JVCKENWOOD Expands Training & Product Support Team

LONG BEACH, CA (12.05.2019) – JVCKENWOOD USA has hired Josh Bowen and Marcus Vasconcellos as Mobile Electronics Product Specialists for the company’s car electronics division. These new positions will provide enhanced support to JVC and KENWOOD retailers, reps, and distributors through training, advanced technical assistance, and event support. 

Josh Bowen brings 10 years of retail mobile electronics experience, serving in various aspects of sales, installation, and management, most recently serving as sales/installation manager for Sommer Sound Systems in Panama City, FL.  Josh’s drive for the industry shines clearly, boasting a Top 50 Installer of the Year position in the 2019 Mobile Electronics Industry Awards.  

Marcus Vasconcellos is a 17-year industry veteran who also comes directly from the retail circuit.  He has served in various capacities including sales, installation, and marketing in the lower Midwest for stores including Audio Tech in Lawton, OK and Big Daddy’s Stereo in Longview, TX.  Marcus’s passion for 12 Volt doesn’t stop with his custom fabrication and design skills, but also becomes evident with his love for music.

“Bowen and Vasconcellos are the perfect additions to the team, being able to relate and communicate seamlessly with dealers through their direct and recent 12 Volt retail sales and installation experience,” said Scott Caswell, Senior Marketing Manager for JVCKENWOOD USA.  “As we develop new and innovative ways to reach and support our dealers in a rapidly changing industry, we will be able to leverage their skill sets accordingly.” 

These new positions will be largely split East and West of the Mississippi, with Bowen focusing on JVC and KENWOOD dealers and events to the East, and Vasconcellos to the West. They will report directly to Seth Halstead, National Training and Content Development Manager, of whom will be able to further focus on and work with them to create training materials, including on-line materials and video content.

Bowen commented, “I couldn’t be happier to be a part of such an amazing organization that is focused on providing solutions that meet the needs of sales, installers, and consumers.”

Vasconcellos added “This is an incredible time to be a part of a growing company that is committed to the future of the 12 Volt industry!”

Bowen can be reached at jbowen@us.jvckenwood.com, and Vasconcellos can be reached at mvasconcellos@us.jvckenwood.com.

Visit us.jvckenwood.com for more.

NAV-TV Appoints Belair & Associates as Factory Representative for Southern California

CORAL SPRINGS, FL & COSTA MESA, CA (12.05.2019) – NAV-TV Corp. has announced the appointment of Belair & Associates as Factory Representatives for the Southern California Territory.

“Michael Belair and Russ Brayall have been closely associated with the NAV-TV brand on both the retail and distribution side for years. Their technical aptitude and firsthand experience with our product line will enable them to properly service NAV-TV dealers in and around the Southern California market. We are pleased to have Belair & Associates on board,” stated NAV-TV Vice President, Derek Schmiedl.

Michael Belair, Firm Principal, is already on the road with a NAV-TV sample at Audiolab Car Stereo in Laguna Hills, CA.

“We are excited at the opportunity to work with NAV-TV. With the complexity of vehicles today, having a partner in NAV-TV gives our customers the opportunity to be able to say YES to integration from audio, to back up camera systems, and even to the protection of your vehicle. Having them along with our other vendor partners gives us an opportunity to deliver a complete solution from an integration standpoint, which is a big focus for our company, and with what is happening in our industry today,” stated Rep Principal, Michael Belair.

Belair & Associates began representing NAV-TV in Southern California on December 1, 2019. For more information, Belair & Associates may be reached at 714-376-6231, or via email at mikeb@belairandassociates.com

Visit navtv.com for more.

Celsus UK Expanded Presence at the METSTRADE Show 2019

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS (12.04.2019) – Celsus UK had a much larger presence, with a corner stand, at the 2019 METSTRADE Show in Amsterdam November 19th-21st. During the event Celsus UK presented KICKER Marine Audio and Dynamat Sound and Heat Control products. The UK based distribution company occupied a position double the size of previous years in Amsterdam’s RAI Center. The METSTRADE Show is the main marine equipment industry show for Europe.

The Celsus UK stand at the METSTrade Show showcased Kicker and Dynamat products to attendees from across Europe.

Celsus UK staff members Paul Baker, Mike Keenan and Mark Baker traveled from the UK to meet with dealers in the stand. Kicker’s David Glasgow and Jeremy Bale traveled from Stillwater OK to work with the Celsus UK team in the stand.

