Las Vegas Car Audio Shop Hosts Celebrity Grand Opening Amidst Pandemic

LAS VEGAS, NV (12.02.2020) – Two car audio veterans that had relocated to Las Vegas, Mike Manneh and Harry Draneas had been planning the grand opening for their new store for nearly a year. They were not about to let COVID-19 spoil their plans for The Beat Clinic’s major grand opening event.

(L-R) Mike Manneh, Robin McNeal and Harry Draneas with the Nakamichi N4 Competition amplifier.

Last month they hosted a Grand Opening and Car Show complete with a celebrity guest appearance from Steve Darnell star of the Discovery Channels Vegas Rat Rods. Throughout the day vehicles of all types poured in to participate in the car show. A DJ helped keep the celebration going well into the night.

Star of Vegas Rat Rods Steve Darnell (L) and Mike Manneh (C ) along with the Manneh family.

The new location at 3565 E Post Road in Las Vegas has features an install bay, showroom, fabrication room and waiting area.

“The team at the Beat Clinic has many great relationships throughout Las Vegas in both the auto and audio community that will no doubt help to support their success” stated Robin McNeal National Sales Manager for Nakamichi Car Audio who was there for the big event.

New displays in The Beat Clinic showroom.

Reps were also on hand from Discovery On-Mark Group and Paragon Sales & Marketing

The Beat Clinic specializes in audio, custom fabrication and accessories.

For more information, visit facebook.com/beatclinic

Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday

12VOLT CENTRAL STUDIOS (12.01.2020) – Four days virtually back-to-back to close out the month of November. Many companies across the 12volt industry made social media posts to put their brands and messages in front of consumers and followers to compete with all of the online activity driven by Amazon.

A number of these posts caught our eye in the 12volt Central Studios. The SoundzPlus – Naperville, IL post drove home the COVID-19 Mask-up America theme with a PPE mask placed on a pumpkin.

559 Car Stereo in Fresno, CA got things started with a Thanksgiving night event from 8 PM til Midnight.

The Stereo King-Happy Valley, OR post was an informative multi-panel that detailed several top brands and promo priced products. Jack at Sanford Sound’s Small Business Saturday post stressed ‘Think Big, Shop Small.”

The team_iu Installations Unlimited-North Syracuse, NY post definitely caught eyeballs with the company’s Cyber Monday message. Now, as an industry, we are off to December. We wish all strong sales in December to finish the crazy 2020 year on a high note.

Student-Led Nonprofit Wins Workforce Award at California Economic Summit

OXNARD, CA (11.30.2020) – Scosche is very pleased to share this news story of local (to them) Ventura County award-winning STEM students, who in 2017 formed a nonprofit. This year in the midst of a pandemic, they designed, manufactured and supplied more than 20,000 PPE face shields for frontline healthcare workers in Ventura County hospitals, and to healthcare facilities worldwide.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

As the COVID-19 pandemic first began to spread earlier this year, there was a desperate need across the country for personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers.

“We didn’t know where we were going to get our supplies,” said Dr. Richard Rutherford, director of quality and safety for the Ventura County Medical Center and Santa Paula Hospitals.

In stepped 17 high school students who make up the STEMbassadors team, a student-led non profit founded in 2017 with the primary objective of filling the need for applied STEM education in K-12 schools.

Photo Credit: STEMbassadors/Ventura Unified School District

Two of their students, Patrick Waechter and Anshul Bajaj conceived the idea of manufacturing face shields needed at five local hospitals in Ventura County. For Waechter, it was personal. His mom is a nurse at the Ventura County Medical Center.

They took the idea of using 3D printers to make face shields to Alex Wulff, a middle school teacher who has mentored students from his position at DATA Middle School and is also CEO of the nonprofit.

They tried out a few prototypes and took them to Dr. Robertson. The goal was to make 4,000 face shields.

They manufactured over 20,000 by the middle of summer and not only have supplied all the hospitals in Ventura County but have also shipped their product to Bolivia, Nicaragua, El Salvador, India and Mozambique.

