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Set to open August 20, KnowledgeFest 2016 will focus on its theme of "SHIFT." The theme stresses the importance of adapting to changing market conditions in the industry. The show, sponsored by the Mobile Electronics Association (MEA), will feature 50 exhibitors, a variety of manufacturer trainings and a change in the format of classes. 

"The educational component of the conference will “SHIFT,” changing from individual classes to three-class courses," said Chris Cook, president of MEA on the KnowledgeFest website, kfest.me. "Each course is intended to enhance the attendee’s 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."

Setting a new record for pre-registration, 1,000 industry members signed up for the event ahead of time according to Cook. Courses include Elminate Walkers: 5 Out-of-the-Box Closing Strategies, Training and Retention: A Storewide System That Works For Everyone. and many more. 

The first day of sessions has seen a scheduling change due to inclement weather. "The Perfect Pic: Better Photography to Promote Your Business" will be moved to Monday at 3:40pm in Cortez C&D. "Public Relations: Let the Media Market For You" on Monday is cancelled. There will be no class held in Cortez C & D on Saturday at 11am. "Several conference speakers experienced cancelled flights due to the severe weather outbreak Friday afternoon and could not make it in to the Dallas area in time for their presentation," Cook said. "We apologize for the inconvenience." 

The event will also include a town hall session with manufacturers discussing integration technology and the highly anticipated Mobile Electronics Industry Awards. KnowledgeFest is being held at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas from August 20-22. Visit the KnowledgeFest web site, kfest.me, for more information.

15 Focused Classes, Expanded Show Floor and Brand-Specific Training Sessions Await Industry Attendees

NORTH ANDOVER, MASS. – March 3, 2016 – Mobile Electronics, dedicated to the growth and education of retail establishments in its industry, has announced that registration is open for its second annual KnowledgeFest Spring Training tradeshow and conference. The three-day event spans April 8-10 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. Attendees can also reserve seats in the series of workshops and training sessions that will comprise the educational part of the event.

KnowledgeFest Spring Training features 15 educational workshops, segmented into three tracks to cover topics related to owners and managers, sales professionals and installation technicians. In addition, more than 50 brands welcome attendees to ask questions and experience the latest gear in the 42,000-square-floor exhibit area, and several hold separate training sessions to familiarize attendees with features and selling tactics of their new-for-2016 products.

"We're very proud of the fact that the instructors for our educational series all come from our industry," said Chris Cook, president of Mobile Electronics. "It not only speaks to their willingness to share their experiences for the benefit of their peers, but also to the respect they've earned as evidenced by the hundreds of professionals who come here every year to learn from them."

KnowledgeFest is the only venue that is solely dedicated to the mobile electronics industry. Through its workshops, exhibit floor and networking events, it serves to provide a meeting ground on which professionals can learn, share ideas and collaborate on solutions to common issues facing the industry.

Bryan Schmitt, president and lead instructor at Mobile Solutions in Tempe, Ariz., has been a presenter at KnowledgeFest spring and summer events for more than eight years.

"I'm pleased to continue to be a part of KnowledgeFest, and as a result, part of the industry community," said Schmitt. "Every year my team and I try to bring something fresh to teach attendees. I look forward to the opportunity to give technicians productive tips to take back to their stores."

Professionals who wish to attend KnowledgeFest Spring Training can register at www.knowledgefest.org/attendees/attendee-registration. Mobile Electronics members may attend at no charge. The fee for non-members is $149.00; however, the fee is waived if the person is invited as a VIP by an exhibiting manufacturer.

Prospective attendees can view and register for available workshop classes, reserve seats and print out a personalized itinerary at http://bit.ly/KFSpring16. Seating may be limited in some workshops, and those with reservations will be given priority access over walk-ins, according to Cook, who also noted that professionals must register to attend KnowledgeFest—in addition to workshop reservations—to participate in workshops and have access to the exhibit floor.

To simplify the process for attendees, the KnowledgeFest Spring Training schedule classes, trainings and events is available only online this year. The schedule can be accessed at www.kfest.me

The site offers several page sections, including Events, Workshops, Manufacturer Training, Exhibitors, Sponors, and a Gallery section with updated photos of the event. On-site registration is available through the website as well, to expedite the process. 

