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NORTH ANDOVER, MASS. – February 24, 2020 – The Mobile Electronics Association (MEA) today announced KnowledgeFest™, in its third year at the Long Beach Convention Center, marked another success for education and training. Attendance was more than 1,500 industry professionals, including over 1,000 retailers and distributors. This year the event provided over 30 hours of educational workshops, including three additional sessions in Spanish. Also new for this year were three educational sessions focused on Fleet Safety technologies led by published author and business management expert Tomas Keenan. Key exhibiting companies provided education about new products and services with a record-setting 70 hours of manufacturer training.
 
“The decision was made three years ago to bring premium industry education to the west coast with the first KnowledgeFest in Long Beach,” said Chris Cook, MEA president. “Through the consistent effort of local reps, manufacturers and retailers who have attended our other Knowledgefest events, we have been able to educate local retailers on the benefits of our curriculum, training and networking. The collective hard work has paid off, and exhibitor space selection for the 2021 event finished with over 90% of the available exhibit space chosen. This includes several new exhibitors.”
Coming up next month, March 27-29, KnowledgeFest sets its sights on Indianapolis in a Friday-through-Sunday event at the Indiana Convention Center. KnowledgeFest 2020 will then continue with a new event in Orlando Florida May 15-17 and then concludes the 2020 season with its Dallas event: August 12-14 at the Dallas Convention Center.
 
“The Indianapolis show and education conference continues to be one of our fastest-growing events,” added Cook. “Attendee pre-registration is up 50 percent to date over the previous year. Our 2020 show floor is nearly sold out. We’re looking forward to a great show in Indy, and an exciting first foray into the southeast with the new Orlando show.”
 
Upcoming KnowledgeFest Dates:
  • 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 14-16, 2020
  • Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, California, February 12-14, 2021
 
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.
 
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.
 
Job Summary:
Car Mate USA, a subsidiary of Car Mate Japan, is looking for a self-motivated individual for a sales/marketing position. Company will launch its new line of 360 degree dash cameras in North America market. A candidate is required to have a minimum of 3 year sales experience in mobile electronics industry, and must commute to Torrance, CA office.
How to Apply:
To view the full job description and/or apply online please follow the link below.
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The position offers competitive salaries with a great work environment.  Our comprehensive employee benefits package includes:
  • Bonus incentives based on sales
  • Medical, dental, and life insurance premium 100% paid by company
Car Mate USA is wholly owned by its parent company, Car Mate MFG. Co., Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan, who is publicly traded on Tokyo’s stock exchange since 1994. Founded in 1966 by Takaaki Murata, the inventor of the car seat headrest, Car Mate is the largest manufacturer of automotive accessories in Japan.
At Car Mate, we strive to provide our customers with innovative products that are built with the highest quality materials. We have a full time R&D department dedicated to producing only the best equipment and accessories. Our objective is simple: create top-quality performance products that are innovative and functional.
Company’s attention to detail is why every one of our products is backed by an industry leading warranty. Car Mate is certified ISO9001 for quality management and ISO14001 for environmental management.
Why should an installer work for Radio-Active Car Audio in North Carolina?
Don’t delay. Apply today! Job application is located here http://radioactivecaraudio.com/l/tech
 
Employment Features:
  • Raleigh/Durham area is 2019 US News & World Report Top 10 Place to Live
  • Five-day work week
  • Climate-controlled installation bay
  • Installs planned and scheduled correctly
  • Train and implement for the future of mobile electronics, not for 10 years ago
  • We have been in business for almost 20 years
  • We have the best customers and reviews
  • Employees are a part of improving the work process and shop environment
  • Opportunity for career growth
  • Be appreciated by your employer and customers in the many ways that you should be
Things we believe in:
  • Do it right the first time
  • Plan each job for success and change what didn’t work for next time
  • Don’t sell/install “junk”: a recipe for an unhappy technician (in addition to the client)
  • Get tools and training to improve efficiency so that you...
  • Work smarter and not harder to earn a living
 
