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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (Mar. 10, 2020) – Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. will attend the upcoming Mobile Electronics Association (MEA) KnowledgeFest hosted in the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN from Friday, March 27 – Sunday, March 29.
 
Alpine will be in exhibit #522 where staff will be on-site to demo Alpine’s new 2020 product line-up. The line-up will include the new PowerStack solution with the KTA-200M Mono Power Amplifier, the Alpine Halo11 11-inch Floating Display, R-A90S 6-Channel Amplifier, PXE-X09 Hi-Resolution Wireless Digital Sound Processor, Halo Pre-Loaded Subwoofer Enclosures, and the X409-WRA-JL 9-inch Display and Sound Bar Solution Kit for the new 2018 – up Jeep® Wrangler and 2020 Jeep® Gladiator.
 
After a successful debut in Long Beach, Alpine’s new Halo Sound Demo Vehicle, a 2017 Honda® Civic, will be on-site to showcase the new Alpine Halo Sound System alongside the new PXE-X09 Hi-Resolution Wireless Digital Sound Processor as well as demonstrate an R-Series active 3-way system.
 
Located outside of the convention center, Alpine will also have a 2018 Jeep® Wrangler demo vehicle loaded with the new X409-WRA-JL 9-inch Weather-Resistant Navigation System with Off-Road Mode and PSS-23WRA Powered System Upgrade.
Alpine will host three training sessions during KnowledgeFest that will include a guided open forum for industry and 12Volt Specialist discussion.
 
Friday, March 27 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in Room 122
Friday’s training session will cover the 2020 Product Line-Up Review where the Alpine Brand Specialist team will provide demonstrations on select products.
 
Sunday, March 29 from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. in Room 121
Sunday will include a hands-on training session with the PXE-X09, Alpine’s new Hi-Resolution Wireless Digital Sound Processor. 
 
For the second year in a row, Alpine will return to KnowledgeFest as the official 2020 Lanyard Sponsor.
All KnowledgeFest attendees are welcome to visit the Alpine booth, join the training sessions, and meet with Alpine staff from the sales, marketing, and product planning teams. Attendees are encouraged to visit www.knowledgefest.org and use the “Education Workshops & Vendor Training” link to register for the Alpine training sessions.
 
Jeep® is a registered trademark of FCA US LLC.
Honda® is a registered trademark of Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
 
Alpine Media Contact
Allison Saunders
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(586) 719-8966

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (Feb. 03, 2020) – Continuing its Diamond ULTRA Membership investment into 2020, Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. will attend the upcoming Mobile Electronics Association (MEA) KnowledgeFest, hosted at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, CA from Friday, February 7 – Sunday, February 9. 

Alpine will be in exhibit #1606 where staff will be on-site to demo Alpine’s new 2020 product line-up. The line-up will include the new PowerStack solution with the KTA-200M Mono Power Amplifier, the Alpine Halo11 11-inch Floating Display, R-A90S 6-Channel Amplifier, PXE-X09 Hi-Resolution Wireless Digital Sound Processor, Halo Pre-Loaded Subwoofer Enclosures, and the X409-WRA-JL 9-inch Display and new Sound Bar Solution Kit for the new 2018 – up Jeep® Wrangler and 2020 Jeep® Gladiator.

Booth visitors will learn about the new product launches as well as receive expert marketing and sales techniques for promoting the products to potential buyers. Visitors will also see the products in action in Alpine’s new demo vehicle, a 2017 Honda® Civic loaded with Alpine’s R-Series products as well as new 2020 products.

The Honda® Civic will showcase the OEM integration capabilities of the new PXE-X09 Hi-Resolution Wireless Digital Sound Processor with the factory head unit as well as demonstrate an active 3-way system including the 30MC 3-inch Midrange Component Speakers with R-S65C.2 Component Speakers alongside the new Halo Pre-Loaded R-Series 12-inch dual Subwoofer Enclosures. The system will be powered by the new R-A90S 6-Channel Amplifier and two R-A75M Mono Power Density Amplifiers.

Alpine will host three training sessions during KnowledgeFest that will include a guided open forum for industry and 12Volt Specialist discussion.

Friday, February 7 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in Seaside B

On Friday, Alpine will discuss the 2020 Product Line-Up Review, with information and training on the products that will launch from March to the end of the year. The Alpine Brand Specialist team will be on-site to provide demonstrations on select products during the training session.

Saturday, February 8 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in Seaside 1

Saturday’s session will introduce Alpine’s latest marketing initiatives designed to increase foot traffic in stores. Alpine will discuss the next evolution of the Alpine Experience Event, as well as a new program, Alpine Demo+.

Sunday, February 9 from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. in Seaside 1

Sunday will include an in-depth training session on the factory and aftermarket integrations of the versatile PXE-X09, Alpine’s new Hi-Resolution Wireless Digital Sound Processor. 12Volt Specialists will receive information on how the processor can help grow business with its multi-channel integration tools as well as training on the PC software’s summing/mixing capabilities and the onboard RTA and signal generator. 

For the second year in a row, Alpine will return to KnowledgeFest as the official 2020 Lanyard Sponsor.

All KnowledgeFest attendees are welcome to visit the Alpine booth, join the training sessions, and meet with Alpine staff from the sales, marketing, and product planning teams. Attendees are encouraged to visit www.knowledgefest.org and use the “Education Workshops & Vendor Training” link to register for the Alpine training sessions.

