Ernie Silvers Selected as Candidate for the SEMA Board
The SEMA Board Select Committee has chosen Ernie Silvers as a candidate for the 2009 SEMA Board of Directors’ election. Silvers is part of the prestigious slate of 10 candidates for six open seats.
“Put a New Face On…” is the theme of the campaign for Ernie Silvers. The central campaign piece is an “Ernie” mask on one side with the qualifications and candidacy statement on the reverse. Go to: www.Egge.com/Ernie to download your Ernie Mask, and you too will “have a face” on the board.
Endorsed by industry leaders including Dennis Gage who states: “Ernie Silvers is exactly the type of individual that the SEMA Board needs. He understands the workings of the Association, and he was probably the best Select Committee Chair in the history of ARMO. He’s well aware of the issues that the restoration and hot rod categories face but perhaps more importantly, as CEO of Egge Machine he also knows the challenges faced by all companies in the Manufacturer’s Category. Ernie is a good thinker and not afraid to take a stand. I can’t think of a better candidate for the SEMA Board, and he definitely gets my vote! – Dennis Gage, Host and CEO, My Classic Car, LLC.”
And Doc Frohmader from www.Webrodder.com raves: “A while back I talked with Ernie Silvers, the chief honcho at Egge Machine, active SEMA member, and SEMA supporter. Ernie’s one of my favorite people because while he’s definitely smooth enough to navigate the politics of such an organization, he’s still a man who knows how to roll up his sleeves and get a job done. Less BS and more common sense, if you know what I mean. You’d like him, probably do if you know him, because he’s real people and has not gone over to the dark side of slick marketing/anything for a buck practices a lot of us are tired to the bone of.”
“I’ll say it clearly. If you want someone who will not play favorites, if you want someone who listens, understands, and sympathizes with the average guy, if you want someone who is able to resist the temptations of going along just to get along no matter how bad an idea is, and if you want someone not likely to be star-struck in the rarefied air of the SEMA Boardroom, vote this guy in.”
“If you haven’t thrown your ballot away, use it. If you have, get another one. All of us are going through a time of shakeups, and it’s obvious that we’ve strayed off the path to where a little fresh blood and clear thinking is required. An adult needs to come back into the room and stop the bullies and cry-babies from tearing up the nursery. There are lots of misguided idiots out there, doing their best to undermine our interests, so isn’t it about time we get someone to do a little fighting for us?” – Doc Frohmader, Webrodder.com
Ernie began his aftermarket career in 1985 with Borg Equipment and Supply, Sunland, CA, as a territory sales representative in the automotive equipment and supply industry. He left Borg for a brief stint in corporate hell and (then) joined Egge Machine in August of 1995. He started out as the inside sales manager, eventually became Egge’s general manager, then VP/GM, and currently holds the position of CEO. Along the way Ernie earned a Bachelor’s Degree (BSBA) from the University of Phoenix and is currently finishing his MBA course work at the University of Redlands – Redlands, CA.
➢ SEMA/ARMO Person of the Year – 2008
➢ SEMA/ARMO Select Committee 2001 – 2008
• Council Chairman 2006 – 2008
• Chair-elect 2004 – 2006
➢ SEMA PAC President’s Club Member
• DC Rally Participant – Since 2004
• Inaugural Sacramento Rally Participant 2007
➢ Program Emcee
• Super Charging Your Backyard Business – SEMA Show 2008
• ARMO Education Roundtable – Who’s Teaching Tomorrow’s Workers – HR&R Show 2007
• ARMO Education Roundtable – Internet Symposium – HR&R Show 2006
• ARMO Education Roundtable – Where is the Restoration Industry Headed? – HR&R Show 2005
➢ SEMA Memorial Scholarship Committee Member – Since 2006
➢ SEMA Board Selection Committee – 2008 Elections
“SEMA is an excellent association and being a member of its Board would surely be a pinnacle in my diverse career – But it’s not about me – It’s about you and your needs as a SEMA member company. I can only promise I will do my very best to ensure members come first in the decision making process and SEMA continues to deliver tangible member benefits.”
Ernie continues: “I am dedicated to SEMA’s mission and, when elected, firmly believe we can prepare your company for a successful and prosperous future in the automotive aftermarket.”