Employee benefits:
  • Compensation will depend upon candidate experience, skill level and productivity
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Training opportunities
  • Tidal streaming subscription
  • Employee accommodation to purchase discounted product for personal use
Must have:
  • Valid US driver’s license
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Desire to constantly learn and improve yourself
Technical skill requirements:
  • Audio/video/security/remote start/lighting installation experience
  • Ability to troubleshoot
  • Read and interpret wiring diagrams and basic circuits
  • Basic fabrication skills
 
Make your application as strong as possible...remember to include these things in your submission:
  • MECP/ASE/vendor specific/other certifications
  • Advanced computer skills beyond web browser and email
  • Sales training/experience
  • Advanced fabrication skills
  • Samples of noteworthy completed projects/builds
  • What customizations have you made to your personal vehicle(s)
  • Window film/PPF skills
  • Any other relevant investments that you have made in yourself to make you a better technician
Job application is located here http://radioactivecaraudio.com/l/tech
 

Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. is the industry-leading manufacturer of high performance mobile electronics. Alpine is the only manufacturer specializing in mobile multimedia, an integrated system approach incorporating digital entertainment, security and navigation products for your mobile entertainment. As a consolidated subsidiary of Alps Electric Co., Ltd., one of the world's premier manufacturers of electronic components for computer, communications and car electronic equipment, Alpine is the specialized supplier of quality mobile electronics systems.

Job Summary:

This position will work with Alpine dealer sales and installation personnel. Successful incumbents must have a thorough understanding of Alpine's sales, marketing, and product strategies, as well as the ability to create custom-tailored selling tactics for dealers across multiple channels.

How to Apply:

To view the full job description and/or apply online please follow the link below.

https://recruiting2.ultipro.com/ALP1010AEOAI/JobBoard/19b82ab4-a57b-4b94-bd3e-7704a9598a65/OpportunityDetail?opportunityId=3ab97a23-31cb-4a96-9598-d430ada5826f

Alpine offers competitive salaries with a great work environment.  Our comprehensive employee benefits package includes:

  • PPO Health Benefits (medical/dental/vision): Effective on Start Date
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan with Company Match
  • Opportunity for Annual Bonuses
  • Generous PTO and Holiday Schedule
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Employee Product Purchase Discounts
  • Wellness Reimbursement Program
  • Life, AD&D, Short and Long-Term Disability Insurances

Alpine values its members as individuals and is committed to forming an energetic and attractive company where the quality of work is enhanced.

Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of Alpine to consider all job applications on the basis of merit without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, or any other protected characteristic.

 

Mobile Electronics® Magazine Announces 2020 Digital Strategy

Interactive digital format to become more smartphone ready

North Andover, MA (January 23, 2020) – The Mobile Electronics Association (MEA), producer of Mobile Electronics magazine, announced today a new strategy that will focus on its digital publication which has more than 1.5 million impressions since the digital service first launched a few years ago.

For more than 35 years, Mobile Electronics magazine has been the industry’s premier information and education publication, including current topics like Real World Retail, What’s Happening, Difference Makers, Strategy and Tactics and Tech Today. None of that will change, and it will continue as a monthly publication featuring its rich content.  

As a digital focused publication, Mobile Electronics magazine will deliver more timely information while tracking which content is more interesting to the readers and provide quick links to advertiser websites and other valuable resources. The magazine will feature KnowledgeFest supplements (Long Beach, Indianapolis, Orlando and Dallas) with timely content of the latest information for each event.

“We have a new challenge to leverage faster, more interactive and more vibrant mediums to educate, inform and empower you (our readers),” stated Solomon Daniels, Mobile ElectronicsÒ editor-in-chief. “The book format will evolve into something else that will be more intuitive to electronic formats; we will be able to gauge your opinions in real time, share your advice one day, so other retailers can implement it the next day,” Daniels concluded.

