The Team Nutz Crew Traveled to KnowledgeFest in Indy

PITTSBURGH, PA (10.18.2021) – The Team Nutz crew made the 360 mile trip from Pittsburg to Indianapolis late Thursday, October 7th, to attend KFest Indy that ran Friday through Sunday, October 8th-10th.

The Team Nutz SUV and the Vince Murray’s Jeep Gladiator stopped for a break Thursday night between Pittsburgh and Indianapolis.
One last late night stop between Pittsburgh and Indy.

Team Nutz leader Ed Nuttall related, “We looked at this is a great opportunity to attend a number of training sessions by National Trainers, see products from a number major brands on the event floor with their reps and network with other members of the 12volt industry. Staff members from our sales and installation made the trip. Staff members included Ben Bjerke, Brandon Star, Colleen Gregory and Mike Pent.”

Early Saturday morning it was time to check in and get ready for the day.
 The Team Nutz crew at the Race Sport Lighting booth listening to a presentation from Steve Jergensen.

In addition, Vince Murray was with crew. “Vince is a friend and customer plus his Jeep Gladiator Sport S was displayed in the Metra booth. Team Nutz completed the installation on Vince’s Gladiator with an extensive selection of Heise lighting and Metra products” Nuttall stated.

Continuing, “We arrived in Indy after midnight and caught a few hours of sleep before getting all done with event registration Friday morning. After getting our badges we split into groups and attended every training session through the day. As soon as the show floor opened we made the rounds to check out the booths of vendors we work with in our store. Seeing Vince’s demo vehicle in the Metra booth with Jason Anderson was terrific” Nuttall added.

Team Nutz Ed Nuttall (R) and Rusty North-End Result. “It’s great to see the commitment Team Nutz made to attend KFest as a group and to grow their business” North stated.
The Team Nutz crew recapped KF Day 1 and enjoyed group dinner.

Further Nuttall offered “Spending time in the Race Sport Lighting booth to see new products with Steve Jergensen and Ignacio Ayala was time well spent as the lighting category is certainly growing. Rusty North, End Result, is our rep and it was good to make plans for growth with him.”

During a nice dinner Friday night the crew discussed the days activities and then rested up to get ready for Saturday.

Team Nutz believes in getting it done. Nuttall has already applied for and received his first certification, signed by Kris Bulla, from MECP that began during KFest Indy.

On Saturday the crew again split up to attend every training session on the schedule. They spent time in the Sony booth to check out the new demo car and the new head unit that debuted at KFest. In addition they spent time with Kris Bulla in the MECP booth to check out a new program MECP has introduced.

Vince Murray (L) and Jason Alexander in the Metra booth with Vince’s Jeep Gladiator Sport S loaded with Heise Lighting and Metra gear on the KFest floor.

“I was very impressed with the new MECP package and purchased an application for our entire staff of 12 people. As Saturday wound down we made the decision to head back to Pittsburgh since we had already attended all of the trainings that were on the Sunday schedule. Attending KFest Indy was overall a positive experience for Team Nutz as we met our objectives,” Nuttall concluded.

Visit teamnutztechnology.com and knowledgefest.org for more.

Metra Electronics to Host Six Manufacturer Training Sessions at KnowledgeFest in Indianapolis

HOLLY HILL, FL (10.01.2021)Metra Electronics is heading to Indianapolis, Indiana, to host six training sessions at KnowledgeFest and showcase their latest aftermarket installation products. At the booth will also be a 2020 Jeep Gladiator Sport S built by Vincent Murray of Team Nutz. The Kevlar coated Jeep is customized from the front to the back with Metra’s Heise LED RGB lights and accessories, RGB underglow kit, Metra PowerSports whip lights, and more.

Metra’s training sessions will outline new integration products, lighting and audio upgrades for Harley-Davidson, aftermarket accessories for Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator, and new products for upgrading vehicle safety systems. Installer Institute will also host a session to show shops how to connect with trained, certified graduates through their online career portal and explain the future of mobile electronics education. As a Diamond Ultra sponsor, Metra is proud to support the industry by providing in-depth training sessions for installers. Training sessions include:

“Simplify your Install with Axxess DSPs” on Friday, October 8 at 1:30 PM

This training will cover the entire Axxess DSP product line, highlight new vehicle coverage, and showcase the newest app features. Metra will show installers how these solutions can increase sales in the showroom and decrease time in the bay. Attendees will learn how to use and set up Axxess DSPs through the app for complete tuning control and when to use the DSP “Lite” versus “X” solutions. This training will also explain how to use the different types of applications offered within the AXDSP line, including CAN-based systems, new A2B systems, MOST25, and MOST50 vehicle technology.

