Dean Beyett

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Five Star Car Stereo

  • Position: Installation Manager
  • Location: Clearwater, FL
  • Biography: 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.

Chris Cook

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Mobile Electronics Association

  • Position: President
  • Location: North Andover, MA
  • Biography: 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.

Vince De Stefano

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De Stefano & Associates

  • Position: President
  • Location: Pasadena, CA
  • Biography: 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.

Andrew Evens

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This Guy Consulting

  • Position: President
  • Location: Las Vegas, NV
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Kevin Ferry

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JL Audio

  • Position: Product Trainer
  • Location: Miramar, FL
  • Biography: 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

Ryan Gunter

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MESA

  • Position: Executive Director
  • Location: Arvada, CO
  • Biography: Ryan Gunter has been working in the Mobile Electronics industry since 1988. He started in sales at Silo (there’s a flash back for you), worked for Kenwood as a Product Specialist/Trainer and then as their Territory Sales Manager for the Rocky Mountain Region, after Kenwood he moved over to Sirius (before it was Sirius/XM) as the District Sales Manager for the Western Region and for the least 10 years, he has been the Executive Director of M.E.S.A. M.E.S.A. the Mobile Electronics Specialists of America is the 12 Volt industry’s leading marketing and buying group with over 150 Members representing $320,000,000 in yearly retail sales.

Kevin Hallinan

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WINNING, Inc.

  • Position: Principal
  • Location: Boston, MA
  • Biography: 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.

Rob Haynes

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JL Audio

  • Position: Product Trainer
  • Location: Miramar, FL
  • Biography: 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.

Bader Hijaz

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Soundz Good Stereo

  • Position: CEO
  • Location: Oxnard, CA
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Mike Hong

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Audio Design

  • Position: General Manager
  • Location: Santa Clara, CA
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Tomas Keenan

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Top Class Installations

  • Position: CEO
  • Location: Hicksville, NY
  • Biography: 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. Tomas is the co-founder of Top Class Installations, an industry-leading GPS Tracking, and Dash Camera installation provider. He’s set the vision and his team is on a mission to complete 1 Million installs by 2025. Tomas’ transparent communication style has helped over 500 telematics industry colleagues succeed in business. After gaining massive success in running and operating his mobile installation company, Tomas decided to teach people from other industries how to create their own success by building their own service-based GPS installation businesses. 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, and Blogs in addition to countless podcasts.

Jon Kowanetz

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Handcrafted Auto, Marine & Offroad

  • Position: Owner
  • Location: Chandler, AZ
  • Biography: Jon Kowanetz is a father of one, a lover of music, a climber of mountains and the owner of an award winning business whom, through some major life events, created true strength, balance and self mastery. Realizing his childhood dreams, Jon now writes and speaks about his experiences from the stage at events across North America. Combining decades of professional retail sales and customer service experience with self tested methods for personal improvement and an undying dream to be a rockstar, Jon’s engagements are educational and enlightening, entertaining and empowering, leaving the attendees wanting and able to change their professional and personal lives!

Jason Kranitz

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Kingpin University

  • Position: Owner
  • Location: Las Vegas, NV
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Fernando Lopez

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Five Star Car Stereo

  • Position: Installer
  • Location: Clearwater, FL
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Mark McGuire

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Totally Wireless GPS

  • Position: President
  • Location: Totally Wireless GPS
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Chris McNulty

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Driven Mobile Electronics

  • Position: Owner
  • Location: Chantilly, VA
  • Biography: I'm Christopher McNulty. I started in 12v in 1994, 2019 marks a quarter of a century. I'm currently the owner Driven Mobile Electronics, which I opened 6 1/2 years ago. We specialize in OE integration and custom implementation of audio, safety and convenience upgrades in any vehicle application imaginable Driven Mobile Electronics is the only place you need to go for all of your 12 volt design, sales and fabrication needs. High-end mobile audio and an abundance of customer service are about to make their return to Chantilly.

Tom Miller

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Musicar Northwest

  • Position: Owner
  • Location: Portland, OR
  • Biography: Tom Miller is an installer/fabricator and previous Installer of the Year (2014). As the owner of Musicar Northwest in Portland, OR, he leads one of the most dedicated and innovative teams in the industry. Their consistent "spirit of innovation" has led to installation, fabrication and design practices that have been adopted industry-wide. His focus now is to develop and nurture a world-class team at Musicar, as well as assisting in the training of industry professionals at events such as Knowledgefest and Mobile Solutions' immersive fabrication trainings in Arizona.

Ricardo Rangel

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Monster by Rangel

  • Position: Owner
  • Location: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Biography: Ricardo Rangel Owner of Monster by Rangel, a high-end car audio distributor, fabrication, installation and training facility in Mexico City. He has a degree in Industrial Design from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Monterrey, Mexico. And also has specialized training in die casting and related processes from Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon in France. Ricardo was recognized as one of the top 200 Mexican industrial designers in the book “From Creativity to Innovation”, published in 2012.

Bryan Schmitt

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Mobile Solutions

  • Position: Owner
  • Location: Tempe, AZ
  • Biography: 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.

John Schwartz

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Perfectionist Autosound & Security

  • Position: Owner
  • Location: Anchorage, AK
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Randy Schwartz

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Elite Auto Salon

  • Position: General Manager
  • Location: Colorado Springs, CO
  • Biography: Randy Swartz is a 30 year veteran of the car audio industry. Starting out as shop bitch with a broom and running wires. Moving up the ranks into fabrication, integration, business owner, and now GM of Elite Auto Salon in Colorado Springs where he oversees day to day operations of shop that specializes in high end vehicles and high end audio.

Tom Sweere

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Beach Autosound

  • Position: Owner
  • Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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Scott Swore

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Limitless Electronics

  • Position: President
  • Location: Idaho Falls, ID
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JT Torres

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Automotive Entertainment

  • Position: Fabricator & Technician
  • Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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Ken Ward

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Educar Training

  • Position: Owner
  • Location: Portland, OR
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Andy Wehmeyer

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audiofrog U

  • Position: Owner
  • Location: Pasadena, CA
  • Biography: 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

Yamil Widy

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Traffic Jams Motorsports

  • Position: Owner
  • Location: Buford, GA
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Stephen Witt

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Driver Safety Technologies

  • Position: Cheif Evangelist
  • Location: Huntington Beach, CA
  • Biography: Stephen is a respected industry veteran with 35 years’ experience in vehicle electronics for both the aftermarket and Tier 1 OEM supply to US, EU and Asian automakers. Witt has held key management and executive positions at his 30 years at Alpine Electronics including VP of Product Planning and Marketing for North America. He led the North American brand and product strategy and has a proven track record in creating premium brand value with high performance product and being intentional about “think like a customer”.
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