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Metra Rides The Wave In Hawaii.

The audience for the Metra meeting at the Aqua Waikiki Wave Hotel totaled over forty members of the Honolulu 12volt community.

The audience for the Metra meeting at the Aqua Waikiki Wave Hotel totaled over forty members of the Honolulu 12volt community.

Honolulu, HI (03.27.2013) – Metra’s Jeff Fletcher recently made his annual trip to Hawaii to work with Ed Doo, Holokahi Marketing, and 12volt retailers based in the island paradise. Below is Fletcher’s trip log.

My mid-March trip to Hawaii was awesome. I arrived from Orlando on Friday night, March 15th, and checked into the hotel. Didn’t do much that night but grab a bite, relax and plan the very busy next few days.

“12volt retailers who attended the Mertra training picked up so much info from Jeff. The new Axxess integration product is destined to make life easier for 12volt retailers and dealers placed orders at the meeting. Reaction to the new T-Spec line was also very positive” Doo related to 12voltnews.com during a post meeting phone conversation.

"Fletch" climbed the 1048 railroad ties to the top of Mt Koko Head.

“Fletch” climbed the 1048 railroad ties to the top of Mt Koko Head.

On Saturday morning, Ed picked me up at 6 am and we attended a soccer game – he coaches teens and men’s teams. After that we visited  6 dealers and talked about our upcoming training class that would highlight new lines such as T-Spec and the renovated Raptor. We ended the day around 7 and dine at Ed’s favorite Korean BBQ restaurant.

On Sunday I teamed up with Kathy Gunderson, with Beyond Limits, and we climbed Mt Koko Head. There are 1048 rail ties (steps) to the 642 foot top of the old military bunker. When on the top you can see the Maunalua Bay on the east and community of Portlock on the west. It has been a goal of mine to get to the summit of mountain for years -especially after all my injuries. I didn’t think it was possible but after 3 to 4 month of elliptical and yoga training I was able to take the trek. You can’t imagine how happy I was to complete the journey, not that I didn’t have to stop a few times. After a good breakfast, I took a trip to the North Shore and took in some sights before the St Patties day celebrations.

Craig Gunderson - Beyond Limits, on the right with Jeff Fletcher, was the grand prize winner at the Metra meeting - scoring a full T-Spec setup.

Craig Gunderson – Beyond Limits, on the right with Jeff Fletcher, was the grand prize winner at the Metra meeting – scoring a full T-Spec setup.

On Monday and Tuesday Ed and I were hard at work visiting accounts and reminding the dealers about the Metra Training scheduled for Tuesday evening.

This was the second annual Metra CES/NEW Product Training Extravaganza. Based on the success of last year’s event, with strong attendance and shared learning for attendees, we upped the ante in 2013. This year with all the new Axxess Auto detect pieces, new kits for the Ford Explorer (99-5828CH) and Ford Edge (99-5859CH), revamped kits like the new Mazda 6 (99-7523B & 99-7524S)that now accommodates double DIN sized stereos provided much to discuss. In addition brand new kits, like the large trim piece for the Chrysler 300 (99-6516) and Genesis Coupe (95/99- 7352B), gave dealers a lot to see.

Ed Doo, Holokahi Marketing, prepares to toss some free stuff to the audience.

Ed Doo, Holokahi Marketing, prepares to toss some free stuff to the audience.

The attendance was over 40 people in a spacious meeting room at the Aqua Waikiki Hotel. Each member of the audience watched the PowerPoint training. A lot of samples and giveaways held their attention throughout the training session. Craig Gunderson, from Beyond Limits, was the lucky grand prize winner of a full T-Spec setup.

A delicious buffet was enjoyed by all.

After a Thursday flight Fletcher was back in Metra’a Holly Hill off bright and early Friday morning.

A selection of Metra's 2013 lines were on display.

A selection of Metra’s 2013 lines were on display.

Kathy Gunderson and Fletch celebrate after their climb to the top to Mt Koko Head.

Kathy Gunderson and Fletch celebrate after their climb to the top to Mt Koko Head.