Distributor Audio America Announces Company Name Change to Next Level Distribution

JUPITER, FL (10.29.2020) – Audio America, premium distributor of consumer electronics and 12V products with distribution centers currently in five states, has announced that they will now be operating under the company name Next Level Distribution, LLC. With a new and elevated vision for the future, Next Level Distribution connects retailers with hundreds of leading electronics brands. Along with the new company name comes an improved website, which provides an exceptional user journey and experience as it simplifies and streamlines the purchase process.Most importantly, the organization has the unique advantage of family ownership combined with a national footprint that leverages economies of scale with an entrepreneurial mindset and personalized small company responsiveness.

Additionally, Next Level Distribution, which acquired Consumer Electronics Distributors, Inc. in February of 2020, is planning even further growth as the company gets ready to open new distribution centers in the greater Dallas, Texas and Los Angeles, California areas in the coming months. Dedicated to providing custom inventory solutions for retailers of all sizes, the organization prides itself on their ability to meet any retailer’s budget, timeline, and inventory needs. The company has more than 25 years of experience in distribution throughout the United States, offering same-day shipping and extended cut-off times for best-in-class customer service.

Next Level Distribution continues to provide customers with exceptional service. With 24-hour pick-up available at all locations, a dedicated sales representative for every account, weekly customer trainings, and flexible credit services, their attention to detail and customer satisfaction is unparalleled throughout the industry. Retailers have access to more than 14,000 SKUs, with 99.9% shipping accuracy and just-in-time inventory solutions.

Owner and Chairman Ryan J. Munder states, “As our brand continues to evolve over time and our company expands into new categories, it is important that our name matches the essence of what we do. Our decision to move forward as Next Level Distribution, LLC. reflects that very evolution, empowering the retailers we work with and elevating their businesses to the next level as well.”

“When we look out to 2021 and beyond, we see infinite opportunity,” continues CEO Jonathan Elster. “It is an exciting time to be in the distribution industry and we are committed to providing an outstanding buying experience for our customers from start to finish.We feel confident that our continued expansion, paired with our new name and enhanced website, will result in Next Level service. This approach, in name but more crucially in practice,takes us as well as our customers and retailers to where we aspire to be.”

To learn more about Next Level Distribution, visit www.getnextlevel.com.

Truck Hero’s Ultimate Tailgate Truck Brings in $275K at Charity Auction

ANN ARBOR, MI (10.29.2020)  Truck Hero, Inc. joined partners of Building Homes for Heroes on the Barrett Jackson stage to auction off the 2018 SEMA Show truck build Ultimate Tailgate, a custom 2019 Ford F-350 Lariat. It was an exciting night as the truck brought in an incredible $275,000 at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, AZ with 100% of the proceeds from the sale benefiting the Building Homes for Heroes organization.

Truck Hero is a long standing supporter of the charity and Building Homes for Heroes representative Jim Rogers had this to say “Thank you for your amazing partnership! Together, we are changing lives.” The winning bidder and proud new owner was Sam Pack’s Auto Group out of Dallas, Texas. 

The Truck Hero Ultimate Tailgate truck was a great collaboration with many partners including Ford Motor Company and Washtenaw (MI) Community College. It was a platform to display many of their innovative truck accessories at the 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV. The basis for the build is a 2019 Ford F-350 Super Duty dually pickup in Lariat trim, equipped with the ever-popular 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel producing an impressive 450 HP and 935 lb.-ft. of torque.

Truck Hero design engineers created the Ultimate Tailgate truck as a platform to display many of the company’s truck accessories. The basis for the build is a ’19 Ford F-350 Super Duty dually pickup in Lariat trim, equipped with the 6.7L Power Stroke diesel, producing 450 hp and 935 lb.-ft. of torque.

This build’s tailgating claim-to-fame is found out back, where an Extang Solid Fold 2.0 folding bed cover conceals a massive 65” LG OLED 4K TV that is remote controlled and fully-articulates on a custom bed slide system complete with a gaming table, YETI cooler, and grill. It truly is the ultimate tailgate!

Washtenaw (MI) Community College worked their magic with the truck’s body and paint. Students added custom touches, including billet emblems and copper-plated badges to give the rig its ultimate identity.

