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Keith Price, Justin Red vying for Mobile Electronics Association accolades

BOCA RATON, Fla. – July 22, 2019— Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers’™ employees Keith Price of Cary, North Carolina, and Justin Red of The Colony, Texas, were recently named finalists for the Installer of the Year and Salesperson of the Year awards, respectively, in the 2019 Mobile Electronics Industry Awards, which is sponsored by the Mobile Electronics Association (MEA).
“Keith and Justin are two reasons why we continue to succeed,” said Charles J. Bonfiglio, president and CEO of Tint World®. “They represent the positive spirit of all our franchise owners and employees across the U.S. and around the globe. We’re glad to have them as part of the Tint World® family.”

Price, a 20-year industry veteran, is one of 50 national nominees for the Installer of the Year award. “I’m passionate about creating cars that have the ‘WOW’ factor when it comes to electronics,” Price said. “It’s a tremendous honor just to be nominated by my peers, and I’m grateful for the opportunity I have with Tint World® to showcase the designs my team and I create.”

Red, who has 11 years of industry experience, was tabbed for Salesperson of the Year among 20 finalists. “Tint World® has grown rapidly during my time here, and I’m humbled to be a small part of that success,” Red said. “We have the best products, systems and packages, so it’s a tremendous privilege to connect customers with Tint World® and make their friends and neighbors marvel at what we do.”

The Mobile Electronics Industry Awards is a months-long effort to recognize and honor those in mobile electronics who demonstrate the best business practices of the industry. The awards honor workers who exhibit expertise, service and professionalism in their vocation. All nominees submit video nominations, and finalists are determined after a voting process. Winners will be announced at the annual MEA KnowledgeFest tradeshow and conference held this year at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas, from Aug. 9-11.

Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers™ offer sales and installation of auto accessories, mobile electronics, audio video equipment, security systems, custom wheels and tire packages, window tinting, vehicle wraps, paint protection films, detailing services, nano ceramic coatings, maintenance and repair services, and more. Tint World® is also the leading provider of residential, commercial and marine computerized window tinting and security film services with locations throughout the U.S. and abroad, with franchise opportunities available worldwide.

Founded in 1982, Tint World® has grown to become an award-winning franchised provider of automotive styling, residential, commercial and marine window tinting and security film services. With Automotive Styling Centers™ in the U.S. and abroad, each franchise location houses approximately 20 profit centers, ranging from in-store accessory installations to off-site sales and installation of residential, commercial and marine window tinting and security films. To find out more, please visit www.tintworld.com and tintworldfranchise.com.

5/31/2016 -- Prestige  Car Audio & Marine drops 2 spots to #7, while the other “Car Audio & Marine,” Kingpin, climbs into the top 5 retailers. On the installer side, the top 5 remain cemented while Jeremiah Mojica moves up 2 spots to #10.

Retailer Standings (Industry votes only; highest to lowest)

Rank Retailers %Vote
1 Musicar Northwest – Portland, OR 9.4%
2 NVS Audio – Linden, NJ 5.0%
3 Soundscape Car Audio – Plano, TX 4.8%
4 Sound Depot and Performance – Gainesville, FL 3.9%
5 Kingpin Car & Marine Audio Inc – Wilsonville, OR 3.8%
6 GNC Customs – Goshen, IN 3.7%
7 Prestige Car Audio & Marine – Metairie, LA 3.6%
8 Cartronix – Valparaiso, IN 3.5%
9 Mobile Toys – College Station, TX 3.2%
10 Cartunes – Atlanta, GA 3.1%
11 Al & Ed’s Autosound – Los Angeles, CA 2.9%
12 Absolute Electronix – Rockville, MD 2.8%
13 Radios Knobs Speakers and Things – Pontiac, MI 2.7%
14 Spokane Audio Video Experts – Greenacres, WA 2.5%
15 Foss Audio & Tint – Tukwila, WA 2.4%
16 Stereo King Oregon – Portland, OR 2.4%
17 Driven Mobile Electronics – Chantilly, VA 2.2%
18 Sound Wave Customs – Virginia Beach, VA 2.0%
19 Explicit Customs – West Melbourne, FL 2.0%
20 Westminster Speed & Sound – Westminster, MD 2.0%
21 Dr Dashboard – Evansville, IN 2.0%
22 JML Audio of St. Louis – Fenton, MO 1.8%
23 Elite Audio – Spartanburg, SC 1.8%
24 JC Audio – Jackson, TN 1.7%
25 Ocala Car Audio – Ocala, FL 1.6%
26 Driven Audio Ltd. – Abbotsford, BC 1.6%
27 Stereo Solutions – Redding, CA 1.5%
28 Audio Designs & Custom Graphics – Jacksonville, FL 1.4%
29 Industry Auto Designs – Las Vegas, NV 1.4%
30 SRQ Customs – Sarasota, FL 1.4%
31 Audio Solutions StL – St. Louis, MO 1.3%
32 Tip Top Customs – Morris, IL 1.3%
33 Sound FX, Inc. – Lewes, DE 1.1%
34 Blvd Customs of Lakeland – Lakeland, FL 1.1%
35 The Car Audio Shop – High Ridge, MO 1.0%
36 Extreme Audio – Mechanicsville, VA 1.0%
37 Autosound Lab – Fresno, CA 1.0%
38 Greg’s Custom Audio, Video & Car Stereo – Pikeville, KY 1.0%
39 California Audio – WVC, UT 0.9%
40 Tunes-N-Tint – Lakeland, FL 0.8%
41 Sound Auto – Hamilton, NJ 0.7%
42 Sound Solutions – Gulfport, MS 0.7%
43 SoundsGood Auto – Coquitlam, BC 0.7%
44 Dreamworks Motorsports – Roxboro, NC 0.6%
45 Distinctive Car Toyz – Pleasantville, NJ 0.6%
46 Adrenaline Autosound – Clayton, NC 0.5%
47 Audio Expert Car Stereo – Clearwater, FL 0.5%
48 The Sound Shop – Indian Trail, NC 0.4%
49 Auto Trim Design – Amarillo, TX 0.4%
50 Cypress Auto Sound & Tint – Cypress, CA 0.1%