As a result, STEMbassadors will be honored at the California Economic Summit on December 3rd as a winner in the 2020 Partnerships for Industry and Education (PIE) contest.

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“Scosche was proud to play a small part in this valuable project and we are so impressed by the ingenuity, determination and hard work of this remarkable group of students and their instructor. This level of STEM education, engagement and care for others makes us thankful and truly gives us hope for the future.”

In addition to supporting local efforts to slow the tide of the rising pandemic, Scosche has implemented regular anti-microbial spraying, in addition to all other required safety and work from home requirements to keep their staff safe. They are very thankful to have been able to retain 100% of their staff.

Visit scosche.com for more.

AtoZ Detail Wins Power Acoustik Prize on the 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel Spin 104

SHREVEPORT LA (11.28.20)  WTF…Win This Friday. AtoZ Detail won a Power Acoustik Prize on Friday November 27th.

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It was Black Friday and also the 2nd Anniversary of the 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel.

The 12volt Spin-to-Win Wheel was created to bring an element of fun to the 12volt industry. With this spin we celebrated the 2nd Anniversary of the weekly 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel.

On Friday morning, November 27th, the 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel rolled for 104th time and the Wheel landed on the Power Acoustik space. The AtoZ Detail slip was drawn from the jar and an Instagram post of the winning slip was posted. A video of the Wheel spin was also posted. We will out to the West Haven CT retailer with the good news. A Power Acoustik product will be headed their way.

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, JVC and ZZ-2. 12volt News $100. cash awards have spaces on the 12volt Spin-To-Wheel for a winning 12volt retailer.

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, AudioPlanetNY in Huntington Station NY, Endless Possibilities in Aurora IL, Audio Finesse in Santa Monica, Drive Customs in San Luis Obispo CA and Custom Works 317 in Noblesville IN. Congratulations to all.

WTF… Where’s the Fun. On the next spin of the 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel Friday, December 4th.

Happy Thanksgiving 2020 to All Across the 12volt Industry

SHREVEPORT, LA (11.26.2020) – It goes without saying that 2020 has been one of the craziest years since the Pilgrims celebrated the first Thanksgiving Festival meal in 1621.

Overall, we in the 12volt industry have fared much better that most industries and businesses.

Let’s all remain positive for successful Black Friday events and Small Business Saturday as we work to finish November 2020 on a high note.

A very Happy Holiday season to all from the 12volt Central Studios.

The 100 Turkeys for 100 Families Community Event in Aurora, IL

AURORA, IL (11.25.2020) – On Sunday, November 22nd 100 boxes of turkeys were on a pallet under the Endless Possibilities tent on Galena Blvd in downtown Aurora IL. Endless Possibilities Auto, The Reyna Family Project, Headliners Barbershop, B1Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & Self Defense-Naperville came together for the community event to provide a Thanksgiving Turkey for 100 families.

100 boxed turkeys under the Endless Possibilities Auto tent in Downtown Aurora IL on Sunday, November 22nd.

Ceasar Marungo, Endless Possibilities Auto owner, related “As a group we all wanted to give back to our community where many are having hard times. We reached out to City Hall and they were very supportive of our plan and suggested the best place to do this was in downtown Aurora. We set up our tent tent in the designated area and people picked up their box with the turkey in the drive thru lane.”

The invitation post for the Holiday Turkey community offering.
Detailed instructions for getting to the community event.

Social media posts provided detailed information on how to get to the site for people to pick up a turkey for their family. The day started at 10 AM and by mid afternoon all of the turkeys were in the hands of a family in need of something special for Thanksgiving dinner.

Endless Possibilities Auto owner Ceasar Marungo.

Click to view the video above on Endless Possibilities Auto’s Instagram.

“During and after the event we had people come up to members of our group to tell us how appreciative they were of our efforts to help people in need during the Holiday season. As a group, knowing we brought some happiness to 100 families for 100 families was a terrific feeling” Marungo concluded.

Visit instagram.com/endlesspossibilitiesauto and endlesspossibilitiesauto.com for more.