Building Homes for Heroes is a national nonprofit organization that builds and modifies homes and gifts them, mortgage-free, to veterans and their families. Since 2006, the organization has gifted more than 225 homes to worthy recipients nationwide and, for over a decade, Truck Hero has taken an active partnership in these ongoing efforts.

Visit truck-hero.com, barrett-jackson.com, and buildinghomesforheroes.org for more.

The 12Volt Spin-To-Win Wheel Is Set to Roll for the 100th Time

SHREVEPORT, LA (10.29.2020) – WTF… Win This Friday. The 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel is set to roll for the 100th time this Friday, October 30th, at 10AM.

The 12volt Spin-to-Win Wheel was created to bring an element of fun to the 12volt industry. Eleven months ago we celebrated the first anniversary of the weekly 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel.

Such a great smile on Justin’s Hosek’s face as he holds a check as the winner of the 97th Spin-To-Win Wheel on October 9th.

Stereo & Video Center in Tyler TX was the winner of the very first 12volt Spin-To-Win Winner and James Halter scored a Backup Camera License Plate from CRUX Interfacing Solutions.Spinning out a new winner each Friday, a lucky 12volt retailer can win a cool prize and top brands receive visibility across the marketplace.

12volt brands with a space on the 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel include Kicker, NavAtlas, SiriusXM, Cadence, PowerBass, CRUX, DS18, SoundStream, AIS, Precision Power, JBL, Power Acoustik, Farenheit and ZZ-2. 12volt News $100. cash awards have spaces on the 12volt Spin-To-Wheel for a winning 12volt retailer.

 Mobile Sound Systems won this Soundstream Sound Dish as the Spin-To-Win Wheel winner Number 89 on August 4th.

Past winners of the 12volt Spin-To-Win include…

Stereo & Video Center-Tyler TX, The Outlaw Garage-Franklin TN, Exotic Sounds-West Palm Beach FL, Endless Possibilities-Aurora IL., Go Auto Sound in Union City NJ, Al&Ed’s South Bay CA, No Limitz Car Audio in Upland CA, Neil’s Specialty-Eureka CA, Sturgess Customs-Lexington SC, Audio By Art-San Antonio TX, SMS Car Audio in Marreo LA and Sweet Wheelz in Mississauga Ontario Canada, Cartronics in Biscayne FL, The CarAudio Shop in St Louis MO, Exotic Sounds in West Palm Beach FL, High North Customs in Grand Prairie Alberta Canada and AMS Audio in Bakersfield CA, Team QRT in Abbeyville LA and California Sound in Fontana CA and Jackie Cooper Electronics, Oklahoma City OK, MARS Audio-Orlando FL, All American Audio in Nutley NJ, Proline Car Stereo in Brooklyn NY, Custom Shop Miami, Tunes and Tint in Lakeland FL, Mobile Concepts Inc in Mokena IL, Seismic Auto Sound in Concord CA, Brooklyn Car Audio in Brooklyn NY, Audio Solutions in Florence MS, Enhanced Customs in Largo FL, Rayco Auto Clinic, Audio Design in San Jose CA, Go Bass Mode in Florida, Avenue Sound in Freeport NY, Audio Plus in Riverview FL, Stereo Zone in Whittier CA, In-Phase Car Audio in Omaha NE, AutoLife Group, N&H Electronics, SK Customs, Land & Sea, The Audio One, NC Custom Shop,Tint World Orlando, Ricky Smith’s Audio, VIP Custom Woks, Mobile Audio Concepts, Audio Lad, Sound Sensations, Dave’s Stereo, Stereo Design, Badlands Customs, Custom Audio-Erie PA, Voltz Autosports-Bridgeport CT, Infinity Sound and Security-Kissimmee, Autosport Plus-Canton OH, Stereo City Pros in Carmichael CA, Devine Concepts in Naples FL, The Sound Shop in Indian Trail NC, Extreme Performance Audio in Fresno CA, Audio Depot in Arlington TX, Audio Security in Houston TX, Earmark Car Audio and Marine in Lewisville TX, Audio Jam in Bear DE, Stereo City Ontario, Ontario CA, Audio By Art, San Antonio TX, Code Zero Customs in Tulsa OK, Ken’s Car Tunes in Mobile AL, Soundz Plus in Naperville IL, Markland Designs in Lithonia GA, Electronics Plus in Salinas CA, Xtreme Autosports in Santa Clarita CA, Superior Audio Sounds in San Angelo TX and Model Electronics in Ramsey NJ, Texas Dreamz Customs in Spring TX, Wired Electronics in Linden NJ and Intense Car Audio in OKC, OK, Underground Auto in Sarasota FL, Car Toys Tulsa in Tulsa OK,  Real Audio in Erie PA, Go Autosound in Union NJ, DFM Stereo in Ukiah CA, Impact Tint and Audio in Tyler TX, Mobile Sound Systems in Arlington TX, Redline Audio and Performance In Spindale NC, Car Audio Land in San Diego CA, Audio X Custom Car Audio in Florence AL, River Oaks Car Stereo in Houston TX, American Radio Orlando in Sanford FL, Illustrious Customs in Woodbridge VA, Remote Start Pros in Lawrence MA, HiPro Audio in Victoria TX and AudioPlanetNY in Huntington Station NY. Congratulations to all.

