Blazing trails in all facets of our industry's businesses, these rising professionals share the passion, drive and distinction of Young Turks. Enjoy learning more about them all this week, in no particular order.
New England-based distributor MRI Expo, part of the Powerhouse Alliance, will hold its annual Expo in Surbridge, Mass., May 25.
The Mobile Enhancement Retailers’ Association (MERA) said this week that it is planning a one-day event of workshops, sponsored through the Consumer Electronics Association, in Orlando, Fl., this October. The workshops will help dealers receive some training, while preparing for next year’s MERA KnowledgeFest. The event, scheduled for Oct. 7 at the Sheraton Safari Hotel & Suites in Orlando, will offer programs for those on the sales/business owners track, the installation track, or both. Presentations will be given on “Custom Installation For Today’s Vehicles,” “Getting Connected With Today’s Technology,” “Staying Ahead of the Competition,” and “Promote and Profit.” The cost of the
MERA's initiative to alert consumers and installers about vehicles that are "difficult" for aftermarket service and integration has come a long way—but the best is about to come. By Brett Solomon There are a few times in life when it must be almost disheartening to be a mobile electronics retailer. Ever have a customer pull in with a used Lexus or Mercedes—let's say a 2000 or a 2001, a car that should be his or her pride and joy? The customer recently purchased the pre-owned vehicle, and the problem is that the ride has a factory-installed multimedia/navigation display that doesn't work anymore. You figure
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By Brett Solomon From May 21-23 the International Auto Salon (IAS) was held by SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association, at the Atlantic City Convention Center. SEMA represents the $29 billion specialty automotive industry, and is composed of over 5,200 member companies. IAS is a unique show because it's designed for both trade and consumers, with specific days for each. Each day had amazing attendance—particularly the consumer days. Aisles of sport compact performance and vehicle personalization products in manufacturer's booths were juxtaposed against consumer-owned show vehicles. This set up was light years ahead of the ill-fated FUSE show (run by the CEA) held
Today's evolving C-Business landscape is like a Rohrschach test, in that the patterns look different to everyone that takes a peek. But in spite of—or perhaps as a result of—the explosive changes taking place in technology and business practices, the sector remains rich with possibility and continues to grow exponentially. Sometimes that success is driven by companies and individuals whose work is often overlooked in the larger scope of events. Other times, the success is the work of highly visible forces, who bring forth visionary ideas that rock the industry. All of which brings us to this year's C-Business 50. Each year, Custom Retailer
By Brett Solomon As a custom retailer, did you ever have fears of business abruptly coming to a halt? How about slowly tapering off because of variables you can't control? In the mobile electronics industry, the biggest fear keeping independent retailers awake these days is how motor vehicles are becoming increasing difficult to work on. Recently, we attended MERA's (Mobile Enhancement Retailers Association) KnowledgeFest in Louisville, Ky. The central motif that ran through the event was OEM Integration and the challenges independent retailers face because of two key problems. The first problem is that dashboard designs are becoming increasingly complex, so much so
Worthington Expands Dealer Training Program Worthington Distribution recently launched Worthington University, a four-day, hands-on seminar designed to provide advanced training in the installation and marketing of home systems. The first of the new training sessions is slated for Orlando, Florida in May 2003, followed by a second Las Vegas session in October. Worthington University joins the company's longstanding, one-day TechHome Basic Training courses offered at EHX Spring and EHX Fall shows, as well as the regional training classes held in as many as 20 cities each year. www.worthdist.com DBL Gets New Sales/Mktg VP DBL Distributing Inc. has announced that Bruce Kuperman has been promoted