LONG BEACH, CA (04.02.2020) – KENWOOD USA has announced its training team has partnered up with iDatalink Maestro to bring authorized dealers the first of their combined live training webinars for 2020 this Thursday, April 2nd at 7:00 PM EST.
Earlier this month, KENWOOD began its email promotion “IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU,” which encouraged dealers to capitalize on this time to get prepared with knowledge on their 2020 product line by scheduling a personalized webinar training session. Now, they’ve teamed up with iDatalink Maestro’s training team to bring you the first of their combined “Virtual Training” sessions.
“With so much previous success in holding combined in-person training sessions with KENWOOD, it seemed natural to bring the duo of our class leading products and technologies together using the power of the web during these times,” said Mark Rutledge, iDatalink Maestro’s Director of Engineering, New Products. “Seeing the solutions and advantages of how our products work together seamlessly enables dealers the opportunity to give their customers the best in-vehicle experience possible.”
KENWOOD and iDatalink Maestro’s training teams already have plans in place for additional virtual trainings, including targeted Facebook live events to debut in the weeks to come. “We are all better when we are together and holding interactive virtual training events allows us all to stay connected, even when at a distance,” said Mike Roberts, KENWOOD VP of Sales & Marketing. “We couldn’t be happier to host an event that allows dealers to not only learn about the latest in KENWOOD products, but also the opportunity to grasp the full scope of what iDatalink Maestro has to offer them.”
To get access to this live training webinar and/or If you are interested in setting up a personalized training session, please contact your KENWOOD sales rep for details.
LONG BEACH, CA (03.16.2020) – KENWOOD USA announced it has hired The Progressive Group to represent its products to retailers in the Michigan market. The previous representation for Michigan came from Tim Hill of Pinnacle Sales, of whom was recently hired by KENWOOD as their Midwest Region Sales Manager.
“We are honored with the opportunity to work with The Progressive Group in the Michigan market,” said Hill. “Their proven success of market leadership and support to their customers is highly valued and recognized, and we know that this will only be further enhanced by their new presence.”
The Progressive Group brings a wealth of industry experience, providing representation for brands across 28 states by their 42 employees. They will now task 7 of their field sales reps with servicing and supporting their newly appointed Michigan dealer base for KENWOOD. The company also carries an impressive presence throughout the nation, touting 6 warehouses and being under the umbrella of their 2.3 Billion Dollar parent company, Patrick Industries.
“We have been selling KENWOOD via our R&D Distribution company for the past 5 years, so becoming the reps will be a natural transition for our team as well as our customers,” said David Russell, Director of The Progressive Group. “We share KENWOOD’s vison of creating experiences that exceed expectations and look forward to further developing our relationships with dealers in the Michigan market.”
“We needed to ensure our dealers received uninterrupted service in the territory with the same level of support that they are accustomed to,” said Mike Roberts, KENWOOD VP of Sales & Marketing. The Progressive Group was the perfect choice.”
LONG BEACH, CA (03.09.2020) – KENWOOD USA has hired Rob Voorhies as Sales Manager – Special Markets, and Tim Hill as Midwest Region Sales Manager. With these positions, KENWOOD is committing to expand its focus on growth and guidance for the future of the 12 Volt industry.
Voorhies brings 30 years of consumer electronics industry experience, serving in various roles including Regional Manager, National Sales Manager, GM of Special Markets, and VP of Sales & Marketing. Through his Manufacturing and Distribution experience, Voorhies has the background necessary to immediately power into action for KENWOOD’s Special Market Channels. “I am thrilled to be back at JVCKENWOOD,” said Voorhies. “I look forward to capitalizing on the growth of our cutting-edge technologies.”
Hill has been an active part of selling KENWOOD products for over 40 years. Leveraging his background in Retail Sales, Installation, Store Management, then as a Manufacturer’s Sales Rep, he then opened his own rep firm in 2003, of which he represented KENWOOD since onset, earning the KENWOOD Rep of the Year Award 16 times. “I’m ecstatic for the opportunity to work for a company that shares my passion for and cares so much about their dealers and the 12 Volt industry as whole,” said Hill. “I can’t wait to begin meeting with our reps and dealers in the Midwest to find new and creative ways to help them grow their business.”