Jeep® is a registered trademark of FCA US LLC. 
Honda® is a registered trademark of Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

Alpine Media Contact
Allison Saunders
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(586) 719-8966

Alpine Electronics, Inc. is an automotive electronics manufacturer that provides consumers and leading automakers with audio, video, navigation and driver assistance products. The company specializes in system integration solutions with innovative vehicle entertainment and information technologies. Alpine’s R&D and manufacturing facilities in Asia, Europe, and North America ensure that all products address the real-world requirements of drivers in each market. The company is committed to developing safe, comfortable and eco-friendly automotive electronics products. Alpine Electronics, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ALPS ALPINE CO., LTD.  

March 23, 2016  Santa Fe Springs, CA, -- American Road Products will conduct two dealer interactive workshops at the Mobile Electronics’ KnowledgeFest Spring Training event being held April 8-10, 2016, at the Indiana Convention Center. The focus of these workshops is to jump start 12V Specialist retailers into sales and installations of the 360º OmniVue Advanced Vision Surround View Camera Systems and the ReverseGUARD line of add-on back-up protection products.  

The safety business is the fastest growing segment of aftermarket vehicle electronics. American Road Products will give proactive retailers the foundation to begin the high margin business of selling and installing safety to consumers AND local commercial fleets. Carlos Garcia, Fleet Installation Manager and Stephen Witt will conduct the sessions. The how to sell to commercial customers is the NEW business education for retailers. 

All Dealer Workshop attendees will be entered into a drawing to win a 360º OmniVue Surround View Passenger system worth $1199. retail. 

"With our commercial product offering, 12V Specialty retailers can add the profitable local commercial fleet safety business to the revenue stream of the store states" Stephen Witt, "The local HVAC, electrical, plumbing, landscaping, delivery and service fleets need safety products to improve driver behavior and reduce accidents. The average cost in 2015 of a non injury accident for commercial fleets was $64, 981. Working together with our Authorized 12V Dealers, we will help the local commercial business save money by lowering accident rates, insurance costs and downtime" says Witt.  

To register for the American Road Products sessions, visit the following link and click on the American Road Products Sales & Install Workshop listing:

https://knowledgefest.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php  

Open to ALL  Dealer Workshop:  5:15PM - 6;15PM Friday, April 8 

Open to ALL  Dealer Workshop:  9:30AM - 10:30AM Sunday, April 10  

Garcia and Witt will also be conducting the Selling Safety: Developing You New Profit Center Sales Track workshop on Saturday, April 9 from 11:00AM - 12:15PM. This session is must attend for store owners and managers that WANT to expand their business into the high margin vehicle safety business. Attendees will learn how to market and position their store in the growing safety market, how to target, present to and close commercial fleet safety customers and what products are in the highest demand. 

For more information call 888.918.8800 or visit amercianroadproducts.com

Another Record-Setting KnowledgeFest® Dallas

Year-Over-Year Growth Continues for Each Event

NORTH ANDOVER, MASS. – August 30, 2017 – The Mobile Electronics Association (MEA) announced today final figures for its recently completed KnowledgeFest education conference and trade show in Dallas. The event was another record-setter for MEA with year-over-year growth for each event. KnowledgeFest Dallas 2017 had more than 1,300 attendees, 55 exhibitors occupying more than 60,000 square feet of exhibit space, 40 hours of educational workshops and 60 hours of vendor training and finishing with a celebration of our industry’s accomplishments at the annual Mobile Electronics Industry Awards.

To accommodate the event’s growth, KnowledgeFest Dallas moved to a bigger venue, the Dallas Convention Center and Omni Dallas Hotel. Additionally, growth of new product categories such as driver assistance and safety products were well represented and offered installing dealer’s new revenue opportunities. New tech companies are finding the KnowledgeFest show floor and available training time an affordable way to bring their products to market with the mobile electronics specialist. New for this year’s event was the “Accelerate your Business” keynote, business owners’ night school and manufacturer tours and training on the exhibit floor.

“We are demonstrating to our attendees and exhibitors that KnowledgeFest is dedicated to the mobile electronics specialist, the installing dealer. For MEA, it’s a niche market comprised of not only veterans and survivors, but new businesses being created by young entrepreneurs,” remarked Chris Cook, president of MEA. “The educational programming and vendor training unique to KnowledgeFest adds value to the attendees’ and exhibitors’ experiences.”

KnowledgeFest is growing. For 2018, MEA announced a third KnowledgeFest at the Long Beach Convention Center. The west coast and especially southern California has historically been a strong market for mobile electronics; and, many vendors’ US headquarters are in Southern California. Interest from vendors looking to make a strong statement to dealers in this market is high. Advance space selection for Long Beach is strong and MEA anticipates having to expand exhibit space.

For more information on the most recent event in Dallas, go to www.KFest.me to review the education and manufacturer training descriptions, pictures from the event and information about the exhibitors.

MEA brings the KnowledgeFest education conference and trade show experience to three regional locations: Indianapolis in the east, Dallas central, and new-for-2018 Long Beach on the west coast.

2018 KnowledgeFest Dates:

  • Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, California, February 23-25, 2018
  • Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, Indiana, March 16-18, 2018
  • Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, Texas, August 17-19, 2018

About the Mobile Electronics Association

Mobile Electronics Association (MEA) is a trade association comprised of installing dealers and product vendors dedicated to serving the needs of the mobile electronics specialist industry. MEA owns and produces KnowledgeFest®, events in Long Beach, Indianapolis and Dallas that combine educational programming and vendor training with a trade show floor. MEA owns and publishes the monthly Mobile Electronics® magazine, which is the industry’s #1 resource, as well as other digital media, including websites and the industry’s e-newsletter Hotwire. MEA provides software and data-driven services to vendors and retailers.

