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Maher Awad, holding the Dealer Open House invitation in the A&W showroom in Dallas.

Maher Awad, holding the Dealer
Open House invitation in the A&W showroom in Dallas.

Tents set up in the A&W parking lot for the dealer event.

Tents set up in the A&W parking lot for the dealer event.

SHREVEPORT, LA (07.09.18) – The recent 12volt News one week trip, that included stops in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri, fun and very productive.

The Stereo Designs-Ardmore OK-crew pictured in the show room. Bryan Pierce, Danny Gray, Kyle Gilliland and Darrell Dickinson – owner.

The Stereo Designs-Ardmore OK-crew pictured in the show room. Bryan Pierce, Danny Gray, Kyle Gilliland and Darrell Dickinson – owner.

Somewhere between Ardmore OK and Manhattan KS

Somewhere between Ardmore OK and Manhattan KS

Heading out of Shreveport the first stop was AudioFormz in Wills Point TX. We wanted to catch up with Loren and see all the exciting new projects underway at AudioFormz. The stop definitely did not disappoint as AudioFormz as has made great inroads producing products and custom tops for ATV’s.

From high on a dam looking down at the Kicker Country Stampede mid-day.

From high on a dam looking down at the Kicker Country Stampede mid-day.

Alabama was a headliner at the Kicker Country Stampede 2018.

Alabama was a headliner at the Kicker Country Stampede 2018.

Next stop, in Dallas, was the A&W dealer open house the afternoon of Wednesday June 20th Maher Awad, and theA&W team, had tents set up out in the parking lot for vendor tables. Under one of the tents was a great grill set up provide lunch for dealers and vendors. The dealer count for the day was well in excess of 100.

Chris Pace, Arrowhead Sales and Marketing, sent most of the day helping The 12volt News navigate around Kansas City MO.

Chris Pace, Arrowhead Sales and Marketing, sent most of the day helping The 12volt News navigate around Kansas City MO.

Santa Fe Distributing HQ in a Lenexa KS.

Santa Fe Distributing HQ in a Lenexa KS.

Thursday morning early it was a stop to see Darrell Dickinson and the team at Stereo Designs in Ardmore OK. Darrell is celebrating 35 years in the business and his company is experiencing a banner year in 2018. The Stereo Designs show room layout it’s terrific with products and brands very well merchandised. Work with local car dealerships is also a significant part of Stereo Design’s business.

Bob Wooden, Sales Manager, says hi from his desk at Santa Fe.

Bob Wooden, Sales Manager, says hi from his desk at Santa Fe.

The HushMat HQ in Olathe KS.

The HushMat HQ in Olathe KS.

Following the stop in Ardmore it was quite a hike to Manhattan KS for the Kicker Country Stampede that started on Thursday June 21st at the Tuttle Creek State Park. This was the sixth year for Kicker to be the title sponsor of the event that drew a crowd reported to be 150,000 over the three days. Headliners on stage included Alabama, Florida Georgia Line, the Charlie Daniels band and a dozen more were highlights over the three days.

HushMat’s Tim McCarthy in the company’s conference room. MotionU site on the iPad.

HushMat’s Tim McCarthy in the company’s conference room. MotionU site on the iPad.

Chad Dearth pictured in the car audio section of the KC Trends showroom-Overland Park KS.

Chad Dearth pictured in the car audio section of the KC Trends showroom-Overland Park KS.

Kansas City was the next stop. Highlights on the Kansas side Monday morning, June 25th, included visits with Santa Fe Distributing, HushMat and KC Trends. Area rep Chris Pace, with Arrowhead Sales and Marketing, was a great navigator and we made the stops around KC.

The 12volt News was all smiles in the great KC Trends showroom.

The 12volt News was all smiles in the great KC Trends showroom.

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Following a very busy morning and midday in Kansas City on Monday, June 25th the 12volt Center Studios packed up and headed back on the 550 mile trip back to Shreveport.

It was a very informative week with stops at manufacturers, distributors, retailers and meeting with reps. Certainly look forward to doing it again… soon.