I can hardly believe that it’s only been a month since November’s annual SEMA Show. The Specialty Equipment Market Association trade show is the largest in Las Vegas and attracts thousands of exhibitors and buyers each year. Quickie Tie-Down had a booth on the second floor of the South Hall, which is our usual spot.
Countless celebrities come to the show including R. Lee “Gunny” Ermey, Danica Patrick, Jeff Gordon, Richard Petty, and a few members of the Robertson family (Duck Dynasty). My favorite moment was meeting R. Lee “Gunny” Ermey. He was so kind to be at the show all 4 days and to spend a few minutes with each person who came to see him. I showed him our brand new Quickie Loadmaster 3/8″ Ratcheting Rope Tie-Down, and he loved it! He said, “These will be great for my motorcycle!” We couldn’t agree more.
At the show I was impressed to see buyers from all over the world coming to this event. I made a game out of trying to spot as many different countries represented as possible. I saw the United States, Canada, Mexico, The Philippines, Japan, Germany, Italy, Brazil, China, and India. Some people spoke English, some had translators, and some did not.
I had a memorable experience with a gentleman from Brazil. He was looking at our rotating display of tie-downs, and I asked him if he needed help. He was alone and spoke to me in broken English that he is from Brazil and doesn’t speak English. I do not speak Portuguese, but I do speak limited Spanish. We were able to break the language barrier and communicate somewhat effectively. He seemed very happy that I made the effort to speak with him. I don’t know if I made his day, but he certainly made mine.
Another highlight was being interviewed live on the radio! Dan Longenette interviewed Kenny on Street Rod & Custom Radio which airs on Saturday nights. The full broadcast can be found here http://www.ernlive.com/show/street-rod-custom-radio/135/episodes/sema-coverage-pt-2-full-show-94
Unfortunately, SEMA is not open to the public, but there are numerous Facebook and Twitter posts about the show. Please see our pages at www.facebook.com/quickietiedownenterprises , www.facebook.com/quickietiedown , and www.twitter.com/quickietiedown . You can also search the hashtags #sema2014 or #TheSemaShow for other attendee’s posts.