New BOLT Mounting System Wins SEMA 2015 New Product Award


MILWAUKEE – The new BOLT (Breakthrough One-Key Lock Technology) J-Mount(tm) Jeep hi-lift jack bracket mounting system was named a 2015 SEMA (Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association) New Product Award winner in the Van/Pickup/Sport Utility category. With 16 different award categories, this popular annual competition recognizes outstanding achievements in the development of products being introduced to the specialty automotive aftermarket at the SEMA Show.

BOLT’s uniquely-designed Jeep accessory, the J-Mount, allows Jeep TJ and JK off-road enthusiasts to securely attach their hi-lift jack to the side of their vehicle for easy, vertical access, and features the one-key convenience of BOLT lock technology. This patented innovation permanently programs the lock to the Jeep owner’s vehicle ignition key, eliminating the need for extra keys.  Once the ignition key is inserted into the lock cylinder, spring-loaded plate tumblers move up and down and the first time the key is rotated, the cylinder is uniquely coded to that key.  An auto-return spring locks automatically when the key is removed.

SEMA used a number of important product aspects as judging criteria for the award, including potential, innovativeness, consumer appeal, quality and workmanship, and availability (cost). “We designed the J-Mount and our other Jeep products to offer the simplified, convenient security of BOLT’s one-key lock technology to Jeep owners, on-the-go consumers that really benefit from easy access to protect their vehicle’s accessories, spare tire, under-hood contents, trailers and equipment,” said Erika Garcia, BOLT national sales manager. SEMA attendees can learn more about the J-Mount and all of BOLT’s products at Booth #35133 Upper South Hall. For more information on the complete selection of Jeep lock products, visit

BOLT and other SEMA New Product Award winners will be recognized at the annual SEMA Industry Awards Banquet on the evening of Thursday, November 5.

About BOLT (Breakthrough One-Key Lock Technology)
BOLT locks come with a limited lifetime warranty. Find a BOLT retailer by using the zip code finder,, or purchase from the BOLT website at BOLT locks are also available at 4-Wheel Parts stores,,, Cabela’s, Canadian Tire, Pep Boys, and Summit For more information, visit or call 844.972.7547.

SEMA Scholarships

2014 SEMA Memorial Scholarship and Loan Forgiveness Award Winners Announced

Diamond Bar, CA (September 19, 2014) – The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund has awarded $152,000 to 61 individuals this year. This includes 44 SEMA scholarships presented to current students, and 17 loan-forgiveness awards presented to employees of SEMA-member companies. In addition, one student was awarded a full-tuition scholarship to Ohio Technical College for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Recipients of these scholarships will be entering into the disciplines of Automotive Engineering & Technology, Automotive Aftermarket, Mechanical Engineering, Business Management, Electrical Engineering, Education, Industrial Engineering & Design, Automotive Machinist, and Public Affairs/Administration.

More than $2 million has been awarded to over 1,000 deserving students since the program’s establishment in 1984. The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund and the SEMA Loan Forgiveness Program are dedicated to fostering the next generation of automotive aftermarket industry leaders and innovators by helping them get off to a successful start in their education and automotive aftermarket career.

The online application for next year’s awards will be accepted November 3, 2014 through April 1, 2015 at

For questions or additional information, please contact SEMA Education Manager Juliet Marshall by phone at 909/978-6655 or email

