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32 THE SHOP NOVEMBER 2020 Wow, who would have thought that such an iconic event would not be happening in Las Vegas this year? Of course, we aren't the only industry or group of people that have said that about an event that has been affected by the pan- demic. Thankfully, it's 2020 and technology will allow us to have virtual discussions, trainings, meetings and interactions to keep pushing forward. As an annual speaker and attendee, my plan for SEMA has obviously changed. But I am not just taking the year off. Instead, I plan to stay engaged through SEMA360 and some of the council and networking virtual meetings that will be available so that I am up to speed and don't miss out on anything. It will definitely be different, but here are some goals to keep me going in the right direction: GOAL #1 – LEARN SOMETHING! As of this writing, plans are under way to create a variety of virtual events including meetings, seminars, networking opportuni- ties and more to replace the in-person trade show the week of Nov. 2-6 (see sidebar). The idea is to help us specialty aftermarket professionals learn something new or get better at what we are already good at. My first goal is to attend at least a few events that interest me in hopes of picking up one or two ideas that can help my busi- ness in 2021. And the virtual option is great, because I could be at work or home and just click on a button to watch instead of racing from South Hall to North Hall to attend an in-person meeting. I will even be able to quickly leave one meeting and join another if the first one isn't for me. GOAL #2 – FIND SOMETHING! As a buyer I usually attend the SEMA Show to find new products or services I can add to our business arsenal, and this year will be no different. Of course, none of us know exactly what it will be like, but I do look forward to a few things that will be dif- ferent this year. First, we all understand that the in-person SEMA Show is a four-day marathon of meet- ings and conversations, and it's only natural that by the third day or so the level of interac- SEE YOU (VIRTUALLY) AT THE SHOW Let's give these online opportunities a try. By Josh Poulson No SEMA Show, no problem? This year's SEMA Show interactions will be held virtually, but will be no less important. (Photo by Bob Vaughn)

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