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MAY 2019 THE SHOP 43 art. It could be helping the elderly com- munity, or charities looking to raise money. Of course, it could also be for something related to your religion or faith. Regardless, I recommend finding some- thing you believe in and then seeing how you can further the cause. Doing this will always add to your joy and quality of life. Another interesting thing about Paul Revere is what he is known for today. Sure, some of you may have heard of Revere Ware pots and pans, but that may be the extent of it. Paul Revere was a silversmith by trade and helped develop the first currency in the United States. He also created the first copper mill, which is actually still in busi- ness today. My point is, as much as Paul Revere accomplished in his life and in busi- ness, that's not what he's remembered for. Instead, it was his willingness to get involved and a couple hours of volun- teering that allowed him to be so widely known and, dare I say, revered! JOSH POULSON is the principal of Auto Additions in Columbus, O h i o , w h i c h wa s n a m e d Restyler of the Year, 2012-'13. Auto Additions offers a com- plete line of product upgrades, including 12-volt and appearance packages with a specific focus on the dealership seg- ment. Josh currently serves on the SEMA PRO council and was named 2015-'16 Person of the Year at the 2015 SEMA Show. Start with SEMA The Specialty Equipment Market Association is made up of 11 different councils and networks that all report to the SEMA board of directors on issues or ideas to help the industry. The board of directors and SEMA-employed staff members work hard on ways to help our businesses grow and also face challenges head-on. For more than 50 years, SEMA has been the voice of our industry. So, if you would like to volunteer, SEMA is a great place to start. Go to and find which councils and networks relate to your type of business. Whether you are a hot rodder, wheel and tire business or a restyler, there is a place for you. Also, groups such as the SEMA Businesswomen's Network and Young Executive Network are great ways to reach out to peers and give back. Each of the 11 councils and networks include a select committee elected for two-year terms by their peers, including a chairman. These groups get together via phone, web or face to face at different times throughout the year and discuss agenda items relevant to the industry. They then update the SEMA board of directors, allowing them to make informed decisions on certain issues or causes. If you're interested in having your voice heard, find out how you can join today. —Josh Poulson While known worldwide for its annual trade show in Las Vegas, the Specialty Equip- ment Market Association also serves as a voice for the automotive aftermarket, offering many opportunities for profession- als to volunteer their time and talents.

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