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SEMA Hall of Fame Names New Members

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May 7, 2019—Donnie Eatherly, Ed Pink and Chris Thomson will soon receive one of the collision repair industry's top honors by being inducted into the SEMA Hall of Fame.

The new members will be recognized as part of the festivities during the SEMA installation gala on Friday, July 20, at the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City. 

The three members include:

  • Donnie Eatherly: Eatherly has worked in virtually all areas of the industry. He, along with his father, founded one of the first and longest-running speed shops in the mid-Tennessee area. His experience has helped him to effectively champion many important industry initiatives, including youth engagement, legislative involvement, data standardization and vehicle technology. 
  • Ed Pink: Pink’s first job was at a gas station, which led to a career that had him working alongside industry pioneers such as Lou Baney, and Ed Iskenderian. He opened his first shop in 1957 and built engines used in virtually every avenue of motorsports, including stock cars. Although Pink sold his original business about 10 years ago, he continues to consult and actively supports programs such as the SEMA Scholarship Foundation.
  • Chris Thomson: Before joining TMG Group earlier this year, Chris Thomson worked at leading industry brands, including Baer Brakes Systems,and Holley Performance Products. For more than 40 years, he held executive positions in those organizations and played a key role in the companies’ successes. However, it is his dedication to the industry as a whole that makes him stand out from others.He served on the SEMA board of directors, for starters, and was honored as the 2006 PWA Person of the Year. 

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