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SEMA Person Of The Year To Present 2021 Big Show Keynote

Newsweek named Myles Kovacs one of the nation’s “10 Big Thinkers for Big Business in the 21st Century.”


Keystone Automotive Operations has announced that 2020 SEMA Person of Year, Myles Kovacs will be presenting the Keynote Address to open the 2021 BIG Show at the Gaylord Texan Resort Hotel and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas. The in-person event will be held March 5-6, 2021, followed by a weeklong virtual event March 15-19. His Keynote Address: “From Street Kid to Success: Navigating the Journey with Myles Kovacs,” will inspire attendees to “think differently” as they kick off the two-day industry-only tradeshow. 


Born in a tough neighborhood in East Los Angeles, California, the Japanese-Hungarian Kovacs has become a leading, influential figure in the automotive media and wheel industries. Since 1998, Myles and his companies have created entire market segments and spawned brands that defined their genres.  

Over the years, Myles has earned accolades for his business success and leadership from the New York TimesEntrepreneurmagazine, SEMA, and Newsweek, which named Kovacs one of the nation’s “10 Big Thinkers for Big Business in the 21st Century.” With his business focus now aimed squarely at the wheel industry, he comes to the BIG Show with his Keynote Address, sponsored by Truck Accessories Group (TAG) – LEER, to share the wealth of experienced gained through decades of navigating his unique path. 


“Myles has built a remarkable career as an automotive industry innovator by effectively bridging the powerful and influential connections between music, culture, lifestyle and social media,” said Keystone Automotive Operations President, Bill Rogers. “None of his accomplishments have come without challenges, which makes his route to success even more impressive. We’re looking forward to Myles sharing his story with our BIG Show attendees along with his perspective on the automotive industry and how attendees can benefit from his experience.”    

During Kovacs’ 20-year tenure at the helm of DUB Publishing Inc., he developed partnerships with some of the world’s most recognizable brands including Best Buy, Chrysler, Energizer, General Motors, Ford, Microsoft, Mobil 1 and many more. He also pioneered product licensing agreements that extended the brand into video games, toys, car care, energy drinks and other sectors. The 2020 SEMA Person of the Year serves on the organization’s board of directors and he is actively involved in numerous charitable organizations. 


“Myles Kovacs is an industry visionary who over the course of his career has parlayed his exceptional understanding of the media, entertainment and automotive landscape to achieve tremendous success across the marketplace,” said John Aleva, president and COO, Truck Accessories Group – LEER. “His is a compelling, impactful story that will resonate with attendees. We are proud to be sponsoring his Keynote Address at the 2021 BIG Show.” 

The BIG Show opens March 5 with Kovacs’ Keynote Address, followed by a preview of the suppliers and brands represented on the show floor. With featured vehicles, innovative product displays and exciting opportunities to connect, share and discover throughout the 180,000 sq. ft. convention center in a relaxed environment, The Keystone BIG Show is a premier automotive aftermarket industry event. 


For more information on The BIG Show, including exhibitor lists, sponsorship guides, and travel recommendations, interested customers or suppliers can visit or contact their Keystone Automotive Operations representative.

Keystone Automotive Operations continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and are in constant communication with the host venue and local authorities.



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