Words by Jamie Sorcher

4-23-2018 Mobile Electronics -- Getting dealers out of their shops and easing installers out of their old habits is the calling card of Mobile Solutions which offers support, motivation, and inspiration to all

Being on top of your game today, whether you’re a dealer, manufacturer, or installer, requires a readiness to accept the old, manage the present, and prepare for the future.

Many folks—and everyone is guilty of it at some point --get stuck in a rut and just rely on doing things the same old way they have always been done. But eventually people want to make a change—and that is how Bryan Schmitt, president and lead trainer of Tempe, Ariz.-based Mobile Solutions, makes his living. He gets individuals to leave their offices, shops, and install bays to figure out how to do things smarter.

Through his educational company Schmitt has created tools and training sessions—signature four-day boot camps—so that his students—who are technicians, fabricators, and retailers-- can leave with a level of professionalism and sense of pride they may not have had before.

While Mobile Solutions offers a range of... Read the rest of the story HERE.

Theme for annual show and conference in Dallas focuses on keeping up with advancing technology, consumer patterns.

NORTH ANDOVER, MASS., June 27, 2016 (MEDIAWIRE) — The Mobile Electronics Association® (MEA) announced the theme for its 2016 KnowledgeFest® trade show and conference, scheduled for August 20-22, 2016 at the Hilton Anatole Resort & Convention Center in Dallas. "SHIFT" will be depicted on all show signs and artwork, signifying a call for industry professionals to take their expertise, drive and professionalism to a higher level.

The KnowledgeFest theme is chosen annually by MEA staff after carefully evaluating changing trends that directly affect the mobile electronics community. This year, the focus has been on evolving safety and driver assistance products and technologies.

"Carmakers are using significant advertising budget to promote safety features on new vehicles, and almost all of the available OEM options have aftermarket counterparts," said Chris Cook, MEA president. "Retailers can take advantage of a new profit center in which consumer value has been stoked high by OEM messaging."

The media is also heavily covering autonomous vehicle technology and how cars will make decisions based on input from vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) networks. The potential changes to the driving experience hold future opportunity for retailers and installation technicians. 

Celebrating its 20th year, KnowledgeFest will employ its own shift as well. The educational component of the conference will undergo a change from individual classes to three-class courses. Each course is intended to enhance the educational experience with graduated lessons from class to class, as well as a broader view of how the chosen curriculum works within the store structure.  Attendees who complete each course will receive wall certificates marking their achievement.

The "SHIFT" theme is visualized by a classic car gear shifter that also includes a button, presumably to employ nitrous oxide, which propels a vehicle faster by increasing the amount of oxygen available for combustion.  

“The shifter and its nitrous button are the perfect representation of how we need to keep up with opportunities that come from evolution in the vehicle space," concluded Cook. "Shifting gives us more headroom to be able to react to changing market conditions. Then we hit the button and put all of our resources into overdrive."

Registration for KnowledgeFest 2016 is currently open, and attendees will be able to select and reserve space in education courses in the coming weeks. For more information, please visit knowledgefest.org.  

About the Mobile Electronics Association®

The Mobile Electronics Association (MEA) strives to grow the mobile electronics industry by supporting its retailers, salespeople, technicians and manufacturers with integrated services built around the group’s 1100-plus members, its Mobile Electronics® magazine, KnowledgeFest® tradeshows, Partnership Program, point-of-sale system and data products. Through these offerings, Mobile Electronics delivers education, networking avenues, business and marketing resources, and promotes partnership between retailers and manufacturers to increase sales and profits. For more information, contact MEA at 85 Flagship Dr., Suite F, North Andover, MA 01845, telephone: 800-949-6372, or visit join-mea.com.

Seattle, WA – AudioControl has teamed with Gary Biggs of Audiofrog to build a demo vehicle to highlight its amplifiers, processors and speakers at KnowledgeFest in Dallas, August 20th to August 22nd, 2016. On display for dealers to experience will be the BMW 535i featuring the launch of AudioControl’s new DM-810 processor that will start shipping in August. The BMW factory source unit will be retained to show just how great any factory system can sound when paired with AudioControl processing and amplification.

There will be multiple AudioControl amplifiers including two of the new AudioControl LC-4.800 four channel amps. “This will be the first time many dealers and installers will get a chance to experience our new technologies in Amplification and DSP, so to have a legend like Gary doing this build is very exciting for us!” exclaimed Chris Bennett, National Sales Manager at AudioControl.

All of the processing and amplification will drive the audio performance of Audiofrog GB series speakers and subwoofers. AudioControl invites all attendees to come by booth #228 at KnowledgeFest 2016 and hear how “Making Good Sound Great” is possible when using the best in class equipment from AudioControl and Audiofrog.

Seattle, WA, February 19th, 2018 – AudioControl (audiocontrol.com), makers of innovative high-performance audio solutions for the residential, commercial and automotive markets has announced their training schedule for the 2018 Spring KnowledgeFest to be held February 23-25 in Long Beach, CA.  

AudioControl will be showcasing the brand’s newest products focused on OEM integration, including a new array of amplifiers and processors. AudioControl’s Chris Bennett, National Director of Mobile, will be helping KnowledgeFest attendees fully understand the benefits and opportunities associated with these products as they apply to both sales and installation teams.

