Firstech Compustar Launches In-Person Installer Training Program

SEATTLE, WA (06.28.22) – Firstech, maker of Compustar and DroneMobile brand products, has announced the launch of its new national installer training program: “myFirstech Academy”. Training events, which are scheduled for Q3 2022 for authorized dealers, will include two days of intensive instruction at three different skill levels.

Level 1 – Learn how to install remote start systems and gain a deep understanding of required 12-volt electrical theory, components, and troubleshooting.
Level 2 – Take a deeper dive into Firstech remote start and security solutions, including controllers, RF, telematics, and vehicle integration.
Level 3 – For seasoned installers only. Explore advanced troubleshooting and gain experience with manual-transmission remote start, along with other complex applications.

Students of myFirstech Academy will enjoy a wide variety of learning environments over the two-day period to ensure maximum knowledge retention:

  • Bench trainers for understanding fundamentals of electronics
  • Steering columns with ignition switches for start/stop simulation
  • Wire prep and soldering practice stations (no t-taps here, please!)
  • Minimum of 3 different vehicles for full installation walkthrough
  • Q+A with Firstech technical support members
  • Networking with other industry professionals

All myFirstech Academy training events will be instructed by members of Firstech’s award-winning technical support team. Tech support manager Wade Beebe shares, “We have crafted our trainings to meet the growing demand for hands-on, step-by-step training on remote start.”

In addition to in-person instruction, myFirstech Academy enrollees will also receive free access to self-paced virtual learning materials. These materials will be made available on the web and the company’s “myFirstech” app for iOS and Android.

The first two myFirstech Training events, which have already been sold out, will be held in mid-July at Firstech’s new distribution center in Flower Mound, TX. Registration for other myFirstech Academy training events opens on July 6th, 2022. To view upcoming events and register, go to www.firstechllc.com/myfirstech-academy. Events will be limited to twenty or fewer attendees. A $99 refundable deposit will be required to reserve a spot.

“Our mission is to provide practical training and knowledge that pertains to everyday real world installations”, shares myFirstech Academy instructor, Doug Reed. “In our industry, when installers get the support and training they need – everyone wins.”

The first events in July have already been presold, but there are more events that will open for registration on July 6th, 2022. The full calendar can be viewed here. 

Visit firstechllc.com for more.

The 12volt Industry Is “Jammin’ N June” from Coast to Coast

SHREVEPORT, LA (06.27.22) – This past weekend 12volt companies across the US were out in force, from coast to coast, connecting with consumers and enthusiasts. Highlighting these 10 positive events in this article demonstrates the 12volt industry “Has Our Shine On” and is “Jammin’ N June”. The 12volt Central News staff will follow in the coming days with more detailed coverage of these events individually from this past weekend.

In the Great Northwest it was the UTV Take Over in Coos Bay Oregon and The Adventure Van Expo in Hood River, OR.

The expansive Stereo King set up installed over a dozen systems a day with many Rockford Stage kits along with Rugged Radio, LED whips and under vehicle lighting.

The UTV Take Over continues to grow as thousands of Powersports enthusiasts and their rides were on the Coos Bay dunes with ten of thousands of attendees taking part of the wide variety of activities at the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area hosted by the Boxcar Hill Campground. Stereo King returned from the Portland area with a huge trainer filled with inventory, a demo SXS, displays plus tents along with a staff of 5 installation techs and 4 on the sales side. Scotty Miles related “We worked on about a dozen SXS’s everyday and installed a ton of Rockford Fosgate Stage Kits, Rugged Radios, LED whips and under glow lighting. It was an amazing event again this year.”

Car Tunes setting up after rolling in from their Grants Pass, OR location.

Car Tunes from Grants Pass, OR arrived with a trailer packed with inventory, demo and crew headed by Fermin Sanchez. Right out of the gate Sanchez was installing KICKER Soundbars and audio. Dave Gates, Falcon Sales and MT HOOD Marketing supplied images and stated “The Powersports market is so hot. Car Tunes has seen tremendous growth at their Grants Pass store and wanted to connect with more SXS enthusiasts at this year’s UTV TakeOver.”

