SEMA Seeks Speakers With New Ideas for Aftermarket

Thought Topic

Speaker applications are open to present at the 2023 SEMA Show in Las Vegas as well as for SEMA’s year-round virtual education program. Speakers who can deliver valuable presentations, host insightful discussions and inspire automotive specialty-equipment professionals are invited to apply now to share their ideas, technologies and expertise with the industry.

Below are common questions and details about the speaker selection process:

Who Should Apply?

SEMA receives many seminar proposals for the various education programs and the selection process is highly selective. Speakers who are bold, visionary and authentic are wanted to deliver the best possible content experience that is relevant to aftermarket businesses and professionals.

What are the Most Common Topics of Interest?

Each year, SEMA reviews the topics and issues that are of greatest interest to its members. Topics of greatest interest for the 2023 program include aftermarket updates and future trends; diversity, equity and inclusion; electric vehicles; emerging and executive leadership; legal and regulatory; sales and marketing; small-business strategy; vehicle technology; and specific industry segments.

Who is the Program Audience?

The program audience includes, but is not limited to, representatives from all segments of the automotive aftermarket industry, including manufacturers, distributors, retailers, builders, installers, automotive small-business owners, managers and employees.

What Information am I Required to Submit with my Application?

Speakers who submit an application must be prepared to provide a session description, learning objectives and key takeaways and why they are a great choice to present on their topic.

What is the Deadline for Speaker Applications?

Speaker proposals for the 2023 SEMA Show must be submitted by January 27. Virtual education proposals can be submitted at any time throughout the year.


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SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association founded in 1963, represents the $39.2 billion specialty automotive industry. The industry provides appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and technology products for passenger and recreational vehicles. Association resources include market research, legislative advocacy, training and product development support, as well as leading trade shows such as the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV, and the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show in Indianapolis, IN. For more information, visit, or