Mark Baker stated “Dealers stopping at the Celsus UK stand had the chance to learn all about premium performance marine audio from U.S
manufacturer KICKER. The range of premium 12volt audio equipment from the Oklahoma based manufacturer provides the perfect balance of marine engineering, sound quality and value. From source units to speakers, amplifiers and subwoofers KICKER brings an exciting new dimension to the marine entertainment segment… and live by the mantra #GoOverboard! Visitors to the booth also gained insight into the brand’s expanding range of source units for 2020-2021. This much anticipated group of products, which will contain leading edge features, are in line with consumer demands including NMEA compatibility.”

Celsus UK’s Paul Baker (R) and Mike Keenan pictured with Kicker and Dynamat products they showed attendees at METSTrade Show.

Recent growth of KICKER in the European market, since its introduction at METS 2018, is something the company plans to build on by developing further distributor and OEM relationships.

Continuing Baker stated “We had a great show,presenting Kicker and Dynamat, plus meeting with our customer network. In addition we gathered over 60 new leads with a mix of distributors, OEM’s and technical dealers from all across the globe.”

Mike Keenan (L) and Paul Baker are pictured after packing up the Celsus UK stand as the METSTrade Show 2019 wrapped in Amsterdam.

Glasgow, Kicker International Sales Manager, related “We knew going into the METS 2019 that we had some pretty lofty goals for Kicker Marine in Europe. With a lot of hard work, on both the Kicker and Celsus side, we are now poised to accomplish those goals. METS 2019 was bigger than ever and extremely busy with a lot of traffic from all over Europe. It wasn’t just the number of leads this year that Celsus received but the quality as well. Kicker is extremely blessed to be working with such a truly professional organization such as Celsus UK and their Team.”

Beth Maranda, for Dynamic Control, relayed “Celsus UK is a great partner with us. Their success at the MetsTrade show will certainly set the stage for a very good 2020.”

“We were excited to expand our presence at our 6th METS. We believe we have a unique proposition with Kicker and Dynamat in what they currently offer and future product roadmap. Both brands have been very well received in the market and our search for prospective new partnerships continues” Paul Baker, Managing Director, Celsus UK offered.

In the Celsus UK stand dealers also checked out Dynamat’s wide range of acoustic and thermal control materials that address common noise and heat problems on board all manner of vessels. Dynamat products help control noise from vibration, conducted noise and audio/ sound migration as well as insulate areas to help create a more enjoyable environment on-board. The unique DYNABOX speaker enclosure was a focus for many demonstrations.

Concluding, Baker stated “METS continues to be the best show on our marine calendar and allows us to with new and existing contacts. Our much larger stand and position at this year’s MetsTrade Show definitely paid dividends.”

For further information, contact marketing@celsusgroup.net

Mark Baker pictured with a Kicker Marine display that is offered with a Celsus UK dealer program.

Click to hear Mark Baker from the METSTrade Show

Visit www.celsusice.co.uk and www.metstrade.com for more.

Fortin Intros New EVO 9 SERIES LoRa SST 2-Way RF Solutions

BOUCHERVILLE, QUEBEC (12.04.2019) – Fortin has introduced its new ultra-long-range EVO 9 SERIES 2-way RF solutions.

The EVO 9 SERIES has been engineered and designed to ensure responsivity, stability and reliability even under the most extreme conditions. Based on a solid 2-way LoRa SST (Spread-Spectrum) FM 900 MHz Technology, the platform provides a fully responsive control experience covering up to 6,000 feet (2 km) of urban range.

Each of the 9 SERIES devices is equipped with shock-resistant plastic snaps, stainless steel screws and a custom metallic fastener that reinforce the device’s structure, making it one of its outstanding features.

Every EVO 9 SERIES devices are equipped with a state-of-the-art Anti-Code Grabbing Technology that secures the communication process between the device and the vehicle, thus limiting the possibilities for the vehicle to be stolen using emerging code sniffing technologies. EVO 9 SERIES devices are also equipped with Eco-Connect Technology, which has been developed to maximize battery life for long-range RF devices. The devices will scan for short-range responses before using power to search a wider area if no short-range response is received. The result: the remotes’ battery life is considerably extended.

EVO 9 SERIES’ lineup includes two RF control kits: the RFK942 and the RFK912. The RFK942 RF kit consists of two RM942 4-button remote controllers, an ANT900 Antenna and an antenna cable, while the RFK912 RF kit consists of two RM912 1-button remote controllers, an ANT900 Antenna and an antenna cable.

