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Twenty-five Years and Growing Stronger
 
North Andover, MA – August 15, 2019 – The Mobile Electronics Association (MEA) hosted its largest KnowledgeFest to date in Dallas this past weekend. Marking its 25th anniversary, the trade show and conference broke records for attendance and exhibit space.
Held at the Dallas Convention Center, August 9-11, the event hosted more than 2,000 attendees, 73 exhibitors with over 50 show vehicles and covered 110,000 sq. feet of exhibit space. Over 120 hours of vendor training and educational workshops took place over the three day event.
“Being in Dallas was a great way to celebrate KnowledgeFest’s 25th anniversary,” said Chris Cook, president of MEA. “Looking at the numbers, we were excited going in, but the turn-out was beyond our expectations. We are already at work to keep that momentum going for 2020 when KnowledgeFest goes coast-to-coast with the addition of our fourth event in Orlando. Mobile specialists—both retailers and manufacturers—have recognized that KnowledgeFest is the only event meeting their interests; delivering education and manufacturer training and the opportunity to see the newest products.”
The Saturday morning keynote with Bob Phibbs, sponsored by Rockford Fosgate, opened to a standing-room only crowd. Phibbs, known as the Retail Doctor, gave an engaging and interactive presentation showing traditional brick-and-mortar retailers how to compete with online competition and bring more customers into their stores.
 
 
The first Women of Mobile Electronics networking lunch also took place during KnowledgeFest Dallas with more than 40 women attending. The lunch was hosted by MEA’s CFO, Ellen DeLuca, and included a panel presentation moderatored by Tech Up for Women founder, Dawn Pratt, with panelists Theresa Anthony from Rockford Fosgate, Rachel Clark from K40 and Elizabeth Parks from Parks Associates.
 
The event closed Sunday evening with the Mobile Electronics Industry Awards banquet hosted by Mobile Electronics® magazine. Top awards went to Tim Baillie - Installer of the Year, Sound FX - Retailer of the Year (single store), VOXX - Vendor of the Year and DOW - Distributor of the Year. The full list of winners can be found at ME-Mag.com.
 
MEA thanks its partners and sponsors for their help in supporting the event and the 12-volt industry.
 
Upcoming KnowledgeFest events:
  • February 7-9, 2020 - Long Beach, CA
  • March 27-29, 2020 - Indianapolis, IN
  • ·May 15-17, 2020 - Orlando, FL
  • August 21-23, 2020, Dallas, TX
 
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, regional trade-only industry events 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. Learn more at mobile-electronics.com.
 
Media Contact:
Jenni Moyer
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703-598-8296
 
Dallas, Texas - August 11, 2019 – Mobile Electronics® magazine, the industry’s #1 resource, published by the Mobile Electronics Association (MEA), announced today the winners of the 2019 Mobile Electronics Industry Awards. The awards were presented Sunday evening at a celebratory banquet held at the conclusion of a successful KnowledgeFest in Dallas. The awards recognize and honor professionals in the mobile electronics industry that exhibit outstanding service, business ethics, professionalism and expertise in their field.
 
Solomon Daniels, editor-in-chief, hosted the event which was attended by more than 450 industry professionals. Installer of the Year went to Tim Baillie of Trickfactory Customs in BC, Canada. Retailer of the Year (single store) was awarded to Sound FX, Lewes, DE. Vendor of the Year went to Voxx and Distributor of the Year went to DOW Electronics.
 
Installer of the Year
Tim Baillie
 
Runner Up - Installer of the Year
Matt Vowell
 
Vendor of the Year
Voxx Electonics
 
Distributor of the Year
DOW Electronics
 
Retailer of the Year, Single Store
Sound FX
 
Retailer of the Year, Store Chain
Certified Autosound & Security
 
Runner Up - Retailer of the Year, Single Store
Handcrafted Auto,Marine & Off Road
 