This year's event features a networking event, town hall meeting, manufacturer trainings and an invitation-only after party, hosted by Davis Distribution. For more information on the events at KnowledgeFest Spring, visit http://kfest.me/kfevents.html

Industry-dedicated show readies for Dallas event, Industry Awards

NORTH ANDOVER, MASS. – April 18, 2016 (MEDIAWIRE) – The Mobile Electronics Group completed the second Spring Training session of KnowledgeFest, an education and exhibiting conference series centered on advancing the knowledge and expertise of mobile electronics retail and technical professionals. Held April 8-10 in Indianapolis, the show boasted more than 750 attendees and over 40 exhibitors.

"We are extremely pleased with the turnout of the event," said Chris Cook, Mobile Electronics Group president. "We had a steady presence of retailers during exhibit floor hours and workshop attendance was strong. Exhibitors we've spoken to are pleased with the traffic they received, both in their booths and their individual product training workshops. In fact, onsite we received strong commitments from exhibitors to come back to Indy next year."

Eight meeting rooms rotated educational and manufacturer training workshops throughout the show. Attendees received peer-based instruction, tips and advice through 18 workshops segmented for owners and managers, sales professionals and installation technicians. An additional 40 workshops were allotted to exhibitors whose trainers conducted brand-specific instruction, with most opening their workshops to prospective as well as current authorized retailers.

The KnowledgeFest show schedule has been adjusted over the past few years to improve efficiency and make the time more valuable for attendees and exhibitors.  On the last day of this year's spring training venue, the exhibit floor hours were moved to the morning and educational workshops finished off the day, resulting in more face time between manufacturers and attendees. 

The next KnowledgeFest event takes place August 20-22 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. Now in its seventh year, the Dallas conference will feature more classes, a larger show floor and the finale of the Mobile Electronics Industry Awards. For more information, visit KnowledgeFest.org.

New Long Beach KnowledgeFest Announced for 2018

NORTH ANDOVER, MASS. – April 18, 2017 – Mobile Electronics® has completed its KnowledgeFest® Spring Training Indianapolis. Now in its third year, this KnowledgeFest event held April 9-11 at the Indiana Convention Center has grown to more than 800 attendees and 32 exhibitors. KnowledgeFest Events are educational and exhibiting events whose audience is the mobile electronics specialist, the installing dealer.

Centered on advancing knowledge and expertise, KnowledgeFest Events educate, inform and empower mobile electronics retail and technical professionals. KnowledgeFest Spring Training featured over 29 hours of educational sessions, 39 hours of manufacturer training, and 14-plus sours of exhibit time. Spring Training highlights manufacturers’ new products now shipping and kicks-off the mobile selling season.

"Our Indy event continues to grow year-over-year," said Chris Cook, Mobile Electronics president.

“There were two drivers behind our creation of this event: First, to offer our retailer members the opportunity for training and networking; and, second, to offer our manufacturer exhibitors the opportunity to meet with their retail accounts east of the Mississippi, the mobile specialists they’re not seeing in January in Vegas. Exhibitors we spoke with onsite at space selection for our 2018 events were pleased with the traffic they received, both in their booths and their training workshops. We received strong commitments from exhibitors to come back to Indy next year and to participate in our new Spring Training Long Beach.”

In Indianapolis, Mobile Electronics announced it was adding a third KnowledgeFest event for 2018. A second Spring Training event in southern California at the Long Beach Convention Center February 23-25.  “With many manufacturers’ U.S. headquarters located in southern California, the Long Beach location allows manufacturers to meet with dealers in their own backyards and train on new products,” said Cook. “And, it allows us to offer a regional, yet nationwide approach to training and exhibiting with KnowledgeFest events in Indy for the east, Dallas central and Long Beach west.”    

For 2018, KnowledgeFest Spring Training returns to Indy and the Indiana Convention Center on March 16-18. The next KnowledgeFest event for 2017 takes place August 12-14 in Dallas at a new venue, the Dallas Convention Center. Now in its eighth year, the Dallas KnowledgeFest will feature more classes, a larger show floor and the finale of the Mobile Electronics Industry Awards. For more information, visit knowledgefest.org.

