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2012 SEMA MPMC Media Trade Conference Is The Best Yet

Los Angeles, CA
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Photos by: Dick DeLoach

15th Anniversary MPMC Media Trade Conference The Best Yet


The 15th annual Motorsports Parts Manufacturer’s Council (MPMC) Media Trade Conference, held recently at the Embassy Suites near Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in El Segundo, California, was the best in the event’s long history.

The MPMC Conference is a unique forum that puts journalists in a private, one-on-one interview with representatives of more than 100 of the top performance and motorsports parts producers to display and discuss their latest products.

“What a great way to celebrate the 15th anniversary of this event,” said MPMC Chairman Kyle Fickler of Weld Racing. “The SEMA staff significantly raised the bar in terms of operation and execution. We utilized a new texting and e-mailing system for meeting notifications, and with a record number of exhibitor registrations for 2012, we are expecting even bigger things for 2013.”

MPMC Chair-Elect, Vic Wood, of Hedman Hedders added, “So many things seemed to gel this year. I cannot remember a Media Trade Conference running so smoothly from top to bottom. I give a big vote of thanks to the SEMA staff for a great job. We greatly appreciate their efforts for our council, its membership and supporting media.”

The MPMC Media Trade Conference hosted 100 MPMC-member manufacturers for three days of 30-minute, face-to-face meetings. Available only to MPMC-member manufacturers, the Media Trade Conference is highly regarded by both media and manufacturers as a “must-attend” event.

In addition to three days of meetings, MPMC also hosted a media reception on Tuesday evening of the Conference. Along with food, drinks and networking, MPMC presented two awards during the reception.

The Robert E. Petersen Award was presented to James Lawrence of PowerTV. The award was voted on by the MPMC general membership and given to a media person who went above and beyond the interests of MPMC and the motorsports parts industry over the preceding year.

The MPMC Chairman’s Award was presented to Steve Matusek of Aeromotive. This award is not necessarily given out every year, but only if and when the MPMC chairperson sees fit.

This was the first time has attended the MPMC Media Trade Conference, but you can bet it won’t be the last. It was very enjoyable and informative. We had back-to-back meetings with more than two-dozen top companies for an up close and personal look at some of their newest products for 2012. Check out the photos to see what’s hot from MPMC.

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