KICKER Acknowledges its “Top 12” Professionals Vying for MEA Industry Awards

STILLWATER, OK (10.23.2020) – KICKER watched some of its 24 authorized installers, retailers and sales professionals from the “Top 50” list earn a spot in this year’s “Top 12 Finalists” for the 2020 Industry Awards, as determined by the Mobile Electronics Association (MEA).

According to the MEA press release, some of the award categories are decided solely on industry votes.  The final awards will be announced at the Mobile Electronics Industry Awards celebration during the virtual KnowledgeFest trade show and conference Dec. 4-6.

Winners at this stage also qualify as semifinalists for the top honors of Retailer-of-the-Year, Installer-of-the-Year and Sales Pro-of-the-Year.

Top 12 KICKER Retailer finalists:
Mobile Toys – College Station, TX
Absolute Electronix – Rockville, MD
Car-Tunes – Greenville, MS
Showtime Audio – Chicago, IL

Top 5 KICKER Sales Professionals finalist:
Jim Skaggs – Mobile Toys Inc. – College Station, TX

Top 12 KICKER Installer finalists:
Justin Kush – Mobile Toys Inc. – College Station, TX
Matt Vowell – Mobile Toys Inc. – College Station, TX
Dean Beyett – Five Star Car Stereo – Clearwater, FL
Dalton Trainer – Car-Tunes, Inc. – Greenville, MS

The complete list of winners is posted at the official Industry Awards website, meindustryawards.com.

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KICKER Replaces Canceled Trade Show with Unprecedented Virtual Event

STILLWATER, OK (10.13.2020) – Reacting on the news of no live SEMA Show 2020, Stillwater Designs has announced that it will conduct its own virtual, private trade event for authorized dealers to stream and watch. And for the first time, consumers world-wide can also view their own virtual show and see what KICKER products and innovations will be hitting stores in early 2021.

The mobile-audio manufacturer is producing KICKER UnMASKED! Live, streaming for three days October 21-23. It will be KICKER’s virtual look at the current state of the brand, a full look at new KICKER products shipping in 2021, and an interactive setup enabling viewers to ask questions and receive answers during and after the event being conducted from global headquarters in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

“We aim to be true to our roots and provide a one-on-one encounter like at our live events, while opening up and providing a new experience for 12-volt enthusiasts and the consumer public,” said Kevin Campbell, KICKER Director of Marketing. “These are audiences that typically never have the opportunity to experience the KICKER brand, people or products during the SEMA Show. It should be a lot of fun.”

Each day’s event will be shown to a specific audience with various topics covered during all productions, including a virtual, “rep-fest” pre-event day on Oct. 20. Then KICKER Sales Representatives and international distributors will conduct business and get a look at what’s new for 2021 on October 21 via live Zoom meetings with KICKER Regional Sales Managers and the KICKER Tech training staff. These productions will be private with only KICKER internal parties attending.

KICKER Authorized Dealers and their respective work staffs will attend a similar training, shown twice on Thursday, Oct. 22, via Zoom webinars by private invitation. While business will be the chief topic, KICKER associates promise an evening of fun, product unveilings, information and the opportunity to ask questions live. Attendees can also win valuable prizes during the show. Thursday’s show times are 9 a.m. CDT (scheduled for Eastern and Central time zones), and 4 p.m. CDT (scheduled for Mountain and Pacific time zones).

Finally, on Friday, Oct. 23, in a first for KICKER, the brand will share these new 2021 products with consumers earlier than ever before. Anyone interested can watch on KICKER’s Facebook account (/kickeraudio) using Facebook Live, and KICKER’s YouTube account (/kickerfanatic) on YouTube Live. Show time will be 5 p.m. CDT, with a question-and-answer session following featuring KICKER President and founder Steve Irby and industry social personalities Dereck Williston (Williston Audio Labs), Dean Beyett and Fernando Lopez (Five Star Car Stereo), Robert “Hifi” Vega, and others. KICKER promises prize giveaways, visits from KICKER-sponsored celebrities and more.