Scott Chaplin-Falcon Sales and Therese Jacobson in the SoundSkins booth at the Hood River Adventure Van Expo.

The Hood River Adventure Van Expo features everything from niche rigs and custom crafter vans to production models. The weekend of van community activities were family friendly and open to all ages. SoundSkins was onsite with a booth filled with sound deadening products to show van owners how to quiet their rides on the road plus all now their ‘tighter” vehicle will make their music sound better too.

Dennis Garcia in the SoundSkins Booth adjacent to the Al&Ed’s Escondido show floor at the Garden Walk Center in Anaheim, CA.

“The van builders business is huge and growing. Therese Jacobson from SoundSkins was under our tent with Scott Chapin from Falcon Sales our rep firm in that territory. They had a super show and Jason Sakurai from Roadhouse Marketing sent some great images of our setup there” Dennis Garcia stated.

Moving west down the west coast Al&Ed’s in Escondido hosted Rewind 3 at the Garden Walk in Anaheim CA. Chris Denardo’s Al & Ed’s location in Escondido is a very proactive retailer and showcased a wide variety of show cars and vendors under amazing lighting in the Garden Walk Center. SoundSkins, with Dennis Garcia in the house, was under the company tents letting all know that sound deadening products can knock down freeway road noise and make audio systems in all rides sound better. Garcia sent great images and info.

The Saturday Cars and Coffee at KICKER’s Stillwater HQ had a large turnout of enthusiasts with their rides.

KICKER hosted a Saturday Cars and Coffee at the company’s world headquarters followed by a Crusin’ Open House event on Sunday for members of the community.

 The Sunday Cruisin’ Open House was a chance for attendees to check out the XRV showroom, BoomRoom and tour the KICKER Museum in the world HQ building. BBQ, snow cones and refreshments too.

“On Saturday, the huge KICKER grounds were packed with show cars and vehicles of all types. Old model Corvettes were a favorite of many. The KICKER XRV was on the lot and open for all to see the KICKER products displayed and experience the Boom Room and it’s 40,000+ watts of Livin’Loud KICKER power. On Sunday we opened KICKER HQ to the public for all to tour the KICKER Museum and gift shop. Members of the large turnout also enjoyed BBQ, snow cones and ‘racing fuel’ to go from the KICKER family” John Myers, who supplied info and super images, related.

Custom Audio, Erie PA, was set for a shopping center event on Sunday June 26th to benefit a local animal rescue. Unfortunately the weather forecast called for the possibility of rain.

Custom Audio’s Sondralee Orengia related “The Car Show was planned to benefit the Anna Shelter for animals with businesses in the West Ridge Plaza Center all open for activities in the parking lot as attendees enjoyed the cool cars, food trucks. Many show car owners stay away if there may be rain. Therefore we rescheduled the event for Sunday July 17th.”

The MECA event, with Kevin Mayo at the meter, set up beside the Team Nutz Pittsburgh store under a cloudy Sunday sky.

Team Nutz in Pittsburgh hosted a MECA competition. Ed Nuttall and the Team Nutz crew are a very proactive retailer in the Pittsburgh area. They have a large booth at large automotive focused events in the downtown convention center and large Jeep events in the area like the recent Jeep Heritage Festival.

“We had the tent and meters set up under a tent by the store. Kevin Mayo was in the house to orchestrate the MECA event. Showing enthusiasts how to made their rides sound better was on the menu also in addition to their numbers on the meter. We got that done” Nuttall related.

 Scrapin’ The Coast 2022 event filled the Convention Center in Biloxi with hundreds of custom rides.

