DALLAS, TX (08.24.2016) – KnowledgeFest 2016 concluded in the Imperial Ballroom of the Hilton Anatole on Monday night, August 22nd, with the Mobile Electronics Industry Awards. Hundreds who attended the 3-Day event attended the reception, dinner and awards ceremony with Solomon Daniels the Master of Ceremonies. Chris Cook, MEA President, provided the opening introduction.
Of special note was George “Doc Thunder Reed” who was honored with the Career Achievement Award. In a phone interview, Reed commented to the 12volt Central Studios, “I was overwhelmed and surprised. Receiving a special industry reward of this type is a true honor and a highlight of my career in the industry.
Reed’s career in the mobile electronics began in 1971 as a distributor salesman for Houston-based Sterling Electronics. A stint with Craig Electroncs followed before returning to Sterling’s new owner Kent Electronics. Kent launched the Bristol car audio brand and Reed served as the National Sales Manager where he set up a network of reps across the U.S. In 1979 Reed formed the Marketing Pros rep firm. In the ensuing years Reed’s firm has been credited with bringing several new brands to national prominence.
As Reed worked to grow brands with retailers in the territory of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma he began to promote “LOUD.” This activity fostered the growth of sound off competitions in store parking lots and sound off organizations. Reed acquired the nickname “Doc Thunder” as he was spent weekends in dealer’s parking lots.
“I remember seeing George at sound off events. He was a rock star as he rolled in with his Viper and a couple of models. Great to see you receive this industry award George,” stated Mike Van Horn.
Reed’s Marketing Pros rep firm, under the direction of Pete Daley, once again received the Rep Firm of the Year award.
More than two dozen industry members, companies and firms received awards. View the winner list below via me-mag.com:
Retailer of the Year, Single Store – Soundscape Car Audio
Runner Up – Retailer of the Year, Single Store – Kingpin Marine & Car Audio
Retailer of the Year, Store Chain – Foss Audio & Tint
Runner Up – Retailer of the Year, Store Chain – Stereo King Oregon
Installer of the Year – Matt Schaeffer
Runner Up – Installer of the Year – Christerfer Pate
Trusted Tech – Carlos Ramirez
Career Achievement Award – George “Doc Thunder” Reed
Rookie of the Year – Austin Thorne
Expeditor of the Year – Auto Trim Design
Distributor of the Year – AM Distributors
Rep Firm of the Year – Marketing Pros
Sales Representative of the Year – Kris Bulla
Top Vendor, Autosound & Video – Orca Design & Manufacturing
Top Vendor, Accessories & Materials – Mobile Solutions
Top Vendor, Connectivity & Integration – AAMP Global
Top Vendor, Security & Convenience – Firstech
Top Vendor, Safety & Driver Assistance – K40 Electronics
Vendor of the Year – AAMP Global
Most Improved Location or Chain – Cartronix
Best Online Presence – NVS Audio
Best Customer Retention Program – Al & Ed’s Autosound
Best Customer Experience – Sound Wave Customs
A big hat’s off to all who attended KnowledgeFest 2016 in Dallas.
Let’s keep our our friends and fellow industry members in South Louisiana as they struggle to recover from the recent devastating floods.