 

8-21-2016 -- During the town hall panel on the KnowledgeFest opening night, five industry vendors presented their opinions on the industry's current status and how it can adapt to changing technological threats, including OEM advancements. The answers centered on the need for retailers to stay on top of ermerging technology and finding a way to communicate its usefulness to consumers.

The presenters included Jeff Fay from Harman, Brett Riggs from AAMP Global, Mark Ruttledge from Automotive Data Solutions, Manville Smith of JL Audio and Bryan Schmitt of Mobile Solutions. After the conclusion of their presentations, Chris Cook, president of the Mobile Electronics Association (MEA), asked the panel several questions about how the industry can "SHIFT" with technological trends. Core ideas from the group included using passion to drive innovation, which will in-turn inspire customers to want to learn more about 12-volt products, taking products out into the community to events as a marketing tool and relating to customers by installing powerful systems in the vehicles of those who are selling. 

"We need our own systems in our cars," stressed Schmitt, who received an applause for the comment. "We need something compelling. I put a system in my wife's car and played her favorite artist, Norah Jones. She cried and I thought 'This is what it's all about.'" Jeff Fay added to the idea by suggesting owners/managers install systems in their employees' cars to help empower them to take more ownership of both the products and business as a whole. 

The event closed a successful opening day that saw classrooms filled to capacity with many attendees having to stand in the halls while watching classes through doorways. The event continues through Monday, concluding with the Industry Awards on Monday night. For more information, visit kfest.me.

 

South Point Hotel and Casino to host KnowledgeFest and the Industry Awards
 
North Andover, MA (June 21, 2021) – The Mobile Electronics Association (MEA) announces a new location for KnowledgeFest™ West to be held at the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on February 18-20, 2022. For the past three years KnowledgeFest West was held in Long Beach California where attendance grew each year while attracting more retailers from outside the typical 300-mile radius.
 
“Although Long Beach exceeded our expectations as our fastest growing KnowledgeFest event, Las Vegas is a more convenient destination for accommodating retailers traveling from many locations on the West coast and from Canada” said MEA President, Chris Cook.
 
KnowledgeFest Las Vegas will kick off the 2022 Education and Trade-Show line up which includes Indianapolis (April 1-3), Orlando (June 10-12) and in Dallas (August 26-28). Now with four events across the country, KnowledgeFest solidifies its position as THE Mobile Electronics industry’s educational venue featuring member exhibitors showcasing their latest products and technology for attending retailers.  
 
Adding to the excitement, the winners of the 2021 Mobile Electronics® Industry Awards will be honored at the new Las Vegas event. “The Industry Awards will be better aligned to celebrate a full year of recognition.” stated Cook. “The mobile electronics industry will celebrate those that exemplify the highest standards of professionalism, business ethics, service, and expertise.”
 
KnowledgeFest 2022 will showcase more than 100 exhibitors, representing over 125 brands. The education and training will represent 500+ hours of Owner/Sales/Installer Workshops and Vendor Training sessions. It will attract more than 6,000 attendees throughout the year seeking to learn more about their profession, networking with like-minded industry professionals, and discovering new technologies, products, and services from exhibitors.
 
“With over 25 years of serving the Mobile Electronics Industry, KnowledgeFest is established as the most respected educational event of our time.” stated MEA Chairman, Tony Frangiosa. “MEA and the mobile electronics industry are set to succeed well into the future as retailers coast-to-coast take advantage of this valuable experience.”
 
For more information and to register for KnowledgeFest, visit KnowledgeFest.org
 
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NORTH ANDOVER September 12, 2016—Mobile Electronics® announced final figures for its August 20-22 KnowledgeFest educational conference and show in Dallas. Record-breaking attendance topped more than 1,300 mobile electronics industry professionals. The increase over 2015 can be attributed to more attendees from outside the Texas region, more attendees from the West Coast and more attendees from the Midwest and upper Midwest.

