Herron4SEMA

Problem: ADAS systems often stop functioning when a vehicle is modified. The consequence of this is that vehicle customization will become unsafe and eventually unallowed.  Not just performance mods, but even painting a bumper, wrapping a car, or lifting/lowering causes these systems to malfunction. 

My Solution is to activate the full strength of SEMA and its network to engage Automakers, Regulators, SEMA Members and Industry to influence future vehicle design. Vehicles must be designed with modification in mind, and there must be a partnership and transparency with the aftermarket.

I am running for SEMA director because I can drive change on this issue. I have led real change in the industry through right to repair, leadership, and innovation. I am an influential and well connected leader of a nearly 400 person company within the automotive aftermarket with proven leadership skills, experience in future vehicle tech, and a passion for racing.

I have the experience, technical expertise, relationships, leadership, motivation, and drive to push the full force of SEMA towards this problem before it’s too late. All I need to get started is your vote.

It’s time to Vote! To vote you must be a SEMA Member company. Go to www.directvote.net/SEMA to vote today. 

You will need your SEMA member ID. If you do not have it, you can send an email to member@sema.org with your company name and contact info to request your member number. You will also need to be the assigned delegate for voting at your company. If you are not, you can request that to be changed by sending an email to support@directvote.net and have them change the voting person on company record to you.

About Me

I bring a broad range of experience in automotive, from performance as the general manager of SCT to new vehicle tech as President of Opus IVS. I have a passion for motorsports, aviation, fast things, and business. I am also a dad to 5 kids!

Why I Am Running

SEMA needs leadership pushing to drive change with ADAS design, the future of vehicle modification depends on it.

How to Help

All I need is your SEMA board vote. I’m ready to jump in and get started!

Automotive Experience

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Career

President and CEO of Opus IVS today with almost 400 employees. Former jobs include General Manager of SCT, CEO of Autologic, President of ETI, co-founder of Diagnostic Network, founder of Apten, co-founder of e-Motion and more.

Automotive for Fun

I am a NHRA licensed racer and I've built several of my own cars ranging from restomod to modern direct injected. I have a lift in my garage and there's always a car getting put together or taken apart.

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Specialty car brokerage

As a hobby, I have a license to buy and sell unique cars, and have been fortunate to spend some time owning and driving everything from Ford prototype cars and Daytona winning Nascars to classic cars crossing the block at Barrett Jackson.

Endorsements

“Brian has the OEM contacts, skills, and forward looking approach that SEMA and the SEMA Board needs to help shape the future of our industry.” – Jeff King, CEO Autometer and Cobb Tuning  
“Brian is the right mix of a passion driven enthusiast with a unique mix of experience and connections required to solve our industries challenges – now and in the future” – Dan Hourigan, VP Dynojet
“Brian is a smart, motivated, visionary leader with the passion for our industry to accomplish great things” – Alex Parker, CMO and EVP, Redline Detection
“Brian’s integrity with continued involvement in both OEM and automotive aftermarket would make him a natural choice for a position on the SEMA board” – Dan Millen, President Livernois Motorsports

Aviation Experience

I am an instrument and multi-rated pilot with about 1000 hours of pilot time spread out between jet, turboprop, and piston twin including Eclipse 500, Cheyenne, Turbo Commander, Cessna 421/414, Aerostar, Skymaster, and more For a hobby, I am an aircraft broker and have been involved in several interesting aircraft transactions, ranging from drug planes seized from El Chapo to planes ferried across the US for repair.

Other Experience

I've co-founded several startup businesses in automotive, ranging from performing electronics to online communities.

Involved in several real-estate projects, including agricultural, residential, and commercial. Most Recently collaborating on a startup vineyard business in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Although not a contractor by trade, I'm a licensed homebuilder and have built my own houses as well as many other projects like pole barns, decks, etc.

While starting my first company, I received a MIS degree at University of Missouri during the evenings. Later I completed a EMBA from University of Michigan Ross, also while working full time.

I've had an interest in Music from an early age, played in the drumline in high school, and still today enjoy playing the drums.