STILLWATER, USA – KICKER® congratulates its 24 authorized installers, retailers and sales professionals to 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
KICKER Performance Audio products, a division of Stillwater Designs and Audio, Inc.®, are available for the mobile and home audio aftermarket at authorized retailers worldwide, and also as Original Equipment for boat and automobile manufacturers. Consumers seeking more information on KICKER or Livin’ Loud® may call the Consumer Information Line at 1-800-256-5425 or visit the brand website at www.kicker.com. Consumers can follow KICKER socially at Facebook.com/kickeraudio, Twitter.com/kickeraudio, Instagram.com/kickeraudio, or Pinterest.com/kickeraudio, and use the hashtags #kickeraudio and #livinloud.