As I have said I have been to conventions of equal size at the same location. I knew mostly what to expect and I did fairly well to prepare. Yet I did find myself thinking that there was more I could have done. I am planning to go to SEMA next year so I am making a list of things in advance. With luck it can help others as well.
SEMA is still going on in Las Vegas, Nevada, but my SEMA experience ended yesterday. I am now home with hours of raw video to sort and edit yet. Having spent nearly three whole days and walking for miles I saw only a small percentage of the entire event. I am no stranger to conventions of this size. I have attended a similar show a couple times in Las Vegas and it was just as big. I knew going in that much was going to be missed. Yet I still found myself regretting quite a few missed opportunities.
What I did see and do was overwhelming. Everyone was there from after-market parts manufacturers to car care product companies. All the major automotive brands were there with a few I had never heard of. If it is a car related business in any shape or form they had a booth. There were some that were only marginally car-centric businesses like GoPro and American Express. The SEMA Exhibitor list is the definitive automotive who's who from all over the globe.