Wednesday, October 21 – UnMASKED! Live meetings, for Sales Representatives (by private Zoom invitation)

Thursday, Oct. 22, 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. CDT – UnMASKED! Live webinars, for Authorized Dealers and store staffs
(by private Zoom invitation)

Friday, October 23, 5 p.m. CDT – UnMASKED! Live, for a world-wide audience (on Facebook Live and YouTube Live)

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IBEX Marine Show LAST 2 DAYS – Thursday and Friday October 1st and 2nd

12VOLT CENTRAL STUDIOS (10.01.2020) – The COVID Pandemic has resulted in many trade shows moving to a virtual online experience. IBEX 2020 is one of that historically in person shows that has gone virtual.

Better Boats Begin at the 2020 IBEX online virtual experience powered by METSTRADE. September 29 thru October 2 are the dates. The sessions are 9AM-6PM the first 3 days and 9 AM – 1 PM the final day.

KICKER Marine Audio sound waves will still carry over the web. With the show theme, “Better Boats Begin Here,” OEM boat builders engaging KICKER Marine Audio through CPS get a direct line to what is new and trending in marine audio and accessories.

One of the current trends is the advance of Tower Systems on a variety of boats—not just the wake and wave boats that initially made them popular. KICKER has broadened its existing tower system collection with new technology and yet another set of mounting solutions, this time providing bolt pattern and wiring location that matches many factory tower hard-points. The KMFC 9 and 11 feature a horn-loaded, compression-driver system (HLCD), using an advanced KICKER proprietary horn design with titanium-dome drivers.

Both models are now finished in the popular glossy black or white and the grills come with a seven color LED light system which can be upgraded further to 20 colors and 19 lighting modes with the KMLC remote.

Like most KICKER Marine audio components, the KMFC9 and 11 meet or exceed ASTM standards for UV and salt fog exposure. The polypropylene woofer and Santoprene surround are UV-treated and the polyurethane basket is UV resistant.

Both models have four Ohm voice coils and for installation, use 1.4” titanium tweeters, a through-mount wiring system and 316L stainless mounting hardware, making them easy to install and dependable in harshest marine environment. And don’t forget KICKER’s unmistakable mid and high-range sound! MSRP $1,179.95 for the KMFC9 and $1,379.95 for the KMFC11.

These tower systems are only a part of the broad offerings that KICKER Marine Audio brings to the market, ensuring that pure and clear sound is part of the great boating experience. KICKER’s new head units add easy installation and operation for round or square mounting surfaces and offer top-quality performance and reliability. All KICKER Marine Audio products boast excellent customer service, making any customer issues easy to address on the spot.

CPS Distributors, Inc. will also be showcasing a solid core mix of marine lighting products from Marine Sport Lighting, an upcoming and popular brand amongst the marine industry over the last 3-4 years. CPS first partnered with Marine Sport Lighting in 2019 and made their first debut with the brand at IBEX 2019 in Tampa Bay. Last years show produced several good prospects that helped CPS’s initial traction with the brand and let boat builders know they had a full spectrum lighting line up to service their projects, both big and small.

Marine Sport Lighting is best known in the industry for their phenomenal line up of marine grade professional light bars used for high power vision on dark waterways. Their light bars are high quality with a line up of a variety of lengths, styles, and beam pattern options for spot or flood. Included in this popular family of products are some great docking and spreader lights on the auxiliary side.

Marine Sport Lighting is making headway in the underwater category as well with their popular and fast growing HydroBLAST family of lights. The HydroBLAST family is a la carte and gives you an option between remote and smartphone controlled, with various colors and finishes in deck lighting, and an amazing array of high lumen underwater lights. For more information about this lighting system, please contact CPS or Marine Sport Lighting for more information.

Lastly, this company has many other great marine lighting solutions, led switches, voltage gauges and more. In 2021, be on the look out for a revolutionary new docking light designed by their engineers in conjunction with a yet to be named boat manufacturer in our industry. There is some other great new products on the horizon as well to look for at the  IBEX Virtual Show.