“The chance to add Hill to the KENWOOD team wasn’t even a question, as I personally hired him as a KENWOOD Sales Rep in 2003 and am confident in his ability to seamlessly transition in his new role,” stated Mike Roberts, KENWOOD VP of Sales & Marketing. “And with Voorhies extensive background and previous experience at our company, we know without a doubt that he is the best choice for leading the way for our Special Markets Channels.”
LONG BEACH, CA (03.03.2020) – KENWOOD USA announced it has promoted John Lucas to the position of Director of National Accounts. In this new position, he will be responsible for spearheading KENWOOD’s efforts to ensure world class leadership for several of their largest accounts.
Lucas brings 32 years of consumer electronics industry experience with him, of which his first 16 were spent working in various aspects of sales, sales management, and then as a buyer for several key retail businesses, including Audio King, Best Buy, and more. In 2004, he joined KENWOOD as their Manager of National Accounts, and was then promoted to Senior Manager of National Accounts in 2010.
Now serving as their Director of National Accounts, he will leverage his extensive experience to lead the national accounts team to continue the level of leadership and guidance of which their national accounts have come to expect.
LONG BEACH, CA (02.19.2020) KENWOOD USA announced its rep of the year awards for both individual sales reps, as well as sales rep firms for the East, Midwest, and Western territories at their recent annual sales rep meeting, held at their corporate office in Long Beach, CA.
Western Region Sales Rep of the Year: Ryan Christie, N&S Marketing
Midwest Region Sales Rep of the Year: Tim Hill, Pinnacle Sales
Eastern Region Sales Rep of the Year: Greg Wallace, Audio Video Representatives (AVR)
Ryan Christie represents N & S Marketing in the Pacific Northwest, and has been a part of the company for 12 years. “Ryan prides himself in putting his dealers first, making sure they are getting the best service regardless of how much volume they do,” stated Rob Sutton, KENWOOD Western Regional Sales Manager. “All of my dealers matter equally to me,” stated Christie. “Whenever there’s a need, it’s important to me to be able to respond or get an answer as quickly as possible. I’m truly humbled and honored to have received this award for the second consecutive year.”
As the independent owner/operator of Pinnacle Sales in Michigan since 2003, Tim Hill has actually been a KENWOOD sales rep since 1987. “I couldn’t be happier with Tim’s level of performance and commitment to his dealers,” stated Mike Roberts, KENWOOD VP of Sales and Marketing. “He constantly strives to be of service whenever and in whatever fashion his dealers need. He really lives up to his standards of never saying no to them. They are truly lucky to have him.”
From Marietta, GA, Greg Wallace has been a part of distribution sales with AVR since 2006. In 2015, he was promoted to also handle direct accounts. “Greg’s candor is undeniable with his dealers,” stated Kelly McDaniel, KENWOOD Eastern Regional Sales Manager. “Through his remarkable organizational skills and ability to be efficient, he continuously strives to communicate with and provide the best in information and service to his dealers”.
Western Region Sales Rep Company of the Year: Oliver Marketing Norcal, Inc.
Midwest Region Sales Rep Company of the Year: River City Sales
Eastern Region Sales Rep Company of the Year: Audio Video Representatives (AVR)
Oliver Marketing NorCal, Inc. was founded in 1986 and consists of Bob Oliver (President), Dave Furness (VP), Dennis Medeiros (Sales), Paul Francia (Sales), and Peggy Harvey (Sales Support/Customer Service).
“Even when unpreventable troubles present themselves, the Oliver Marketing NorCal crew has managed to turn setbacks into triumphs.” stated Rob Sutton. “They continuously outperform to ensure their dealers receive nothing but the best.”
River City Sales has been proudly representing KENWOOD from the St. Louis, MO area since 2004, with team member Brett Phelps serving as a KENWOOD rep since 2000. Their team consists of Gary Cooley (Owner), Brett Phelps (Sales), Ray Smith (Sales), and Lori Beyer (Inside Sales). “The River City Sales team is always working it, always communicating, always taking phone calls… the little things” stated Mike Roberts. “We provide weekly updates to our dealers to ensure they have accurate numbers, knowledge of rebates, etc., always finding ways to put money back in our dealers pockets,” stated Phelps. “Communicating with our dealers is crucial to us. If they are far away, we still try to at least talk to them as much as possible. Our rep company’s success is 100% based on their success.”