ACM Amplifiers

When it comes to amplification, all of the new AudioControl products deliver unmatched features and performance. The recently unveiled ACM amplifiers deliver superb sound quality for any system design, yet amazingly are only 1 ½ -inches in height and compact overall footprint measuring 8-inches by 3-inches. ACM Series amps can be mounted with controls oriented up or down, and reversible cover plates allow flexible mounting options when paired with AudioControl DM series DSP processors or when using multiple ACM Series amplifiers in confined spaces. All ACM models have been engineered to deliver critical features such as separate HI and LO level inputs, giving installers the option to use any aftermarket head unit or their customer’s factory installed system without the need for additional adapters. Each ACM amplifier is 2-Ohm stable and features AudioControl’s patented AccuBASS® circuitry, a 12dB/octave Linkwitz-Riley Crossover and AudioControl’s GTO signal sensing circuitry for the utmost in system flexibility and ease of installation. Based on this outstanding feature array and superior performance, the AudioControl ACM lineup delivers audio entertainment euphoria even in the most confined automotive setting.   

DM-RTA

Please join AudioControl to learn all about these latest product offerings as well as exciting advances such as the upcoming DM-RTA. The DM-RTA is an all-in-one calibration tool that can provide everything an installer needs to test an audio signal in any environment. If you are a technician in the mobile audio industry, don’t miss this chance to learn about the DM-RTA, AudioControl’s latest achievement that puts four vital test tools at your fingertips within a single unit!

KNOWLEDGEFEST TRAINING SCHEDULE

Saturday, February 24

Time: 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm

Meeting Room: Seaside 5B

Sunday, February 25

Time: 10:15 am - 11:15 am

Meeting Room: Seaside 5B

Seattle, WA, July 31st, 2017 – AudioControl will be showcasing its latest aftermarket audio solutions at the 2017 KnowledgeFest in Dallas, August 11-14. AudioControl will be exhibiting in booth 212, featuring a 2010 Mercedes GLK demo vehicle sponsored in cooperation with partner manufacturers. AudioControl will also be offering training seminars led by National Sales Director, Chris Bennett covering OEM integration, the power of DSP and a close look at new products including their high-powered multi-channel amplifier solutions.

DEMO CAR

The Mercedes GLK demo vehicle features a system designed and installed by Nick Williams and fabricator James Davidson of Mobile Sound Systems of Arlington, TX. The system utilizes some of AudioControl’s newest components including the DM-810 DSP processor, two LC-4.800 amplifiers and the brand new LC-1.800 mono amp driving the subwoofer. These newest AudioControl products represent a valuable opportunity for 12-volt retailers to differentiate themselves from competitors with superior system performance that is likely to earn them repeat and referral business. Other sponsors include Sony (RSX-GS9 head unit), Focal (speakers/subs), NavTV (backup camera), SoundSkins (dampening materials) and Stinger wiring and accessories.

   

TRAINING

AudioControl’s Chris Bennett will be offering comprehensive OEM integration and product application training on the following dates and times:

  • Saturday, August 12 | 6:00 - 7:00 | Arts District 3
  • Sunday, August 13 | 6:00 - 7:00 | Arts District 3

Attendees are encouraged to email Chris (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to reserve a seat at the seminar that best fits their schedule. REGISTER HERE

NEW PRODUCTS

AudioControl will have a full array of new car audio products on display at KnowledgeFest, including the D-4.800 amplifier with onboard DSP, the brand new LC-1.800 mono amplifier, the LC-6.1200 6-channel amplifier and the DM-810 and DM-608 DSP processors. AudioControl’s made in USA amplifiers and processors provide installers with the most sophisticated OEM interface solutions, enabling dealers to offer the right system tuned and calibrated to ideally suit each consumer.  

       

New Products and Training Featured At Mobile Electronics Show

Las Vegas, NV – (Aug 15, 2016) – Audiomobile will be exhibiting at the Mobile Electronics Association annual Knowledgefest in Dallas at the Hilton Anatole, August 19-22. In addition to displaying its latest, high-performance products, the company will also showcase a new category that will offer clients further, relevant solutions, to its merchandising mix of advanced technology subwoofers and OEM preamps. 

The company will also be hosting a seminar and training on Monday, August 22, from 8:30 to 9:30 am, which will focus on its new “M-CAR” Pre-tuned-Subwoofer-Transducer (“PST”) proprietary technology, as well as the latest developments in its LineDrive series of high-power, OEM Interface processors. 

The Seminar will also cover the unique feature / benefits of the stellar GTS ‘21’ and Evo ‘24’ series of low-profile subwoofers. Designed specifically for micro-sealed enclosures, the EVO series subwoofers advanced technology features includes powder-coated, low-profile, cast aluminum frame and class-leading linear excursion and power-handling.

For more information go to: www.Audiomobile.net or call (702) 221-1977.

Audiomobile is pleased to announce that it will be exhibiting at the MEA KnowlegeFest this week in Dallas (Booths 224).

Las Vegas, NV -- August 10, 2018 – Audiomobile is uniquely positioned and specifically created to provide Specialty 12 Volt Retailers truly exceptional, high-performance, minimal form factor, relevant solutions, that are protected from ever increasingly challenging Internet pricing-pressures and who are seeking brands that are focused on delivering both value and reliability, at competitive price-points.