“New Accessories for Jeep Wrangler/Gladiator from Metra” on Friday, October 8 at 2:45 PM

Metra has focused an entire product line on the growing market of Jeep owners who want to customize their rides to be louder and reflect their own personal style. This session will help them learn about the new speaker adapter plates, backup camera options, complete integration solutions, and LED lighting solutions designed to fit Jeep Wrangler JL and Gladiator models. Attendees will hear valuable tips for selling and installing these new products that will give them additional opportunities to sell a full range of upgrades to loyal Jeep customers.

“New Lighting and Audio Upgrades for Harley-Davidson Motorcycles” on Saturday, October 9 at 4:45 PM

How can shops cut down installation time on audio and lighting upgrades? Metra’s Saddle Tramp brand is here to help with even more new products launching this season. Attendees will be the first to learn about new Axxess DSPs that fit Harley-Davidson with a built-in re-flashing feature and Saddle Tramp’s newest replacement inner fairing. Attendees will learn how to offer upgrades to make their customer’s motorcycles louder and more stylish, without the need for labor-intensive custom fabrication and wiring.

“Upgrading Vehicle Safety Systems with iBEAM” on Saturday, October 9 at 6:00 PM

As more consumers upgrade their vehicles, safety and convenience features should not be left out of the selling strategy. Attendees will learn about the aftermarket safety features they should be selling and how to install iBEAM’s newest products. This session will go over the hot-button selling points and features that consumers are asking for plus installation tips to give installers a better understanding of what is involved in an upgrade.

“The Future of Mobile Electronics Education with Installer Institute” on Sunday, October 10 at 9:30 AM

There are some things best learned with hands-on training. Mobile electronics education is one of them. Attendees of this session will learn how Installer Institute has adapted its curriculum to include courses designed to give students practical training for car audio installations plus additional skills for home theater integration, marine audio, upholstery, security, remote start installation, window tinting and more. For shops looking for trained, MECP and MESA certified installers, this session will show them how to connect with ii graduates through the online career portal and also explain what they can expect an ii graduate to have learned.

“Advanced Integration Made Easy with Axxess and Metra” on Sunday, October 10 at 10:45 AM

Attendees will learn about the newest solutions from Axxess and Metra that make vehicle integration easy, even with some of the notoriously complex vehicle systems. This training session gives in-depth installation information for Metra’s new AXPIO-JL1 integration kit for Jeep Wrangler, Metra’s latest TurboTouch dash kits, and new Axxess interfaces hitting the market.

Metra’s customers can register for the KnowledgeFest event at no cost using Metra’s VIP code, available by request from their sales representative. Once registered for the event, attendees will also need to register online at KnowledgeFest.org for each training session they will attend. Metra will be at booth #302 from October 8th-10th at the Indianapolis Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. Additional information about the show, produced by the Mobile Electronics Association (MEA), is available at KnowledgeFest.org.

AudioControl to Showcase Newest Products, Provide Training Sessions at KnowledgeFest in Indianapolis

SEATTLE, WA (10.01.2021) – AudioControl has announced that they will be exhibiting and hosting training seminars for attendees at KnowledgeFest Indianapolis, being held at the Indiana Convention Center, October 8-10, 2021.

The AudioControl team will be hosting one training seminar per day, covering how to maximize system performance with AudioControl’s all-in-one amplifier solutions (Friday), how to make each system shine using DSP (Saturday), and the many benefits of utilizing the AudioControl DM-RTA—the ultimate test tool (Sunday).

“These educational tracks will help our dealer partners deliver the highest performing mobile audio solutions for their customers,” explained AudioControl’s National Trainer Matthew Palumbo. “We are excited to share information, show off some important new solutions-based products and spend quality time interacting in person with dealers from the region.”

KnowledgeFest Indianapolis Training Schedule (Register Here)

Friday, October 8th @ 2:45PM Room 110: AudioControl Amplifiers – The All-In-One Solution
Description: Learn about the recently expanded lineup of 12V power amplifiers from AudioControl and what makes them so unique and versatile. With the recently expanded LC integration series and D series DSP models plus all-weather options, come see why AudioControl is your go-to partner for great sounding, easy-to-install amplifiers with unique features and the industry’s best warranty and customer service.