Nearly 500 attendees were from outside the six-hour drive from Dallas, a measurement used by Mobile Electronics to gauge its attendee market. With a growing Indianapolis KnowledgeFest, more mobile specialists have discovered the educational workshops and training offered at KnowledgeFest and are willing to travel to take advantage of this programming. KnowledgeFest has become the mobile electronics industry’s largest educational event. Dealer attendance at the over 80 hours of workshops and trainings in Dallas increased greatly over 2015.

“We are fast becoming this industry’s showcase for new technology, product and educational programming,” said Chris Cook, president of Mobile Electronics.

The Dallas show floor featured a record-breaking 53exhibitorsrepresenting the top brands in the mobile electronics industry and specialist channel.

In 2017, KnowledgeFest will return to Dallas in August. KnowledgeFest Indianapolis takes place April 10-12 at the Indianapolis Convention Center. For more information, go to KnowledgeFest.com.

NORTH ANDOVER January 3, 2017 — Mobile Electronics® announced that after its record setting KnowledgeFest attendance in Dallas, it has secured larger exhibit halls for both its 2017 KnowledgeFest events. It’s moving the KnowledgeFest Dallas show and educational conference to the Dallas Convention Center. Dates for the 2017 Dallas event are August 12-14. 

“KnowledgeFest Dallas is growing with more exhibitors, programming and attendees,” said Kerry Moyer, vice president strategic partnerships, Mobile Electronics. “2016 was a record-breaking event. We had to redraw the exhibit floor four times to accommodate the number of new exhibitors. With growing booth sizes, to meet our and our exhibitors’ needs, we decided it was time to move from the hotel-based venue to the larger show floor provided by the Dallas Convention Center.” 

Also, for 2017, Mobile Electronics is moving its Indianapolis-based KnowledgeFest (April 10-12) to a larger hall in the Indiana Convention Center. “We started small, and now in our third year, we want the flexibility to meet expected growth,” said Moyer. KnowledgeFest “Spring Training” is the kickoff event for the new products being introduced now. Manufacturers can train and educate dealers on features, benefits and installation techniques of their new products. 

KnowledgeFest shows and educational conferences are the electronics industry’s only events specifically targeted to the 12-volt mobile specialist, the installing dealer. KnowledgeFest three-day events combine an exhibit floor featuring the top brands in mobile electronics with educational workshops and manufacturer training sessions; making them the mobile electronics industry’s largest educational events.

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The Mobile Electronics® group has added 7,500 square feet of exhibit space to make room for its new exhibitors at the second annual KnowledgeFest Spring event in April. Attendance for this year’s trade show and training event is expected to double over the previous year as a result of several manufacturers incorporating their regional training efforts into KnowledgeFest Spring 2016.
The event will be held April 8-10, 2016 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. The Spring Training show floor is projected to feature more than 50 brands from manufacturer and vendor exhibitors throughout 42,000 square feet of exhibit space and 10 meeting rooms.
The Spring Training event provides dealers a top-notch venue in the midst of the new-product shipping season, allowing attendees and exhibitors to network and train on the latest mobile electronics technology. First time manufacturer exhibitors for KnowledgeFest Spring include
JL Audio, Sony, AudioControl, AAMP Global and Accele, all of who will be holding brand specific training on-site for their authorized dealers.
“We are extremely pleased to have these new exhibitors join us at KnowledgeFest Spring Training 2016, most of them have been supporting our Dallas event for several years” said Chris Cook, Mobile Electronics Group President. “Their support recognizes this event as the best opportunity to provide quality sales and installation training during the launch of their new products and services introduced earlier this year at CES”.
KnowledgeFest Trade Shows and Conferences are the mobile electronics industry’s largest educational events. This year’s events combined will offer more than 80 hours of business management, sales and installation training along with nearly 120 hours of manufacturer specific training. Additionally, some of the industry’s best known training organizations such as BusinessWorx, Del Ellis International, Mobile Solutions, Sonus Evolution and MECP will also be participating and exhibiting.
In 2016, KnowledgeFest will also return to Dallas August 20-22. For more information about either event, go to KnowledgeFest.org.

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.