Runner Up - Retailer of the Year, Store Chain
Soundsgood Auto Services
 
Career Achievement Award
Kimon Bellas
 
Salesperson of the Year
Jayson Cook
 
Sales Representative of the Year
Jon Brothers
 
Trusted Tech
Nicholas Frazier
 
Rookie of the Year
Christian King
 
Expeditor of the Year
Titan Motoring
 
Rep Firm of the Year
Marketing Pros
 
Best Online Presence
Absolute Elextronix
 
Best Customer Retention Program
NVS Audio
 
Best Customer Experience
Titan Motoring
 
Best Store Culture
Titan Motoring
 
Customer Choice Award
Elevated Audio
 
Top Vendor, Autosound & Processing
Sony
 
Top Vendor, Accessories & Materials
AAMP Global
 
Top Vendor, Infotainment & Multimedia
Kenwood
 
Top Vendor, Powersports & Marine
JL Audio
 
Top Vendor, Security, Safety & Driver Assistance
Firstech
 
Most Improved Location or Chain
Handcrafted Auto, Marine and Off Road
 
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, regional trade-only industry events 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. Learn more at mobile-electronics.com.
 
Upcoming KnowledgeFest events:
  • February 7-9, 2020 - Long Beach, CA
  • March 27-29, 2020 - Indianapolis, IN
  • May 15-17, 2020 - Orlando, FL
  • August 21-23, 2020 – Dallas, TX

 

North Andover, MA – August 2, 2019 – The Mobile Electronics Association (MEA), owner and producer of KnowledgeFest™, is pleased to announce the appointment of Lynn Swezey to the position of Director of Member Services. In this role, Swezey will oversee programs and benefits related to MEA’s retail memberships, as well as manage Knowledgefest education tracks and special events.
“With more than 1,100 members and the addition of a fourth KnowledgeFest event coming to Orlando, Fl. in May of 2020, we recognize the need to add resources to our team in order to meet the increasing growth of our retail membership.” said Chris Cook, president, MEA. “We are so pleased to have Lynn join us at such a crucial time.”
 
Swezey brings a wide range of experience and connectivity within the 12-volt electronics industry. She also brings with her an intense passion and drive to help improve the ways in which the Association communicates, trains and collaborates with its partners and members.
Swezey began her career in the mobile electronics industry as an Account Executive with D.A.S. Distributors in Palmyra, Pa., managing the New England and upstate New York territories. She also served as an Account Executive with A-Z Autosound a distribution house located in CT. In 2016, Swezey joined the firm of Trent Partners and Associates as a manufacturer’s rep covering the New England and upstate New York territories. 
 
Now in her sixth year working closely with 12-volt partners, Swezey also has a strong sales and marketing background dating back to 2002. She will be immediately taking over some aspects of planning and organizing the Association’s events. 
“Since starting in the mobile electronics industry in 2013, I’ve been fortunate to work with some of the smartest and proactive retailers and installers in the country,” said Swezey. “I look forward to continuing that work on a larger scale, helping to educate and empower our membership with new benefits and learning opportunities.”
 
Swezey will be at the upcoming KnowledgeFest event in Dallas, Aug. 9-11. Please join us in Dallas to welcome Lynn to the team. Welcome Lynn Swezey to our industry’s association at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
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, regional trade-only industry events 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. Learn more at mobile-electronics.com.
 
Upcoming KnowledgeFest events:
  • August 9-11, 2019 - Dallas, TX
  • February 7-9, 2020 - Long Beach, CA
  • March 27-29, 2020 - Indianapolis, IN
  • May 15-17, 2020 - Orlando, FL
 

New extended service plan option now available to MEA members

North Andover, MA – July 29, 2019 – The Mobile Electronics Association (MEA) announced today a new partnership with Centricity that will enable MEA members to offer extended service plans to their customers. The service option, Protection Plus from MEA, can be integrated with MEA’s point-of-sale software program, TSS, and is also available as a standalone purchase option. Service plans are available nationwide and include removal and re-installation of covered mobile products for up to three years.
 
“As the connected devices market grows, we are partnering with companies who share the same vision to offer solutions around these products,” said Mike Kelly of Centricity. “Our product provides benefits to both the customer and retailer, delivering a customer experience beyond the point of sale.”
“We’re excited to partner with Centricity to offer this new service to our members”, said Chris Cook, President, MEA. “Extended service plans present an opportunity for our members to improve the sales experience and build stronger relationships with their customers. They also create an additional revenue stream.”
 
Protection Plus from MEA will be launched at MEA’s upcoming KnowledgeFest event taking place August 9-11 in Dallas, TX. Visit Mobile-Electronics.com to learn more.
 
