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66 THE SHOP OCTOBER 2021 SPECIAL REPORT: TRADE SHOWS the halls for fast and easy access. Now, you're able to go 40 feet underground, jump in an EV Tesla SUV and be whisked from the West Hall to the Central or the South and back in a few short minutes. This is a great transition for moving people, and will no doubt help the show grow in years to come, especially as they expand these tunnels to connect to the Strip, the airport and elsewhere! NETWORKING & FRIENDS I can't wait to be together once more with the friends and colleagues I've met at the show over the years. I'm looking forward to the updates on how people are doing and the stories of how they've not only survived, but flourished during this pandemic. I know they'll be memories that will stick with me for a long time. The show provides so many opportuni- ties to meet people and learn something new, and the after-hours networking events should be better than ever. SEMA's Professional Restylers Organiza- tion is having a free event on Tuesday after the show on the outside part of the third floor of the new West Hall, and I hope to see you all there. It will be a great way to kick off a busy week. The pandemic has permanently changed the way we do business. No longer is it unusual to have a manufacturer Zoom into your sales meeting, for example. So, let's get together and share the lessons we've learned, the ways we've adapted, and then figure out ways to build upon them to the benefit of not just our businesses, but the entire industry. The 2021 SEMA Show will be a time to laugh, learn and celebrate the paths we've taken to get back to normal. Just like any trial, we'll all be stronger for the experi- ence. JOSH POULSON is the prin- cipal of Auto Additions in Columbus, Ohio, which was named Restyler of the Year, 2012-'13. Auto Additions offers a complete line of product upgrades including 12V and appearance packages with a specific focus on the dealer- ship segment. Josh is chairman of the SEMA PRO council and was named 2015-'16 Person of the Year at the 2015 SEMA Show. The 2021 SEMA Show will be a time to catch up with friends, see the latest products and maybe learn a thing or two. LET'S GET TOGETHER The pandemic has changed the way we do business, so let's get together and share our success stories as a way to lift the entire industry.

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