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Chris Cook
Chris Cook serves as President of the Mobile Electronics Association the U.S. trade association representing over 1,000 mobile ...
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Chris Cook serves as President of the Mobile Electronics Association the U.S. trade association representing over 1,000 mobile electronics companies and owning and producing four annual KnowledgeFest tradeshows, and the trade publication Mobile Electronics Magazine. Cook is an accomplished 20-year executive focused in the automotive electronics sector. He has a wide array of experience focused on forward-looking solutions that realize a connected lifestyle in every consumer environment. Cook is a speaker, thought leader and presenter at technology changing shows and conferences for over 20 years.
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Andy Wehmeyer
I have more than 30 years of experience in aftermarket auto/sound as a retail installation technician, retail store management, ...
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I have more than 30 years of experience in aftermarket auto/sound as a retail installation technician, retail store management, and nearly 20 years as a product/category manager at Harman International. Co-inventor of patented speaker mounting systems and DSP algorithms applicable in the automotive auto/sound industry. He is currently the CEO of Audiofrog Inc
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Vince De Stefano
With over 45 years of retail experience Vincent De Stefano has pretty much seen everything, both good and bad, this industry has ...
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With over 45 years of retail experience Vincent De Stefano has pretty much seen everything, both good and bad, this industry has to offer. He has been lucky enough to have had multiple stints in national sales positions at major and specialty brands covering not only all 50 states but pretty much the rest of the world as well. On top of that be believes that one of his most important assets is his more than a decade of direct sales experience on retail sales floors. All this may not necessarily make him the smartest man in any room. However, that wealth of experience means Vinnie has lots to share with retailers who are interested in hearing how the other retailers he's worked with around the world and over those four decades “got it” right or wrong.
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Kevin Hallinan
Kevin Hallinan is a Principal of WINNING, Incorporated and has over 30 years of sales, training, and management success. An ...
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Kevin Hallinan is a Principal of WINNING, Incorporated and has over 30 years of sales, training, and management success. An engaging and dynamic trainer and mentor, and an award-winning sales producer, Kevin has provided training and coaching to hundreds of companies in numerous industries. Kevin has been involved in almost every aspect of sales and sales management throughout his career. His experiences range from small private companies, to family run businesses, to the corporate setting where he has successfully sold both products and services. He is a former business owner, industry leader and constant overachiever, having earned numerous sales awards including Producer of the Year and Top Account Executive, and holds two yet unbroken company records for Highest Weekly Sales and Highest Quarterly Sales.
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Brandon Green
25 year industry veteran MECP Master and SME Owner at The Car Audio Shop
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25 year industry veteran MECP Master and SME Owner at The Car Audio Shop
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Tomas Keenan
Tomas Keenan is best known for his humble beginnings and lengthy career as a custom car audio installer. He is the epitome of a ...
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Tomas Keenan is best known for his humble beginnings and lengthy career as a custom car audio installer. He is the epitome of a technician turned CEO. After co-founding Top Class Installations, an industry-leading GPS Tracking and Dashboard Camera installation provider, and growing it to a 7-figure business, Tomas moved into the coaching space as a high-level business and success coach for other industry leaders and business owners.Tomas works with Entrepreneurs who refuse to be average and are crushing 7+ figures in business. His success as an elite business coach for Break Free Academy led him to move his family from NYC to Dallas, Texas so as to become a full-time member of the Elite team at Break Free Academy. Shortly after the move, Tomas was offered the position of COO at BFA.                        His expertise and vast experience have put him on the pages of the top industry magazines time and time again. He has been featured in Mobile Electronics Magazine, CE Outlook, CEO Blog Nation, Fit Small Business, The Startup Growth, The Goodmen Project, and several Blogs in addition to countless podcasts.Tomas is also a sought after public speaker, bestselling author, and the host of Step It Up Entrepreneur Podcast. He has interviewed industry leaders, influencers, high-level business and success coaches, business owners, and entrepreneurs who are making an impact within their communities and the world at large.He states the key to his success is making progress every day regardless of how small it may be."Small Steps Forward Daily"                                                                                 -Tomas Keenan-
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Bryan Schmitt
Bryan Schmitt has served as a Professional Technical Speaker and Trainer for both Domestic and International Markets. Throughout ...