The IBEX show link is now live: https://bit.ly/3hH5Cem

For more information visit ibexshow.com, kicker.com/marine-audio, cpsdistributorsinc.com, and racesportinc.com/marine-sport-lighting.html

The 2020 IBEX Marine Show is a 4-Day Virtual Event Beginning Tuesday, September 29

12VOLT CENTRAL STUDIOS (09.28.2020) – The COVID Pandemic has resulted in many trade shows moving to a virtual online experience. IBEX 2020 is one of that historically in person shows that has gone virtual.
Better Boats Begin at the 2020 IBEX online virtual experience powered by METSTRADE. September 29 thru October 2 are the dates. The sessions are 9AM-6PM the first 3 days and 9 AM – 1 PM the final day.

KICKER Marine Audio sound waves will still carry over the web. With the show theme, “Better Boats Begin Here,” OEM boat builders engaging KICKER Marine Audio through CPS get a direct line to what is new and trending in marine audio and accessories.

One of the current trends is the advance of Tower Systems on a variety of boats—not just the wake and wave boats that initially made them popular. KICKER has broadened its existing tower system collection with new technology and yet another set of mounting solutions, this time providing bolt pattern and wiring location that matches many factory tower hard-points. The KMFC 9 and 11 feature a horn-loaded, compression-driver system (HLCD), using an advanced KICKER proprietary horn design with titanium-dome drivers.

Both models are now finished in the popular glossy black or white and the grills come with a seven color LED light system which can be upgraded further to 20 colors and 19 lighting modes with the KMLC remote.

Like most KICKER Marine audio components, the KMFC9 and 11 meet or exceed ASTM standards for UV and salt fog exposure. The polypropylene woofer and Santoprene surround are UV-treated and the polyurethane basket is UV resistant.

Both models have four Ohm voice coils and for installation, use 1.4” titanium tweeters, a through-mount wiring system and 316L stainless mounting hardware, making them easy to install and dependable in harshest marine environment. And don’t forget KICKER’s unmistakable mid and high-range sound! MSRP $1,179.95 for the KMFC9 and $1,379.95 for the KMFC11.

These tower systems are only a part of the broad offerings that KICKER Marine Audio brings to the market, ensuring that pure and clear sound is part of the great boating experience. KICKER’s new head units add easy installation and operation for round or square mounting surfaces and offer top-quality performance and reliability. All KICKER Marine Audio products boast excellent customer service, making any customer issues easy to address on the spot.

CPS Distributors, Inc. will also be showcasing a solid core mix of marine lighting products from Marine Sport Lighting, an upcoming and popular brand amongst the marine industry over the last 3-4 years. CPS first partnered with Marine Sport Lighting in 2019 and made their first debut with the brand at IBEX 2019 in Tampa Bay. Last years show produced several good prospects that helped CPS’s initial traction with the brand and let boat builders know they had a full spectrum lighting line up to service their projects, both big and small.

Marine Sport Lighting is best known in the industry for their phenomenal line up of marine grade professional light bars used for high power vision on dark waterways. Their light bars are high quality with a line up of a variety of lengths, styles, and beam pattern options for spot or flood. Included in this popular family of products are some great docking and spreader lights on the auxiliary side.

Marine Sport Lighting is making headway in the underwater category as well with their popular and fast growing HydroBLAST family of lights. The HydroBLAST family is a la carte and gives you an option between remote and smartphone controlled, with various colors and finishes in deck lighting, and an amazing array of high lumen underwater lights. For more information about this lighting system, please contact CPS or Marine Sport Lighting for more information.

Lastly, this company has many other great marine lighting solutions, led switches, voltage gauges and more. In 2021, be on the look out for a revolutionary new docking light designed by their engineers in conjunction with a yet to be named boat manufacturer in our industry. There is some other great new products on the horizon as well to look for at the  IBEX Virtual Show.