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, regional trade-only industry events 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. Learn more at mobile-electronics.com.
 
About Centricity
Centricity, a service and protection powerhouse, provides comprehensive risk management solutions centered around the customer. The company is a privately-held and wholly-owned subsidiary of Bankers Financial Corporation (BFC). Since 1976, BFC has been the corporate parent to a diverse set of businesses, including property and casualty insurance companies, a professional employer organization (PEO) for small business, and a financial services company. With assets over $500 million, Bankers Financial Corporation employs more than 800 associates throughout the United States.
 
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Encouraging More Women to Get Involved in the Mobile Electronics Industry
 
North Andover, MA – July 26, 2019 – The Mobile Electronics Association (MEA) announced today a new partnership with Tech Up for Women to provide networking opportunities and engage more women in the mobile electronics industry. MEA will host an inaugural meeting of Women of Mobile Electronics during KnowledgeFest™, August 9-11 in Dallas, Texas. Dawn Pratt, founder of Tech Up For Women, will moderate a panel discussion during the meeting on Saturday, August 10. KnowledgeFest, the flagship event for MEA and the mobile electronics industry, brings together retailers and manufacturers for education, training, networking and the opportunity to see new products and technology.
 
“In our industry, women often work behind the scenes contributing to the success of their company,” said Chris Cook, president, MEA. “We wanted to provide an opportunity for them to network with other women that come to KnowledgeFest and to increase the visibility of women working in our industry. In a male dominated field, it’s easy for men to find others that share their interests. It’s a little harder for women to forge those connections in our industry. Our goal is that by providing a forum for women to gather at our event it will encourage other women to attend KnowledgeFest and get more involved with the association. And, long term, increase the opportunities for and the number of women working in our industry.”
 
“We are excited to offer our network the opportunity to attend MEA KnowledgeFest and the first MEA women’s event to discuss new trends, technologies and opportunities” said Dawn Pratt, founder of Tech Up For Women. Tech Up For Women is a resource platform and event for all women, in all industries, to advance through greater technology knowledge, www.techupforwomen.com.
 
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, regional trade-only industry events 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. Learn more at mobile-electronics.com.
 
Upcoming KnowledgeFest events:
  • August 9-11, 2019 - Dallas, TX
  • February 7-9, 2020 - Long Beach, CA
  • March 27-29, 2020 - Indianapolis, IN
  • May 15-17, 2020 - Orlando, FL
 
About Tech Up For Women
Tech Up For Women is an event & engagement platform designed to enable in all job functions to “Tech Up” to advance their careers. Forbes named Tech Up one of the “Top Five Most Inspiring Conferences of 2018”. The 3rd Annual Tech Up For Women will take place on November 19, 2019 at the Javits Convention Center, NYC, www.techupforwomen.com. For more information reach out to us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us 203-255-2112.
 
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Jenni Moyer
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703-598-8296
 

North Andover, MA – July 9, 2019 – Celebrating 25 Years this August, KnowledgeFest™ Dallas, produced by the Mobile Electronics Association, will be the largest KnowledgeFest event to date. The event will cover 110,000 sq. ft. of exhibits, include more than 65 exhibitors representing more than 80 brands, and more than 125 hours of dealer education workshops and vendor sponsored training. Advance registration is up 20% over last year’s Dallas event which hosted more than 1,700 attendees.

“KnowledgeFest Dallas is our flagship event. It’s exciting to be celebrating our 25th anniversary there,” said Chris Cook, President of MEA. “Since taking ownership of KnowledgeFest ten years ago, MEA is pleased with the growth and success of the event. Next year, KnowledgeFest goes coast-to-coast with our new event in Orlando joining our other regional events in Long Beach, Indianapolis and Dallas.” KnowledgeFestis the only industry event devoted exclusively to the mobile specialist, the installing dealer.

To commemorate the 25th anniversary, a special celebratory concert will be held on Saturday, August 10 at the House of Blues featuring the Chris Weaver Band. The event is sponsored by Sony, 2018 Vendor of the Year, and DOW Electronics, 2018 Distributor of the Year. “We’re excited to be partnering with MEA and hosting this special event to celebrate not only the 25th anniversary of KnowledgeFest, but all MEA has done to support the 12-volt industry,” said Dave Elkin, Sr. Vice President, DOW Electronics.