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Bryan Schmitt has served as a Professional Technical Speaker and Trainer for both Domestic and International Markets. Throughout the years Bryan has trained thousands of technicians around the world with these Informative and Innovative Seminars. Bryan’s Awards and Accomplishments include: President and Founder of Mobile Solutions, MECP Honorary Master Installation Technician ,29 years in the Mobile Electronics industry, Holds several US Patent for Smart Templates, Voted by Car Audio & Electronics Top 10 best installers of all time, Conducted training classes in over 30 countries worldwide, Keynote Presenter for SEMA, CAM, MERA, and Hot Rod & Restoration, Pioneered numerous fabrication techniques used by technicians globally.
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Dean Beyett
I have been installing car audio for the past 30 years. I have been with my current employer, Five Star Car stereo, for the ...
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 I have been installing car audio for the past 30 years. I have been with my current employer, Five Star Car stereo, for the past 8 years. There I handle the business’s website, Instagram page, and manage custom installation sales. I also, with my partner Fernando, do all the day to day installation work. I own Smash Force Productions. We produce Five Star Car Stereo and the Boring Life of Dean and Hailey YouTube shows. We have created thousands of videos on the subjects of car audio and being a dad.
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Jayson Cook
My name is Jayson Cook I have been in the industry professionally for over 20 years. I graduated from Mobile Dynamics Toronto ...
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My name is Jayson Cook I have been in the industry professionally for over 20 years. I graduated from Mobile Dynamics Toronto campus in 1996 with the hopes of becoming an installer. In 1998 I was hired on at Columbus Car Audio to be a sales person with the intent of becoming an installer at some point…that never happened. Instead I became their top salesperson for most of my career. So much that my role now is to continuously teach, and train my staff to sell based off of standards that I have learned and have implemented into my daily routine. I was fortunate enough to win the 2019 Mobile Electronics Salesperson of the Year this year and I really want to help grow the sales side of this industry. I have learned so much from many coworkers and friends in this industry and I want to give back as much as I can. I feel that there is a strong need to help teach and train the techniques of selling and working face to face with customers on a daily level in a professional manner that our industry lacks, and also to be able to work as a team with the technicians to give the best experience possible to our clients.
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Steve Turrisi
JL Audio’s Director of Training and Technical Support, Steve Turrisi has over 30 years of 12-volt experience. Steve’s mobile ...
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JL Audio’s Director of Training and Technical Support, Steve Turrisi has over 30 years of 12-volt experience. Steve’s mobile electronics career began on the sales floor with the famed Speaker Warehouse in South Florida. After Speaker Warehouse, Steve transitioned to JL Audio’s Technical Support department. In nearly 30 years with JL Audio, Steve has held positions in technical support, training, international sales, currently holds the title of Director of Technical Services and Training, while also playing key roles in new product development.  Steve has also contributed to the MECP Installer Study Guides and currently holds NMEA certifications in Basic Marine Installation and NMEA 2000®.
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Tony Dehnke
Tony Dehnke has served in many roles during his career in Mobile Electronics. Retails salesperson, Manufacturers rep for car, ...
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Tony Dehnke has served in many roles during his career in Mobile Electronics.  Retails salesperson, Manufacturers rep for car, home & CI products. Founder (and seller) of Driven Audio, a two time Top 50 Retailer award winning shop in Abbotsford, BC Canada, which he sold in 2017.  Currently he is building the 12v.Biz Toolbox app, a system for shops to schedule and check in vehicles. Tony is a Top 50 ROTY for 2015 & 2016. He also holds weekly calls for the 12v Sales Pro and ME Retail Leaders Facebook groups, where industry member can talk about ideas and issues they are facing, and get community based answers and feedback.
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Ken Ward
Ken Ward of Educar has been a retail salesperson, a shop owner, a tech support agent, a product manager, and a trainer. Educar ...
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Ken Ward of Educar has been a retail salesperson, a shop owner, a tech support agent, a product manager, and a trainer. Educar was created to show 12-volt techs, sales staff, and shop owners how to successfully navigate the modern business and technical landscape. Ken has trained literally thousands of technicians and salespeople since his first session in 1992, often on behalf of industry-leading brands.
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Elias Ventura
Elias has been in the Industry Since 2005 As a Salesperson and Installer. He has worked in all aspects of retail establishments ...
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Elias has been in the Industry Since 2005 As a Salesperson and Installer. He has worked in all aspects of retail establishments from big box, boutique/high end, multi store retailer to small retail stores. In 2016-17 Mobile Electronics Magazine SalesPro “Salesperson the Year”
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Fernando Lopez
I have been an installer for the past 9 years I’m currently working at Five Star Car Stereo in Clearwater, Florida. I am also ...