WTF… Where’s the Fun. On the next spin of the 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel Friday, October 30th… Spin Number 100.

Want to enter for future spins? It’s easy….when making an Instagram post for your store include the hashtag #12voltspin to make sure your company has a slip in the jar. There are over 2000 #12voltspin posts on Instagram.  

Luis Razo pictured with the PowerBass Speakers DFM Stereo won as the prize from the Spin-To-Win Number 87.

With 18 chances to WIN, the 12Volt Spin-To-Win Wheel is ready to bring a smile to a lucky weekly winner’s face with one of the cool prizes on the 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel.

Stay tuned to 12voltnews.com on the web and @12voltnews on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for 12volt Spin-To-Win winner announcements every Friday!

Maxxsonics USA Takes Part in Virtual SEMA 360

LIBERTYVILLE, IL (10.28.2020) – The Virtual SEMA Show 2020, otherwise known as SEMA360, is almost here! The SEMA Show 2020 has officially gone virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Virtual SEMA Show is looking to be a special event with new product and lineup announcements, awesome rides and installation setups, question and answer sessions, and so much more.

Rob Anderson, Marketing and Creative Director said, “SEMA is all about having fun and doing it for the customers and enthusiasts. Just because SEMA has gone virtual doesn’t mean that anyone should change their expectations of what has become a yearly celebration of cars and audio. With Maxxsonics taking part in SEMA360, we plan to bring fun showcases of new product announcements, awesome custom-built rides, question and answer sessions with our Maxxsonics team and product engineers, and so much more.”

SEMA360 is scheduled to take place on November 2nd and run through the 6th. We are looking forward to having you join in on the biggest virtual show of the fall season!

“You’re really going to experience that convention lifestyle for 4 full days all on your computer. Our team and the entire company have adapted to the current state of the global pandemic and are looking forward to showcasing the strength rooted in the Maxxsonics philosophy — quick to adapt yet having a fun time with all of you. This Virtual SEMA Show will demonstrate everyone’s hard efforts in the company from Sales to Marketing. We can’t wait for you to be a part of the biggest virtual show of the fall,” concluded Anderson.

Full details on being a part of the hottest car and audio show of the year are available at sema360.com.


SEMA 360 Unites Global Automotive Aftermarket Industry

DIAMOND BAR, CA (10.28.2020) – The automotive specialty equipment industry typically gathers during the first week of November for the SEMA Show. Although the in-person event is not taking place this year, the industry will connect online through SEMA360. Taking place November 2-6, 2020, at www.sema360.com, the trade-only online emarketplace is set to include more than 650 manufacturing companies and thousands of attendees from throughout the world.

Like the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas, SEMA360 will include live activities throughout the week, including a 24-hour vehicle build by Ryan Friedlinghaus and the West Coast Customs crew, a press conference from Toyota, appearances from celebrities and more. The stars of the week, however, have always been and continue to be the manufacturers and their new products, including 2,200 that will be included in the New Products Showcase and those that will be featured on the 330 project vehicles in the SEMA360 Builders Showcase.

The global automotive aftermarket industry will connect online November 2-6 through SEMA360, which is set to include more than 650 manufacturing companies and thousands of attendees from throughout the world.