Fortin Electronic Systems is a world-leading developer and manufacturer of integrated consumer solutions for vehicle control and connectivity.

Visit www.fortin.ca to discover more remote starter, immobilizer bypass and security system solutions or contact us at sales@fortin.ca to receive additional information about our products and solutions.

Raptor Launches Improved Pro Series of Car Audio Products at 2020 CES

HOLLY HILL, FL (12.04.2019) – Metra Electronics has improved its Raptor car audio accessory line with upgraded products launching at CES. Raptor’s Pro Series product line will feature 15 upgraded fuse holders and distribution blocks to create a unified ecosystem of accessories with fresh appearances and gold plating.

Designed with the installer in mind, the new fuse holders and distribution blocks have a one-tool design model to work exclusively with only 3mm Allen head screws, allowing for an easier installation. Metra has stepped away from the traditional look of the previous generation and is highlighting a unique style for these new Raptor products. With internal screw mounting locations and an improved latching system to secure the cover to the base, the new modern design improves upon both its function and aesthetics. It also provides a better visual of the fuses through the covers.

The ANL, MANL and AGU fuse holders range from 1/0 AWG to 8 AWG, are all 24K gold plated, water-resistant, and work with 3mm Allen screws. The new blocks offer multiple options for the installer from dual ANL and MANL blocks or even 4-position fuse distribution blocks. Raptor provides superior performance at entry-level price points, a mission based upon the belief that “affordable” and “cheap” installation accessories shouldn’t be one and the same.

These new and improved products will be shipping soon and can be seen on display at CES. Additional specifications and part numbers are available in the new 2020 Raptor catalog and Raptor-Online.com, which will be released on January 7, 2020. Metra Electronics will be at CES from January 7-10, 2020, at booth 5211 in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center showcasing their new products from their 12volt brands and at booth 11435 in the Central Hall with Metra Home Theater Group.

Visit metraonline.com for more.

Car-Tunes, Inc. Gives Away $1,000 in Free Race Sport Lighting

RINGWOOD, IL (12.03.2019) – Race Sport Lighting has announced in partnership with Car-Tunes, Inc., MESA Dealer and MEA recognized TOP 50 Retailer, that JT Harmon has won Car-Tunes’ give away contest for $1,000 in free Race Sport Lighting products. The contest took place back in October as a part of Car-Tunes’ “Kick off to Lighting Season” campaign. Participants gained entries by engaging with the companies on social media.

Race Sport Lighting President Steve Jergensen commented, “At Race Sport Lighting we enjoy any opportunity to partner with our dealers, like Car Tunes, Inc., but we get extra excited when we get to hook up a member of the Race Sport Nation with free product. JT is an EMT, a firefighter, a lighting fan and all around great guy! Congrats JT!

Kimberly Trainer, for Car Tunes, related to 12volt News “Working with RaceSport and Henry Jasper on this Lighting Contest was terrific. Any promotions that we can do to create consumer interest is important. Showcasing a very good customer like JT is even more special. We are making very frequent social media posts which is drawing business from several hours away from our store in Greenville MS. We even have followers from as far away as Chicago commenting on posts we make. Lighting has so many facets. Automotive, marine, Powersports and farming lighting plus the safety aspects of HID headlights. Overall lighting is certainly an important and growing category for us at Car Tunes.”

Visit racesportnation.com for more.

Alpine X-Perience Added to Black Friday Event at Extreme Car Audio

MARRERO, LA (12.03.2019) – It was a special Black Friday at Extreme Car Audio in Marrero LA on Friday, November 29th. An Alpine X-Perience event added to the Extreme Car Audio Black Friday promotion. Alpine‘s Jimmy Chauffe arrived with the Alpine X-Perience Tundra, tent and promo items for Ace Truong’s event. Truong, Extreme Car Audio owner, told 12volt News

“We had a terrific day… certainly more than 50 customers came into the store and sales were very strong. We had great Alpine specials and gave away a pair of Alpine 6×9 speakers every hour with a drawing. The 6 PM Grand Prize drawing was for an Alpine iLX-650. James Thibodaux was the very happy winner. We offered great food including gumbo for all. Jimmy was great and worked with customers and demo’ed the Tundra all day. One of our customer’s Ford F150, loaded with Alpine, got a lot of attention too. This was our third Alpine X-Perience event and we truly appreciate Alpine‘s commitment and support of independent 12volt retailers. The Alpine X-Perience event promo is terrific for driving consumer awareness and business for specialty 12volt retailers.”