Stereo & Video Center Hosts 5th Annual Tent Sale

TYLER, TX (11.24.2020) – Stereo & Video Center filled the parking lot on Friday and Saturday, November 20th and 21st, on South Broadway in Tyler TX. An Alpine X-Perience pickup and KICKER pickup were under the Tent Sale tent with plenty of red and blue balloons. South Broadway is the busiest thoroughfare in a very busy shopping and mall area in Tyler.

Early Friday morning everything was set for the Stereo & Video Center 5th Annual Tent Sale.

James Halter offered to the 12volt News “This was our 5th Annual Tent Sale and it turned out very well. With the COVID-19 Pandemic we weren’t sure what to expect with customers coming to the store for a big event. Friday traffic was somewhat better than Saturday and we extended the event until Monday and Tuesday, the 23rd and 24th, since we had the tent in place.”

The KICKER pickup demo and products under the tent.

The Alpine X-Perience pickup and KICKER pickup under the tent, along with 3 food trucks that rotated through the days Friday and Saturday, definitely caught the eye of all driving on South Broadway.

James Halter (L) and Alpine’s Jimmy Chauffe setting up on Friday morning.

Alpine Specialists Jimmy Chauffe and Dan Greenwood were onsite to provide demos for people checking out the event. Chauffe related “Showing the latest Alpine Halo setup in the X-Perience really opens people’s eyes. Stereo & Video Center does a great job with the 650 and the new Alpine display in their showroom grabs attention and sounds absolutely terrific!”

Pete Daley, Marketing Pros Principal, provided demos in the KICKER pickup. “When doing demos I had several customers saying they have had KICKER speakers for years. The L7’s really brought smiles to people’s faces when we dialed up the volume.”

A new video screen has been added to the big sign and a food truck is ready below.

Stereo & Video Center utilized social media posts to promote the event along with fliers and in-store visibility for a couple weeks prior to the Tent Sale.

A new super looking and sounding Alpine display arrived just in time for the Tent Sale.

“We are looking to close out November on a high note. Having Jimmy and Dan onsite with the Alpine X-Perience and Pete with the KICKER pickup was super. We definitely thank them for their support which added to the success of the Tent Sale.

Visit stereovideocenter.com for more.

Steve Fahlmark’s Vision for Midwest Sales Group Will Continue with His Son, Max Fahlmark

YORKVILLE, IL (11.23.2020) – Midwest Sales Group has announced that Max Fahlmark has assumed the role of President, upon the passing of his father, Steve Fahlmark, veteran 12 Volt industry rep and founder of Midwest Sales Group.  Steve passed away on November 12th, 2020 and was put to rest on November 18th, 2020.  Steve Fahlmark started in the industry more than 30 years ago like many – as a young car stereo enthusiast and turned his passion into a career, which eventually led to him starting his own rep firm, Midwest Sales Group. He was truly loved by his family, friends, brand partners and customers.  His bold infectious personality and loving spirit will surely be missed by those who knew him.  There are no words to describe the sorrow felt as the world has lost an amazing human being.  Our deepest condolences go out to Steve’s wife, Marcia Fahlmark; his daughter, Sara Roorbach and son-in-law, Kevin Roorbach; and Max.

Steve Fahlmark behind the wheel as he and son Max are pictured on the road.

Max Fahlmark said, “My heart is broken, and I know I have big shoes to fill, but I am committed to carrying on the vision my father had for Midwest Sales Group.  His customers and brand partners, like family, meant the world to him and he showed it every day.  I wish with all my heart that I didn’t have to take this position like this, however I appreciate the opportunity and support that has come from our brand partners and customers.  My father taught me that to be the best, you have to hustle and put the work in. No shortcuts. I am determined to honor his teachings and memory. Thank you all for the kindness and understanding extended to me and my family at this time.  I will never forget it.” Max grew up in the 12 Volt business and has been working with his father since he was 14 years old.  Steve was proud of Max and the plan was for Max to one day take over leading Midwest Sales Group.