Despite the consumer appeal of the SEMA Show, both the annual in-person event and the SEMA360 online event are trade-only and focus on helping businesses with new products and skills. Since the first SEMA Show in 1967 under the grandstands of Dodgers Stadium, small manufacturers have been able to launch their businesses to a worldwide audience of professional resellers, buyers and media. The SEMA Show has maintained its allure for small mom-and-pop shops exhibiting alongside established manufacturers and major automakers, and SEMA360 will continue that tradition. More than 100 participating manufacturers have never exhibited at the SEMA Show before. They help make up the 650-plus manufacturers representing every market segment of the automotive aftermarket.

From motorsports, hot rods and restoration, to off-road, restyling and collision repair, SEMA360 represents a $46.2 billion industry. Attendees include buyers, distributors and resellers from big box stores, as well as speed shops, installers, restylers, jobbers, and online retailers. Nearly 30% of the SEMA360 attendees are from outside of the United States, giving manufacturers greater opportunities to expand their markets.

“This will be the first time in more than 50 years that the SEMA Show will not take place in person,” said Tom Gattuso, SEMA vice president of events. “We’re pleased and excited to bring the industry together to connect and do business through SEMA360. The online platform is making it possible for the industry to celebrate SEMA Week during the first week of November. Manufacturers and buyers will be connecting and interacting, and they’ll be making history.”

The 650 Manufacturer Showcases, more than 2,200 new products and 30 education seminars are available only to those registered for SEMA360. Login credentials are required and will be sent to participants who are registered and approved.

Visit www.sema360.com for more.

Nemesis Audio Releases New Line of AGM Power Cell Batteries

DALLAS, TX (10.28.2020) – Nemesis Audio, a leading Manufacturer of Competition Level Speakers and Amplifiers since 2014, has released a new line of High Quality AGM 12V Power Cell BATTERIES to accompany their Audio Equipment.  

The full line includes 7 different power cells, including a top of the line Model: NA-4000B, which supplies 140 Amp Hours.NEMESIS Power Cells are in STOCK and Shipping NOW to Dealers and Distributors worldwide. 

Full Line-up of NEMESIS Power Cells: NA-600B, NA-800B, NA-1200B, NA-1400B, NA-1800B, NA-2400B, and NA-4000B

Visit nemesisaudio.com for more.

Oracle Lighting to Debut New StarLINER ColorSHIFT Fiber Optic Hardtop Headliner During SEMA360

METAIRE, LA (10.27.2020) – Oracle Lighting will debut its new StarLINER ColorSHIFT Fiber Optic Hardtop Headliner for 2018-2020 Wrangler JL and 2020 Gladiator JT (p/n 5872-333) during the SEMA360 online event Nov. 2-6, 2020. With an MSRP of $499.95, Oracle Lighting is currently taking pre-orders with plans to ship Dec. 12, 2020.

“Our new StarLINER panels are self-contained acoustic panels with integrated fiber optics which create a unique ‘Starlight’ effect on the ceiling of your hardtop,” said Justin Hartenstein, Oracle Lighting director of development. “These eye-catching panels easily mount to the hardtop ceiling with the included mounting hardware. Wiring simply connects to the nearby courtesy light for power and features quick connect plugs for easy hardtop removal.”

Normal installation time is under an hour, and the StarLINER package includes a wireless remote which allows the user to select the color, brightness, and patterns of the fiber optic stars. These acoustic panels are 2-inch thick dense foam which also provide sound buffering.

According to the SEMA360 website, with the 2020 SEMA Show live event in Las Vegas not taking place and the industry recognizing the need for a viable marketplace during these challenging times, SEMA360 was created. As an online ecommerce solution taking place Nov. 2-6, 2020, SEMA360 focuses on manufacturer / attendee / media relationships, new product introductions, project vehicle debuts, industry-leading education and unparalleled networking opportunities. SEMA360 will leverage the association’s exclusive manufacturer and attendee databases and media partnerships to provide participants with the best online experience and maximum value.

Having celebrated its 20-year anniversary in 2019, Metairie, LA-based Oracle Lighting has been designing innovative lighting products and technologies for the automotive/12Volt, powersports, motorcycle, and marine markets since 1999. Oracle’s philosophy is this: in today’s world of fly-by-night vendors, we think it is important to partner with businesses that you can trust to be there for you today, tomorrow, and for years to come.