The 2022 Scrapin’ The Coast filled the Mississippi Coliseum grounds and Convention Center in Biloxi. Outside demo vehicles filled the grounds with demos and vendor tents. Inside the event floor was filled with hundreds of custom show cars and vendor booths. Katelyn Halter, daughter of James Halter-Stereo and Video Center in Tyler TX, was at the event and sent super images.

Tint World in Orlando continues to host consumer events at the amazing Dezerland Auto Museum.

Tint World Orlando continued to connect with area consumers and enthusiasts with 2 exciting days at the Dezerland Auto Museum in Orlando highlighted by a tour of the entire amazing car collection. Pete Muller related “Connecting with consumers and enthusiasts drives business. As we prepare to open our second Tint World location in Orlando that strategy seems to be working. We are looking to hire employees right now.”

The DS18 crew and Mr DS18 Rob Ferro by the Big Mamma Ambulance wrapping up a winning trip in Puerto Rico.

DS18 was in Puerto Rico showing all ‘We Like It Loud’. “We made it to the Finals with the DS18 Ambulance that we now call Big Mamma that is fully loaded with DS18… as you see. A huge thanks to all on the Island… much more later” Rob Ferro ‘Mr DS18’ related.

A huge 12volt Central Studios ‘Thank You’ to all who made posts and supplied us with information for this article. So glad we are all “Jammin’ N June”!

SiriusXM and The Smithsonian Honor Black Music Appreciation Month

NEW YORK, NY (06.24.22) – SiriusXM and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) today announced that the two organizations are teaming up to honor Black Music Appreciation Month with a private event taking place on Thursday, June 30, including the unveiling of the SiriusXM Neighborhood Record Store and a live recording of the award-winning podcast, All Music is Black Music. The special night of programming is the latest in SiriusXM’s ongoing collaboration with and support of the NMAAHC’s mission in documenting African American life, history and culture.

“Since first joining forces one year ago with the launch of All Music is Black Music, SiriusXM and the National Museum of African American History and Culture have continued to develop and expand our relationship. We’re thrilled to now come together to honor Black Music Appreciation Month and officially unveil the next chapter of our collaboration with the SiriusXM Neighborhood Record Store,” said Jennifer Witz, Chief Executive Officer of SiriusXM.

“We commemorate Black Music Appreciation Month all across SiriusXM, in our hallways and on our airwaves, and we’re incredibly excited to now team up with the NMAAHC to take the celebration to Washington, D.C.,” said Nicole Hughey, SiriusXM’s Senior Vice President & Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. “We firmly believe in NMAAHC’s mission and are delighted to continue to find new ways to work together to promote and celebrate African American history and culture.”

The celebrations will kick off with the first-ever live audience recording of All Music Is Black Music, the award-winning SiriusXM original podcast. The Webby and Anthem Award-winning podcast, hosted by Selema Masekela, explores how African American music and culture have shaped the wider contemporary music landscape as told to listeners through artifacts housed within the NMAAHC’s collection. Guests appearing on location in the museum’s auditorium in Washington, D.C for the special episode are expected to include Dr. Dwandalyn Reece, NMAAHC Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs; 2022 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and GRAMMY Award winning producers and songwriters Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis; and a special performance by singer and multi-instrumentalist Mobley, who composed the podcast’s theme song. This noteworthy edition of All Music is Black Music, along with all previous episodes of the podcast, will be available for listeners exclusively on SiriusXM – including the Volume Channel 106, the SXM App, Pandora, and Stitcher – following the event.

After the podcast recording, SiriusXM will officially unveil the newly-branded SiriusXM Neighborhood Record Store, an interactive destination housed within the NMAAHC’s permanent “Musical Crossroads” exhibition that features record covers for individual browsing and a digital interactive station that links songs and artists to various genres, themes, regions, and time periods. The invitation-only reception at the NMAAHC, hosted by SiriusXM’s Joe Madison, will give members of the media, artists, historians, local government representatives and a few lucky sweepstakes winners an exclusive look at the collaboration between SiriusXM and the NMAAHC.

