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Knowledgefest 2012 – to be Big in Texas

GRAPEVINE, TX (08.18.12) – Knowledgefest 2012 will begin its 3 plus day run at the massive Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center on Saturday, August 18th with a late afternoon VIP exhibit floor review and manufacturer sponsored training sessions. Sunday and Monday schedules are filled with 12volt industry specific educational tracks and manufacturer training sessions. Educational tracks continue Tuesday morning.

Images contained in this article are from Knowledgefest 2011. Expect scenes like these at this year’s event.

Over 50 vendors will be set up in the convention center area to show their latest products and programs on Sunday and Monday. Exhibit hall hours are noon until 5PM both days. Sunday evening is set aside for the 2012 Mobile Electronics Magazine Industry Awards. Pandora and K-40 are sponsors. “LIVE” will take the stage on Monday evening at the trendy Glass Cactus Club on the Gaylord Texan grounds. SiriusXM and Audiovox are sponsors of the Glass Cactus event.

MERA President Chris Cook told 12voltnews.com “We are anticipating a terrific Knowledgefest 2012. We have over 80 educational tracks and manufacturer training sessions planned and an exhibit hall with a record number of vendors. The Gaylord Texan is one of the premier venues in the U.S. and we have every reason to believe we will break Knowledgefest attendance records at this year’s event.”

Sunday’s keynote luncheon address will be presented by Steve Koenig. As the Director of Industry Analysis at CEA Koenig is well versed on current market conditions and will discuss the “State of the Economy and its Effect on the Consumer Electronics Industry.”

Monday’s keynote luncheon will feature a “Young Guns Power Panel”. Five progressive retailers will share their innovative strategies for success in today’s complex and ever changing marketplace. MERA President Chris Cook will serve as the panel moderator.

Many company representatives have provided 12voltnews.com with a peek at their company’s activities on the show floor.

Platinum sponsor Sony Mobile will showcase MirrorLink and the new GS line of mobile gear. Exotic cars – a Ferrari, GTR and a 2012 Lamborghini Superleggera – are slated for Knowledgefest 2012.

[pullquote]The West Nile Virus story is making headlines in Texas. Please note the Gaylord Texan facility is almost totally indoors and the facility staff is taking safety precautions for all.[/pullquote]

SiriusXM, a platinum sponsor at Knowledgefest, will put the V200 tuner front and center. “LIVE” is the theme for Monday night’s gala at the Glass Cactus sponsored by SiriusXM and Audiovox. Those attending will enjoy a performance by the popular Dallas based Dave Whiteman Band. Sony Mobile will provide the food and refreshments.

Mobileye will demonstrate the company’s latest product introductions that lead the way in the rapidly growing collision avoidance category. The David Lee Marketing team will be on the MERA floor in force to show the Mobileye line to dealers in their territory.

Kicker will have two factory vehicles on the floor to demo two exciting new products. A Ford F-150 will show the Soundgate by Kicker audio system designed expressly for late model Ford pickups. Kicker’s new Front Row product will be featured in a Chevy Cruze.

JL Audio is slated to have a stunning ’57 Chevy in their booth on the MERA floor. The JL gear, and sound, is so well presented in this Classic automobile.

The team from Wirez is making the trip down from Canada with an exciting product in their line of accessories …PROFIT

CRUX is making a statement at MERA. Sightline is a new series of backup camera designed with OEM in mind. This product joins the company’s lineup of Bluetooth and aftermarket integration offerings.

Metra will show their broad line of kits and accessories including a new kit for the 2012 and up Ford Focus.

MSE, Mobile Soundstage Engineering, will provide dealers with knowledge and techniques to take in-vehicle sound tuning to an entirely new level.

Focal is slated to have super high dollar vehicles in the company’s booth as well as debuting the latest in the Illusion line of car audio.

Steelmate will show the new rearview camera 401 system as well as introducing an aftermarket Tire Pressure Measuring System.

In the Pioneer booth the App Radio 2 will definitely be the star.

Phoenix Gold’s booth will spotlight the company’s latest subwoofer introductions and legendary amplifiers.

MMATS Pro Audio will be talking “Made in the USA” and unique amplifiers, subs and speakers – 6 channel!

Alpine will definitely draw a crowd to their booth to see the new INE-Z928HD that features an 8″ screen. This innovative model will chart a new course in aftermarket headunits.

Memphis Car Audio will show the company’s new SRX line of amps for 2013 as well as new 10″ and 12″ sub enclosures. A new 2/25 watt amplifier with Bluetooth streaming accessory will also draw attention in the MCA booth.

The Kenwood booth will be a must stop booth for many attendees to see the iDatalink Maestro. This innovative OEM integration solution interfaces with the Ford, Lincoln and Mercury SYNC entertainment systems.

The ADS iDatalink booth will be abuzz with the aforementioned Maestro that retains many existing OEM Ford SYNC system features while enabling consumers the ability to benefit from all of the advantages of a Kenwood DVD/navigation receiver. Once installed the Maestro seamlessly retains the Ford SYNC features many Ford drivers enjoy.

Morel will unleash the music in the company’s VM Jetta in the demo vehicle area and showcase the entire product line in the company’s show floor booth.

Parrot will show the 12volt world the company’s latest handsfree offerings as well as honor the top performer in company’s top Certified Installer Program.

Audiomobile is shipping the company’s latest product line. Visit the booth to audition the 2012 line.

Mobile Solutions, with Bryan Schmitt, will be showcasing many new fabrication and OEM installation techniques.

AAMP is celebrating the company’s 25th anniversary. Let’s all stop by and wish them a happy 25th and wish them many, many more years of innovative success.

12voltnews.com, cameras, iPad and notepad in-hand, will be in the show aisles and training sessions. Check out “from the event”¬†photo galleries and update posts on 12voltnews.com, Facebook and Twitter.