Luis Navarro, right, and his Tersa Corp. teammates came from Mexico to attend the show. On the left, Raul Bejarano is director of real estate, and Rodrigo Valle, center, is president of the tire dealership based in Tijuana.

Luis Navarro, right, and his Tersa Corp. teammates came from Mexico to attend the show. On the left, Raul Bejarano is director of real estate, and Rodrigo Valle, center, is president of the tire dealership based in Tijuana.

When I suggested Modern Tire Dealer unveil On the Rise, our list of young industry leaders, at the biggest industry event of the year, I expected a few eager participants to respond. I knew the leaders were out there, and I thought I’d meet one or two in Las Vegas.

Nick Gutierrez, western regional sales manager for Sentury Tire Americas, visited with the team from Oasis Tire & Wheels in El Paso, Texas.

Nick Gutierrez, western regional sales manager for Sentury Tire Americas, visited with the team from Oasis Tire & Wheels in El Paso, Texas.

I didn’t expect to have a dozen people hunting me down at the SEMA Show. But this year over many e-mails we’ve built a bond. It was a thrill for me to meet young men and women who are enthusiastic about advancing the industry. It was great to meet and see so many of these young leaders in person.

Here are photos of a few MTD caught in action inside the convention center.    ■ 

Roy Littlefield IV, or RL4 as he’s known within the Tire Industry Association, provided members with a legislative update during the SEMA Show.

Roy Littlefield IV, or RL4 as he’s known within the Tire Industry Association, provided members with a legislative update during the SEMA Show.

Jacquie Hower attended the SEMA Show and the Car Care Council Women’s Board reception on Nov. 1 at AAPEX to see her mom, Judith Zimmerman Walter, honored as the female shop owner of the year.

Jacquie Hower attended the SEMA Show and the Car Care Council Women’s Board reception on Nov. 1 at AAPEX to see her mom, Judith Zimmerman Walter, honored as the female shop owner of the year.

Product Manager Michael Rose took a breath from demonstrating Bartec USA LLC products for a photo during the SEMA Show.

Product Manager Michael Rose took a breath from demonstrating Bartec USA LLC products for a photo during the SEMA Show.

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