The SiriusXM Neighborhood Record Store unveiling follows the earlier announcement of the $2 million gift to the NMAAHC by SiriusXM Cares, the company’s charitable arm. The donation is part of the company’s contributions to organizations which promote and further social equality, education, hiring, and combat racial injustice.

Visit siriusxm.com for more.

Tint World Named a Top Global Franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine

BOCA RATON, FL (06.23.22) – Tint World Automotive Styling Centers has been ranked no. 162 in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top Global Franchise list for 2022.

The recognition follows the fast-growing franchise’s eighth consecutive appearance in Entrepreneur’s highly competitive Franchise 500 earlier this year. Tint World also appeared in Entrepreneur’s 2021 Top Global Franchise rankings.

“The Tint World family is passionately committed to growth, both in the United States and internationally,” said Charles J. Bonfiglio, CEO and president of Tint World. “This important industry ranking demonstrates that our franchisees and our franchise support team members are working hard to deliver the best automotive styling experience to customers around the world.”

Entrepreneur determines its global rankings based on a formula similar to the one used for the Franchise 500. However, in the global ranking, international size and growth are weighed more heavily. Other evaluation criteria include costs and fees, franchisee support, brand strength and financial strength and stability.

For the full Top Global Franchise rankings, visit www.entrepreneur.com/franchises/topglobal

SEMA Industry Awards Expand to Recognize Contributions of Growing Community

DIAMOND BAR, CA (06.22.22) – Updates to the SEMA Industry Awards reflect changes in the automotive specialty-equipment industry and give winners greater recognition for their contributions.

As e-commerce expands and data-driven transactions become more routine, the SEMA Warehouse Distributor of the Year award has evolved and is rebranded as the new Channel Partner of the Year award. This award honors the contributions of sales, distributors, retailers, and e-commerce channel(s) in the industry, while still continuing to recognize beneficial efforts by distribution companies as they support retailers.

The SEMA Show Kickoff Breakfast, held Tuesday morning, November 1, before the start of the 2022 SEMA Show, will honor the Best New Products at the SEMA Show and recognize the Manufacturer of the Year and the new Channel Partner of the Year.

The Channel Partner of the Year award, along with the Manufacturer of the Year award, will be presented for the first time at the SEMA Show Kickoff Breakfast on Tuesday morning, November 1, before the SEMA Show officially opens. Previously known as the New Products Awards Breakfast, the morning event on the first day of the Show makes it possible for winners to promote the honor while the industry is gathered in Las Vegas, and makes it easy for the industry to connect and honor the winners all week long.

Other industry awards, including the SEMA Person of the Year and GEN-III Innovator of the Year, will be presented at the Thursday evening SEMA Show Industry Awards Banquet. Nominations for all four awards are now being accepted at www.sema.org/awards.

“The SEMA Industry Awards represent the industry, and as the industry evolves, we’re pleased to be able to evolve the awards as well,” said Chris Standifer, SEMA Project Manager of Recognition Programs. “We’re also excited to recognize the valuable contributions of leading companies at the SEMA Show Kickoff Breakfast for the first time this year. As businesses connect throughout the week of the Show, it will be great for winning companies to be able to be recognized in Las Vegas.”

Nominating an individual or business for a SEMA Industry Award is the best way to show appreciation for one’s significant and positive impact on the specialty-equipment market. Submit a nomination by July 15 at www.sema.org/awards.

Sanford Sound Connects with Consumers Far from the Town of Sanford, ME

SANFORD, ME (06.21.22) – Since Sanford Sound opened in 1995, with Jack Bogard behind the wheel, the company has proactively worked to connect with consumers by hosting events in the store, in the store’s parking lot and grounds plus at off-site events. Today, Sanford Sound is the established store for audio… in-vehicle, Powersports, marine and motorcycles. Home AV and office applications are also on the menu.