The IBEX show link is now live: https://bit.ly/3hH5Cem

For more information visit ibexshow.com, kicker.com/marine-audio, cpsdistributorsinc.com, and racesportinc.com/marine-sport-lighting.html

PlanetWorld at Home in a New Cape Town South Africa Facility

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA (09.24.2020) – PlanetWorld is a proactive 12volt distributor with 3 location in South Africa. Their newly expanded facility in Cape Town joins the Johannesburg and Durban locations.

The new PlanetWorld Cape Town facility is up and running.

David Glasgow, Kicker International Sales Manager for that part of the world, coordinated this article with PlanetWorld’s Rayno van Heerden. This article, in Rayno’s own words, details obstacles that caused time consuming delays in preparing the building for their operation. Then the COVID-19 Pandemic hit the world and that resulted in a complete shutdown of the country for 2 long months.

The new PlanetWorld facility in Cape Town is now complete. The images in this article definitely showcase the new state of the art facility. A Grand Opening event will be scheduled for a date in the near future.

This lovely lady greets all with a big smile in the PlanetWorld lobby.

Words from Rayno van Heerden:

“Having run out of space quicker than expected, I urgently had to start looking for new premises as soon as we re-opened from summer holidays in mid-January. After viewing many different options I eventually settled on a building in close proximity to the airport. It was only a shell but this suited us perfectly as it allowed the flexibility of turning it into what we wanted.

We officially moved in on 1 March and because of a technicality at our electricity supplier, the premises was without electricity for the first 2 weeks. – yes, 2 weeks! As I’m sure you can imagine, renovating and remaining operational with no electricity is far from ideal however we somehow managed using extension cords and generators.

12volt brands are displayed for dealers to check out.

Within 4 days of moving in, disaster struck again when one of the construction staff left a tap running wide open overnight. The next morning I arrived to flooded upstairs offices with water seeping through the floor, dripping into the warehouse. This delayed all operations by 10 days as we had to allow time for dehumidifiers to dry everything out before we could continue.

Just as we were starting to make some progress again Covid19 hit and on 26th March the country went on full lockdown. This hard lock down was to remain in place for a full 2 months in which time no renovation could take place. We only re-opened again on 1 June at which stage we could continue with the renovations and business.

The SONOS Room spotlights PlanetWorld’s Home AV products.

Expecting the worst, we were bracing ourselves for what the car audio landscape would look like post lock down. We were ecstatic to find that there was still a good market demand which lead to sales surpassing our expectations. Our shoot-the-lights-out brand was Kicker. To our surprise we’ve managed to maintain a year on year growth of 25% on the Kicker brand since reopening in June. I guess not even a hard lock down and plummeting vehicle sales were enough to stop folks Livin Loud with a Kicker sound.

“PlanetWorld is doing a terrific job growing the Kicker brand throughout their region. The entire PlanetWorld Team works to support their dealers and keep them informed about the latest Kicker products” David Glasgow stated. 

This is a relaxing multi-use area.

Renovations were fully completed and offices officially opened on 7 September. Due to continued lock down rules we’ve unfortunately not yet been able to host a launch party yet but the offices are operating in full swing sporting facilities such as our Jim Morison board room, SONOS lounge, cinema listening room, speaker and radio display walls as well as open view technical department.

Despite the difficulties we faced, the PlanetWorld team pulled together, persisted and managed to pull off something we’re all very proud of. That is what I call living life amplified!”

Visit www.planetworld.co.za for more.

99 Aviation Cresent, Airport City, Cape Town

KICKER Marine Audio Teams Up with CPS Distributors at IBEX 2020

STILLWATER, OK (09.22.2020) – As the 2020 IBEX Online becomes “a virtual experience,” beginning September 29, top-quality, KICKER Marine Audio sound waves will still carry over the web. With the show theme, “Better Boats Begin Here,” OEM boat builders engaging KICKER Marine Audio through CPS get a direct line to what is new and trending in marine audio and accessories.

One of the current trends is the advance of Tower Systems on a variety of boats—not just the wake and wave boats that initially made them popular. KICKER has broadened its existing tower system collection with new technology and yet another set of mounting solutions, this time providing bolt pattern and wiring location that matches many factory tower hard-points. The KMFC 9 and 11 feature a horn-loaded, compression-driver system (HLCD), using an advanced KICKER proprietary horn design with titanium-dome drivers.