Saturday, October 9th @ 6:00PM Room 110: Demystifying the Black Box: Breaking Down DSP
Description: Join AudioControl’s National Trainer – Matthew Palumbo as he deconstructs and unravels the misconceptions of digital signal processors (DSP). Join to learn just how simple DSP can be, and how you could be using these powerful tools to produce better sounding systems with more predictable results. This is NOT just another DSP training course… this is truly a class you will not want to miss!

Sunday, October 10th @ 9:30AM Room 110: DM-RTA The Ultimate Audio Test Tool
Description: Learn how easily you can achieve fantastic results in systems using factory source units. Deliver outstanding system upgrades even when head units are on backorder. Using the DM-RTA to produce predictable results means better sounding systems, happier clients, and more return customers. Already have a DM-RTA but not sure when or how to use it? Don’t know why your shop needs a DM-RTA? Join us for this in-depth training from AudioControl and get answers!

Visit AudioControl at the 2021 KnowledgeFest Indianapolis, October 8-10 Booth 313

Visit audiocontrol.com for more.

KnowledgeFest Dallas Rescheduled to December 10-12

NORTH ANDOVER, MA (08.20.2021) – Despite a strong number of early registrations, the Mobile Electronics Association (MEA) announced today that it is rescheduling its largest KnowledgeFest event in Dallas from August 27–29 to later in the year on December 10–12. The reason for rescheduling is due to the spike in new COVID-19 cases in the Dallas County area along with several manufacturer cancellations, mostly due to global travel bans.

“Although the protocols where in place to assure a safe event, we respect the decision that many manufacturers regretfully made to not attend”, said Chris Cook, MEA President. MEA recently surveyed registered attendees and found that three (3) out of four (4) retailers still planned on attending the event in Dallas, and the top three reasons for attending were Education Workshops, Manufacturer Training, and the Exhibit Show Floor. “What is most important is to have a successful event for all that attend” stated Cook.

The industry is looking forward to the next KnowledgeFest event in Indianapolis on October 8–10 where attendance has grown over the last five events.

Registration is open at KnowledgeFest.com for the next three events. Attendees will not have to register again for Dallas in December and will be contacted for confirmation before the event.

Upcoming KnowledgeFest events:

2021
October 8-10, 2021 – Indianapolis, IN
December 10-12, 2021 – Dallas, TX

2022
February 18-20, 2022 – Las Vegas, NV
April 1-3, 2022 – Indianapolis, IN
June 10-12, 2022 – Orlando, FL
August 26-28, 2022 – Dallas, TX

Visit KnowledgeFest.com for more.

Third-Generation 360° OmniVue to Debut During KnowledgeFest Live

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CA (03.19.2021) – Driver Safety Technology (DST) will debut the third generation of the 360° OmniVue Surround View Camera Systems during the virtual KnowledgeFest Live show, March 19-21. Two models—one for passenger and commercial vehicles; another for fleet trucks—now provide surround, left and right blind spot, and rear views to the driver. At the virtual show, DST will present an in-depth training on 360° OmniVue, showcasing features, installation procedures and selling strategy.

First introduced in 2015, the 360° OmniVue system has proven its effectiveness with fleet customers reporting a drastic drop in accidents. Four quadrant-mounted cameras feed an advanced processor to create a live, top-down and blind-spot view of a vehicle and its surroundings, allowing the driver to safely avoid obstacles and conduct safe lane changes.

The latest generation of 360° OmniVue features a more powerful DSP which supports additional view modes for the end user. Power consumption has been reduced, resulting in less heat and therefore less stress on the internal components and battery. For technicians, the main module size has been reduced by one-third, enabling more mounting options, and the calibration process has been simplified to a single step via SD card and PC-based software, compared to the multiple calibration steps of the previous generation.

For the end user, the new 360° OmniVue adds nine selectable views allowing the driver to choose specific on-screen views for their driving situation. In addition to the top-down, 360-degree view, users can select between front-half or rear-half views of the vehicle for better maneuvering focus. Also, left and right blind- spot views are triggered by the turn signals.

The 360° OmniVue outputs to a standalone monitor or can show on a factory-installed screen with the use of third-party integration modules. A mobile DVR can be added for full recording capability through a second video output on the module.