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I have been an installer for the past 9 years I’m currently working at Five Star Car Stereo in Clearwater, Florida. I am also the co-host of the show on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram social media platforms under the Smash Force Productions company.
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Kevin Ferry
Kevin Ferry has been a member of JL Audio’s training team for over two years. Prior to joining JL Audio, Kevin began his ...
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Kevin Ferry has been a member of JL Audio’s training team for over two years. Prior to joining JL Audio, Kevin began his 12-volt career in 1994 as an installer for a local, Pittsburgh car stereo shop. In 1998 Kevin left to work on his degree in Mechanical Design with a focus on aircraft parts and has applied those skills on the many custom vehicles he has built. He has worked on vehicles that have been featured in both print and online, in addition to builds that have won the GM-Design award and been featured in the Petersen Museum. Returning to 12-volt, Kevin has worked on the manufacture side for the past 17 years in both technical support and training roles. Kevin currently holds NMEA certifications in Basic Marine Installation and NMEA 2000®.
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Rob Haynes
Joining JL Audio’s training team in 2014, Rob Haynes has over 15 years of mobile electronics experience. Rob transitioned to ...
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Joining JL Audio’s training team in 2014, Rob Haynes has over 15 years of mobile electronics experience. Rob transitioned to 12-volt in 2004 when he took over an Al & Ed’s Autosound franchise in Southern California. In 2008, he moved to Seattle, Washington where he was hired into management by Car Toys. It was with Car Toys where his affection for training developed. In 2011 he returned to Southern California and worked for the Al & Ed’s Autosound corporate office, handling both their Social Media accounts and sales for their distribution company. Rob moved to the manufacture side in 2013 as a product trainer and later joined JL Audio in 2014.
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Jason Kranitz
In 2006, Jason Kranitz opened Kingpin Car and Marine Audio in Wilsonville, Oregon after 14 years of professional installation at ...
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In 2006, Jason Kranitz opened Kingpin Car and Marine Audio in Wilsonville, Oregon after 14 years of professional installation at local retailers. A strong marketer, Kranitz build the Kingpin brand through partnerships and support of area causes. His work was recognized by the mobile electronics industry as he was awarded the Retailer of the Year award in 2008, and again in 2017, by Mobile Electronics magazine. The trade publication also honored Kranitz personally as Installer of the Year in 2013. Kranitz started Kingpin University out of his store in 2015 to share his business and technical experience. Since its opening, he has taught thousands of industry professionals how plan for success, overcome problems and improve efficiencies, on the sales floor and in the bay. The dynamic curriculum employed by Kranitz comprises tried and trusted solutions from the day-to-day operation of a retail mobile electronics facility. This experience has also molded his training method into lessons that are easily teachable, repeatable in practice and predictable in results. Kingpin Car and Marine Audio, as well as Kingpin University, were relocated to Las Vegas in 2018 to provide a more central location for students and manufacturer partners. Due to COVID-19, Kingpin University reached students through virtual classes while the store continued to build a customer base in Las Vegas. In 2020, Kranitz was again recognized by the mobile electronics industry, this time for his acumen on the sales floor. Mobile Electronics magazine awarded him Sales Pro of the Year through a virtual ceremony. In addition to Kingpin University, Kranitz has shared his experience with storeowners, sales professionals, technicians, and installers by teaching at KnowledgeFest events over the past decade. He has also worked with prominent manufacturers to train their dealers to lower return rates and become more efficient. Plans for 2021 include the resumption of in-person training, when safety protocols ease, at a new Las Vegas location.
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Del Ellis
Started my journey in the field of Professional Selling over 47 years ago and was trained by the #1 Sales and Sales Manager ...
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Started my journey in the field of Professional Selling over 47 years ago and was trained by the #1 Sales and Sales Manager trainer in the World, Mr. J. Douglas Edwards. Later a graduate of Dale Carnegie's, "How to win friends and influence people" Certified Sales trainer by Tom Hopkins. One of the Top Sales Trainers in the World Certified Leadership trainer, Coach and Mentor by John C. Maxwell Author over 90 books on Leadership and voted the #1 Leadership trainer in the World. Owned and Operated my own and operated car stereo facility for over 22 years. After that I had the honor and privilege to be able to say that I helped over 1000 Car Stereo retailers, 16 Retailers of the Year along with being able to help countless Top 50 retailers of the year. Currently working on-line with wide diversity of businesses from Fortune 100, 500 and 1000 businesses.
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