Both models are now finished in the popular glossy black or white and the grills come with a seven color LED light system which can be upgraded further to 20 colors and 19 lighting modes with the KMLC remote.

Like most KICKER Marine audio components, the KMFC9 and 11 meet or exceed ASTM standards for UV and salt fog exposure. The polypropylene woofer and Santoprene surround are UV-treated and the polyurethane basket is UV resistant.

Both models have four Ohm voice coils and for installation, use 1.4” titanium tweeters, a through-mount wiring system and 316L stainless mounting hardware, making them easy to install and dependable in harshest marine environment. And don’t forget KICKER’s unmistakable mid and high-range sound! MSRP $1,179.95 for the KMFC9 and $1,379.95 for the KMFC11.

These tower systems are only a part of the broad offerings that KICKER Marine Audio brings to the market, ensuring that pure and clear sound is part of the great boating experience. KICKER’s new head units add easy installation and operation for round or square mounting surfaces and offer top-quality performance and reliability. All KICKER Marine Audio products boast excellent customer service, making any customer issues easy to address on the spot.

“We have found IBEX an ideal venue to help our OEM boat builders select the best products for their markets,” says Phil White, KICKER’s Unit Director, Marine Audio Systems, “CPS has excellent relationships in the industry, and they are great long-term partner. Having brought automotive and marine components to the market for almost 50 years, KICKER Marine Audio adds the perfect blend of quality and value to CPS’ offerings.”

KICKER Marine Audio and CPS Distributors can be accessed at IBEX beginning September 29, 2020 at www.IBEXShow.com

This link is now live: https://bit.ly/3hH5Cem

For more information visit kicker.com/marine-audio or contact Marilyn DeMartini at md@prpower.biz or Wanda Kenton Smith at wanda@kentonsmithmarketing.com

KICKER Congratulates Top 50 Retailers and Installers

STILLWATER, OK (09.15.2020) – KICKER congratulates its 24 authorized installers, retailers and sales professionals who have earned a place in this year’s prestigious “Top 50,” as determined by the Mobile Electronics Association (MEA).

“KICKER is blessed to work alongside an outstanding group of retailers and their workforce,” said Tom Heath, KICKER Vice President of Domestic Sales and Marketing. “It’s a dedicated group that we feel has progressed the KICKER brand beyond our capabilities, and we’re pleased to see they are properly recognized for their efforts.”

According to the MEA press release, the announcement comes after industry nominees submitted videos describing their business or professions. Judges appointed by the association reviewed the videos and selected the winners, comprising the “Top 50 Installers,” “Top 50 Retailers,” and “Top 20 Sales Professionals.” The complete list of winners is posted at the official Industry Awards website, meindustryawards.com.

Winners at this stage also qualify as semifinalists for the top honors of Retailer-of-the-Year, Installer-of-the-Year and Sales Pro-of-the-Year. Top 50 Installers award recipients can also opt to run for 2020 Trusted Tech, an award given to professional installers who excel more from an electronics standpoint than a design standpoint.

The next phase of the competition features voting by industry professionals and consumers to narrow the semifinalists list down to finalists.  These categories are joined by other categories of which industry professionals vote to select top suppliers, reps and rep firms, distributors and expeditors, as well as retail locations that excel in specific business practices. Voting began Thursday, August 27, and will run for three weeks.

