have helped make this industry so successful. It’s also a great time to network and to unwind after a long week at the Show. We’ll have great food and some amazing entertainment this year.”
Having won the second season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Heffron’s popularity grew tremendously. In addition to two half-hour specials and a one-hour special on Comedy Central Presents, Heffron is a regular on numerous VH1 satire series, including I love the 80s: 3D, I love the 70s: Volume 2, and My Coolest Years: My First Time.
Reep won the fifth season of Last Comic Standing, and is also well known for Comedy Central Presents: Jon Reep. Many also know Reep from the ad campaign “Hemi Guy,” where he was the redheaded hillbilly famous for leaning out of his rusty beater and uttering, “That thing gotta Hemi?”
Both Heffron and Reep will perform during the dinner. At the start of the evening, Hicks, who is the Season 5 American Idol winner, will entertain the crowd as he sings the National Anthem. He’ll return after the dinner by performing a 60-minute acoustic set at the SEMA After Party. SEMA Showgoers can order tickets for the banquet by contacting Jamie Eriksen at 909-978-6737, JamieE@sema.org.