Audiomobile will introduce several new models, including the new ‘GT2’ Series 2012, their incredible new Elite 7 and inverted Neo motor Stealth 8 (just 1.3” deep) world-class midbass drivers, as well as debut the new line-up of “SoloPass” line of custom, low-profile, vehicle specific enclosures, which have been specifically engineered to work with their formidable subwoofers, as well as specifically optimized to work with their unique, pre-tuned, “MCAR” (Modular Coupled Acoustic Radiator) transducers.

Invitation information and details can be found at www.Facebook.com/Audiomobileusa.

Retailers who are interested in learning more about this opportunity are welcome to call Audiomobile at (702) 221-1977, or to contact the company at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to schedule a meeting during the show.

Back By Popular Demand

August 7, 2018 -- Audison is very proud to announce they will be offering a complete OEM integration and DSP training, FROM BASIC TO MASTERS, the night before KnowledgeFest on Thursday night, August 15 from 4:00 – 8:00 PM.

We have assembled a team of instructors who are second to none:

  • Lorenzo Quattrini – Elettromedia, Italy - Worldwide Technical Trainer
  • Lance Doss – Elettromedia-USA – Director of Technical Services
  • Jason Kranitz – Kingpin University – 2008 Retailer of the year and 2013 Installer of the Year
  • Rob Miller – JML Audio – Manager and lead technician
  • Christopher McNulty – Driven Mobile Electronics – Owner and 2017 Top 12 Installer of the Year
  • Sean Davis – Owner of Tip Top Automotive
  • Duane Pilgrim – Elettromedia-USA – Director of Product Marketing
  • Rob Wempe – Elettromedia-USA – Vice President

Course Description

Attendees will learn the PROCESSES that are needed to be successful and profitable, selling and installing world class car audio products using DSP. Here are the categories that will be covered:

  1. How to sell DSP
  2. Which processor do I need?
  3. DSP Tips and Tricks
  4. Updating my Firmware and software
  5. Updating my computer
  6. What is a Bit Tune?
  7. How to sell tuning
  8. What is Full DA?
  9. How to sell Full DA
  10. Tips and tricks to Full DA
  11. Troubleshooting Tips and tricks

The event will be held in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center room C140.

Please click on this link to register. Space is limited and will be reserved to the first 100 to sign up.

See you in Dallas!

For more information, please contact Rob Wempe 602-432-1398

LONG BEACH, CALIF. – June 19, 2018 – Mobile Electronics magazine today announced the Top 50 Retailers and the Top 50 Installers, as well as the new list of Top 20 Sales Professionals. The Top 50 awards and the new Top 20 award are the first component of the magazine’s annual Industry Awards competition. Recipients of this award have the honor of being considered the premier mobile electronics retail outlets, installation technicians and sales experts in the U.S. and Canada, according to the magazine.

“This was a tough, exciting competition,” said Solomon Daniels, editor-in chief of Mobile Electronics and awards administrator. “Unfortunately, we had to narrow 85 installer nominees to 50, and it was a grueling task. That said, most of the nomination videos were high-quality efforts, reminiscent of the work that our industry specialists put into their stores and customers’ vehicles every day. Even more exciting is the first iteration of the Top 20 Sales Professionals, recognizing individuals who work just as hard at perfecting their craft as technicians and fabricators do.  I’m very proud to announce these awards and present certificates to the winners.”

The nomination videos were judged by Daniels as well as guest judge Eric Carter, a former retailer and Industry Awards recipient.

In addition to these awards, winners are eligible to compete for the next phase of the Industry Awards, which through industry voting narrows the list to 12 retail and installation finalists, and five sales finalists. The “Top 12″ and “Top 5” would then submit judging materials to be considered for Retailer of the Year, Sales Professional of the Year and Installer of the Year. These final awards will be announced at the Mobile Electronics Industry Awards celebration during the KnowledgeFest trade show and conference in Dallas, August 17-19. For more information, visit www.meindustryawards.com.