“The economics of printing and mailing any publication, along with the increasing number of readers who prefer to access it from their smart phone, justifies this targeted approach,” said Chris Cook, President of Mobile Electronics Association. “Now,” Cook continued, “we can establish valuable partnerships with other magazines and associations to cost effectively increase our circulation.”

 

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.        

VOXX Electronics Seeks Mobile Electronics Applications Manager

 

SUMMARY

The primary responsibilities of the position will be to manage a team that will work with our Voxx Electronics Mobile Electronics Product Management group (Mobile Video, Collision Avoidance, Security/Remote start and accessories) on vehicle application work/validation of our vehicle specific products and development of vehicle specific product guides and market research.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

 

  • Identify and document vehicle wiring locations
  • Disassemble and reassemble of vehicle interior parts to enable product installation
  • Identify new vehicle models changes from the OEM and any applicable changes to product offerings.
  • Possess oral and written communication skills as the position will require coordination through different departments and various regions of the country
  • Make recommendations of mechanical and electrical improvements to our product offering.
  • Once validation work is complete then research must be completed on factory offerings and price points and put into a sell sheet document for sales presentations

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL REQUIREMENTS

  • 5 years technical experience in Mobile Electronics
  • High School degree and/or vocational training in Mobile Electronics
  • MECP certification
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Aggregated photographic and written data to create a tech database, tech sheets, sell sheets, and/or installation instructions
  • Ability to work with various powered and non-powered tools.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • 3D Step Files

This position may require limited travel.

Position will require approximately 25% in the field and 75% in an office setting.

VOXX Electronics offers all full-time employees’ medical, dental, vision (company fully pays vision), 401(k), life insurance, short-term disability and long-term disability.

VOXX is an EOE.

 

16 Dec

December Issue Feature: Lawson’s Car Audio

Monday, 16 December 2019
Real World Retail for December 2019
High Volume
When it comes to turning up the tunes, Lawson’s Car Audio stocks up to meet customers’ needs in any situation.
Words by Rosa Sophia

When the business first opened in 1994 in Augusta, Georgia, Lawson’s didn’t sell car audio—instead, the store focused on anything else electronic. Current owner Morgan Lawson said his parents opened the business, but car audio came into the picture by accident. Morgan’s mother, Su Lawson, went to an auction and purchased a pallet of car audio without knowing what it was. “We sold it all within a week,” said Morgan Lawson. “Ever since the early 2000s, we’ve been nothing but an audio shop.”

The store went from being called Lawson’s to Lawson’s Car Audio, and today Morgan runs the shop. The business had three locations in 2008, he added, but when his father passed away, they downsized. If everything goes according to plan, a second location in Evans, Ga. will open in mid-April with hopes of continuing to expand into the future.

Despite going away to earn degrees in criminal justice and psychology, and later becoming a real estate agent—which he still does on the side today—Lawson said he was always drawn back to the family business. “Music brings people together,” he said. “That’s what I enjoy. I did a whole bunch of other stuff, even got my pilot’s license, but I always came back here.”

Since the beginning, the focus of the business has been...Read the rest of the story HERE.

 
Alpine Seeks Assistant Vice President - National Sales in Detroit, MI Area

Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. is the industry-leading manufacturer of high performance mobile electronics. Alpine is the only manufacturer specializing in mobile multimedia, an integrated system approach incorporating digital entertainment, security and navigation products for your mobile entertainment. As a consolidated subsidiary of Alps Electric Co., Ltd., one of the world's premier manufacturers of electronic components for computer, communications and car electronic equipment, Alpine is the specialized supplier of quality mobile electronics systems.
 
Job Summary:
Directs and coordinates sales activities of the Brand BU in the United States, Canada and Latin America and aids VP/GM in formulating and administering organization policies by performing the following duties personally or through subordinate managers. This position is a headquarters position. Candidate must reside in Michigan.
 
How to Apply:
To view the full job description and/or apply online please follow the link below.
 