Top 50 KICKER Retailers:

California Audio – West Valley City, UT

Mobile Toys – College Station, TX

Stereo & Video Center – Tyler, TX

Absolute Electronix – Rockville, MD

Sonic Sound – Arlington, VA

Car-Tunes – Greenville, MS

DES of Wilmington – Wilmington, NC

Greg’s Custom Audio & Video – Pikeville, KY

Showtime Audio – Chicago, IL

Tunes-N-Tint – Lakeland, FL

Top 20 KICKER Sales Professionals:

Jim Skaggs – Mobile Toys Inc. – College Station, TX

Jade Lindow – Anchorage Remote Start and Sound – Anchorage, AK

Top 50 KICKER Installers:

James Halter – Stereo & Video Center – Tyler, TX

Aaron Iwane – Car Toys Denver – Denver, CO

Justin Kush – Mobile Toys Inc. – College Station, TX

Matt Vowell – Mobile Toys Inc. – College Station, TX

Jesse Mitchell – Safe & Sound Car Audio and Security Inc. – Manassas, VA

Dean Beyett – Five Star Car Stereo – Clearwater, FL

Alejandro Caballero – Showtime Audio – Chicago, IL

Fernando Lopez – Five Star Car Stereo – Clearwater, FL

Alex Mendez – Showtime Audio – Chicago, IL

Mario Paredes – M & M Pro-Audio – River Grove, IL

Austin Thorne – Tunes-N-Tint – Lakeland, FL

Dalton Trainer – Car-Tunes, Inc. – Greenville, MS

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KICKER Was Livin’ Loud at OC Jeep Week… The Weather Too

OCEAN CITY, MD (08.31.2020) – KICKER was the Title Sponsor of OC Jeep Week for the 4th year running. Like so many things in today’s COVID-19 Pandemic world, KICKER’S presence changed at OC Jeep Week 2020.

Opus Marketing and Audioworks of Delaware Teams under the KICKER tent on Day-1.

KICKER staff members have not traveled during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Thus the KICKER XRV, normally with a major presence at the OC Jeep Week event, remained in Stillwater OK. The decision was made to continue with the Title Sponsorship and have a presence at the event with a key area retailer. The Opus Marketing rep firm, with all team members on site, coordinated KICKER’S presence at the event with area retailer Audioworks of Delaware. Darren Thomas, and his crew of 4, set up a large sales tent along with 4 additional KICKER tents for the installation of onsite sales.

Attendance was very good the first 2 days at OC Jeep Week.

“KICKER has been the Title Sponsor of OC Jeep Week for the past 4 years. KICKER receives a tremendous amount of brand awareness. The Jeep crowd in an awesome bunch of fun-loving, family oriented folks and Jeep Week always makes for a great event. With Opus Marketing and dealer Audioworks of Delaware handling the event the stage was set for another great OC Jeep Week” KICKER HQ related.

Jeepers, stretching into the distance, enjoyed the beach in Ocean City until the weather rolled into the area.

The Opus Marketing Team was headed by firm Principal Jamie White along with Bruno Berg, Chuck Ottati and Todd Ess. KICKER’S Eastern Regional Matt Matheson, who could not travel, was onsite in the form of a cool standup created by the Opus Team. With a smile and wave Matt was everywhere at OC Jeep Week 2020. The Audioworks of Delaware Team included Owner Darren Thomas, Kyle Kessler, Tim Foltz and Pete Herr.

Installations were going strong for the first 2 days of OC Jeep Week 2020.

“Audioworks of Delaware has been a great KICKER dealer for a long time now. They have wanted to participate in this event for a few years now and we were excited to be able to work with them finally this year. They loaded up with product and were on site in full-force creating sales and installs on site” Matheson stated.

Matt Matheson gives a big wave with the Audioworks of Delaware Team. Kyle Kessler, Tim Foltz and Darren Thomas owner of Audioworks of Delaware (LtoR).

With all in place OC Jeep Week 2020 kicked off on Thursday, August 27th. Day-1 saw good attendance with strong sales and all the installation tents filled. The OC Jeep Week KICKER Event party was well attended at Alley Oops that evening. With COVID-19 mandates this was the only scheduled evening event.

Heavy wind and rain blew through early Saturday morning sending tents through the air and bending frames.

Friday, Day-2, was equally productive with the Audioworks of Delaware and Opus Marketing Teams driving sales and installations.

Matt Matheson helped customers with questions about installations.