2018 Top 50 Installers

Nicholas Apicella – Apicella Auto Sound – Stony Point, NY
Tim Baillie – Trick Factory Customs – Coquitlam, BC
Pierce Barrett – Soundscape Car Audio – Carrollton, TX
Melinton Benavides – Speed of Sound Technologies – Milford, CT
Charles Brazil – First Coast Auto Creations – Jacksonville, FL
TJ Carlson – Musicar Northwest – Portland, OR
Dan Castro – The Car Audio Shop – High Ridge, MO
David Cruz – Avant-Garde Design – Palm City, FL
B.J. Curcio – Broken Silence Custom Car Audio – Stamford, CT
Ata Ehdaivand – Absolute Electronix – Rockville, MD
Dave Evans – Adrenaline Autosound – Clayton, NC
Andrew Evens – Industry Auto Designs – Las Vegas, NV
Wayne Fabian – Crown Performance – Winnipeg, MB
Nicholas Frazier – Innovative Concepts – West Springfield, MA
Aaron Garcia – Perfectionist Auto Sound & Security – Anchorage, AK
Jeremy Garrett – NWA Custom Audio – Bentonville, AR
Bobby Gately – Gately Audio – Sacramento, CA
Roop Gossal – Inc Ridez – Surrey, BC
James Halter – Stereo and Video Center – Tyler, TX
Ron Hoser – Tier One Mototring – Oaks, PA
Bryon Jankow – Seismic Autosound – Concord, CA
Christopher Labonte – Brian Reimer Audio – Winnipeg, MB
Brent Leavitt – Low Notes Garage – Boise, ID
Adam Lewis – Sound FX – Seaford, DE
Erick Markland – Markland Designs of Atlanta – Lithonia, GA
Christopher McNulty – Driven Mobile Electronics – Chantilly, VA
Rob Miller – JML Audio of St. Louis – Fenton, MO
Jeremiah Mojica – GNC Customs – Goshen, IN
Bryan Moon – Audioefx – Lubbock, TX
Shaughnessy Murley – Visions Electronics – Red Deer, AB
Tyler Neault – Certified Auto Sound – Maple Ridge, BC
Chase Norman – Tint World Orlando – Longwood, FL
Jaime Palafox – Agoura Autosounds – Agoura Hills, CA
Adam Perkins – Sound Wave Customs – Virginia Beach, VA
David Phillips – The Sound Shop – Indian Trail, NC
Cameron Powell – LIS Audio – Spring Hill, KS
Jonathan Ram – Paradyme Sound & Vision – Sacramento, CA
Carlos Ramirez – NVS Audio – Roselle, NJ
Daryl Reetz – Lakes Audio – Baxter, MN
Oscar Rodriguez – Oscar’s Audio Designs – Corpus Christi, TX
Jeovani Rojas – Showtime Audio – Chicago, IL
Aaron Schildknecht – Solar Pro Tint n Tunes – Warrensburg, MO
John Schumacher – Audio Solutions StL – St. Louis, MO
Steve Sheppe – SoundsGood Auto – Coquitlam, BC
C.J Silvey – Foss Audio and Tint – Puyallup, WA
Matthew Thomas – Mobile Toys Inc. – College Station, TX
Austin Thorne – Tunes-N-Tint – Lakeland, FL
Bryan Turvaville – 806 Autoworks – Amarillo, TX
Jason Vanlakerveld – BPG Autosound & Security – Richmond, BC
Sage Weir – Sounds Good Stereo – West Park, FL

2018 Top 50 Retailers

Absolute Electronix – Rockville, MD
ACT Audio – Vernon, CT
Adrenaline Autosound – Clayton, NC
Al & Ed’s Autosound – Los Angeles, CA
Audio Solutions StL – St. Louis, MO
Audio Works – Newark, DE
Audio X inc – Florence, AL
Autosound Lab – Fresno, CA
Cartunes Inc. – Atlanta, GA
Certified Autosound – Maple Ridge, BC
DC Car Audio – Sarnia, ON
DES of Wilmington – Wilmington, NC
Distinctive Car Toyz – Pleasantville, NJ
Distinctive Ride – Wasilla, AK
Driven Mobile Electronics – Chantilly, VA
Elevated Audio – Denver, CO
Explicit Customs – Melbourne, FL
Extreme Car Audio – Marrero, LA
First Coast Auto Creations – Jacksonville, FL
Foss Audio & Tint – Tukwila, WA
GNC Customs – Goshen, IN
Greg’s Custom Audio, Video & Car Stereo – Pikeville, KY
Industry Auto Designs – Las Vegas, NV
JC Audio – Jackson, MS
JML Audio of St. Louis – Fenton, MO
Kartunes Auto Stereo and Alarm – Seaside, CA
Lakes Audio – Baxter, MN
Lakeside Audio – Conroe, TX
LIS Audio – Spring Hill, KS
Lynx Customs – Centennial, CO
Mobile Edge – Lehighton, PA
Mobile Toys – College Station, TX
Mobileworks Tintworks – Santa Maria, CA
NVS Audio – Roselle, NJ
NXS Automotive – Bossier City, LA
Ocala Car Audio – Ocala, FL
Prestige Car Audio & Marine – Metairie, LA
Showtime Audio – Chicago, IL
Solar Pro Tint n Tunes – Warrensburg, MO
Sonics Sound – Arlington, VA
Sound Connection Inc – Waite Park, MN
Sound FX – Lewes, DE
Sound Wave Customs – Virginia Beach, VA
Sounds Good Stereo – West Park, FL
SoundsGood Auto – Coquitlam, BC
Speed of Sound Technologies – Milford, CT
Stereo and Video Center – Tyler, TX
The Car Audio Shop – High Ridge, MO
The Only Stereo Warehouse – Kamloops, BC
The Sound Shop – Indian Trail, NC
Tier One Motoring – Oaks, PA
Titan Motoring – Nashville, TN
Trick Factory Customs – Coquitlam, BC
Tunes-N-Tint – Lakeland, FL
Unique Audio – Lorton, VA
Westminster Speed & Sound – Westminster, MD

2018 Top 20 Sales Professionals

Jayson Cook – Columbus Car Audio & Accessories – Columbus, OH
Tommy Craig – Elevated Audio – Lakewood, CO
Devin Daniels – Certified Autosound & Security – Chilliwack, BC
Sean Davis – Tip Top Customs – morris, IL
Mathew Ell – Stereo King – Canby, OR
Seann Ernest – Certified Autosound & Security – Chilliwack, BC
Shawn Hawley – Certified Autosound & Security – Abbotsford, BC
Robert Kowatch – Perfectionist Auto Sound – Anchorage, AK
Jason Kranitz – Kingpin Car & Marine Audio – Wilsonville, OR
Joshua Landau – JML Audio of St. Louis – Fenton, MO
Brian Layton – Sound FX – Lewes, DE
Pablo Manrique – AM Distributors – Blue Island, IL
Corbin May – Visions Electronics – Grande Prairie, AB
Nick Pocklington – Certified Autosound & Security – Abbotsford, BC
Ruben Rivera-Arauz – SoundsGood Auto – Burnaby, BC
Cody Roehl – Lakes Audio – Baxter, MN
Chris Rossi – Tunes-N-Tint – Lakeland, FL
Amari Schwartz – Perfectionist Auto Sound – Anchorage, AK
Parish Tanner – Ocala Car Audio – Ocala, FL
Justin Wingfield – SoundsGood Auto – Coquitlam, BC