Jack Bogard in the Sanford Sound showroom with branded sunglass on and holding one of the cups that were given out at the concert events.
The Pirate Beach Band on stage as Tonya Pickering (L) with Jack Bogard‘s daughters Alissa and Ashley in front of the stage.

Sanford, ME is a town of just over 22,000. Over the past 25+ years the Sanford Sound has stretched well beyond the towns borders.

Owner Jack Bogard, family and the dedicated Sanford Sound Team, are always working to put the company name in front of the community. In just the last 2 weeks Sanford Sound has organized and presented 2 offsite concerts and a sound-off event on site at the company’s new location that is just 15 over months old.

Attendees enjoyed the Pirate Beach Band’s tribute performance.
Another sign of the first class production by Sanford Sound.

On Saturday night June 11th, The Pirate Beach Band presented a tribute show highlighting Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown hits at The Runway at PCC venue. The Collie Buddz band performed Raggae style at an event a few days later. At each venue Sanford Sound was set up so attendees entered by the company’s booth with tables filled with giveaways including branded cups and sunglasses. Attendance at the first concert was just shy of 400 and topped 250 at the second event.

Branded cups and sunglasses on the table with the Collie Buddz Band performing reggae style on stage in the background.
Set ups happened in the afternoons prior to the evening events.

“The events were awesome as there was so much energy in the air. There was a lot of socializing and getting my brand out there. Think we will sell a big motorcycle system to a fellow who drove 2 1/2 hours down from Augusta for the first event,” Bogard related.

On Saturday June 17th Sanford Sound hosted a dB Drag and NADBL contest on the store grounds with nearly 80 competitors. “The weather was perfect and the high SPL was 167.9. Other than a few noise complaints from neighbors everyone had a great time,” Bogard concluded.

On the Sanford Sound’s grounds this shot shows unique sound off competitors‘ vehicles up front and more in the background.

Great to see Sanford Sound Jammin’ N June.

Visit sanfordsound.com for more.

Steel Valley Regional XI Set for July 23rd & 24th

PITTSBURGH, PA (06.20.22) – The HARV Arena at the Mountaineer Casino and Resort, in New Cumberland WV, will be the site of the 2022 Steel Valley Regional XI July 23rd and 24th presented by ARC Audio.

“The excitement is really growing as we get closer to the event featuring a MECA 4X, MECA 2X, IASCA 3X, EMMA 3X and MASQ competitions. We are looking for a great event and will be excited to see competitors in the lanes and vendors and Retailers set up to showcase their latest products in the HARV Arena for our SQL event,“ Larry Chijner related.

Continuing, Chijner stated, “The SVR features the Top 40 SQ Showdown where 6 judges will evaluate all the cars and rank them from 40th to 1st place. Prizes and Trophies will be presented to all who compete. Judges for this event are Harry Kimura (Head Judge), Bryan Huston, Steve Tyler, Sharon Tyler, Steve Cornell and Curtis Helms. This is our 11th Anniversary Show and will be the biggest and best show ever!”

12volt companies planning to participate on site at the event include ARC Audio, Karma Audio, JL Audio, Italia Hi Fi, Focal, Mosconi, Gladen, Black Hole5, Illusion Audio, Dynaudio, Zapco, ESB, Audiowave Ltd, Accuton Automotive, Resonix, AAMP/Stinger, ART Technolgies, Audio Visions, Vibe Audio, Davis Distribution. US Acoustics, Stereo Installs, Erins Audio Corner, Vangaurd Designs and Audible Physics.

IASCA’s Travis Chin commented, “I’m looking forward to attending SVR. This premier SQ event is the beginning of a string of triple point events that will help members acquire enough points to earn an invite to our North American Championship in October. There will be plenty of top sound quality vehicles to check out as they prepare for their run for the championship.”

The HARV will once again be filled with top SQ Competitors.

IASCA Judges will be Travis Chin, Rusty Gregg and Keith Turner-Soundstage Events.