2014 SEMA Memorial Scholarship Award Winners

• Tyler W. Bagby, Johnson County Community College
• Damian T. Begler, School of Automotive Machinists
• Brandon J. Belcher, University of Northwestern Ohio
• Brenden D. Bungert, University of Minnesota-Duluth
• Alexis Art Cadiao, Mira Costa College (Steve Woomer Award)
• Ryan A. Call, Brigham Young University-Idaho
• Trevor A. Chaney, University of Northwestern Ohio
• Dalyn M. Cirac, University of Northwestern Ohio
• Austin T. Ellis, Colorado School of Mines
• Lee S. Engelhardt, Northwood University
• Sara J. Erhart, Wyoming Technical Institute (SEMA Businesswomen’s Network Award)
• Chester L. Fisher, University of Northwestern Ohio
• Justin L. Furman, Washtenaw Community College
• Matthew Fusco, Northwood University
• Hugo Hernandez, California State University-Northridge (Louis L. Borick Award)
• Austin W. Hiebert, McPherson College (John Menzler & Hot Rod Industry Alliance Award)
• Nicholas V. Hines, University of Northwestern Ohio
• Leonard R. Howe, Brigham Young University-Idaho
• Eric A. Jiskra, Eastern Michigan University
• Jeremy Johnson, Columbus State Community College (Melvin Burton Award)
• Jeffery Kesterson, Oregon Institute of Technology
• Thomas C. Klein, University of Northwestern Ohio (Don Turney Award)
• Mark Lopresto, Cleveland Institute of Art (Harlan Felder Award)
• Brent Maynard, University of Northwestern Ohio (Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council Award)
• Shaun Michael McCarthy, Stanford University
• Jacob E. Mischel, North Dakota State University-Main Campus
• Sara E. Mohon, Clemson University
• Tyler K. Nelson, Brigham Young University-Idaho (Performance Warehouse Association & Light Truck Accessory Alliance Award)
• Harmon L. Newhouse, Brigham Young University-Idaho
• Kaj Niegmann, Georgia Institute of Technology (Bernie Karp Award)
• Joel R. Ortberg, University of Northwestern Ohio
• Amir Sadeghi Pari, Austin Community College
• Masey S. Peone, Central Washington University (Thurston Warn Award)
• Kyle D. Peterson, University of Northwestern Ohio
• Garrett Rider, University of Missouri-Columbia (Mike Kunzman Award)
• Bobby J. Robertson, Jr., McPherson College
• Juan Rodriguez, Jr., Universal Technical Institute-Sacramento
• Robert S. Rose, University of Northwestern Ohio (Joe Hrudka Award)
• Mclane T. Rowley, University of Northwestern Ohio (K&N Engineering Award)
• Paul J. Sakalas, Kent State University (Jeff Moses-Automotive Restoration Market Organization & Manufacturers Representative Network Award)
• Andrew J. Smallman, Kettering University (Emerging Trends & Technology Network Award)
• Zachariah J. Sprenger, De Anza College (K&N Engineering Award)
• Michael C. Sydow, Ferris State University
• Sarah K. Wilkerson, Santa Barbara City College (Louis L. Borick Award)

2014 SEMA Loan Forgiveness Award Winners

  • David M. Chamberlain, COMP Performance Group/Lunati LLC (Dan Borre Award)
    • Laura M. Conrad, Mitsubishi Motor Sales of America Inc. (Trudy Thompson Award)
    • Michael DiCanzio, Turn 5 Inc.
    • Debra S. Dixon-Coen, Nissan North America (Leo Kagan Award)
    • Kyle J. Fichtner, DEEZEE Manufacturing (Joseph Amato Award)
    • William Filter, Dana Holdings/Spicer
    • Mitchell R. Kaup, BluePrint Engines (Young Executive’s Network Award)
    • Jennifer LaFever, Roush Yates Racing Engines (Top Student Award)
    • Adam C. Lovelady, Toyota Motor Sales USA
    • Joshua Mishler, Advanced Plating
    • Kelly A. Muldoon, Venchurs, Inc.
    • Philip F. Muscat, Pratt & Miller Engineering
    • Thomas Rousseve III, Falken Tire Corporation (JA Borre and Wheel & Tire Council Award)
    • Jordan S. Sneathen, SEMO Classic Mustang, Inc.
    • Kirstin E. Stone, Turbosmart USA (Wally Parks Award)
    • Heather Vance, Tenneco (Nat Danas Award)
    • Joshua C. Wang, JE Pistons

About SEMA

SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association founded in 1963, represents the $33 billion specialty automotive industry of 6,814 member-companies. It is the authoritative source for research, data, trends and market growth information for the specialty auto parts industry. The industry provides appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and technology products for passenger and recreational vehicles. For more information, contact SEMA at 1575 S. Valley Vista Dr., Diamond Bar, CA 91765, tel: 909-610-2030, or visit or