Do you know a young, promising trimmer who is moving the auto upholstery industry in a new and exciting direction? Then consider nominating him or her for SEMA’s “35 Under 35.”
SEMA is now accepting nominations for its annual “35 Under 35” list, which honors the top 35 people under the age of 35 who are doing big things in the automotive aftermarket.
“They could be budding talents at an established company, entrepreneurs building their own brands or innovators who have launched companies that might become big names in the future,” SEMA said in a statement. “What they all will have in common are fresh ideas, enthusiasm, charisma and the drive to succeed.”
Every professional who makes the “35 Under 35” list receives a ton of industry exposure, a profile in SEMA News, and a framed plaque and trophy to display in the office. It’s a great way to raise your profile and make contacts throughout the industry.
In recent years, trimmers have made a strong showing on the list — including Oksana Ignatova of Stitch Girl Inc., Steve Kurzman of The Custom Stitching Co., Wei Wei Li of Stitchcraft Interiors, Sam Mapes of Sam’s Upholstery, Edward Brumfield of Hi Class Customs, and Tommy Perkins of Seams Ridiculous Upholstery. Naseem and I were also included for our work on The Hog Ring.
Still, we need more young trimmers to represent our craft at SEMA. Judging by the mind-blowing craftsmanship we see on Instagram, we know that talented and deserving folks are out there. Let’s nominate them!
To nominate someone, complete a short application on SEMA’s website by May 1, 2022.