Visit alpine-usa.com for more.

SEMA Expands High School Build Program

The SEMA High School Vehicle Build Program is expanding to 10 builds for the 2019–2020 school year. As partners in this program, 10 high-school auto-shop classes will customize third-generation Toyota 4Runners and Jeep Wrangler TJs. The program aims to bridge the gap between industry and auto-shop students to foster the next generation of hobbyists and the automotive aftermarket workforce.

Through this hands-on build program, students will expand their real-world auto-tech skills by working with aftermarket products while being introduced to a new career path to pursue their passion for customization. The builds will begin in January, and students will complete their builds by the end of the school year.

Comstock High School was one of five high schools that participated in the 2019 SEMA High School Vehicle Build Program. The students built an ’04 Jeep Wrangler Sahara.

Aftermarket companies can support this effort through parts donations and/or mentorship opportunities. Sponsors will have their product(s) installed on the vehicle(s) and receive recognition through the build website and in SEMA build promotions.

Sponsoring the SEMA High School Vehicle Build Program is not only giving high-school students a build experience of a lifetime, it’s also allowing them to open their minds to the possibilities of what can be accomplished using aftermarket products.

If you’re interested in supporting one or more of the student vehicle builds, please fill out the product donation form. If you’re interested in mentoring a school, contact SEMA youth engagement programs manager Katie Hurst at: katieh@sema.org

Click here to learn more and check out last year’s builds.

A&W Distributors Hosted 1st Annual Clearance Tuesday

DALLAS TX (12.02.19) A&W Distributors hosted the company’s 1st Annual Clearance Tuesday on November 26th. There were One Day Only Cash and Carry deals that grabbed area dealer’s attention…along with lunch that included gourmet pizza from the Italian Café.

During the day on Tuesday well over 100 dealers took advantage of savings up to 70% on top 12volt brands stacked up at A&W’s Harry Hines facility in Dallas.

A&W’s Maher Awad stated “We had merchandise that had been in our inventory too long. We made a decision to hold our the 1st Annual Clearance Tuesday thinking dealers could pick up some great deals for their Black Friday promotions. Everything really came together. The dealer turnout was very strong. We went through 20 delicious extra large pizzas from the Italian Café”.

Products from12volt brands priced to move included Arc Audio, Omega, Kenwood, Rydeen, BOSS Audio, Rockford Fosgate, Concept and Atrend.

Concluding Award commented “We were able to move over 50% of the items we needed to move. At the end of the day we sold 5 times more than an average for this time of the year. We thank all of our staff members for working to make our 1st Annual Clearance Tuesday such a success”.

For more see awdistributors.com

AAMP GLOBAL announces the opening of its Industry-first, MECP Certified Technician hotline!

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, December 2nd, 2019 –

As a result of AAMPs strong commitment to the MECP certification program, AAMP GLOBAL announces the opening of its Industry-first, MECP Certified Technician hotline!

By opening a dedicated technical support line for AAMP products to MECP technicians, AAMP will now provide a quick way for certified installers with difficult problems to quickly get technical assistance, without having to go over basic troubleshooting items that should be checked before reaching out to tech support. AAMP recognizes that techs who are MECP certified have developed a certain level of professional troubleshooting skills, and employ these skills when installations get tricky.

When calling the MECP hotline, callers will be asked to provide their CEA Certificate number, which is readily available right on the MECP certificate. Once cleared, they will receive technical assistance from one of two MECP Master Certified technical support representatives, one of which is an Honorary Master, the highest level of certification one can achieve in the MECP program.

AAMP’s Technical Services Manager, Ernie Hartman says: “We recognize the value of time in today’s busy world. AAMP is very excited to provide a technical support path for MECP certified technicians that allows them to “bypass the line” so to speak, avoid all the simple questions, and get right to the matter at hand.”

“AAMP Global and it’s employees have long supported the MECP program, and they recognize the dedication and focus required to achieve certification,” says Kris Bulla, MECP Consultant. “It’s nice to see a tangible benefit tied with our certification program.”

Not only does this number support calls, but also text messages! Starting today, MECP certified techs can call or text their issues to 727-263-1617.