Installer Standings (Industry votes only; highest to lowest)

Rank Installers %Vote
1 Matt Schaeffer – Safe & Sound Mobile Electronics – Chantilly, VA 11.5%
2 Carlos Ramirez – NVS Audio – Linden, NJ 4.8%
3 Miguel Vega – Titan Motoring – Nashville, TN 4.6%
4 Chris Ott – Amplified Autosports – Tampa, FL 4.1%
5 TJ Carlson – Kingpin Car & Marine Audio – WIlsonville, OR 3.3%
6 Brent Leavitt – Low Notes Garage – Boise, ID 3.2%
7 Christerfer Pate – Mobile Toys Inc – College Station, TX 3.1%
8 Bryan Piper – Resonance Auto Craft – Corpus Christi, TX 2.9%
9 Barry Barth – Prestige Car Audio & Marine – Metairie, LA 2.7%
10 Jeremiah Mojica – GNC Customs – Elkhart, IN 2.7%
11 Mike Schwitz – Sound Connection – St. Joseph, MN 2.7%
12 Charles Brazil – First Coast Auto Creations – Jacksonville, FL 2.6%
13 David Cruz – Soundscape Car Audio – Plano, TX 2.6%
14 Aaron Garcia – Perfectionist Auto Sound and Security – Anchorage, AK 2.6%
15 Steve Coogle – Discount Audio – Louisville, KY 2.5%
16 Andrew Emelander – GNC Customs – Goshen, IN 2.4%
17 Tim Baillie – Audiolines Mobile Sound- Burnaby, BC 2.4%
18 Jeff Cantrell – JC Audio – Jackson, TN 2.3%
19 Nicholas Frazier – Innovative Concepts – West Springfield, MA 2.3%
20 Scott Miller – Explicit Customs – West Melbourne, FL 2.3%
21 Dan Macilwain – Sound Advantage – Rochester, MI 2.2%
22 Warren Williams – Hi-Tech Car Audio – El Cerrito, CA 2.1%
23 Cj Silvey – Foss Audio and Tint – Puyallup, WA 2.1%
24 Erick Markland – Markland Designs – Lithonia, GA 1.8%
25 Daniel DiCampli – Windward Audio – Kaneohe, HI 1.8%
26 Matt Cropper – Stereo King – Portland, OR 1.6%
27 Mike Sandoval – Sound Warehouse – Salt Lake City, UT 1.5%
28 Tyler Wilson – Spokane Audio Video Experts – Greenacres, WA 1.5%
29 B.J. Curcio – After FX Customs – Stamford, CT 1.5%
30 David Kosakowski – Total image – McKees Rocks, PA 1.5%
31 Adam Perkins – Sound Wave Customs – Virginia Beach, VA 1.3%
32 Andrew Evens – Industry Auto Designs – Las Vegas, NV 1.2%
33 Brandon Green – The Car Audio Shop – High Ridge, MO 1.1%
34 Jason Stone – Stereo Solutions – Redding, CA 1.1%
35 John Schumacher – Audio Solutions StL – St. Louis, MO 1.0%
36 John Cage – Spokane Audio Video Experts – Greenacres, WA 0.9%
37 Rob Miller – JML Audio of St. Louis – Fenton, MO 0.9%
38 Bryan Turvaville – Auto Trim Design – Amarillo, TX 0.8%
39 Aaron Markwell – Godspeed Rides – Sarasota, FL 0.7%
40 Jon Schmitz – Mach 1 Audio – Washington, MO 0.7%
41 Vinny Tullo – VIP Customs – Earlysville, VA 0.7%
42 Alan Hogan – Baileys Audio – Lake Charles, LA 0.7%
43 Michael Oechsner – Mobile Edge – Lehighton, PA 0.7%
44 Alain Sainvil – NVS Audio – Linden, NJ 0.6%
45 Brandon Douglas – Adrenaline Autosound – Clayton, NC 0.6%
46 Dan Castro – The Car Audio Shop – High Ridge, MO 0.6%
47 John Phillips – Stereo One Carbondale – Carbondale, IL 0.4%
48 Colton Wadley – Pro Audio – Provo, UT 0.4%
49 Sam Lee – Audio Xcellence – City of Industry, CA 0.2%
50 Jonathan Moore – Dreamworks Motorsports – Roxboro, NC 0.1%