Saturday morning kicks off with a dynamic presentation from Bob Phibbs - the Retail Doctor, sponsored by Rockford Fosgate. In his keynote – "You Can Compete: How to Stop getting Your Butt Kicked by Online Competitors” – Phibbs will show retailers how to harness the advantages brick-and-mortar retailers have over online sellers. Attendees will discover how to engage customers, make bigger sales and sell more.

On Sunday evening, August 11, the winners of the annual Mobile Electronics® Industry Awards will be honored. Sponsored by Mobile Electronics® magazine, the Awards recognize those in the mobile electronics industry that exemplify the highest standards of professionalism, business ethics, service and expertise. The top 50 finalists for the awards can be found at http://meindustryawards.com/2019-winners/

For more information and to register for KnowledgeFest, visit KnowledgeFest.org

Upcoming KnowledgeFest events:

  • August 9-11, 2019 - Dallas, TX
  • February 7-9, 2020 - Long Beach, CA
  • March 27-29, 2020 - Indianapolis, IN
  • May 15-17, 2020 - Orlando, FL

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, regional trade-only industry events 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. Learn more at mobile-electronics.com.

It’s All Part of the Process

Mobile Toys, Inc. continues to experience rapid growth year over year, attributed to its application of manufacturing processes and procedures on every aspect of the business.

Words by Rosa Sophia

Mobile Toys in College Station, Texas currently has two locations—a traditional brick-and-mortar store and a full-fledged production facility that houses the manufacturing side, MTI Acoustics. The company approaches everything they do with a manufacturing mindset, according to owner Christerfer Pate.

“The people who work here helped grow the business,” Pate said. “At any one point, there are 10 different big custom jobs in line, waiting to be worked on, and our retail side is constantly booked out two to three weeks. From the production standpoint, there are always...Read the rest of the story HERE.

When it comes to nurturing a positive store culture, retailers agree that small changes can go a long way. Staying organized, keeping the shop and showroom clean, and demonstrating care and concern to both team members and clients will transform a workplace atmosphere for the better.

Words by Rosa Sophia

In Waterbury, Conn., KarTele Mobile Electronics celebrated 25 years in business this April. The shop has held a positive reputation in the area for a long time, according to owner Mike Hungerford, who took over about two years ago. “To celebrate, we’re running a bunch of specials on backup cameras and remote starters,” he said.

When it comes to maintaining a positive store culture, he said it’s the little things that count the most. “I feel like a lot of little things make a big impact without having to really try that hard,” Hungerford added. “I’ll have coffee ready for them in the morning, and I’ll buy lunch three out of the five days of the work week.”

To begin building and maintaining a positive store culture, retailers agree there are...Read the rest of the story HERE.

 

Industry trends and strategies for growth considered.

North Andover, MA – May 23, 2019 – The Mobile Electronics Association (MEA) hosted a leadership conference last week in Orlando to discuss its newest KnowledgeFest event planned for May 15-17, 2020 at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center. Companies represented included MEA Partners: Alpine, Cerwin Vega, DS18, InstallerNet, JL Audio, JVC, Kenwood, Focal, Rostra, Sony, VAIS Technology, VOXX, all of which will be exhibiting at the Orlando event. Seventy-five percent of the exhibit space is pre-sold. Leadership discussed growth trends and opportunities for KnowledgeFest, met with Visit Orlando and received tours of the host hotel, the Rosen Centre, and the convention center exhibit hall.

The group acknowledged that KnowledgeFest plays an important role in educating retailers and provides value for all their employees through its workshops and manufacturer-sponsored training. Now with the new KnowledgeFest Orlando event drawing attendance from the east coast, exhibiting manufacturers can support training for retailers nationwide.

KnowledgeFest is the only industry event devoted exclusively to the mobile specialist, the installing dealer. The addition of a fourth event in Orlando brings KnowledgeFest to a coast-to-coast nationwide audience. Combining an exhibit floor with dealer education and manufacturer training, KnowledgeFest delivers a tremendous value for the entire industry.

Other topics that were discussed at the conference included strategies to grow MEA’s retailer membership, mobile industry trends and challenges facing today’s mobile electronics specialists. "We had many of the top leaders from our industry in the room,” said MEA President, Chris Cook. “We appreciate the many actionable ideas they contributed to help us grow membership and improve the quality of service delivered to consumers.”