North Andover, MA – June 23, 2020 – KnowledgeFest™ Dallas, produced by the Mobile Electronics Association (MEA), will be held this Fall, September 25-27, 2020. The event will cover over 100,000 sq. ft. of exhibits, include more than 50 exhibitors representing more than 70 brands, and more than 100 hours of dealer education workshops and vendor sponsored training. Advance registration is open for the event and for the host hotel, Omni Dallas. The Dallas 2019 event had more than 2,000 in attendance. For 2020, MEA is anticipating strong participation albeit not record setting. The Dallas event will add a live element making a must attend either in person or online for education and training.
 
“KnowledgeFest Dallas is our flagship event” said Chris Cook, President of MEA.“Those attending this year’s event should know that we put their health and safety at the top of our list. We have collected information regarding the best-known processes and procedures designed to provide attendees with a safe and successful education, training, and trade show experience. We look forward to providing all participants an event that allows them to come together and learn from one another.
 
In addition to the KnowledgeFest event, the highly anticipated Mobile Electronics® Industry Awards will be held Sunday evening September 27th to honor the best of the best for our Industry. The Awards recognize those in the Mobile Electronics industry that exemplify the highest standards of professionalism, business ethics, service, and expertise. More information about the Awards can be found at: https://meindustryawards.com/.
 
This year MEA was to launch a highly anticipated new event in Orlando. That event is now set to launch in the Spring of 2021. Next year, KnowledgeFest will be 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.
 
For more information and to register for KnowledgeFest, visit KnowledgeFest.org
Upcoming KnowledgeFest events:
  • September 25-27, 2020 - Dallas, TX
  • February 12-14, 2021 - Long Beach, CA
  • April 9-11, 2021 - Indianapolis, IN
  • June 2021 - 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.
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North Andover, MA – July 21, 2020 – KnowledgeFest™ Dallas, produced by the Mobile Electronics Association (MEA), will be held this Fall, September 25-27, 2020. The event will cover over 100,000 sq. ft. of exhibits, include more than 50 exhibitors representing more than 70 brands, and more than 100 hours of dealer education workshops and vendor sponsored training. Advance registration is open for the event and for the host hotel, Omni Dallas. The Dallas 2019 event had more than 2,000 in attendance. For 2020, MEA is anticipating strong participation albeit not record setting. The Dallas event will add a live element making a must attend either in person or online for education and training. For official information on the event please go to http://www.knowledgefest.org/.
 
“KnowledgeFest Dallas is our flagship event” said Chris Cook, President of MEA.“Those attending this year’s event should know that we put their health and safety at the top of our list. We have collected information regarding the best-known processes and procedures designed to provide attendees with a safe and successful education, training, and trade show experience. We look forward to providing all participants an event that allows them to come together and learn from one another.
 
In addition to the KnowledgeFest event, the highly anticipated Mobile Electronics® Industry Awards will be held Sunday evening September 27th to honor the best of the best for our Industry. The Awards recognize those in the Mobile Electronics industry that exemplify the highest standards of professionalism, business ethics, service, and expertise. More information about the Awards can be found at: https://meindustryawards.com/.
 
This year MEA was to launch a highly anticipated new event in Orlando. That event is now set to launch in the Summer of 2021. Next year, KnowledgeFest will be coast-to-coast with our new event in Orlando joining our other regional events in Long Beach, Indianapolis and Dallas.” KnowledgeFest is the only industry event devoted exclusively to the mobile specialist, the installing dealer.
 
For more information and to register for KnowledgeFest, visit KnowledgeFest.org
Upcoming KnowledgeFest events:
  • September 25-27, 2020 - Dallas, TX
  • February 12-14, 2021 - Long Beach, CA
  • April 9-11, 2021 - Indianapolis, IN
  • June 25-27, 2021 - 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.
 
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MEA cancels the in-person event in response to new COVID threat level in Dallas
 
North Andover, MA – October 16, 2020 – Despite a strong number of retailers in the Dallas area indicating a willingness to attend KnowledgeFest LIVE, the Mobile Electronics Association (MEA) announced today that it had to cancel the in-person portion of KnowledgeFest LIVE in December due to new Dallas County orders regarding COVID-19 health guidance for the public which recently changed to their highest-level Red meaning “Stay at home, stay safe”.
 
