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KnowledgeFest Dallas 2015: Final Figures Are In

logo-250_kfest-knowledgefestNORTH ANDOVER, MA (08.27.2015) – Mobile Electronics announced final figures for its recent KnowledgeFest educational conference and show in Dallas. Record-breaking attendance topped more than 950 mobile electronics industry professionals. The increase over 2014 can be attributed to new, first-time attendees and renewed growth in the specialist channel.

KnowledgeFest is the mobile electronics industry’s largest educational event. Dallas offered 36 hours of business management, sales and installation training and 40 hours of manufacturer training. Retailers responded: Dealer attendance at workshops and manufacturer trainings in Dallas increased over 2014.

kfest-bite-side-15-wide“In the six years since re-inventing KnowledgeFest, this year’s event in Dallas was our biggest and best ever,” stated Chris Cook, president of Mobile Electronics. “Our objective is to grow our new April show in Indianapolis in the same way, while making Dallas even better for our attendees and exhibitors.”

Click above to view a list of 2015 award winners

Click above to view a list of 2015 award winners

The Dallas show floor featured 46 exhibitors representing over 60 brands and 50,000 square feet of exhibit space. Booth selection for KnowledgeFests 2016 took place onsite. Exhibitors renewed booth space for Dallas and choose space for Indianapolis 2016.

SoundWave Customs' Ethan Blau (L) and Adam Perkins flank Dave "Fishman" Rivera during a function at KnowledgeFest 2015.

SoundWave Customs’ Ethan Blau (L) and Adam Perkins flank Dave “Fishman” Rivera during a function at KnowledgeFest.

Ethan Blau, Soundwave Customs, made the trip from Hampton Roads VA to Dallas for KnowledgeFest 2015. Blau related to 12voltnews.com, “This was my first KnowledgeFest and so happy we went. The educational and vendor training sessions were very informative. Also, we got to meet with vendors and see new products. The networking was very rewarding. Adam Perkins, our lead in the shop, went also. Rubbing elbows with “Fishman” was a real treat. Being recognized on a national basis as a top retailer, with a top installation tech, was also very rewarding.”

Eight new manufacturer partners also came onboard. Joining the fifteen other Mobile Electronics Partners are: Directed (Diamond Partner), Stillwater Designs (Diamond Partner), Voxx Electronics (Diamond Partner), AAMP of America (Gold Partner), Arc Audio (Gold Partner), K40 Electronics (Silver Partner), Accele (Silver Partner), and Cerwin Vega (Silver Partner).

logo-250_me-electronics-mobile-electronics-mera“These vendors represent the diversity of products available in our industry. They control many of the best brands available to our dealer members,” commented Kerry Moyer, Vice President of strategic partnerships for Mobile Electronics. “We are pleased to welcome them onboard as business partners and appreciate their continuing support for our mission and the specialist channel.”

In August of 2016, KnowledgeFest will return to Dallas. KnowledgeFest Indianapolis takes place April 9-11 at the Indianapolis Convention Center.

Visit mobile-electronics.com and knowledgefest.org for more.