“The data we have gathered from our customers shows the undisputed effectiveness of 360° OmniVue over typical, single-angle camera systems,” said Stephen Witt, co-founder and CEO of DST. “Participating companies reported a 50-percent overall drop in accidents as well as an astounding 80-percent reduction in insurance claims. We anticipate that this new generation of product will provide even more robust protection and present a better installation experience for professional technicians.”

To visit DST’s virtual booth and participate in the training, register for the event at knowledgefestwest.live. For more information on DST, visit driversafetytech.com.

Metra Electronics to Host Product Training Sessions at KnowledgeFest West Live

HOLLY HILL, FL (03.12.2021) – Metra Electronics is presenting three different product training sessions for installers at the virtual KnowledgeFest West Live event. KnowledgeFest is hosted by the Mobile Electronics Association and the online event from March 19 to 21 will take place for the West Coast audience, with events hosted from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM Pacific Time. Metra Electronics will host a different session each day to cover LED headlight bulb replacement, motorcycle lighting, and integration solutions for Jeep Wrangler. Attendees can connect with Metra on their virtual booth page and register online now for these training sessions, which will be hosted by Jason Anderson, Metra’s VP of Product Research and Development. Attendees will also have the ability to post questions or comments in the live chat section of the training session and receive answers from Metra’s technical support or sales team. The upcoming training sessions are as follows:

“LED Headlight Replacements” – Friday, 3/19/21 from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM Pacific Time
Attendees will learn about Metra’s different LED lighting solutions for replacing automotive headlight bulbs and how to upsell each feature. This session will explain what makes an LED lightbulb last longer, compare features of the latest models, and demonstrate how to properly install and adjust the newest Pro Series headlight bulbs from Heise.

“Installing RGB Lighting on Motorcycles” – Saturday, 3/20/21 from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM Pacific Time
Attendees will see firsthand how Saddle Tramp’s new RGB lighting kit, the BC-RGB-K1, can instantly transform the look of a motorcycle with significantly less installation time. Metra will review all of their RGB LED lighting options available and demonstrate how the new RGB LED strip light kit for Harley-Davidson is installed, plus show off unique features available in the Metra RGB smartphone app. RGB motorcycle lighting is a popular upgrade, so any installers looking to reduce time spent on these projects then won’t want to miss this informative training session.

“Integrating with Jeep Wrangler JL” – Sunday, 3/21/21 from 2:40 PM to 3:40 PM Pacific Time
Metra’s newest integration package from Axxess makes the installer’s job much easier when replacing the radio with select Pioneer modular in-dash receivers. This training session will show installers how to retain important vehicle information and features on the Pioneer touchscreen using the AXPIO-JL1 dash kit, integration package, and its included replacement backup camera. Installers will see a real installation on a 2019 Jeep Wrangler JL and a demonstration of how they can upgrade the radio without losing audio controls on the steering wheel, HVAC gauges on the screen, heated and cooled seats, and other personalization options that were shown on the factory screen.

Registered attendees will be able to log in to the event website and register for Metra’s training sessions at knowledgefestwest.live. Metra’s online booth will also be open to attendees to view starting March 19 at metraelectronics.knowledgefestwest.live.

Mobile Solutions Delivers Training at Knowledgefest.Live

TEMPE, AZ (12.11.2020) – Mobile Solutions’ founder and CEO Bryan Schmitt will deliver a live workshop at KnowledgeFest.Live on Sunday December 13th, 2020 from 5:20-6:20pm (EST) from its Tempe, AZ-based headquarters. The workshop is titled “Executing for the Future: Top Tips to Maximize Labor Revenue” and takes an in-depth look at the state of the industry in the current 2020 and upcoming 2021 world.

Topics for this workshop include:

  • Current state of the 12 volt industry
  • Future 12 volt industry trends that parallel other, well-performing industries.
  • Adding process-driven fuel to your specialty skills
  • Including elements customers immediately identify have value
  • In-person customer shopping experience tips and examples
  • Recommended safety practices for both staff and clients
  • Efficient project management
  • Clean and efficient work spaces
  • Serviceability to your installations

Everyone in the 12 volt business faced significant change in 2020. In this workshop, Bryan will demonstrate how to take those new paradigms to become an opportunity in your store(s). The workshop helps retailers focus on what enhancements you can implement right away to add dollars on bottom line. Many participants will appreciate this is not a cheerleading training, but instead one of substance with underlying technical merit included. All of this leads to more effective demonstrations, closing more sales and selling labor more proficiently with confidence in the future.