“It’s unfortunate as our industry was looking forward to having a live event.” said Chris Cook, MEA President. “We had strong support from exhibitors and retailers wanting to attend in-person. We will now target all of our efforts towards delivering a valuable virtual KnowledgeFest LIVE event”.
MEA expects to conduct webinars over the next few weeks to demonstrate the virtual event for attendees and exhibitors. KnowledgeFest LIVE was always going to include a virtual experience to accommodate both retailers and manufacturers not able to attend due to company travel restrictions.
 
The event will be presented through a new digital platform allowing attendees to participate in education workshops, manufacturer trainings, and take a virtual tour of exhibitor booths.
 
KnowledgeFest LIVE will also announce and celebrate the winners of the Mobile Electronics Industry Awards during a special live evening event.
 
To register for KnowledgeFest LIVE or get information on how your company can become an exhibitor, visit KnowledgeFest.org
 
Upcoming KnowledgeFest events:
  • December 4-6, 2020 - Virtual
  • February 9-11, 2021 - Long Beach, CA
  • April 9-11, 2021 - Indianapolis, IN
  • June 25-27, 2021 - Orlando, FL
  • August 6-8, 2021 – 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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MEA announces the next event for the Mobile Electronics Industry
 
North Andover, MA – February 16, 2021 – The Mobile Electronics Association announced the next Live Virtual event to be held March 19-21, 2021. KnowledgeFest is going West to provide great education and training for the many retailers that will not be able to benefit from an in-person event in the first half of 2021. The event will be held on Pacific Time to include the many retailers that would have attended the Long Beach California KnowledgeFest event. While focused on the Western half of the nation, the great thing about a virtual event is that everyone can attend regardless of their geographic location.
 
“The industry can expect highly relevant education workshops taught by some of the best instructors in the industry.” said Chris Cook, MEA President. “In addition, top manufacturers will be featuring education on their products and services all in an effort to better prepare specialty retailers for the 2021 selling season.” “We took the time to survey the retailers that attended the past three KnowledgeFest Long Beach events and they overwhelmingly stated that they would attend a virtual event targeted towards the Pacific Time Zone.” added Cook.
 
While nothing can replace the excitement of an in-person event, KnowledgeFest LIVE is designed to deliver a feeling of connection that will help the industry enjoy the awesome education, vendor training, and networking KnowledgeFest is known to provide.
 
MEA expects to conduct webinars over the next few weeks to demonstrate the virtual event for attendees and exhibitors. KnowledgeFest LIVE is a virtual experience for retailers, sales reps, and manufacturers to connect when in-person events are not possible. The event will be presented through MEA’s digital platform allowing attendees to participate in education workshops, manufacturer trainings, and take a virtual tour of exhibitor spaces
 
To register for KnowledgeFest West LIVE or get information on how your company can become an exhibitor, visit KnowledgeFestWest.Live.
 
Mark your Calendars for Upcoming KnowledgeFest events:
  • - March 19-21, 2021 – Virtual Event
  • - June 25-27, 2021 – Orlando, FL – In-Person and Live Streaming
  • - August 27-29, 2021 – Dallas, TX – In-Person and Live Streaming
  • - October 8-10, 2021 – Indianapolis, IN – In-Person and Live Streaming
 
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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North Andover, MA – May 18, 2021 – KnowledgeFest™ Orlando, produced by the Mobile Electronics Association (MEA), will be held June 25-27, 2021 at the Orange County Convention Center. The event debut will host exhibitors from top brands as well as more than 100 hours of dealer education workshops and vendor sponsored training. Registration is open for the event and for the host hotel, Rosen Centre Hotel. For 2021, MEA is anticipating strong return in participation to KnowledgeFest for 2021 starting with a new first-time event in Orlando Florida. For official information on the event please go to http://www.knowledgefest.org/.
 