All changed in the early morning hours Saturday morning as remnants of Hurricane Laura, that devastated southern Louisiana Wednesday night, blew across Ocean City. Opus Marketing’s White related “When we got to the event site the tents had been blown around, were upside down and mangled. We cleared the booth area and reconfigured the tables. Stock for the event had been placed in an Audioworks of Delaware trailer so we were good to set up and start selling on Saturday morning.”

The Opus Team in pictured Wednesday evening during checkin with KICKER’s ‘Matt’. Bruno Berg, Todd Ess, Matt Matheson, Jamie White and Chuck Ottati.

By noon Saturday the weather reports called for more bad weather approaching. By mid-afternoon the decision was made to take every thing down, pack the trailer and put a wrap on KICKER’S booth at OC Jeep Week 2020.

Mangled KICKER large tent frame Saturday morning.

“All was on track to have a very strong total of KICKER sales. The pace was track to do that over the first 2 days and part of the 3rd day. Saturday’s business included a lot of take with sales before we packed and hit the road” White concluded.

See a number posts from OC Jeep Week on Instagram #12voltstp

A bit “Thank You” to the Opus Marketing team for supplying the 12volt STP Tool images.

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KICKER Celebrates Employee Service in Annual Awards Ceremony

STILLWATER, OK (08.25.2020) – Stillwater Designs, the maker of KICKER mobile-audio products, celebrated the anniversaries of 56 employees August 20 during a company luncheon, culminating with recognition of KICKER Vice Presidents Jeanne Snyder and Bob Spencer who have been with the company 35 years.

Kicker Founder Steve Irby addressing the luncheon gathering on Thursday, August 20th. Note all of the gift bags on the table.

KICKER has been celebrating work anniversaries since the early 1980s, and employees gather for an informal meeting each year to earn a gift and a handshake from KICKER President and founder Steve Irby.  This year is like none other, with employees donning masks and practicing social distancing at KICKER headquarters.

“I’m really honored,” said Irby. “It’s unbelievable to me to know somebody seeks to make a work career here, and great to see people that are team players and succeed in their years.”

Kicker Vice Presidents Jeanne Snyder (C) and Bob Spencer (L) are pictured with Kicker Founder Steve Irby. Snyder and Spencer received recognition awards for 35 years with Kicker. The luncheon was held in the Kicker warehouse with masks in place.

A pin embossed with the KICKER logo was awarded to employees for one year of service, a wristwatch for three years and a ring for five years. Accolades were also given to employees with 10, 15 and 20 years of service. In addition to the pair of 35-year service honors, employees Glynn Cooper, Bruce Moore, Jason Sigrist and Jeff Womack received recognition for being with the company for 25 years.

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KICKER Hosts Stillwater Cars and Coffee at World HQ

STILLWATER, OK (07.30.2020) – The Stillwater Cars and Coffee took place in the KICKER World HQ parking lot on Saturday, July 25th. Local enthusiasts, with over 100 vehicles on site, enjoyed the event under a sunny sky with July Oklahoma temperature in the mid 90s.

Enthusiasts at the event in the parking lot with the KICKER World HQ building in the background.
A wide variety of vehicles were in the parking lot.

Kicker’s John Myers was instrumental in bring the event together. Myers related “It was certainly a fun day. Six or seven of us from KICKER were there and enjoyed meeting with many in the crowd.”

This mid day image shows a portion of the vehicles on site at the Cars and Coffee.
This vintage Corvette was super clean.

The event was a good old fashion car meet with cars, bikes and trucks on the lot. The monthly Stillwater Cars and Coffee event is typically a monthly event that is totally free for all to attend. A classic ’57 Chevy, classic Corvette convertible, decked out Hummer, along with a ACR Viper and hot bikes, grabbed the eyeballs of enthusiasts checking out rides on the huge parking lot by Boomer Lake.

The Studebaker brand has not been in production for decades.
Aftermarket upgrades are everywhere on this shiny Hummer.

“We passed out KICKER goodie bags with a catalog, stickers and a lanyard. There were also raffle drawings from local businesses like car detailing products” Myers added. Myers is KICKER Tech Force Senior Trainer.

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