Alpine offers competitive salaries with a great work environment. 
Our comprehensive employee benefits package includes:
  • PPO Health Benefits (medical/dental/vision): Effective on Start Date
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan with Company Match
  • Opportunity for Annual Bonuses
  • Generous PTO and Holiday Schedule
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Employee Product Purchase Discounts
  • Wellness Reimbursement Program
  • Life, AD&D, Short and Long-Term Disability Insurances
 
Alpine values its members as individuals and is committed to forming an energetic and attractive company where the quality of work is enhanced.
Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of Alpine to consider all job applications on the basis of merit without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, or any other protected characteristic.
The Changing Role of Distribution
DOW Electronics, Velocity Distributing and Davis Distribution share how they view the role of distribution in 12-volt, where it’s been and where it will go from here.
 
Words by Rosa Sophia
 
Over the last few years, the line between retail and distribution has grown fuzzy, according to Dave Elkin of DOW Electronics. “Eight or nine years ago, it was still very much rules-driven—restocking fees and that sort of thing. We were just a wholesale step between the manufacturer and the dealer.”
But what changed? Elkin added that dealers wanted more of a retail experience for themselves. “If we want a high level of customer satisfaction, we have to adapt in that area for sure.” Elkin began his career with DOW in 1995, and the company itself has been in business since 1959. However, it wasn’t until 2012 that DOW began growing and expanding the 12-volt side of the business. “It’s not just moving boxes anymore,” he said, adding it’s about “the education of...Read the rest of the story HERE.

Real World Retail for October 2019
 
Diversified in the Desert
AZ Motor Trendz’s product mix meets the needs of a unique work and play clientele.
 
Words by Rosa Sophia
 
In Peoria, Ariz. in 2007, Randy Flora decided it was time to open his own shop after starting a business in his home garage. “I got tired of working out of my house, so I decided it was time to try to open a car audio shop. We did it and here we are 12 years later,” he said, adding that he started with a business partner but became full owner in 2010.
 
Currently, the bay can hold about four cars. The shop has a lift, a small woodworking area and a tire machine area. All employees are cross-trained to work with customers and answer phones, as well. “Both of my main guys can do audio, video and suspension work,” Flora added. “I have one guy who does tires, mostly. In Arizona, the big market is trucks. If I expanded, I would add another lift and probably go after dealership work, which is tough, but that way we could ensure we always have vehicles.” Continued training for team members and increased staff tenure has helped contribute to recent accomplishments, too. “The longer they’re here, the more they...Read the rest of the story HERE.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are in search of an individual who is creative, outgoing and self-motivated, to design, produce, post and manage Social Media and Web content with the goal of achieving the broadest brand recognition possible.
 
Who we are: ARC Audio entered the car audio market in 1998 manufacturing some of the finest car audio stereo systems available today. Our staff is passionate, dedicated and committed to music and music reproduction. We pride ourselves in being a low turnover company. Our average employment term is currently over 10 years. Contact Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
What we need:
  • Someone to create quality and compelling social media content.
  • A candidate who understands Social Media Platforms like Facebook, Instagram, You Tube and Twitter and who can generate views, likes and share.
  • A person who can produce and edit high-quality, professional video content.
  • An individual with photography skills to create content for training and social media use.
  • A genuinely nice individual who will thrive in a diverse and dynamic work environment.
 
You should be able to:
  • Manage and maintain Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and other social media resources.
  • Understand social media metrics and SEO.
  • Shoot, edit and produce video content, both technical and promotional in nature.
  • Shoot still photographs of both product and lifestyle subjects in the field or studio.
  • Place videos and photos on social media with the goal of achieving the broadest distribution.
  • Design and produce printed media (brochures, web banners, shirts and posters).
  • Develop new or make revisions to existing InDesign and Illustrator files and other marketing material as needed.
  • Gathering feedback from team members on Web development and social media graphical needs.
 
Additional skills:
  • Stay up to date on the latest social media best practices, trends and technology.
  • Can work well independently and in a team environment.
  • Excellent communication skills, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
  • Knowledge of Branding Development is essential.
 