“KnowledgeFest is the only industry event devoted exclusively to the mobile specialist, the installing dealer. The addition of the event in Orlando brings KnowledgeFest to a coast-to-coast nationwide audience” said Chris Cook, President of MEA. “Combining an exhibit floor with dealer education and manufacturer training, KnowledgeFest delivers a tremendous value for the entire industry."
 
Those attending this year’s event should know that we put their health and safety at the top of our list. We have collected information regarding the best-known processes and procedures designed to provide attendees with a safe and successful education, training, and trade show experience. We look forward to providing all participants an event that allows them to come together and learn from one another.
 
For more information and to register for KnowledgeFest, visit KnowledgeFest.org
 
Upcoming KnowledgeFest events:
  • August 27-29, 2020 - Dallas, TX
  • October 8-10, 2021 - Indianapolis, IN

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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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.

 

Providing over 45 hours of great education for the Mobile Electronics industry
 
North Andover, MA – March 19, 2021 – The Mobile Electronics Association kicks off their second virtual KnowledgeFest event focused on West Coast specialty retailers. The event starts today, Friday, March 19th and continues through Sunday, March 21st and will be held on Pacific Time to include the many retailers that would have attended the Long Beach California KnowledgeFest event. While focused on the Western half of the nation, the virtual event is great for everyone to attend regardless of their Time Zone. The event will produce three keynotes, 21 education workshops, and 22 manufacturer training sessions for over 45 hours of valuable education.
 
“While nothing can replace the excitement of an in-person event, KnowledgeFest LIVE is designed to deliver a feeling of connection that will help the industry enjoy the awesome education, vendor training, and networking KnowledgeFest is known to provide.” said Chris Cook, MEA President. “Our virtual experience delivers the best way to connect when in-person events are not yet possible.
 
The event will be presented through MEA’s digital event platform allowing attendees to participate in education workshops, manufacturer trainings, and take a virtual tour of exhibitor spaces to preview their featured products and show vehicles.
 
For more information on KnowledgeFest West LIVE or to Regsiter for the event visit KnowledgeFestWest.Live.
 
Mark your Calendars for Upcoming KnowledgeFest in-person events:
June 25-27, 2021 – Orlando, FL – In-Person with Live Streaming
August 27-29, 2021 – Dallas, TX – In-Person with Live Streaming
October 8-10, 2021 – Indianapolis, IN – In-Person with Live Streaming
 
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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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.

 

Mobile Electronics March Issue, 3-1-2016 -- Everything starts small. Children grow into adults. Small seeds blossom into giant redwood trees. And small businesses that wish to learn and improve come together to form internationally recognized trade shows. SEMA, for example, started in 1963 with a group of small automotive manufacturers who supplied performance equipment for early hot rods. After 40 years, it became what it is: an industry giant, featuring thousands of companies and hundreds of show cars, all having joined over time, despite several name changes and makeovers to the event over the years.

KnowledgeFest, now in its 23rd year, has grown and changed in similar ways with a name change (formerly referred to by many retailers as MERA), growing attendance from both manufacturers and retailers, adding activities (like the Industry Awards) and changing venues over the years. Now, held in Dallas at a luxurious hotel and including more seminars and events than ever before, it's outgrown being just an annual event.

After last year's highly successful first-time effort, KnowledgeFest Spring Training is back to offer an alternative for some and an expansion for others looking to improve their businesses. Located at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana, this year's show will emphasize more focused seminars and product trainings from the biggest names in 12-volt. The event has more exhibitors, requiring an addition of 7,500 square feet of exhibit space to make room for those new companies. First time manufacturer exhibitors for the event will include JL Audio, Sony, AudioControl, AAMP Global and Accele.

“We are extremely pleased to have these new exhibitors join us at KnowledgeFest Spring Training 2016. Most of them have been supporting our Dallas event for several years,” said Chris Cook, Mobile Electronics Group President in a recent press release. “Their support recognizes this event as the best opportunity to provide quality sales and installation training during the launch of their new products and services introduced earlier this year at CES."

Over 50 brands are scheduled to be featured within 42,000 square feet of exhibit space and 10 meeting rooms at the event. Given the timeliness of the event coinciding with new product releases, dealers can expect trainings on the ins and outs of the newest products from top manufacturers.

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