 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE TOP 50 RETAILERS AND TOP 100 INSTALLERS

CLICK HERE TO VOTE!

Hello All,

It’s Time! This is the official notification that the 2014 Industry Awards are underway.

This blog is intended to outline the process and rules for the awards, starting from selecting the Top 100 Installers and Top 50 Retailers, all the way to selecting the final winners. Those winners will be announced and celebrated at the Mobile Electronics Retailers Association (MERA) KnowledgeFest event in Dallas, August 16-19.

For those of you who don’t know, The Industry Awards recognize the top performers in our industry. At the retail level, we identify the Top 100 Installers and Top 50 Retailers. Each of these groups narrows down to the Top 12, and finally we select winners from this group. This year, we’ve made changes to the Retailer of the Year awards. There will be one winner and one runner-up award given in two categories: single store and chain. The Installer of the Year award remains unchanged.

And there are other awards as well. The Trusted Tech award goes to the individual installation expert who is not only an excellent troubleshooter and detail-oriented worker, but has also earned the recognition and respect of their peers. The Rep of the Year and Rep Firm of the Year recognize sales representatives who go beyond the transaction to provide support and encouragement to retailers. Distributor of the Year (new for 2014) and Expediter of the Year award the top performers in these sales channels. And our Vendor of the Year awards celebrate the hard-working staffs of our suppliers and manufacturers in several different categories.

Before we delve more into the details, I want to first thank the members of the Mobile Electronics Advisory Group for their time and valued input. My goal for the group was to streamline the rules and policies of the awards so that we can present a fair and transparent process to the industry. The guidelines you see below are the result of their dedication.

Good Luck to All!

Solomon Daniels, Editor-in-Chief

 

2014 Mobile Electronics Industry Awards – Rules and Guidelines

Retailer Qualifications:

A publicly accessible, licensed brick-and-mortar or mobile business that has a dedicated mobile electronics department with full sales, retail and installation support. The business must have been open for a minimum of two years, regardless of location. (Home-based business must meet the same criteria and be licensed by local municipality to operate a mobile electronics retail business in its location.)

Installer Qualifications:

Installation specialists with a minimum 5 years of experience under a licensed business (company or sole proprietor) who are gainfully employed as a professional installer. Installation must be their primary duty within the business.

 

Vendors, Expediters, Distributors, Reps and Rep Firm Awards

Qualifications:

A vendor, manufacturer's representative, distributor or expediter that produces, sells or supports products in the mobile electroncis industry.

Vendor Awards:

Expediter of the Year

Rep of the Year

Rep Firm of the Year

Distributor of the Year

Top Vendor - Vendor – Autosound / Video

Top Vendor – Security / Convenience / Safety

Top Vendor – Power / Installation Components

Top Vendor – Processing and Integration

 


 

June 3: Voting to Select the Top 12 Begins

Individuals who vote are divided into two categories:
Consumers / Enthusiasts – people who are customers, family members, friends or competitors and are NOT employees in the mobile electronics industry in a professional capacity.

Industry professionals – people who work for an industry manufacturer, supplier, distributor, affiliate company or a retail location.

Because this is primarily an industry award, the value of an industry vote will be higher than that of a consumer vote:

  • If a candidate gets fewer than 5 industry votes, the consumer votes do not count.
  • If a candidate gets 6 to 9 industry votes, the consumer votes are worth 1/5 of one industry vote each.
  • If a candidate gets 10 to 19 industry votes, the consumer votes are worth 1/4 of one industry vote each.
  • If a candidate gets 20 to 29 industry votes, the consumer votes are worth 1/3 of one industry vote each.
  • If a candidate gets 30 to 39 industry votes, the consumer votes are worth 1/2 of one industry vote each.
  • If a candidate gets 40 or more industry votes, the consumer votes are worth 3/4 of one industry vote each.
  • Each person may select one retailer and one installer. Voters must supply contact information for verification purposes, and IP addresses are monitored to reduce the possibility of fraudulent voting. (Multiple store employees may vote from the same computer / IP address.)

    June 20: LAST DAY to VOTE!


     

    August 18: All winners announced at KnowledgeFest

    Errors and omissions:
    If, throughout this process, we determine that there is an error or more detail / clarification is required, we will publicly announce the adjustment via Hotwire, our email newsletter. 

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