New MECA owners Bud and Shannon Ballinger stated, “Larry Chijner’s SVR is a premier event on the MECA SQL schedule. This year we are bringing our enhanced 4X SQL program to the SVR with ARC Audio as Title Sponsor. Four of our top SQL judges will rate each system’s Sound Quality, individually, and scores are averaged for the most fair outcomes. Judges will give detailed notes for improvement leading to better scores for all MECA competitors. The MECA 4X events are designed to help prepare MECA competitors for our Finals event October Contests include 7 Sound Quality classes, 4 install classes, RTA Freq Out and two 2 seat (old School) SQ classes.”

The HARV Event Centre floor, as in this previous Steel Valley Valley Regional image, will be filled with top SQ vehicles.

MECA Judges scheduled for SVR are Richard Papasin-Head MECA Judge, Mike Flanagan, Vinny Taylor and Julian Ridi. “A big thanks to Larry, Klifton and Keith Turner for working to make this one of the highlights of the MECA season.”

EMMA USA Judges are Tom Meyers-Head EMMA Judge, Ben Zimmerman, Mic Wallace and Jeff Smith. EMMA is in its second year in the US and is Europe’s Number 1 Sound Quality Format. Competitors are loving the new and fresh SQ format EMMA offers.

MASQ Sound Quality Organization will also be at the event as another option for the competitors to participate. Howard Cantor and judges also plan on attending. .

Klifton Keplinger is Head Scoring Technician along with help from Lori Wallace. Charles Knight from Alegius Design is the SVR website coordinator.

Tony Pasquale will be there to help competitors prepare for the show along with tuning support and helping Chijner with show coordination.

Concluding, Chijner relayed, “Without the help from ALL the participating Sponsors and continued support from the competitors this show could never happen. It is very important to Thank ALL the Sponsors by using their products and saying Thank you to them when you see them”

ALL the information on the show and participating sponsors can be seen on our website below.

Visit steelvalleyregional.com for more.

KICKER Vehicles Earn Top-Truck Awards at Slamology

STILLWATER, OK (06.17.22) – KICKER is celebrating a trio of audio-equipped rides awarded in the Street Trucks magazine “Slamology Top-10 Trucks” list, put together by editors following the show’s conclusion June 12 at Lucas Oil Raceway.

All three top-tier trucks spent their time as featured vehicles parked in front of KICKER’s XRV (Xtreme Recreational Vehicle) during the weekend, accumulating a non-stop crowd of awestruck spectators.
John Farr’s 1980 Dodge D-50 pickup, known as the Ramster, sports a 3000-watt system that drives a half dozen KICKER subwoofers and 10 KICKER Q-Class speakers.

KICKER Special Projects Manager Tim Smith won “Best Interior” honors with his custom Chevy Silverado. It is equipped with a KICKER Q-Class amplifier and speaker system, along with a pair of eight-inch L7T square subwoofers in a custom enclosure.

Rounding out the honorees is a GMC Sierra showcasing a system installed by Indianapolis native Paul “Handmade” Howard. The system features L7T square subs, KICKER speakers and eight KICKER CX-Series amplifiers.

Billed as one of the largest car, truck and mobile-audio events in the world, Slamology featured in excess of 2,000 show cars over the two-day event, with nearly 20,000 spectators passing through the gates.

For more information, visit www.streettrucksmag.com/top-10-trucks-slamology-2022.

Team Nutz Returned to the Annual Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival 2022

BUTLER, PA (06.16.22) – The 11h Annual Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival took place June 10th thru 12th in historic downtown Butler PA and on the Cooper’s Lake Campground. Over 15,000 Jeepers attended the weekend and enjoyed off-road trails, obstacle courses and a huge vendor area filled with companies that offer aftermarket products for Jeep owners and enthusiasts. The downtown Butler Jeep Invasion witnessed over 1000 Jeeps parked along main street and parking areas in the town of approximately 13,000 located 35 miles north of Pittsburgh. Butler was named the 7th Best Small Town in America in a Smithsonian Magazine in 2012.