Mobile Electronics strives to grow the mobile electronics industry by supporting its retailers, salespeople, technicians and manufacturers with integrated services built around the group’s 1100-plus member industry association, the Mobile Electronics® Association, its Mobile Electronics® magazine, KnowledgeFest® tradeshows, Partnership Program, point-of-sale system and data products. Through these offerings, Mobile Electronics delivers education, networking avenues, business and marketing resources, and promotes partnership between retailers and manufacturers to increase sales and profits. For more information, contact Mobile Electronics at 85 Flagship Dr., Suite F, North Andover, MA 01845, telephone: 800-949-6372, or visit mobile-electronics.com.

By Chris Cook

We’ve gathered the best available education, supplier displays and much more. What you do with it is up to you.

I just finished reviewing some of the responses from the magazine’s latest industry survey, which focuses on KnowledgeFest. It asks questions about the main benefits of the show for attendees as well as how respondents rate KnowledgeFest against other events in terms of value to their business. But there was one response that did not show up in the Stats section on page 10. Those who responded “Not sure yet” on whether they were attending KnowledgeFest were asked what the most important factor was in determining whether they would go or not.

More than “Cost” or “In-store obligations,” the overwhelming answer was “Value of the Event.”

That’s good and bad—bad because it means we can do a better job of communicating the value of KnowledgeFest. But good because it shows that retailers are thinking about things the right way. Businesses are prioritizing long-term success over short-term profitability.

So, for those of you on the fence, I’ll make the case for attending KnowledgeFest now.

Show and Tell: There is a lot to see and hear on the exhibit floor. The best suppliers in our industry bring their A-Game to KnowledgeFest. They exhibit with the hope they will make a positive impact on your business and on their own.

Learning the Products: The Dallas KnowledgeFest will deliver over 70 hours of high-quality education directly from your favorite suppliers. This is an opportunity like no other. A place to learn what you need to know about every technology our industry has to offer.

Back to School: Gaining valuable insight for your business is a must to survive. KnowledgeFest delivers the education you need to thrive in an ever-changing industry.

Meet and Greet: No more phone calls, texts and Facebook. Your next conversation will be face-to-face with both old friends and new.

Celebrating Success: And then there’s the industry awards. An evening that will become a wonderful memory for many as we honor those in our industry. The Mobile Electronics Industry Awards will recognize those who have excelled above the rest.

We’ve assembled the best group of vendors, instructors and industry professionals to provide you the opportunity to excel in your business or career. But the one component that will guarantee you get the most from KnowledgeFest is … you. If you come to Dallas with the idea of hanging out with friends, taking in a few free vendor dinners, sleeping late and attending only the popular fabrication or OEM integration classes, the show is going to be a waste for you. But if you want to maximize your ROI on away-from-the-shop time by heading home with knowledge to immediately impact sales, here are the steps:

Have a plan before your plane takes off or before you shop for road trip snacks. Look through the class schedule and make reservations for each so you can print out an itinerary. This is important: Don’t pick the classes that are popular just because everybody else is doing it. Think about the knowledge you need for your business and select the courses that fill those needs.

Plan your exhibit floor time in sections over three days. You can only take in so much information before your eyes—and brain—glaze over. Look at the show floor and plan to cover it in segments with one section per day. Then, spend real time with the vendors to understand their product lines. Each of them has spent good money so they can be here to spend that time with you, so take advantage. But after you’ve completed the section, take a mental break.

See your vendors, then see more vendors. On the show floor, keep an open mind and see all of the vendors there. You never know what product you’ll need down the line, even if you don’t have the need right now. The same goes for vendor trainings: see your vendors, then pick three or four trainings on new companies.

Don’t skip the networking time. Keynotes, town hall meetings and casual get-together sections are great opportunities to meet like-minded professionals who may have answers to problems you’re experiencing. Or, your experience might help them thorough a complicated situation. Plus, it’s nice to develop contacts you can call throughout the year to get and give advice.

I make no additional money by telling you that KnowledgeFest is an absolute must for any industry professional. If I were still doing retail, it would be the one event series that would be marked on my calendar, mainly because of the collection of talent, knowledge and opportunity gathered in one place. So come to Dallas with a mission. You’ll leave with hope, purpose and opportunity.

Oklahoma City, Okla., August 8, 2018 -- DD Audio will round out this years MEA events by attending KnowledgeFest Dallas, August 17th-19th. KnowledgeFest is much more than a simple industry meet and greet. It’s an opportunity for manufacturers, shop-owners, installers and everyone in-between to exchange ideas. The mobile audio industry requires knowledge in the ever advancing technologies, installation trends, and current business tactics. KFest brings everyone together with the solitary focus of continuing their education in these areas and more. This is a point of passion for DD Audio and is why they continue to partner with MEA at the Diamond Level after being involved with the event for several years.