Commanding both of the Eastern region territory awards, AVR, owned by Joe and Teri Hanson, has served as both a KENWOOD distribution center and as sales representative firm for 18 years. In fact, Joe has even served as a KENWOOD rep personally since 1982. Their outside sales team consists of Brian Cargile and Greg Wallace, with Jacob Gromovsky and Christie Crook on the inside. “We try to give our customers excellent customer service and provide constant communication, always keeping them informed to ensure that they stay successful,” stated Joe. “AVR thinks outside of the box on ways to always be improving their level of service to their dealers,” stated Kelly McDaniel. “Their level of commitment to these efforts is one of the many reasons they earned the rep of year award for 2019.”
“When deciding on these awards, we look at several key criteria, including Territory Leadership, Maintaining a Strong Dealer Base, Being Solution Oriented, Having a Positive Attitude, and Driving Sales,” stated Mike Roberts. “Since all of our sales reps are incredible and exhibit these attributes, these awards are tough to nail down, and we are truly grateful for all that was accomplished in 2019.”
LONG BEACH, CA & LAS VEGAS, NV (01.08.2020) – At this year’s CES at the Las Vegas Convention Center, KENWOOD USA announced the addition of three new Hi-Res Audio speakers that will begin shipping this month. From the eXcelon Reference line, these speakers are designed to deliver accurately detailed, powerful sound, desired by the most critical of listeners. The XR-1801P 7”(18cm) component set (MSRP $449.95), XR-1701P 6-1/2”(17cm) component set (MSRP $399.95) and XR-1701 6.5”(17cm) coax set (MSRP $249.95) all offer higher power handling and more versatile installation options than their predecessors.
With a focus on factory integration and sound quality reproduction, these speakers offer versatile mounting options for most current vehicle demands where space is a premium and complex adapters are required for proper fitment.
The oversized 7” glass fiber cone mid-bass drivers from the XR-1801P components fit nicely into many Ford, GM, Chrysler, Toyota, and Nissan factory speaker locations. With the included direct-fit multi-bracket, this increases the woofer surface area over factory speakers, providing louder and more responsive mid-bass performance, simply utilizing existing hardware and the correct adaptor without the need to modify factory mounts. An all-new 1-3/16”(30mm) Titanium hard dome wide-range super tweeter offers flexible mounting options, including a flush mount for that custom or “factory-like” fitment. Power handling is hard to beat, with an amazing 120 Watts RMS at 3 ohms, while still being able to reproduce frequencies from 35 Hz to 40 kHz(-10dB).
The XR-1701P component set utilizes 6-1/2” glass giber cone mid bass drivers that fit directly into many standard 6-1/2” speaker openings. They also benefit from an improved surround roll shape and new woofer center cap with tuning rib, of which the XR-1801P shares as well. This component set can reproduce clean detail at a constant 100 Watts RMS at 3 ohms, with a 43 Hz to 40 kHz(-10dB) frequency response. Both sets include a bi-amp crossover network, along with a -3dB tweeter attenuation option, for even more control over this already extremely capable component set.
To complete this trio, the XR-1701 6-1/2” coax speaker set will give you similar performance as the component sets, but with the simplicity of an all-in-one speaker with a center mounted 1-3/16” (30mm) Titanium hard dome wide-range super tweeter and built-in High-quality capacitor. This set can handle a continuous 100 Watts of RMS power at 3 ohms, with a 45 Hz-to 40 kHz(-10dB) response, and will be a great option when a separate tweeter is not required.
“With the importance of bringing high quality, Hi-Res sound to the car, these speakers perfectly balance fitment options and performance,” said Mike Roberts, VP of Sales and Marketing. “The extremely high power handling and installation versatility will make these some of the most popular eXcelon Reference speakers yet!”
All models will be shipping this month. For detailed information on specific features, please view their respective product pages at http://www.kenwood.com/usa/car.