Upcoming KnowledgeFest events:

  • August 9-11, 2019 - Dallas, TX
  • February 7-9, 2020 - Long Beach, CA
  • March 27-29, 2020 - Indianapolis, IN
  • May 15-17, 2020 - Orlando, FL

 

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, regional trade-only industry events 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. Learn more at mobile-electronics.com.

After unexpectedly losing the company’s founder, Paragon Sales & Marketing looks toward the future with the same set of steadfast guiding principles that have shaped the business since its infancy.

Words by Laura Kemmerer

When the owner and founder of a company unexpectedly passes away, the question of what to do next becomes a crucial one. For Wayne Smedile, Principal of California-based Paragon Sales & Marketing, that meant stepping in to take over the business. Paragon Sales & Marketing was originally founded by William McKinley, more commonly known as Bill, in 1999. Just over two years ago, McKinley passed away at a consumer electronics show, and Wayne Smedile, long-time business associate, stepped in. Founding Principles Continue to Shape Paragon’s Future “The way the company has gone since I took over has definitely changed a little bit [in terms of] direction,” Smedile said. “But it’s still founded on certain principles that I agreed with and that I believe in.”

For Smedile, these principles include:...Read the rest of the story HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Technicians can increase efficiency and productivity by making small improvements around the bay—including implementing a standard shop size for hardware, and keeping common materials, tools and fasteners close at hand. Business owner Brandon Green shares highlights from KnowledgeFest, focusing on how these techniques can help make an installer’s life easier.


Words by Brandon Green

Last July, Mike Schwitz and Josh White asked me to help present a class for KnowledgeFest in Dallas, and then again in Long Beach and Indianapolis. Shaughnessy Murley stepped in at the Long Beach class, and Chris Ott at the Indy class, as Josh was unable to attend.

The purpose of the class was to focus on fundamentals, industry best practices, proper materials and fasteners, tools, finishing enclosures and speaker adapters, as well as some efficiency tips for day to day installation. For those of you who were unable to attend, here are the highlights....Read the rest of the story HERE.

Edu-Addicts

From personal development training, to KnowledgeFest and beyond, SoundsGood Auto has increased its year-over-year revenue by making education a priority.  

Words by Rosa Sophia

After working for other car stereo shops over the years, Keith McCumber decided he wanted to open his own store. He’d noticed, he said, that every business he worked for eventually closed. “They were in the race to zero,” he said, “and they won!” McCumber’s first location made up 1,500 square feet, and was born with the intention of creating a better solution for clients.

“In my first year, I brought in $154,000. I found my customers, sold them products and services, picked up the products and installed them,” he said. “There were some long days, but I persevered.”

After a while, he started looking for his first employee. “I found Mike Maltais to help sell and install the aftermarket accessories with me. We found...Read the rest of the story HERE.

Music City Monarchs

Titan Motoring started in the back of a van, and has since become a thriving business that continues to grow year after year. Keys to its evolution include open communication, team-building, cross-training and shared goals that aid in cultivating positive store culture.

Words by Rosa Sophia

In Nashville, Tenn.—Music City—Titan Motoring continues to grow because of the combined talents of the shop’s team, according to business owner Philip Lindsley. “The installers we have, the talent under one roof, is amazing,” Lindsley said. “We’re not just audio, not just vinyl wrap. We do so many things here in one location, and we have so many talented individuals here. There’s no one [else] like that in our area.”

The shop came from humble beginnings in 2011, when Lindsley started doing mobile installations from a minivan. The focus at the time was car dealerships. After building the business, he... Read the rest of the story HERE.

 

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NORTH ANDOVER, MASS. – March 21, 2019 – The Mobile Electronics Association (MEA) today announced last weekend’s KnowledgeFest™ Indianapolis event had a strong showing from both retailers and manufacturers.

In its fifth year, the 2019 event held at the downtown Indiana Convention Center boasted a sold-out show floor with 50 exhibitors and 60,000 square feet of exhibit space. There was a strong showing of new exhibitors from new companies. New product categories offered new business opportunities for retailers, while the wide-open market with Indianapolis at its center presented exhibiting manufacturers with an opportunity for business development. Most key companies from the 12-volt specialty industry had a presence.

