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Mobile Electronics Association Presents 2023 Industry Award Winners

The best of the best of the Mobile Electronics Industry were honored for their accomplishments
Las Vegas, Nevada – February 10, 2023 – The Mobile Electronics® Association (MEA) announced the winners of the 2023 Mobile Electronics Industry Awards. The awards were presented Sunday evening, February 5 at the conclusion of a successful KnowledgeFest Las Vegas event. The awards recognize and honor professionals in the mobile electronics industry that exhibit outstanding service, business ethics, professionalism, and expertise in their field.
Chris Cook, President of MEA, hosted the event which was attended in person and viewed online by thousands of industry professionals, including family and friends, from the United States and around the globe. Top honors for Installer of the Year went to Brian Mitchell – Liquid Trends Modesto – Modesto, CA. Retailer of the Year – Single-store was awarded to Sound Evolution – Houston, TX and multi-store to Freeman’s Car Stereo – Cornelius, NC. Dan Bowman – Titan Motoring – Nashville, TN and Trusted Tech of the Year went to Dean Beyett – Five Star Car Stereo – Clearwater, FL. Vendor of the Year went to Alps Alpine and Distributor of the Year went to DOW Electronics.
For 2023 the Mobile Electronics Association recognized three individuals for their Career Achievements. These were Jason Ewing of Firstech, LLC, Cabe Sipes of Custom Audio Reimagined – Lafayette, IN, and Michael “Mad Mike” Martin of Galpin Auto Sports – Van Nuys, CA. The three were best known for their time on the TV Show “Pimp my Ride”. They were awarded the “Career Achievement Award for their long-time and continued contribution to the Mobile Electronics Industry. The three also presented at the event revealing some of the behind-the-scenes antics of Pimp my Ride providing attendees with details of the many now famous vehicle-builds from the show.
“Congratulations to all the nominees, finalist, award winners”, stated Chris Cook, MEA President. “Their accomplishments set a high standard for the Mobile Electronics Industry.” MEA will continue to hold the Industry Awards at KnowledgeFest Las Vegas with next year’s event at the Paris Hotel February 4, 2024.
Installer of the Year
Brian Mitchell – Liquid Trends Modesto – Modesto, CA
Retailer of the Year – Single-store
Sound Evolution – Houston, TX
Retailer of the Year – Multi-Store
Freeman’s Car Stereo – Cornelius, NC
Sales Pro Award Winner
Dan Bowman – Titan Motoring – Nashville, TN
Trusted Tech Award Winner
Dean Beyett – Five Star Car Stereo - Clearwater, FL
Rookie of the Year
Jeremy ‘Taco’ Patterson – Speakerbox – Huntsville, AL
Most Improved Store or Chain
Sound Evolution – Houston, TX
Best Online Presence
Freeman’s Car Stereo – Cornelius, NC
Best Customer Retention Program
Freeman’s Car Stereo – Cornelius, NC
Best Customer Experience
Freeman’s Car Stereo – Cornelius, NC
Best Store Culture
Titan Motoring – Nashville, TN
Customer Choice Award - Technician
Terry Dawson – Cartronics – Madison, TN
Customer Choice Award - Sales
Jason Stearns – Andres Car Audio – Tulsa, OK
Customer Choice Award - Retailer
Next Level Inc – Orlando, FL
Expeditor of the Year
Titan Motoring – Nashville, TN
Distributor of the Year
DOW Technologies
Rep Firm of the Year
12-Volt Specialists
Rep of the Year
Johnathan Mercado – GoFast Solutions
Vendor Support of the Year
Jeff Smith – AAMP Global - Clearwater, FL
Vendor of the Year
Alps Alpine
Top Vendor: Autosound & Processing
Top Vendor: Accessories and Materials
Metra Electronics
Top Vendor: Infotainment & Multimedia
Top Vendor: Security, Safety and Driver Assistance
Firstech - Compustar
Top Vendor: Marine
Rockford Fosgate
Top Vendor: Motorcycle & Powersports
Top Vendor: OEM Integration
AAMP Global - PAC
Top Vendor: Lighting
Metra – Heise Lighting
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, 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
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