Preferred software experience:
  • Adobe Premiere
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Adobe PDF Writer
  • Microsoft Word
  • Power Point
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
Job Type: Full-time, some travel required.
 
Experience:
  • Relevant: 2 years (Preferred)
  • Social Media Marketing: 2 years (Preferred)
 
Education: Can you do this? Apply!
 
Work Location: Modesto CA.
 
Schedule: Monday to Friday - Some travel is required, and schedule will need to reflect this.
 
Company's website: Arcaudio.com
Company's Facebook page: Facebook.com/ARCAudio
Company’s YouTube Channel: YouTube.com/user/ARCAudioUSA
 
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North Andover, MA – October 16, 2019 – Kerry Moyer, MEA’s vice president of strategic partnerships, has announced he is retiring from MEA. Prior to joining MEA’s senior management team in 2014, Moyer worked with the Consumer Electronics Association (now CTA) and earlier in his career was a partner in a chain of audio-video-mobile electronics stores local to the Washington, DC-area.
Since joining the MEA team, Moyer increased revenue by developing innovative partnership programs for manufacturer members exhibiting at KnowledgeFest. Moyer was instrumental in engaging and supporting new partners and helped launch additional KnowledgeFest events (Indianapolis, Long Beach and soon in Orlando) making KnowledgeFest a national education conference and trade show event.
“I will miss working with my friend and colleague,” said Chris Cook, president, MEA. “We’ve spent many years together in this industry, and I will miss Kerry’s insight and advice. Many times, he added a voice of reason. Kerry has always brought integrity and customer service to his sales relationships.”
“I have been blessed to work in this industry in jobs that I loved. After 43 years and three careers, I’m going to work on my ‘retirement’ and carry-on with my consulting business. I won’t be sitting still. I plan on cycling and traveling, and I’ll always be on the lookout for new challenges and opportunities.”
MEA will be launching a new more-simplified partnership program for 2020 allowing manufacturer members to customize an offering to meet their marketing, education and budget needs. Chris Cook will be leading the new enterprise program efforts and Kerry Moyer will remain with MEA to provide consultation and support during the transition. 
Upcoming KnowledgeFest events:
  • February 7-9, 2020 - Long Beach, CA
  • March 27-29, 2020 - Indianapolis, IN
  • ·May 15-17, 2020 - Orlando, FL
  • August 14-16, 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
 
North Andover, MA – October 16, 2019 – The Mobile Electronics Association (MEA) is pleased to announce a new partnership with WINNING, Inc./Sandler Training to provide sales training and other services to MEA members. Through this partnership, Kevin Hallinan, principal, will offer customized sales training programs to retailers and manufacturers at a reduced cost for MEA members and partners.
 
“We’re excited to offer this new benefit to our members,” said Chris Cook, president of MEA. “Sales training is an essential tool that increases our industry’s professionalism and a business’s profitability. It supports MEA’s goal to empower, educate and inform our members and achieves our mission to deliver exceptional customer experiences.”
 
Hallinan has over 30 years of sales, training, and management success.  An engaging and dynamic trainer and mentor, and an award-winning sales producer, Kevin has provided training and coaching to hundreds of companies in numerous industries. His experiences range from small private companies, to family run businesses, to the corporate setting where he has successfully sold both products and services. He is a former business owner, industry leader and constant overachiever, having earned numerous sales awards including Producer of the Year and Top Account Executive, and holds two yet unbroken company records for Highest Weekly Sales and Highest Quarterly Sales. 
 
For more infomation, go to www.Mobile-Electronics.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.
 
Media Contact:
Jenni Moyer
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
703-598-8296

Leading Manufacturer in Automotive and Marine Audio Electronics Offering Several Career Opportunities

If you are interested in a long-term career opportunity with a world class company located in South Florida our client is a leader in audio equipment and technology, and offers career growth, stability and excellent compensation with a full benefit package. Relocation assistance provided for candidates outside of the local area.

If you are looking to work for an established company, an employer of choice, offering an excellent work environment designed for success and a 4-day work week with most weekends to enjoy everything Florida has to offer, then this unique opportunity might be the perfect career change for you.