“We had great turn-out from dealers for Friday’s ‘Beer & Business” kick-off,” said Chris Cook, MEA president. “Exhibitors reported strong traffic over all three days of the event. Even before the close, many expressed they were extremely satisfied with the event. After onsite space selection, we left Indy with strong booth sales for next March’s Indy KnowledgeFest. We’re coming back! My message to 12-volt manufacturers is this: ‘If you weren’t in Indy this year, be there next year! Don’t write-off this market.”

With 20% year-over-year growth in Indy over the past five years, MEA reported attendance totaling more than 1000 with more than 775 retailer and distributor attendees.

“MEA thanks Davis Distribution for its awesome support of our Indy event,” said Cook. “Working with their manufacturer partners, all did an exceptional job helping to drive retailer attendance and business.”

KnowledgeFest 2019 concludes with its Dallas event: August 9-11 at the Dallas Convention Center.

2020 KnowledgeFest Dates:

  • Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, California, February 7-9, 2020
  • Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, Indiana, March 27-29, 2020
  • NEW for 2020! Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida, May 15-17, 2020
  • Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, Texas, August 21-23, 2020

About KnowledgeFest

KnowledgeFest is now coast to coast. Its four regional trade-only events cover the eastern, southeastern, central and western US and Canada. KnowledgeFest combines a tradeshow floor with educational programming and training for dealers. KnowledgeFests are the only industry events dedicated to the mobile specialist, the installing dealer. For more information and to register to attend, go to www.knowledgefest.org. For exhibitor sales, contact Kerry Moyer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.." style="color: #000000;">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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®, regional trade-only industry events 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.

 

Attendees will also benefit from extensive training on the groundbreaking DM-RTA as well as a tricked-out Honda S2000 demo car

 

Seattle, WA, March 11th, 2019 AudioControl (audiocontrol.com) makers of innovative high-performance audio solutions for the residential, commercial and automotive markets is bringing excitement and education to the 2019 Knowledgefest, March 15th-17th at the Indiana Convention Center. AudioControl will be highlighting innovative new car audio products plus a sporty Honda S2000 demo vehicle featuring a stunning sound system. On display will be the groundbreaking DM-RTA, a precision audio calibration tool that enables installation technicians to provide their customers with the best possible sound quality tailored to their listening preferences. Knowledgefest attendees will also see the new AC-BT24 Bluetooth Module, providing wireless connectivity and streaming to AudioControl’s D-6.1200 amplifier, DM-RTA and digital signal processors, as well as their full line of premium OEM upgrade solutions.

Five Star Car Stereo YouTube Live Show

Dean Beyett and Fernando Lopez will be broadcasting their popular YouTube Live show from the Knowledgefest show floor sponsored by AudioControl. The Clearwater, Florida-based show has amassed 90,000 followers and growing, bringing valuable insights along with some levity to the world of car stereo. Dean and Fernando will do a show on Friday and another on Saturday, bringing viewers an exciting look into the world of Knowledgefest and everything aftermarket car audio. Exact show times are TBD, so stay tuned and subscribe here.    

Course Description

The launch of AudioControl’s new DM-RTA has enabled dealers to deliver the best sound possible while simplifying processes for technicians and cutting installation time with this new, game-changing all-in-one test tool. AudioControl's Director of Mobile Audio, Chris Bennett, will be showing the features and benefits of having the DM-RTA available and making sure you have the know how to use it properly. Come and learn about AudioControl’s unique approach to making new and innovative products that continue to deliver the five pillars of great products: Price, Power, Performance, Unique Features and the Best Warranty.

 

Training Seminar Schedule

AudioControl Training will be held Friday, March 15th 12:30pm (Meeting Room: 125) and Saturday March 16th at 4:45 pm (Meeting Room: 124). Those interested in attending can contact Chris Bennett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or register directly at the Knowledgefest website. AudioControl’s training seminar at Knowledgefest is already receiving a lot of industry attention, so early registration is recommended.

NEW PRODUCTS FROM AUDIOCONTROL

 

High-Performance OEM Integration

From active line output converters to signal processors and amplifiers, AudioControl has long led the way in providing sophisticated solutions for OEM audio upgrades. OEM integration represents a vital opportunity for every mobile electronics specialist, and AudioControl solutions deliver superb sound for nearly any application and are easy to install.

