SEMA names Waraniak v.p. of vehicle technology

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The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) has hired John Waraniak to fill the new position of vice president of vehicle technology.

Waraniak will help SEMA members "capitalize on the opportunities and overcome the challenges that have resulted from today’s complex vehicle systems and technologies," the association says.

He will serve as the contact for SEMA members to reach OEM and tier suppliers on technical issues, expand SEMA’s technology-related workshops and conferences and connect SEMA members to the benefits of various technology transfer, best practice and knowledge sharing initiatives with leading academic and industry research organizations.

"The SEMA board of directors is focused on a strategic plan concerning vehicle technology," said SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting. "What was once a matter of mechanical compatibility may now require compatibility and integration with electronics systems and computer-based controls.

"Members are also challenged by government-mandated systems and innovative material and cross-industry technologies being adapted to automotive components, systems and modules. At the same time, racing and performance technology, advanced technologies developed for alternative energy, military, security and ongoing public and private R&D programs present significant opportunities for SEMA members to innovate and grow."

Before joining SEMA, Waraniak held senior engineering and leadership positions with a range of global companies, including TATA, General Motors, Hughes Aircraft, Johnson Controls, Northrop and No Fear.

Waraniak, who is working with the SEMA OE Relations Department and reports to the Vice President of OE Relations Carl Sheffer, begins his position with SEMA on May 15.

"I’m truly excited about the opportunity to help SEMA members manage and deal with today’s complex vehicle technologies, as well as prepare for emerging technical issues and standards for future vehicle programs," said Waraniak. "I believe that for our members to survive -– let alone compete and grow -– they must have access to both dimensions of vehicle technology –- from product hardware and software for advanced sensors and controllers to design and development process tools and technologies for engineering, simulation, validation and production."

Waraniak can be contacted at (248) 363-5313, or

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