We have several opportunities for someone with extensive background and experience in Automotive or Marine Electronics installation.

The Ideal candidate would possess most of the following skill sets and knowledge:

  • Strong troubleshooting skills
  • Solid technical background in acoustics, audio equipment, system design and system integration
  • OEM audio integration
  • Acoustic measurements and system tuning
  • Enclosure design
  • Metal Fabrication and Fiberglass, use of woodworking tools
  • Excellent computer skills (SolidWorks experience a plus)
  • MECP, ABYC, & NMEA Certifications a plus
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Bilingual (Spanish) a plus

If you believe you qualify, have the experience and are passionate about making a difference in the Audio Electronics Industry, please apply immediately by contacting Rachael Lewington at (954) 376-1161, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss this excellent opportunity.

 

For Installer of the Year Tim Baillie, moving forward meant choosing to make major changes. With a renewed sense of freedom and self-confidence in both work and personal life, he hopes to spread a message of health and wellness in the industry.

Words by Rosa Sophia

Tim Baillie was led into the 12-volt industry after growing up around his father, who was a mechanic. “I had my first car when I was 14,” he said. “I wanted to follow [in my dad’s footsteps] and be a mechanic.” Baillie took automotive courses in high school and went into the industry, but was led toward car audio in the early 90s. “There was a car audio school in Orlando called CMA. I think it was only around four or five years—before Mobile Dynamics and Installer Institute. My parents said, ‘If this is something you want to do, we’ll send you to school.’”

In the course of his studies, Baillie learned the fundamentals of sound and electrical. In 1992, he got involved in IASCA, eventually winning over 150 first place awards, and several eastern and western regional events. “I placed in the top five every year from 1992 to 1999 at the IASCA World Finals, and in 1997 I won an IASCA World Championship in the Expert SC+ Class. I met Mark Fukuda there,” he said, adding, “He was doing things with routers and vinyl then—ten, fifteen years ahead of everyone else. Talking to him [opened up] a whole new world [for me] as far as building cars and getting better at it.”

Having a strong work ethic helped Baillie move forward with his career goals. “My dad, being a mechanic, always taught me if you... [Click Here] for the rest of the story

Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline highlights KnowledgeFest™ Dallas
 

North Andover, Mass. – August 23, 2019 – The Mobile Electronics Association (MEA) with its media partner "Into Tomorrow" with Dave Graveline, reveals highlights from its most recent KnowledgeFest Dallas event. Take a moment to see what you missed! [Click here] to view the interviews.

 
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.
 
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.
 
Space Selection for KnowledgeFest™ 2020 Events Strong
 
North Andover, Mass. – August 22, 2019 – The Mobile Electronics Association (MEA) announced its KnowledgeFest 2020 events were off to a strong start. Space selection for Dallas 2020 and the other three 2020 KnowledgeFest events was held onsite at MEA’s recent event in Dallas where KnowledgeFest’s 25th Anniversary was celebrated. Due to a record number of exhibitors in Dallas, space selection was held over two days. Turn-out was strong.
 
“This year’s Dallas show floor was sold-out front-to-back and side-to-side—what a sight,” said Kerry Moyer, MEA’s vice president of strategic partnerships. “With advance onsite space selection for KnowledgeFest 2020 events now complete, floor maps for the venues are approaching sold out, and we are considering where to add booth space. We expect demand for booth space and manufacturer training time to continue to grow as more manufacturers look at KnowledgeFest as the industry’s trade show and MEA as a partner to help them meet their objectives in the market.”
 
As a key exhibitor put it, “Looking out at this year’s KnowledgeFest Dallas show floor, there was a greater number and concentration of pure 12-volt manufacturers than CES or SEMA. KnowledgeFest is the place to be to interact with qualified retailers from our industry. We will be at all four 2020 events.”
 
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
 
For KnowledgeFest booth sales, contact [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
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.
 
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.
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.
 
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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
 

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