DM-RTA

The AudioControl DM-RTA is a sophisticated yet compact audio analyzer containing powerful analysis software designed to provide installers with the features of a fully functioning Oscilloscope, Voltage Meter, Real Time Audio Analyzer (RTA), SPL Meter and Polarity Checker. Because installers are often on-the-go and in cramped spaces when building a car audio system, the DM-RTA was designed to be light weight, compact and durable. Input/output options are staggering, including balanced XLR inputs, phono and RCA style unbalanced inputs as well as speaker level inputs designed to make OEM audio system interface a snap. Digital audio output options include Optical, COAX and USB. The DM-RTA is powered by a 5-hour rechargeable battery so that it can be effortlessly deployed anywhere.

AC-BT24 Bluetooth Module

The brand new AudioControl AC-BT24 Bluetooth streamer/programmer has been designed to give installers intuitive, wireless control over AudioControl’s DM-Series processors, DM-RTA and D-6.1200 amplifier while also enabling users to stream high-quality music from their mobile devices.

Honda S2000 Demo Vehicle

AudioControl will be showcasing a 2000 Honda S2000 demo car built by Ata Ehdaivand, owner of Absolute Electronix in Rockville, MD. The audio system features a Sony RSX-GS9 high-resolution digital media receiver mated to an AudioControl DM-608 DSP processor with AccuBASS®, two AudioControl LC-4.800 amplifiers driving Gladen Aerospace 3-way front speakers and one LC-1.800 amplifier driving four AlumaPro 8-inch woofers. The installation also features Stinger wire and Dynamat sound deadening material.

NORTH ANDOVER, MASS. – March 11, 2019 – The Mobile Electronics Association (MEA) today announced KnowledgeFest™, in its second year at the Long Beach Convention Center, marked another success:

  • Attendance grew to more than 1500 attendees, including more than 900 retailer and 100 distributer attendees;
  • The number of exhibitors increased to 53; occupying more than 70,000 square feet of exhibit space;
  • 30 Hours of educational workshops; and
  • A record-setting 68 hours of manufacturer trainings.

“Attendance-wise, this year in Long Beach our audience of mobile specialists was on par with last August’s KnowledgeFest Dallas, which is our long-standing flagship event now in its tenth year,” stated Chris Cook, MEA president. “This year’s increase in the number of exhibitors maxed-out the Long Beach show floor in its present configuration. We have room to expand for next year, and we’re planning some interesting new things to take advantage of that space.”

This weekend, March 15-17, KnowledgeFest sets its sights on Indianapolis. The Friday through Sunday event at the Indiana Convention Center brings its industry-recognized educational and training program and trade show floor to the Indy marketplace.

“2019 marks our fifth year in Indy. Yet, some in our industry still sell the Indy market short,” according to Cook. “KnowledgeFest Indy continues to grow with year-over-year growth. Attendee pre-registration is up more than 30 percent this year. Indy covers the market east of the Mississippi: the east coast and near east—cities, such as Pittsburgh and Cleveland. It's dealers from these markets who don’t show up for CES but are coming to Indy. There are manufacturers who recognize the value. After several expansions, our 2019 show floor is sold out.”

Kicking-off Indy, after a full day of educational sessions and manufacturer trainings, the show floor opens Friday at 4 PM for “Beer & Business”. This business-first event provides dealers and vendors with a relaxed setting to meet, see first-hand new products and do some business.

KnowledgeFest 2019 concludes with its Dallas event: August 9-11 at the Dallas Convention Center.

2020 KnowledgeFest Dates:

  • Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, California, February 7-9, 2020
  • Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, Indiana, March 27-29, 2020
  • NEW for 2020! Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida, May 15-17, 2020
  • Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, Texas, August 21-23, 2020

About KnowledgeFest

KnowledgeFest is now coast to coast. Its four regional trade-only events cover the eastern, southeastern, central and western US and Canada. KnowledgeFest combines a tradeshow floor with educational programming and training for dealers. KnowledgeFests are the only industry events dedicated to the mobile specialist, the installing dealer. For more information and to register to attend, go to www.knowledgefest.org. For exhibitor sales, contact Kerry Moyer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.." style="color: #000000;">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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®, regional trade-only industry events 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.

 

MSC AMERICA announced today that they have added a new product category to an already impressive lineup.  