For more information on Oracle Lighting and its full product line, visit www.oraclelights.com, call (800) 407-5776, or email info@oraclelights.com.

ZZ-2 Welcomes New Canadian Distributor 12Volt Solutions

PALM BEACH, FL (10.27.2020) – ZZ-2 has announced a partnership with our new stocking distributor for the Canadian market 12VOLT SOLUTIONS. In business for over 14 years, catering to the expeditors and specialty retailers they have built a solid network and a great reputation with their customers.

Rich DeSclafani stated, “We are extremely happy to welcome in Norman and the rest of the 12VOLT SOLUTIONS family into our network. We are looking forward to a great partnership for many years to

Norman Degruijter stated, “12VOLT SOLUTIONS is looking forward to working with Rich and the ZZ-2 product line.”

Visit zz-2.com for more.

CE GUYS Adds Pandora Remote Car Starters

CHICAGOLAND, IL (10.27.2020) – The remote car starter season has arrived with snow in the northern U.S. Pandora Remote Car Starters are now available in the U.S. just in time for the season.

Michael Foundation, GE GUYS firm Principal, stated “It’s a go with Pandora. CE GUYS is the exclusive distributor for Pandora Remote Starters in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri and Hawaii. We received the first shipment and are ready to ship.”

CE GUYS Michael Foundation is pictured in the Company’s Chicagoland office with 2 feature laden Pandora Remote Car Starter models.

Pandora is a well known car alarm systems brand developed and made in Russia in the cozy industrial city of Kaluga. Car alarms, immobilizers and various accessories are included in the product line. Established in 2004 Pandora never stops increasing the level of security and service to provide car owners with the best vehicle security defense possible.

“The Pandora line is amazing and boasts features that other well-known brands in the marketplace do not offer. Pandora is the number one remote start and security brand in Russia and the UK. We at CE GUYS now offer this feature laden brand in the U.S. and are looking forward to working with dealers to drive their remote stater business….very profitably”

For more see ceguys.com

Happy 74th Birthday to Eddy Kay

BLOOMFIELD, MI (10.26.2020) – Last week the 12volt News noticed Eddy Kay Celebrated his 74th birthday. Many in the 12volt industry will remember Eddy Kay as a featured speaker at retailers like Circuit City and industry events like MERA and CES. Kay’s ‘TakeCharge! A Manager’s Guide to Specialty Retailing’ book was a must read for many in the mid-1990’s.

Eddy Kays’ Book published in 2003.

The 12volt News reached out to Eddy and we would like to share some of what he has been doing these past years.

“I have been basically ‘retired’ for a boat load of years. At the end there was little left for me in the 12volt industry as so much had changed. I did well with sessions for companies in jewelry, auto supply and of all things trailer hitches. Like many the crash of 2009 almost put me out of business. By 2012 it all came back… but I had really gotten used to not working during that off time. So when I was making a trip to the airport for another speaking engagement I quit my job. I basically laid myself off. I gave myself an exit interview and told myself…Good Luck.”

A smiling Eddy Kay at 74 Years Young

Continuing, Kay related “I built a recording studio in the house and went back to my roots as a professional musician. I’ve got 3 albums on Spotify and two more in the can. I write almost all the material and do play all the instruments: Guitar, Bass, Drums, Mandolin, Octave Mandolin, Harmonica, Vocals and Backup vocals. Multi-track recording allows me to be the whole band. Personally, I would rather have a band… but those guys want to get paid. The Bastards!”

That’s Eddy

Eddy Kay’s days are filled with tunes.

“Recently we were looking to buy a new car. We were astounded at the lack of professionalism at multiple car dealerships. The sales staffs didn’t seem to care about what we wanted and we didn’t buy anything. It’s a different world on the sales floor today. That’s why good sales people, who care and ask questions, will always be in demand for successful 12volt retailers” Kay concluded.

Click above to listen to “Take It Easy”

Eddy lives in Bloomfield, which is about 10 miles north of Detroit, with his sweetheart of 15 years.

Happy Birthday again Eddy. Eddy’s email address is eddy@eddykay.com