This is a ‘must see’ virtual education workshop. As 2020 comes to a close and everyone is plotting strategies for a more fruitful 2021, ensure you have a seat at the table with this important inspirational information.

Register for free at KnowledgeFest.Live.

KnowledgeFest Long Beach Established as Premiere West Coast Event for the Mobile Electronics Industry

NORTH ANDOVER, MA (02.26.2020) – The Mobile Electronics Association (MEA) has announced KnowledgeFest, in its third year at the Long Beach Convention Center, marked another success for education and training. Attendance was more than 1,500 industry professionals, including over 1,000 retailers and distributors. This year the event provided over 30 hours of educational workshops, including three additional sessions in Spanish. Also new for this year were three educational sessions focused on Fleet Safety technologies led by published author and business management expert Tomas Keenan. Key exhibiting companies provided education about new products and services with a record-setting 70 hours of manufacturer training.

“The decision was made three years ago to bring premium industry education to the west coast with the first KnowledgeFest in Long Beach,” said Chris Cook, MEA president. “Through the consistent effort of local reps, manufacturers and retailers who have attended our other Knowledgefest events, we have been able to educate local retailers on the benefits of our curriculum, training and networking. The collective hard work has paid off, and exhibitor space selection for the 2021 event finished with over 90% of the available exhibit space chosen. This includes several new exhibitors.”

Coming up next month, March 27-29, KnowledgeFest sets its sights on Indianapolis in a Friday-through-Sunday event at the Indiana Convention Center. KnowledgeFest 2020 will then continue with a new event in Orlando Florida May 15-17 and then concludes the 2020 season with its Dallas event: August 12-14 at the Dallas Convention Center.

“The Indianapolis show and education conference continues to be one of our fastest-growing events,” added Cook. “Attendee pre-registration is up 50 percent to date over the previous year. Our 2020 show floor is nearly sold out. We’re looking forward to a great show in Indy, and an exciting first foray into the southeast with the new Orlando show.”

Upcoming KnowledgeFest Dates:
• Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, Indiana, March 27-29, 2020
• NEW for 2020! Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida, May 15-17, 2020
• Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, Texas, August 14-16, 2020
• Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, California, February 12-14, 2021

Visit knowledgefest.org for more.

Nakamichi Gets in Front of Dealers at Long Beach KnowledgeFest

LONG BEACH, CA (02.13.2020) – Nakamichi Car Audio made the most of its first appearance at Knowledgefest this past weekend by talking to dealers from California plus bordering Western States and making a case for carrying the relaunched line.

Local reps Jerry Zemming (Sound Sales & Marketing) and Scott Schmidt (Cardoza & Company) showing the Nakamichi line up to interested California dealers.

Present at the Long Beach show were California reps Sound Sales & Marketing (So Cal) and Cardoza & Company (No Cal). Both were on hand to take dealers through the range of new products and discuss the Nakamichi brand philosophy and profit potential.

Dealers saw the production unit first hand.

Of particular interest was the new 2020 single DIN mechless (no CD) model NQ-721BE. This new short chassis addition features RGB multi color 2-line VA (Vertical Alignment) display, 10-band EQ, 2 phone connection for Bluetooth pairing, Nak Control APP smart phone compatibility for iOS and Android along with 4-volt front and rear line outputs. The NQ-721BE has a MSRP of $89.95 and is ready to ship this month.

Robin McNeal-Nakamichi National Sales Manager and Orestes Ordaz-Diplomat Trading Sales Manager host a dinner with staffs from Sound Sales & Marketing and Cardoza & Company.

Friday night exclusive U.S. agent for Nakamichi, Diplomat Trading, hosted an appreciation meal at a nearby steakhouse for the local reps that helped work the Long Beach show. In attendance for dinner were Jerry Zemming—Sound Sales & Marketing and the crew from Cardoza & Company—Mark Cardoza, Scott Schmidt and Micah Boren.

“We were very happy with the quality of the dealers we saw in Long Beach,” stated Robin McNeal—National Sales Manager for Nakamichi, “and are looking forward to even a bigger turnout in Indianapolis next month.”

Visit nakamichicaraudio.com for more.