Team Nutz is located about 35 miles from the Jeep Bantam Festival and had a big footprint at the event.
AAMP Global’s Christian Venn is flanked by Rusty North (L) and Ed Nuttal from Team Nutz. North is with End Result and was on site representing AAMP Global’s Jeep intensive Stinger brand.

Team Nutz is a proactive 12volt retailer located in Pittsburgh and returned to the Bantam Jeep Festival for the 2022 run. Ed Nuttall related, “The JeepFest draws thousands of Jeepers, enthusiasts and their rides. That crowd is noted for adding aftermarket products to their rides. We do a lot of Jeep upgrades at the store, and being so close to our store in Pittsburgh, it makes perfect sense for our brand to be on site. We had a great crew on site with vendor support, a large booth area with multiple tents plus several demo vehicles. Sales this year were strong and our team made contact with quite a number of promising prospects.”

Attendance at this year‘s event was strong as it has been in past years.
Jeepers also spent time on trails located on the very area around the Butler area.

The Team Nutz team on site this year totaled 8 with strong support from Stinger Electronics’ Christian Venn and Rusty North from End Result. The AAMP of America Stinger booth was next to the Team Nutz tent. Several good customers and Jeepers were also adjacent to Team Nutz on the grounds.

The Stinger Heigh 10, which takes a Jeeper’s infotainment system to the next level, was one of the hottest products in the Team Nutz booth. On site installations were hampered somewhat by a shortage kits.

Tom Mays pitches a Team Nutz Blue Duck do a fan in downtown Butler.
Doug Burns rewards this vintage Jeep with Team Nutz Blue Duck… one of 1300 given out at the event.

“Stinger was a great support team, with Christian Venn and the AAMP truck, to work side by side at the event. With their expertise and products in the booth right next to our booth they spoon fed us sales,” Nuttall added.

Today Jeepers are showing their support for other Jeep vehicles with blue rubber ducks. “We made 1500 custom blue rubber ducks for the event and placed over 1300 on Jeeps we liked. Downtown we went down along parked Jeeps and put the blue ducks of hoods and around door handles. The blue rubber ducks had the Team Nutz logo for all to see and remember,” Nuttall related.

Rosie was popular and received three ducks including a Team Nutz Blue Duck. People reward Jeeps they like with small rubber ducks.
The Team Nutz booth stretched well over 100 feet.

Concluding, Nuttall stated, “This was our 6th or 7th time to exhibit at the Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival. Based on our success at this year’s event expect to see us at the 2023 event and beyond.

Visit teamnutztechnology.com for more.

Elite Distributor Alliance Honors KICKER for the Second Consecutive Year

STILLWATER, OK (06.15.22) – Last week in Park City, Utah, Stillwater Designs was named Vendor-of-the-Year 2021 by the Elite Distributor Alliance, for the second straight year. Stillwater Designs President and founder Steve Irby attended the event and accepted the award, along with General Manager Jay Ralston, Vice President Tom Heath, and Regional Sales Manager Lori Boyer.

The EDA award for Vendor-of-the-Year 2021 went to Stillwater Designs.

One year ago the EDA honored the audio manufacturer of KICKER® Audio products as Vendor-of-the-Year/Best Supplier-in-a-Storm for 2020.  The EDA created the unique sub-headline on the award to recognize the brand’s contribution to the industry during a tumultuous year.

Stillwater Designs President Steve Irby (third from right) accepts the Vendor-of-the-Year award from members of the EDA.

The EDA consists of 11 partner distributors, servicing electronics retailers across the country. Its stated mission is to “collectively seek to improve the business of EDA distributors, vendors and retailers by striving to create a more organized and predictable business environment,” per its website. KICKER is among 14 manufacturers that work with the EDA.

Additionally, KICKER acknowledged its West-Coast warehouse as being instrumental in allocating product into the supply chain during this delicate time period.

Visit kicker.com and elitedistributoralliance.com for more.