Midwest Sales Group’s back office will continue to be supported by Mara Bommeiman who has worked with Steve and Max for many years.  Thank you all for your patience and understanding as Midwest Sales Group makes this transition.  Please feel free to contact Max and the office at the following:

Max Fahlmark
Email: max@midwestsalesgrp.com
Mobile: 630-777-2403
Office: 630-553-7895
Fax: 630-553-7894

Custom Works 317 Wins PowerBass Prize on the 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel Spin 103

SHREVEPORT LA (11.21.20)  WTF…Win This Friday. Custom Works 317 won a PowerBass Prize on Friday November 20th.

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.

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On Friday morning, November 20th, the 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel rolled for 103rd time and the Wheel landed on the PowerBass space. The Custom Works 317 slip was drawn from the jar and an Instagram post of the winning slip was posted. A video of the Wheel spin was also posted. We reached out to the Noblesville IN retailer and left a message with the good news. A PowerBass product will be headed their way.

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, JVC and ZZ-2. 12volt News $100. cash awards have spaces on the 12volt Spin-To-Wheel for a winning 12volt retailer.

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, AudioPlanetNY in Huntington Station NY, Endless Possibilities in Aurora IL, Audio Finesse in Santa Monica and Drive Customs in San Luis Obispo CA. Congratulations to all.

WTF… Where’s the Fun. On the next spin of the 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel Friday, November 27th.

CMA LIVE EP7 Spotlighted The Rapidly Changing In-Vehicle Head Unit Technology

TORONTO, CA (11.20.2020) – The Wednesday night, November 18th, episode of CMA LIVE was presented by SiriusXM. The EP7 host Ben Woo welcomed top head unit brands represented by their respective National Product Training Managers from across the industry. The elite panel included Kris Bulla from Sony, Chris Teguh with Alpine, Seth Halstead representing JVC Mobile and Kenwood plus Canada’s own Robert Mony present to showcase the Pioneer brand.

Host Ben Woo pictured as EP7 opened with SiriusXM’s Paul Trueman (R) at his North Carolina home office.
Alpine’s Chris Teguh, top right, responds to a question from host Ben Woo as Jeff Bates-Lockdown Security listens intently.

“What an amazing panel we had assembled last night. Informative and technical with only the most professional information delivered by true professionals. The future of the head unit category looks bright,” stated CMA LIVE Host Ben Woo.

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Seth Halstead (R) responding with information on JVC’s latest in-vehicle technology to host Ben Woo.

This particular episode was anchored by SiriusXM Sales Director Paul Truman as well as CMA resident tech guru, Jeff Bates of Lockdown Security- Markham Ontario who provided important insight from the dealer/installer perspective.

Kris Bulla (R), representing Sony on the panel, covered the brand’s products and strategy from his Nashville TN home office.

The EP7 presentation on Facebook spanned nearly 2 very informative hours. During that time host Woo orchestrated a spot-on dialog that provided the presenter of each brand the opportunity to inform listeners how their products will enhance the time consumers spend on the road. Connectivity is key with consumers today. New head unit technology amplifies in-vehicle music, along with connectivity, safety and convenience for consumers.

Robert Mony-top right, Pioneer National Product Trainer for Canada, highlighted the brand’s latest technology and product plans for 2021. Jeff Bates, Lockdown Security listens intently to the latest info on Pioneer.

Along with new head unit technology consumers are looking for larger screens in the dash of their vehicles. Each presenter addressed their brand’s plan to bring larger screens and the latest head unit technology to the marketplace.

Seth Halstead covered Kenwood’s driver assistance and vehicle safety products that are included in the company’s head unit technology product offerings.

“Our mission is to inform and educate our audience on how these brands are focused on future technology that will not only entertain but make daily life more seamless through connectivity in our vehicles,” said CMA CEO, Frank Spezzano.

Paul Trueman highlighted the SiriusXM SXV300 Tuner and the marketing opportunities available for proactive 12volt retailers to enhance their customer’s in-vehicle entertainment options across all head unit brands.

Stay tuned as the next episode of CMA LIVE “The OEM Integration Episode,” which airs on December 2 at 8pm ET will feature brands such as Automotive Data Solutions, Wavtech, PAC, Metra and NAV-TV on hand to dissect all things OEM Integration related.

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