DD Audio can be found displaying at booth #111 where they will be showcasing a 2008 Harley Electra Glide Classic outfitted with a monster 16 speaker DD Audio system that includes a couple of their newest offerings, the D4.75 mini amp and the DSI-2 DSP.

DD will also be hosting two educational training seminars for current and future dealers. The first class, “The Brick and Mortar Brand” (Friday, August 17th, 3:00pm - 4:00pm), will focus on DD Audio equipment and the importance of brand exclusivity as a sales tool. The second class “Anatomy of a Subwoofer” (Saturday, August 18th, 6:00pm - 7:00pm), is a fun and well reviewed course that offers hands on, expert guided subwoofer design knowledge and build training.

The team representing DD Audio at K-Fest Dallas 2018 is looking forward to the fellowship that is always present at these events. Attendees are encouraged to visit them at the booth, partake in a DD training or just stop them wherever they can be found as they always welcome questions, ideas, and feedback.

To sign up for a DD Audio training, please click here.

Oklahoma City, OK, April 3, 2016 -- DD Audio, fresh off the SBN event in Daytona, will now set their course for the 2nd annual KnowledgeFest Spring Training in Indianapolis, Ind. (April 8-10). DD will be located at booth #230.

The DD Work Van will be on display showcasing its dual system demo that can go from a panel flexing bass system to an audiophile pleasing sound quality system with the push of a DSI-1 processor button. Customers will also be able to speak with members of the sales and tech teams while getting up close and personal with the baddest DD products out on the market.

During K-Fest, DD will be hosting a technical trainings focused on their DSI signal processor and its USA-made subwoofer lines on Friday the 8th, from 5:15-6:15 PM (training room 105) and Saturday 4:30-5:30 PM (training room 108). Aaron Trimble, National Product Trainer, will provide an in depth look at why and how to use these products to get the best performance possible out of your mobile audio system.

In addition to attending the show, the DD Audio team will once again be taking advantage of the drive to and from the event. They’ll be leaving out of OKC on April 5th and returning the 14th; giving them plenty of time to visit current and potential dealers along the way. So, if you’re not able to attend KnowledgeFest Indy 2016, watch the DD Audio social media feeds for the team’s whereabouts, and the possibility of getting some swag for being in the right place at the right time.

 

 

What’s Happening December 2018

With an increased media presence, a bigger exhibit hall and education sessions added in Spanish or with translators, the second year of KnowledgeFest Long Beach is projected to be even more successful—with the goal of making it an international event.

Words by Rosa Sophia

 

The first KnowledgeFest Long Beach took place in 2018, attracting over 1,100 attendees, and the second is scheduled for February 23 to 25, 2019. It is anticipated to have roughly the same amount of manufacturer trainings—60 hours—along with 30 to 40 hours of educational sessions.

Chris Cook, president of the Mobile Electronics Association, stated that he anticipates a significant growth in retailer attendance along with more interaction in education sessions. “Our first year was great, and our second year should be even better,” he said. Because more exhibitors are expected, the conference will be taking place in a much larger hall.

“We sold out the space last year,” Cook said, adding that it made sense to choose a larger hall in the Long Beach Convention Center for the 2019 event. “The hall we’re moving into is about 65 percent larger than the hall we used last year,” he noted.

With the completion of the first event came lessons learned, which will be applied to the second Long Beach conference. Also expected is an increased... Read the rest of the story HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3-14-2017 -- Del Ellis produced a short series of educational videos to make the case for attending KnowledgeFest Spring 2017.

Click on the video below to view part 3 of the series:

3-6-2017 -- Del Ellis produced a short series of educational videos to make the case for attending KnowledgeFest Spring 2017.

Click on the video below to view part 2 of the series:

August 15, 2019 -- DS18 is very happy to be a part of 2019 Knowledgefest in Dallas, Texas where Rob Ferro, Aaron Zook, and Jason Martin represented the brand. Massive support showed up in attendance where current and future dealers came to see all the new and evolving products that are being debuted at the show.

Among these products are the Frx4k4, which is a 1000x4 1-ohm stable full range amp that is bridgeable at 2 ohms and produced over 1600 watts burst power on our lab amplifier dyno and 1250w x4 in uncertified mode.

DS18 has also released two midrange speakers designed to shine in the motorcycle community named the Pro-SM6.2 and Pro-SM8.2. These midrange blasters are shallow mount and 2 ohms so you can get the max power per channel out of your amplifier without having to bridge. Don’t let the name fool you, these are not only for motorcycles. They can be used in many applications inside and outside the vehicle of your choosing.

The next new release is the long awaited JL-Soundbar! Now Jeep JL owners have the same option as the JK and JKU from DS18! Fully loaded, it comes with 4 waterproof 8-inch speakers with built in tweeters in the grill. To complement these 8-inch monsters, we added 4 1.75-inch super tweeters to get that blasting sound all Jeepers want. Coming in 3 colors and having many RGB options, the color combinations are endless.

Saving the best for last, DS18 has proudly teamed up with Zumba to bring an array of studio PA speakers to fill the needs of fitness buffs to DJ sets with these powerful portable powered speakers. They come in 3 different sizes that all provide room rumbling bass, clear and loud midrange, and pleasing highs to complete the full range of frequencies for your endless amount of applications. All Bluetooth, mic enabled, USB ready, and linkable these will bring real life to your music with authority.  

We are ecstatic and grateful to all our supporters and thank you all for making DS18 one of the busiest booths on the floor! We will see you again in 2020! We like it loud!

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