We are excited to share the news! PDM has been selected as Semi-Finalist at the 2020 SEMA Launch Pad Present by YEN (Young Executive Group). “To compete in the 2020 SEMA Launch Pad is one of the biggest honors we could receive. We are thrilled to be considered among some of the most talented, young entrepreneurs in the industry,” said PDM Automotive founder, Johannes Crepon. “This is an incredible opportunity, to be able to show people how they can manage their own data, easily and efficiently to improve sales” said Johannes. The entire PDM team is honored and very excited to be selected as a semi-finalist at the 2020 SEMA Launch Pad and are looking forward to being a part of the competition.
The SEMA Launch Pad Process
According to the SEMA.org website, “the 2020 SEMA Launch Pad program is a competition for young entrepreneurs who would like to launch their products into the $44.6 billion dollar aftermarket.” The Launch Pad is open to all entrepreneurs under the age of 40 that have a business or product to pitch. The 15 semi-finalists will receive a one-year SEMA membership, one video to be hosted on SEMA’s YouTube Channel, and attend the SEMA Show Exhibitor Summit in August. The public will have a chance to vote for the top 10 finalists who will receive a complimentary kiosk booth at the 2020 SEMA Show (in addition to many other widespread awareness opportunities), with the Top 5 vote-getters earning a chance to pitch their products during the SEMA Launch pad Live event, November 2, at the SEMA Show. Learn more about SEMA Launch Pad here.
About Johannes Crepon, Founder & CEO:
Johannes Crepon founded and partnered multiple automotive aftermarket businesses. He launched his first successful company in Germany, Velocity Automotive, at the age of 17 after becoming addicted to 1930s Hot Rods during his foreign exchange studies in the United States. Johannes quickly established the company in the US as a reliable distributor for the European market and it is now operating out of three locations, two in Germany, and one in New Jersey USA.
The English proverb “necessity is the mother of invention” drove Johannes to start his latest company PDM Automotive. Using modern technologies to create an industry platform to generate, maintain, and distribute data to fuel the automotive aftermarket. 21st-century technology for the 21st-century aftermarket.
Johannes received his Bachelor and Masters degrees while building Velocity Automotive GmbH. He is bilingual in Deutsch and English and received a best in class award at M.Sc. Innovations & Technology Management.
Read what some industry partners have to say about their experience with PDM:
Rory Connell, Vice President Sales & Marketing for Advanced Accessory Concepts: PDM changed the way we manage our ACES & PIES data, there is no turning back.” Read the full interview here
Paige Lohan, Principal Data Manager for Data-Driver: – In today’s world of interconnectivity, DATA is KING and that is why we partnered with PDM.” Read the full interview here.