MSC and Mobile Solutions of Canada have been appointed as the exclusive Distribution Partner to STINGER LASER/RADAR SYSTEMS for North America. For over 25 years Stinger has been engineering and designing radar detectors, laser detectors and laser shields, specializing in speed trap protection systems tailor-made for high performance vehicles. Jason Digos- Vice President of MSC America stated- “The team at MSC is excited to offer the most technologically advanced speed trap detection system available today”. MSC will be hosting a brand introduction and training at Knowledgefest in Long Beach, CA on Saturday February 23rd at 12:30pm in the Seaside 7 training room. Special guests will include Jim and Tom De Wilde from Stinger HQ! The training will cover an introduction to the brand, product overview along with how to present and excite clients on the idea of high end radar/laser protection systems. "This will be the most interactive hands-on training ever done in this category. We are not just going to tell you about our performance, we are going to show you!” says Digos.  

The new STINGER lineup will  be on display in the MSC booth #406 on the Knowledgefest show floor as well as prominently featured in all 3 of the MSC demo vehicles. Be sure to check out the stealth mounting possibilities of the new Fiber Laser and  HD+ Radar Antenna featuring Patch Array technology.

For questions please contact : Jason Digos at (480) 372-2929 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. For the Canadian Market contact- Chris Van Ry (403) 828-8191 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MSC America and Mobile Solutions of Canada are the exclusive distributors for Audiotec Fischer (BRAX, Helix, Match) from Germany, BLAM Audio from France and STINGER from The Netherlands. MSC America is headquartered in Mesa Arizona. The Mesa facility houses sales operations, training and technical support for the U.S. Market.

Mobile Solutions of Canada is Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta.

Oklahoma City, OK, January 28th, 2019 -- DD Audio is proud to announce the immediate release of The Z4 Subwoofer. The new Z4 is an 18 lens grade 52 neodymium open motor design. By increasing the surface area of the voice coil, size of the magnetic gap, and its heat dissipating abilities, the Z4 is able to be driven just as hard as the Z3, but with increased long-term high power handling. The USA steel motor parts are machined in DD Audio’s hometown of OKC, and all the moving parts are USA made from the finest materials and manufacturing methods available. The Z series is DD Audio’s highest performing subwoofer line, designed specifically for precision, with competition in mind. Using the strongest motor on the planet, the Z series has won every major Sound Quality and Sound Pressure Level contest, in every variant, all over the world. The Z4 is for pros who know how to take advantage of the higher energy and improved handling. Everything but the frame has been upgraded to further eliminate loss of energy, better manage magnetic field distortion, and improve stress handling.

Like the Z3 and the MiniZ in the current lineup of Z subwoofers, the Z4 has been designed with distinguishing characteristics. Due to its open motor structure, the Z series experiences an increased benefit from cooling channels machined into the pole piece, resulting in a higher volume of airflow redirected to the voice coil. The pillars surrounding the pole have been extended to allow for increased excursion and longer coil windings. The magnetic configuration changed slightly to make use of the very high iron content steel to increase the flux energy that crosses the gap. The new Z4 is the most powerful Z that DD Audio have ever made.

Learn more at http://ddaudio.com/ddz

Oklahoma City, OK, January 16th, 2019 -- DD Audio is proud to announce the immediate release of the CC6.5a Component Speaker System. By combining elements from our legendary A and B Class speakers DD Audio redesigned every component in the CC6.5a set to work together to deliver a powerful listening experience. The cloth dome CT28 tweeters provide exceptionally smooth highs. They feature machined aluminum housings with vented backs for an extended frequency response and superb voice coil cooling. The CX02 crossover networks are utilize Mylar capacitors and segmented air-core inductors to maintain power and thermal efficiency. In addition to these premium features, selectable tweeter levels were provided for fine high-frequency tuning. The cast aluminum frame and aluminum cone combined with soft rubber dustcap and surround allow the CC6.5a mid-drivers to efficiently produce the perfect mix of mid-bass and upper mid-range tone. Their voice coils feature a double slit former and copper pole caps to reduce inductance, for TRUE TO THE SOURCE ® sonic precision. All of this results in a component set designed to bathe listeners in tonal luxury. Upgrade Your Sound TM today with the CC6.5a Component Speaker System.

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